Bowl of Heaven
by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765328410
Date: 16 October 2012 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
From back of book: In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Eon), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths... and it's on a direct heading for the same system as the human ship.
A landing party is sent to investigate the Bowl, but when the explorers are separated--one group captured by the gigantic structure's alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape--the mystery of the Bowl's origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that will transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
(Source: Tor Books)