A human expedition into deep space encounters a gigantic artifact-a bowl-shaped object with a star at the center, and a habitable area equivalent to many millions of times the Earth's surface. A landing party is sent to investigate, and they find a variety of strange, exotic creatures populating the Bowl. The landing party is separated into two groups-one is captured by the alien inhabitants, the other is pursued across the exotic and deadly terrain.
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. Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist best known for his novel Timescape and the Galactic Center Saga.