Bowl of Heaven Paperback
When the Sunseeker laves Earth, bound for the planet called "Glory", its crew knows they will never see home again.
None of them can ever have imagined, however, what they will find along the way.
A gargantuan object, with its own star nettled inside.
The bowl shaped structure is following the same path as the Sunseeker and it has a habitable are the size of millions of Earths, A landing party is sent to the surface, where they encounter some of the structures inhabitants - wildly differing species, and not all of them friendly.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/07/2014
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781783294329
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Review by JohnFair
Written by Niven and Benford, you are looking at the top tier of hard science fiction authorship here, and the book ticks all the required item; a slow sleeper ship, using a ramscoop and taking a colony out to a star thought to have life bearing planets runs into an unexpected object - not a traditional Dyson Sphere, nor yet Niven's answer to that, a Ring World, but a bowl cupping a star as both objects make a transit that appears to be heading in the same direction as the Earth shi. Once in orbit, some members of the crew travel down to the bowl and find themselves involved in a power struggle bewteen the owners of this fantastic object and the species they had adapted to their lifestyle. There are some good pieces of interesting storytelling about tthe different areas the team members find themselves in and a real sense of the age of the object they find themselves aboard. If this had inteneded to be a single book, there would have been no way that even such talented authors could have done the Bowl justice but there is already a sequel on the way so the authors have the space to look at justifyinbg various aspects of the object.