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The Resource Shipstar, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

Shipstar, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

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Shipstar
Title
Shipstar
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Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
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Language
eng
Summary
"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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Review
The promised sequel to Bowl of Heaven (2012), in which a starship containing would-be colonists encounters a vast bowl-shaped construct that's being steered toward the same destination, using an entire star as its engine. Once the humans begin to explore the artifact, they learn that it's been wandering the galaxy for millions of years, capturing and enslaving other intelligent species and incorporating them into its complex ecology. Since the starship needs supplies, a landing party investigates and becomes separated when the Bowl's nominal rulers, the bulky, birdlike Folk, attempt to capture them. One group under biologist Beth Marble, assisted by creatures called finger snakes, manages to escape back to the starship; a second group, led by Cliff Kammash, teams up with the alien Sil—yet another species that chafes under the Folk's arrogant and inflexible governance. Back on the starship, Capt. Redwing attempts to communicate with the Folk and with Cliff, learning of still more powerful aliens whose ambition is to communicate with the advanced intelligences inhabiting the planet that is the Bowl's, and the starship's, ultimate destination. Putting less emphasis on the Bowl object itself, the authors make an effort to develop their characters, with notably more success where the aliens are concerned—technical discussions still tend to clog the human interactions. And there are lots of revelations concerning the Bowl's origins and purpose, even if much of it is reportage with little mystery or tension. The upshot is often impressive—not too surprisingly, given the authors' stellar credentials—yet only occasionally engaging. With the welcome influx of new ideas, a definite improvement on Volume 1.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
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10300489
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1941-
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Benford, Gregory
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.E542
LC item number
S47 2014
Literary form
fiction
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Niven, Larry
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True
Series statement
Bowl of heaven
Series volume
0002
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  • Space colonies
  • FICTION / Science Fiction / General
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Shipstar, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
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Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1014392
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
415 pages
Isbn
9780765328700
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013029318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765328700
  • (OCoLC)858549627
Label
Shipstar, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1014392
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
415 pages
Isbn
9780765328700
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013029318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765328700
  • (OCoLC)858549627

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