Gregory Benford, Larry Niven

Bowl of Heaven

Gregory Benford, Larry Niven

Talk: Bowl of Heaven

Larry Niven & Gregory Benford, two of the most respected authors of hard science fiction, talk about their new book "Bowl of Heaven" and the concept of stories about "big dumb objects" as a sub-genre. They review prior stories (including Ringworld by Niven) and then talk about the physics of the "big smart object" that is the Bowl of Heaven -- a half dyson-sphere steering a star on an interstellar voyage.

Gregory Benford

Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a contributing editor of Reason magazine.

Larry Niven

Laurence van Cott Niven —known as Larry Niven—is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld, which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards.

Bowl of Heaven

When the SunSeeker leaves Earth, bound for the planet called “Glory,” its crew knows they will never see the Earth again. None of them can ever have imagined, however, what they will find along the way. A gargantuan object, with its own star nestled inside.

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