Books by Greg Bear

NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not a banner year, all in all, but good enough to delight and entertain."
The Nebula Awards 2014 showcase, for works published in 2013. In 2015. At last! Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An intriguing story, but fiction at this high a level deserves just a little more."
First of a new science-fiction trilogy from the author of Halo: Silentium (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
CITY AT THE END OF TIME by Greg Bear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Somehow, all this will save the universe, or maybe start a new one, but trillions of—no, wait—hundreds of pages later, you still won't care."
Eschatological fantasy from Bear (Quantico, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD LINES by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"The final close, though, is a quiet-as-dust epilogue."
The Big Sleep meets Dean Koontz in Bear's first big leap into mainstream fiction after a lifetime of high-grade SF (Darwin's Children, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
DARWIN’S CHILDREN by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Scary and technically plausible though demanding work, even if the good guys' resurgence depends more on coincidence than logic."
Not so much a sequel as a continuation of Bear's near-future biological thriller, Darwin's Radio (1999). Read full book review >
VITALS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2002

"But where it's all going not even the author seems to know, and the upshot is both baffling and inconclusive."
Near-future biological thriller, very much in the vein of Bear's previous outing, Darwin's Radio (1999). Read full book review >
DINOSAUR SUMMER by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 1998

"Amiable, sometimes stirring incident-packed baloney: a yarn that screams I wanna be a movie!"
Fantasy built on a fantasy—in Bear's alternative 1947, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World wasn't fiction, but fact!—mingling real and imaginary characters with a quite unbelievable hodgepodge of defiantly unextinct beasties from the Carboniferous on up. Read full book review >
SLANT by Greg Bear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 28, 1997

"Complexity without clarity; Bear's yarn eventually packs quite a wallop, but what with the numbing present-tense narrative it seems to take forever to get there."
This sequel to Queen of Angels (1990) continues Bear's exploration of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in the mid-21st century. Read full book review >
NEW LEGENDS by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Nonpareil."
This original anthology of 15 stories and an essaya collection that, Bear hopes, amounts to "science fiction with a great soul"is divided into six sections: "Choices," "Growing Up," "Them and Us," "Win, Lose, or Draw," "Redemption," and "Ciphers,"all themes familiar from Bear's own fiction (Moving Mars, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
LEGACY by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1995

"A remarkable and utterly convincing feat of creation, from which the lack of really memorable characters and their often turbid motivations detracts hardly at all."
A prequel to Eon (1985) and Bear's subsequent hard-sf yarns describing the Way, a multidimensional passage to other worlds and times. Read full book review >
MOVING MARS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"So it has been; so it is here."
Medium-future Martian odyssey from the author of Anvil of Stars (1992), etc. In 2171, Mars inhabitants are grouped in extended family businesses that sometimes compete, sometimes cooperate, and resist the imposition of a central authority. Read full book review >
ANVIL OF STARS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 1992

"Despite some interesting ideas, then: slow and unrewarding."
A book-length amplification of the last pages of The Forge of God (1987). Read full book review >
HEADS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The irritatingly stupid narrator doesn't help."
Slender illustrated science-fiction novella (it first appeared last year in Britain) from the author of Eon, Blood Music, Queen of Angels, etc. In the 22nd century, the Moon is inhabited by extended industrial-economic families. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF ANGELS by Greg Bear
Released: July 1, 1990

"Better, overall, than Bear's recent offerings—but not by much."
Sort of futuristic police procedural/psychocrime brain-twiddler, as Bear continues his rather obsessive exploration of a single theme: the perfectibility of humanity. Read full book review >
TANGENTS by Greg Bear
Released: Aug. 21, 1989

"Hints, plus several longer passages, show what Bear is truly capable of; but, by and large, the impression is of a major talent slowly but surely wasting away."
Nine stories, old and new, plus an article on computer graphics that never saw print: Bear's first collection since his brilliant 1983 The Wind from a Burning Woman. Read full book review >
ETERNITY by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 1988

"Another disappointment: the ideas are there, the discipline isn't."
Sequel to Eon (1985), exceedingly hard to follow if you haven't read the original or don't recall precisely what occurred therein. Read full book review >
THE FORCE OF GOD by Greg Bear
Released: Oct. 2, 1987

"Very disappointing work from a talented but overproductive and erratic writer."
Bear's problem is that his so-so novels (Eon and Blood Music, both 1985) have not lived up to the promise of his dazzling story collection The Wind from a Burning Woman (1983). Read full book review >
EON by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1985

"And even when the narrative finally gathers momentum and excitement, the many dazzling ideas here are never firmly under control."
A big, ambitious, highly imaginative but less than fully persuasive novel from the author of Blood Music (p. 62). Read full book review >
BLOOD MUSIC by Greg Bear
Released: April 30, 1985

"Very disappointing work from a strong talent."
Expanding one of his splendid short stories (a standout in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 1984), Bear has fashioned a woefully ragged and aimless novel—despite some arresting ideas and images. Read full book review >
THE WIND FROM A BURNING WOMAN by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 1983

"Fractured, brooding scenarios with barely human protagonists: superior orthodox sf plus some of the most effective surrealism since J. G. Ballard—in a powerful, original, and startling package."
On the basis of this first hardcover collection—two novellas and four substantial stories, 1978-82, drawn from magazines and anthologies—Bear is one of sf's most impressive up-and-comers. Read full book review >