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Shipstar: A Science Fiction Novel par [Benford, Gregory, Niven, Larry]
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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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Larry Niven is perhaps the most famous living SF author, best known for Ringworld. He is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Old School technological Science fiction 5 septembre 2015
Par grumpyoldgeezer - Publié sur
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I read a lot of Larry Niven back in the day. I loved his ability to describe technical details and his characters had a sense of humor. This outing (I read the Bowel of Heaven" first) had what I was looking for - old style first encounter, High Tech Science Fiction. His style is somewhat hampered by the collaborative effort and who ever kept putting in the observation that "everyone they knew back home was dead centauries ago" should just stop it. We knew that in the 2nd chapter of the first book. Also please tone down the "heavy sits the butt that bears the boss" musings - Yeah, its tough to be in charge - I get it.. Ah well, everyone is a critic. This was a immersive technological/sociological experiences for me and I found it most enjoyable. Read Both.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An improvement over the first novel in the series, but... 31 juillet 2015
Par Kpar - Publié sur
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Better than the first installment on this story. The editing is better, and the descriptive language is better, although still a bit wanting. The premise is that a ramscoop starship, traveling to a sun with a habitable planet named Glory, encounters a solar system sized artifact, gravitationally balanced with the thrust of an induced solar flare, driving the whole contraption through the galaxy.

A cross between Larry Niven's famous "Ringworld" and a Dyson Sphere, the Shipstar, also referred to in the previous novel as "The Bowl of Heaven" carries as passengers a number of intelligent species, all held in servitude by the Folk, or Birdfolk.

In the first novel, two bands of humans board the artifact, one immediately falling into the grasp of the Folk, then escaping, while the other party manages to avoid capture. This story describes the interaction between the humans on the run and the varied intelligences on the Bowl, many of whom chafe under the rule of the Folk.

At times both derivative and imaginative, this story could be significantly better in the descriptions of the environment, for example, in a number of places, the position of the sun is referred to, relative to the placement of the protagonists, but a little thought makes one realize that it would be an
incorrect placement. In other places in the book, there are mentions of places, alien species, and unique conditions that are not fully explained until later in the story. I understand that this is a standard science-fiction fare, requiring the reader to figure out what is going on (like any Philip K. Dick story), here it is a major annoyance, when the author(s) have already placed you in the action, but are leaving out relevant items- failing to build a mental picture.

At least the book ends in a typical Niven fashion, leaving tantalizing hints of greater mysteries.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bigger than Ringworld but not as well detailed 11 août 2016
Par William D. Pearson - Publié sur
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A great story in the vein of Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series and followup to Bowl of Heaven. It doesn't have the depth of surface detail that I found with Ringworld. The story mainly focuses on the crew of the "SunSeeker" trying to get supplies to continue its trip to the planet "Glory" and the problems the landing crew encountered while on the "bowl". As a collaborative writing, some parts of the book are confusingly written. I suspect these were written by Mr. Benford.
However, I find the book thoroughly entertaining.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Shades of Niven's Prime 13 juin 2014
Par Vern - Publié sur
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Larry Niven hasn't done anything solo for, let's see... decades? But in my opinion this 2-book series, Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar, is one of his better collaborations recently. It made me remember how much I enjoyed those early Niven "Known Space" classics... not just the Ringworld series but all the Known Space, Puppeteer, Beowulf Shaeffer stories. I never could get enough of that stuff. The five-volume "Fleet of Worlds" series revisits these story lines, but apart from the obvious rehash of prior work, it feels more like Learner than Niven. The "Bowl of Heaven" series may have been written mostly by Benford, but to me it feels like Niven, and I enjoyed it. If Niven's name wasn't on it, I'd probably give it five stars. But to me, five-star Niven is something very special; something that I fear we've seen the last of some time ago.

It really doesn't make sense to read these books out of order, so don't read Shipstar until you've finished "Bowl of Heaven."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A decent space story 28 septembre 2015
Par David S. Brumley - Publié sur
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Not a bad story. I'd recommend the book. But it wasn't the powerful, read-it-to-your-friends exciting story that some of Benford's and Niven's books have been. There was a feeling that the authors and everybody else knew the ending all along, and they were just playing along so the story wouldn't end on page one. You never got lost in the moment. But if you've read Bowl of Heaven, you'll like this as a sequel.
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