Dr Gregory Benford, born on this day in 1941, is a man of many talents. A Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California, he is also one of the world’s leading writers of Hard SF and a contributing editor of Reason magazine.
He is perhaps best known for his 1979 novel Timescape – which won the Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial and BSFA Awards for best novel and the Ditmar Award for best international novel – but has also undertaken collaborations with David Brin and Arthur C. Clarke among others and, as one of the ‘Killer Bs’ (with Brin and Greg Bear), wrote one of three authorised sequels to Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series.
SF Gateway currently has 27 of his books available, including both ‘Galactic Center Saga’ series and The Heart of the Comet, co-written with David Brin. In addition to his celebrated literary works – he has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula thirteen times, winning twice – he has also written for television and served as a scientific consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation.