Co-written with Michael Bishop, 'Under Heaven's Bridge' was first published in 1980 by Victor Gollancz and was reprinted in hardcover in 1981 by the Readers Union (book club), 160 pages.
Storyline: A multinational expedition has landed, from their orbiting starship Heavensbridge, on the planet Onogoro, a cold and dour world circling one star of a binary pair. Their objective is to investigate a strange alien race, known to the human visitors as the Kybers.
These aliens, dwelling in a great network of ruined palaces, are partly biological creatures and partly machine, with the ability to switch themselves off at will, thus appearing to 'die' periodically.
The expedition's linguist, a beautiful Japanese, and the impulsive Andrik Norn, aspiring specialist in alien behaviour, are together drawn into a fierce knot of passion and ultimate betrayal as they struggle to understand the strange origin and motives of the aliens-which, if true, could shatter humanity's concept of the universe. Meanwhile, other expedition scientists discover that the Kybers' sun is soon to blaze up in a nova. Yet the Kybers' sun is soon to blaze up in a nova. Yet the Kybers, when told this are not alarmed...
Under Heaven's Bridge is the first science fiction collaboration spanning the Atlantic. England's Ian Watson and America's Michael Bishop have created here a novel that is a landmark in science fiction