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.
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I loved it, Great hard science fiction,
- Rob S.
Should have been titled "Falling Star"
Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.
Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.
The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.
I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.