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Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated - one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape - while the mystery of the Shipstar’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
©2014 Gregory Benford, Larry Niven (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Rob S. on 02-20-15

I loved it, Great hard science fiction,

Wonderful story, that kept me wanting to know what was next. Smart concepts, that have a lot of thought behind them, running through the story in a way that builds a world, and shows you it to you through storytelling. This is a clever and interesting hard science fiction adventure.

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By ToddAS on 06-26-17

kind of meh

Narrator is boring. Story is boring, hard to care about the characters. Drones on a bit.

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By Kindle Customer on 05-26-16

Another memorable creation

This story is of yet another world alternative .
Full of a mix of discovery and adventure. Addressing the way mankind my travel in the future and the planets he might meet in the alien people that he will interact with a most enjoyable story

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