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Greg Bear was born in San Diego, California, on August 20, 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1973. At age 14, he began submitting pieces to magazines and at 15 he sold his first story to Robert Lowndes' Famous Science Fiction. It would be five years before he sold another piece, but by 23 he was selling stories regularly. He has written more than 30 science fiction and fantasy books and has won numerous awards for his work. In 1984, Hardfought and Blood Music won the Nebula Awards for best novella and novelette; Blood Music went on to win the Hugo Award. The novel version of that story, also called Blood Music, won the Prix Apollo in France. In 1987, Tangents won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best short story. He also won a Nebula in 1994 for Moving Mars and in 2001 for Darwin's Radio. Both Dinosaur Summer and Darwin's Radio have been awarded the Endeavour for best novel published by a Northwest science fiction author. He is also an illustrator and his work has appeared in Galaxy, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Vertex, and in both hardcover and paperback books. He was a founding member of ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction Artists. His works include City at the End of Time, Hull Zero Three, The Mongoliad, Mariposa, Halo: Cryptum, Halo: Primordium and Halo: Silentium. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Eon 3,702 copies, 48 reviews
Darwin's Radio 3,338 copies, 83 reviews
Blood Music 2,554 copies, 46 reviews
The Forge of God 2,406 copies, 51 reviews
Eternity 1,847 copies, 19 reviews
Moving Mars 1,734 copies, 20 reviews
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Anvil of Stars 1,547 copies, 18 reviews
Foundation and Chaos 1,413 copies, 13 reviews
Queen of Angels 1,329 copies, 16 reviews
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Legacy 1,227 copies, 12 reviews
Rogue Planet 1,126 copies, 4 reviews
Hull Zero Three 793 copies, 50 reviews
The Mongoliad: Book One 788 copies, 34 reviews
Vitals 766 copies, 11 reviews
Quantico 732 copies, 24 reviews
City at the End of Time 659 copies, 30 reviews
Songs of Earth And Power 648 copies, 4 reviews
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Odyssey (Tales from the Wonder Zone) (Introduction) 7 copies
Science Fiction (Contributor) 6 copies
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Greg was born in San Diego on August 20th, 1951, to Wilma M. and Dale F. Bear. He sold his first short story at the age of fifteen to the magazine Famous Science Fiction and his first novel, Hegira, appeared in 1979. One of Bear's most famous stories is "Blood Music", which won the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. Another short story, "Dead Run", was adapted by Alan Brennert for the second Twilight Zone television show. He worked as a freelance journalist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he covered all the Voyager planetary encounters for the San Diego Union, as a film commentator for the Los Angeles Times, as a book reviewer for the San Diego Union Book Review supplement, as a bookseller and as lecturer for the San Diego City Schools. He was a founding member of ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction Artists. In the 1980s, Bear served on the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy and as science and speculations advisor for the pilot episode of the Amblin/Universal TV production _Earth 2 (1994) (TV)_. In 1975, he married Christina M. Nielson, but they divorced in 1981. Married to Astrid Anderson (daughter of Poul Anderson) in 1983. They have a son, Erik (born September 1986) and a daughter, Alexandra (born January 1990). His science fiction often draws on his knowledge of biology and anthropology.
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