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Bowl of Heaven: A Novel Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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Bowl of Heaven is the first installment of what will be the biggest sci-fi saga since―well, since ever. If only more of us could share the authors’ visions, and optimism” ―The Wall Street Journal

“It's easy to settle in and enjoy the sci-fi smorgasbord served up by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. . .There's a lot to savor. Fans of so-called "hard science fiction" will enjoy the descriptions of ionic scoop fusion drives and all the solar-powered gadgets put to practical use during deep space exploration.” ―The Associated Press

“If you like hard SF with mind-stretching ideas--both physical and psychological--then you definitely want to read this book.” ―Analog

“It's been more than 40 years since Ringworld and nearly that long since the Galactic Center Saga knocked our socks off, and I wonder how much it takes these days to render us barefoot and gaping at the scale and scope of an imaginary world. . . . But Benford & Niven have given themselves the space (conceptual and page-count) to spread out. Bowl of Heaven has room to accommodate both the thrill-ride and head-scratching sides of its sub-tradition, and I think when the second half appears, this new effort by two of the Old Masters will hold its own just fine.” ―Locus

“First-time collaborators Niven (Ringworld series; coauthor, Beowulf's Children) and Benford (Timescape; Galactic Center series) have combined their award-winning talents for storytelling to create a series opener that should find a welcome reception from fans of the authors as well as those who love hard science and mental challenges.” ―Library Journal

“A solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.” ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

GREGORY BENFORD is professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in Irvine. Benford is a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, and the Nebula Award for his classic novel Timescape.

LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf's Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.


Product details

  • Series: Bowl of Heaven (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765328410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328410
  • ASIN: 0765328410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Customer Reviews: 3.3 out of 5 stars345 customer ratings
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Mr. Mark Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book not worthy of the authors
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is so bad, don't even bother to read my review.
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