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Creator: Gregory Benford
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 Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions.

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 Man-Kzin Wars series with Larry Niven
  • Some books with co-author Gordon Eklund, including If the Stars are Gods
  • Foundation's Fear, an installment in the late Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
  • Beyond the Fall of Night, a not-very-well-received sequel to the late Arthur C. Clarke's Against the Fall of Night

Tropes in his works:

  • Centrifugal Gravity: 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In Eater, the Eater of All Things is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; since it's a sapient black hole, this is natural enough.
  • Grandfather Paradox: 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.
  • Human Popsicle: The short story "Doing Lennon" features a man who has himself cryogenically frozen in order to impersonate John Lennon in the future.
  • Living Gasbag: The Sunborn has strange alien gasbags discovered on Pluto, which show signs of intelligence.
  • Mechanical Evolution: TheGalactic Center novels have "mechs" which evolved from self-replicating Von Neumann machines, after they were abandoned when their biological creators destroyed themselves.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: 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 Global Warming-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.
  • Ring World Planet: 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.
  • Star Killing: In the Galactic Center series, it is implied that the mechs are the cause behind a number of recent novas.

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alternative title(s): Gregory Benford
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