Bowl of Heaven (Bowl of Heaven, Book 1) by Larry Niven, Gregory Benford

By Larry Niven, Gregory Benford

During this first collaboration by way of technology fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the boundaries of ask yourself are redrawn once more as a human excursion to a different big name procedure is jeopardized by way of an come upon with an astonishingly sizeable artifact in interstellar house: a bowl-shaped constitution half-englobing a celeb, with a liveable region such as many thousands of Earths…and it’s on an immediate direction heading for a similar method because the human ship.

A touchdown social gathering is shipped to enquire the Bowl, but if the explorers are separated—one team captured by means of the large structure’s alien population, the opposite pursued throughout its unusual and unsafe landscape—the secret of the Bowl’s origins and function propel the human voyagers towards discoveries that might rework their realizing in their position within the universe.

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Clearing the pirates out. All merchanters having equal chance at the new ships that might be built. Hopes rose and fell. At the moment they were fallen, and she took wild chances on dockside. Geoff was right. Stupidity. But it had helped, with the soldiers crawling all over station that close to crossing the Line into foreign space. So she scattered a bit of her saved credit on a fellow who 32 Merchanter's Luck could use a good drink and a good sleepover. In a wild impulse of charity it might have been good to have scattered a bit more on him: he looked as if he could have used it… but touchy-proud.

His mouth tasted of copper and bile. His hands were stiff and refused coordinated movement. He rolled out of the cushion in the pit and hit the deck on his knees in a skittering of empty water bottles and foil papers sliding under his hand. "Wake up, Sandy," comp was telling him. He reached the keyboard still kneeling, hooked an arm over it and managed to code in the one zero one that stopped it, about the most that his numbed brain was capable of doing in straight sequence. Wake up. Not that much time left before they would want answers out of him, before his absence from controls would be noticed.

Prolonged dock was no fun for the littlest, in cramped spaces and adult noise. "Bye," Allison said, and Tish slid down and worked her way through adult legs to bedevil some of her other several hundred cousins, while Allison shut her eyes and wished the noise would stop. Her wishes were narrow at the moment, centered on her own comfortable, clean-smelling bed. Then the bell rang, the Cinderella stroke that ended liberty and liberties, and the children were shushed and taken in arms. Conversations died.

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