Gregory Benford (1941- ) is an American astrophysicist who also happens to be a bestselling award-winning science fiction author.


His story "And The Sea Like Mirrors" was included in Creator/HarlanEllison's anthology ''Literature/AgainDangerousVisions''.

His novels include:
* ''Timescape''
* ''Against Infinity''
* ''Beyond Infinity'' (no relation)
* ''The Stars in Shroud'' (also published as ''Deeper Than the Darkness'')
* The ''Galactic Center'' saga, consisting of:
** ''In the Ocean of Night''
** ''Across the Sea of Suns''
** ''Great Sky River''
** ''Tides of Light''
** ''Furious Gulf''
** ''Sailing Bright Eternity ''
* Two novels in the ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Man-Kzin Wars]]'' series with Creator/LarryNiven
* Some books with co-author Gordon Eklund, including ''If the Stars are Gods''
* ''Foundation's Fear'', an installment in the late Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series
* ''Beyond the Fall of Night'', a not-very-well-received sequel to the late ArthurCClarke's ''Against the Fall of Night''
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!! Tropes in his works:
* CentrifugalGravity: The protagonists of ''Beyond Infinity'' spend a brief time trapped in a Tunnelworld after an encounter with some 4-dimensional aliens. It was a closed loop, so traveling in any direction for a long enough time would return you to your point of origin.
* ExtremeOmnivore: In ''Eater'', the Eater of All Things is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; since it's a sapient black hole, this is natural enough.
* GrandfatherParadox: ''Timescape'' describes a unique, quantum-mechanical approach to Grandfather Paradoxes. If a time-travelling signal were to prevent its own transmission, the signal and everything involved in triggering it would be in an ''indeterminate'' state where it neither does, nor doesn't, occur -- like Schrödinger's Cat before the box is opened.
* HumanPopsicle: The short story "Doing Lennon" features a man who has himself cryogenically frozen in order to impersonate John Lennon in the future.
* LivingGasbag: ''The Sunborn'' has strange alien gasbags discovered on Pluto, which show signs of intelligence.
* MechanicalEvolution: The''Galactic Center'' novels have "mechs" which evolved from self-replicating Von Neumann machines, after they were abandoned when their biological creators destroyed themselves.
* OrWasItADream: Theshort story "Sleepstory" features a space pilot fighting a war on Ganymede who gets a little compressed downtime with a dream-guiding narrative system, telling a story about an engineer in Los Angeles trying to fix breaches in the dams that keep the GlobalWarming-afflicted seas from flooding the city ...or possibly the other way round.
* {{Ramscoop}}: Gets a brief mention in ''The Stars in Shroud'', although FTL jump-drive technology is the main means of interstellar travel in that universe.
* RingWorldPlanet: The protagonists of ''Beyond Infinity'' spend a brief time trapped in a Tunnelworld after an encounter with some 4-dimensional aliens. It was a closed loop, so traveling in any direction for a long enough time would return you to your point of origin.
* StarKilling: In the ''Galactic Center'' series, it is implied that the mechs are the cause behind a number of recent novas.
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