Biography of Gregory Benford
The American astrophysicist counted for his award-winning science fiction novels; as a professor at the University of California, Irvine; also provides his contributions as editor of Reason magazine. He is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the world of science and writing. In collaboration with William Rotsler, David Brin and Gordon Eklund; he provided award-winning specimens. The Lorde Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Science in 1995 and the Nebula Prize in 1980 are his notable achievements. His research encompasses not only physics and astronomy, but also plasma physics and has been recognized by NASA, NSF, AFOSR, DOE and other reputable institutes. He is well known for the controversial Passion Law he proposed in his novel Timescape.
Gregory Benford; aka Sterling Blake; a resident of Laguna Beach; California; was born in Mobile, Alabama, on January 30, 1941. Graduated in physics from the University of Oklahoma, 1963; completed his M.Sc. in 1965, followed by a Ph.D. in 1967, from the University of California, San Diego. After completion of his doctorate, he married Joan Abbe and fathered two children. Most of the characters in his novels are inspired by the personality of his wife who died in 2002. Jim Benford is his identical twin brother in collaboration with whom he produced a remarkable work of science fiction – Void.
Gregory Benford was appointed in 1971 as assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine; was then promoted to professor of astrophysics and plasma physics in 1979. In 2006, he resigned his position to join a scientific team of researchers working on the cause of aging in humans. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles related to biotechnology, particle physics, plasmas, condensed matter, etc.; more than one hundred and fifty short stories and novels; some articles and essays. His published novels portray the perfect amalgamation of his scientific and literary knowledge.
He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, the Universities of Turin and the University of Bologna. He is a consulting professor at NASA, DARPA, CIA and other agencies. He is a board member of the Mars Society and an active member of Alcor and a cryopreservation advocacy group in the UK.
All his life he has studied the physics of the galaxy and the existence of the black hole and tries to incorporate his findings and concepts into his science fiction and anthropology works. His first published novel was Deeper than the Darkness (1970). Years later he reworked the reprinted novel as The Stars in Shroud (1978); because he thought the old version was not as sophisticated and well-written.
His collaborative work – “If the Stars Are God” with Gordon Eklund; won him another Nebular award in 1974. The story encompasses the existence of extraterrestrials who regard the Sun as a god and the central planet.
His best solo work based on scientists and time travel, Timescape (1980) won him the Nebula Award, the British SF Award, the John Campbell Award, and also, a nomination for the Locus Award in 1981, was released. for printing in ten international languages. The novel perfectly describes the human madness in the current scientific world and the pseudo-scientific world. The story is set in 1998 when the world is hit by ecosystem disasters and today’s scientists attempt to send the message into the past; using tachyons which can travel with a speed faster than light; to warn them of the impending catastrophes of the present century. To avoid the grandfather’s paradox, the message is sent in jerky, staggered letters; which in turn creates more paradox. The final chapter is set in 1974, describing an ongoing awards ceremony for outstanding scientific achievement; where the scientist named Bernstein, who was the first to receive and decipher the signals,; receives the Enrico Fermi Prize. With the successful release of his works, the author recognized himself as a successful author of hard science fiction.
The Galactic Center Saga is an exciting and pioneering publication. It is considered significant because the author devoted much of it; that is nineteen years to complete the series. The series includes three novels named Galactic Center One, Galactic Center Two, and To the Galactic Center. The series is a compilation of six good reads. A prologue titled -Ocean of Night (1977); which is followed by Across the Sea of Suns; Tides of Light (1989); Furious Gulf (1994); Sailing in luminous eternity (1996). Sensory awareness and human emotions are the central themes. The series describes very well the coming future of human conquest of space and increasing conflicts until 2061. The books perfectly describe space travel and the war of the physical universe and the universe. biological humanity. In the year 2001; Jan De Bont had announced that he would offer a series based on the six volumes of the series, but nothing was released. However, in 1969, eight seasons of the series named Galaxy Odyssey; was produced by Japan National Broadcasting, of which Benford was the writer and host.
After the successful publication of the saga; the author published a series of ‘Science Thriller’. He is a scientific consultant for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Benford’s novels aptly depict the conflicts between inner humanity and outer scientific space. His books are great for exercising a mind. Mostly science geeks and nerds would opt for them. What do we think the inspirations for movies like Star Wars are based on? The only limitation on Benford’s writing is that he writes for adult geeks. His sets are complex and his imagination vast. With a pool of varied characters, he experiments with scientific theories. Gregory has acclaimed a distinct position among SF scientists and writers with so much hard work and awards in science and literature. Benford is a phenomenal writer with exceptional skills in hard SF writing that leaves his readers spellbound and amused.