here. For comments on Anderson's contributions to Niven's Man-Kzin Wars subseries, see here.
Benford's and Niven's Bowl Of Heaven (TOR, New York, 2013) is like getting Niven's Ringworld back. I mean an artifact bigger than planets. Ringworld initiated a tetralogy and a co-written trilogy which, like the Man-Kzin Wars, are subseries of Niven's Known Space future history. Bowl... launches a new series. The authors think big and their alien characters build big.
On the title page of Part II, the authors quote Lord Dunsany:
"Man is a small thing, and the night is large and full of wonder." (p. 79)
I think that I can improve that:
"Man is small; night is wide and wondrous."
(Scottish English gives us "Man is wee..." but that sounds twee.)
We can also compare all these series with Star Trek:
"They left a skeleton crew aboard SunSeeker, with [Captain] Redwing plainly sorry that proper ship command protocols demanded that he stay aboard." (p. 81)
Captain Kirk, take note.