I read a great sci-fi book years ago but cannot locate it now! It was about a guy trying to get salvage from an abandoned world which had been built in rings around a star. Each ring being closer to the star (the needed energy source). This guy and his "crew" progress from one ring to the next traveling toward the center of the world. On the way one guy gets sliced in half by a high pressure hydraulic fluid when he tries to salvage a device by cutting the attaching hose. They run into a stasis zoo where one of the exhibits is another human with his head about to be bitten off by an alien. Finally at the center of the world they find a conveyor leading "out". One of the people ride the conveyor and ends up in a place for "advanced beings". There he discovers that the world was created by a bovine race. He is taught the bovine language and being judged unready for the advanced status required there is sent back over the conveyor where he rejoins his crew.

  • Welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy! Take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit any more details. Also, take a look at our tour to get a better understanding of our site and earn your first badge!
    – Edlothiad
    Jun 20 '17 at 0:06
  • I had this book. I'll let you know if I can remember the title and author. Jun 20 '17 at 16:02
  • Hi Dosco, Any luck remembering the book? Best Attwood! Jul 26 '17 at 14:08

Remembered it. Needed coffee.

Thomas R. McDonough. The Architects of Hyperspace, Avon Books, 1987.

A naive lady researcher follows her father's footsteps to a mysterious object in space where as his last transmission says, is "the answer to the question you always asked as a little girl."

  • 4
    Could you include some information about what makes this the book the OP is asking about?
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jun 20 '17 at 17:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.