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Shipstar: A Science Fiction Novel [Format Kindle]

Gregory Benford , Larry Niven

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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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1379 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reissue (8 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Failed experiment 9 mai 2014
Par RobR - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
When Bowl of Heaven came out I gave it an over eager 4 star rating. In retrospect I should have been less generous.

I'm a life-long Niven fan and I have enjoyed Benford, especially his Galactic Centre novels, and so I was expecting more. I've tried to figiure out why Shipstar and it's forerunner, Bowl of Heaven, haven't worked as well as they might and I can only come to the conclusion that as collaborators they weren't able to quite gell.

The story isn't too bad, but it never reaches any really sort of inventiveness, we've seen all this before. And the plot is pretty ordinary. That said, there's somewhere to explore and one or two of the characters are more interesting than I previously thought.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the read, but not as much as I'd have liked.

I just hope that Niven has one more gem up his sleeve before he has to hang up his writing 'boots'; maybe a stand alone, written by him, exploring some very strange galactic location, or one final collaboration with Pournelle... One can dream.
29 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting change up ... hi-fidelity sci-fi 15 avril 2014
Par robert johnston - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you think you know your tech sci-fi stuff, here is a story to expand your imaginings. It is the only tech sci-fi that I've read that provides CAD modeling illustrations at critical technical concept junctures to describe what it would otherwise take a 1000 words to explain poorly. The story has the legs to follow in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke's Rama saga plus Stephen Baxter at his best. This kind of mental fodder entertainment is hard to find and it pops. The first installment of this story, The Bowl of Heaven, was badly panned by reviewers. I didn't read it because of the hammering. At first ... I wasn't getting in to Shipstar and was thinking the Bowl of Heaven reviewers had nailed it. Then about 50-100 pages in, it hooked me.

Any sci-fi that pushes the boundaries of basic concepts gets my attention. Shipstar does that on many levels with theory made manifest, a crisp narrative, and reasonably well developed characters. The book is carried by the author's extrapolations into far future technology, the fringes of today's theoretical speculation.

This is a step function change-up on the static dynamics of the Dyson-sphere or Ringworld-like constructs. Shipstar is an ancient, dynamically integrated sun and semi-sphere relic ... thus ... the `Shipstar'. The relic is propelled through the galaxy using the star as the engine. The Shipstar has magnanimously collected whole civilizations into its near-Earth habitable construct where there exists sentient rules and hierarchy. The relic has the surface area of tens of thousands of Earths and remains only sparsely inhabited by the relic's strange collection of 'adopted' life forms.

The human ship that stumbles up on the relic is a deep space expedition that happens on the relic. The Earth ships flight path is ploteted directly to the Shipstar that's more or less half way to the final destination of the Earth ship.

Physics, astrophysics, hyper-engineering, exobiology, antiquity, evolution, governance and behaviors are mashed up in a compelling read. This is techie sci-fi extraordinaire.

5 Star excellent entertainment! I do hope the authors persevere criticism to continue the tale.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very smart, but ... 1 juin 2014
Par Clay Kallam - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the afterword to “Shipstar” (Tor, $27.99, 415 pages), co-author Gregory Benford (with Larry Niven) refers to the massive Bowl that is the main topic of this book and its predecessor, “Bowl of Heaven,” as a Big Smart Object. And in so doing, Benford pretty much reviewed both of these books – which by the way, should be read back-to-back, as if they were one volume. The authors don’t fill in any blanks, and in fact I had completely forgotten two major characters were married until it was brought up during the final pages of book two.

Regardless, though, these two volumes are in fact one Big Smart Object, with a lot of what passes for the plot being discussions of how the Bowl (an incredibly massive object that cruises the galaxy) works, and how a jet from its accompanying star is generated and controlled. The characters fade into the background as the technical ideas flow, and then Benford and Niven add more and more aliens to the mix to further muddy the waters, and distance the reader from the supposed protagonists.

Then again, folks don't buy Benford/Niven books for nuanced characters and subtle shades of emotion -- those who have bought Benford/Niven books in the past, though, know what to expect.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Just be sure you read "Bowl of Heaven" first 21 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I bought "Shipstar" and began reading it on my Kindle, I almost stopped and put it down. The beginning was very, very confusing. But I discovered that was because I hadn't read "Bowl of Heaven" and didn't realize "Shipstar" was part two of the story. I'm glad I kept reading it and in the end I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it so much that now I've purchased "The Bowl of Heaven" to read and the Whispersynch connected audio. There seem to be people who really haven't liked either book. I'm not one of them. Read "Shipstar", but only after you've read "Bowl of Heaven".
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another unique Niven World 19 avril 2014
Par Richard Swann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very interesting concept. Well written. Interesting characters both human and alien with thoughtful character development. Fast paced and exciting. A great weekend read!
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