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:
- 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.