Books by Gregory Benford

Gregory Benford is an eminent physicist, multiple award-winning author, and recipient of the United Nations Prize for Literature.


SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"With the welcome influx of new ideas, a definite improvement on Volume 1."
The promised sequel to Bowl of Heaven (2012), in which a starship containing would-be colonists encounters a vast bowl-shaped construct that's being steered toward the same destination, using an entire star as its engine. Read full book review >
BOWL OF HEAVEN by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"BDO or BSO, there's nothing wrong with the hardware; it's the wetware that's disappointingly deficient."
The first full-length collaboration from Niven (Fate of Worlds, 2012, etc.) and Benford (The Sunborn, 2005, etc.), featuring a science-fiction trope, the Big Dumb Object—or, as the authors distinguish it, a Big Smart Object since it's dynamically stable, as opposed to passively stable like Niven's BDO, Ringworld. Read full book review >
THE SUNBORN by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 2, 2005

"Benford—here, as always, at his best when portraying scientists discussing ideas and hammering out hypotheses—offers up some absorbing scientific speculations, but stretches them to utterly far-fetched extremes."
Sequel to The Martian Race (1999), in which scientists Julia Barth and her Russian-accented husband, Viktor, pioneered Mars and discovered life, the vast, anaerobic, enigmatic Marsmat. Read full book review >
BEYOND INFINITY by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 18, 2004

"Inexplicable except in terms of a deep-seated obsession: offers few orthodox novelistic virtues, goes nowhere in particular, and despite—or maybe because of—the copious ideas based on string theory and other exotic physics, weighs a ton."
Novel-length rewrite of Benford's story "Beyond the Fall of Night" (1990), itself a sequel to Arthur C. Clarke's "Against the Fall of Night" (and later novel The City and the Stars). Read full book review >
EATER by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

When Hawaii-based physicist Benjamin Knowlton discovers a peculiar interstellar object of inexplicable properties, his old

rival, Britisher Kingsley Dart, invites himself along for a look. Read full book review >

NEBULA AWARDS: SHOWCASE 2000 by Gregory Benford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

The 1998 Nebula Award winners faithfully appear here—Bruce Holland Rogers's Best Short Story, "Thirteen Ways to

Water"; Jane Yolen's Best Novelette, "Lost Girls"; Sheila Finch's Best Novella, "Reading the Bones"; and an excerpt from

Joe Haldeman's Best Novel, Forever Peace—together with Rhysling Award (poetry) winners John Grey and Laurel Winter, and

runner-up yarns from Geoffrey A. Landis, Walter Jon Williams, and Mark J. McGarry. Read full book review >

THE MARTIAN RACE by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 1999

A mission to Mars, from physicist-author Benford (Cosm, 1998, etc.), is both a race to reach the red planet and a living race of Martian biota. Read full book review >

COSM by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

First of Avon's new f/sf line (see also Danvers, below) relaunched under the Eos imprint: a near-future you-are-there account of physics and physicists from a writer/scientist who knows whereof he speaks (Foundation's Fear, p 102, etc.). Read full book review >

FOUNDATION'S FEAR by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1997

Benford's previous output includes a sequel to a story written by Arthur C. Clarke (Beyond the Fall of Night, 1990). Read full book review >

FAR FUTURES by Gregory Benford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

Five original novellas derived from an exciting concept: Benford encouraged his contributors to extrapolate to, or speculate upon, the almost unimaginably remote future. Read full book review >

SAILING BRIGHT ETERNITY by Gregory Benford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Final volume of Benford's stirring Galactic Center series (Furious Gulf, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

FURIOUS GULF by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 1994

Benford's latest novel in his Galactic Center series (Great Sky River, 1987) is strongest when it focuses on the crowded stellar masses, the whirling clouds of hot gasses, and the unimaginable forces that surround the ``Eater of All Things,'' the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE FALL OF NIGHT by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 1990

"So, Clarke's near-best has brought out the usually brilliant Benford's absolute worst—and the upshot is a project ill-conceived, ill-wrought, and irrelevant."
In Benford's case, beyond anything remotely in harmony with Clarke's far-future saga Against the Fall of Night (later reworked as the better 1956 novel, The City and the Stars). Read full book review >