From the authors you list, it looks like you're squarely in the realm of science fiction.
You might try the works of Niven and Pournelle. The Mote in God's Eye is available for kindle and very reasonably priced. Also of interest would be Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward. It's about a race of aliens who evolved to withstand conditions on the surface of a neutron star, with the result that one Earth hour is equivalent to hundreds of their years.