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

"Physicist Benford (The Martian Race, 1999, etc.) has a knack for portraying scientists and how they work: mind-bogglingly hard SF drama recounted with flair and verisimilitude."
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

"Invaluable, not just for the splendid fiction and lively nonfiction, but as another annual snapshot, complete with grins and scowls."
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

"Taut, plausible, and full of ideas."
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

"But Benford makes little attempt to grapple with the philosophical issues raised, and his leading lady could use a personality transplant. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club featured alternate selection; author tour)"
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

"Sometimes needlessly and annoyingly meddlesome, but yet another curious blend of reinventions and retrospective criticism, intriguing and engrossing when Benford extends and embellishes Asimov's vision."
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

"Abstrusely wonderful ideas undermined by graceless drama and contrived plotting."
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

"Extravagantly, mind-bogglingly strangeyet it's the well- realized characters as much as Benford's astounding inventiveness that propel this amorphous drama to its utterly fascinating conclusion."
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

"This future world and its characters (except for Toby) have little depth, but when it comes to conjuring the marvels of space and the bizarre possibilities of high-energy physics, Benford is second to none."
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 >