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Greg Bear (1951–2022)

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
Image credit: By Marci Malinowycz, © 1999.


Works by Greg Bear

Eon (1985) 4,056 copies
Darwin's Radio (1999) 3,571 copies
Blood Music (1985) 2,821 copies
The Forge of God (1987) — Author — 2,660 copies
Eternity (1988) 2,006 copies
Moving Mars (1993) 1,886 copies
Darwin's Children (2003) 1,708 copies
Anvil of Stars (1992) 1,690 copies
Foundation and Chaos (1998) 1,541 copies
Queen of Angels (1990) 1,456 copies
Slant (1997) 1,399 copies
Legacy (1995) 1,332 copies
Rogue Planet (2000) 1,312 copies
Hull Zero Three (2010) — Author — 881 copies
The Mongoliad: Book One (2012) 870 copies
Vitals (2002) — Author — 843 copies
Quantico (2005) — Author — 805 copies
City at the End of Time (2008) 728 copies
Songs of Earth And Power (1992) 697 copies
Dinosaur Summer (1998) 602 copies
Corona (1984) — Author — 601 copies
The Infinity Concerto (1984) — Author — 595 copies
Strength of Stones (1988) 563 copies
Heads (1990) — Author — 552 copies
Man-Kzin Wars IV (1991) — Contributor — 550 copies
Tangents (1989) — Author — 545 copies
Dead Lines: A Novel of Life . . . After Death (2004) — Author — 537 copies
Psychlone (1979) 470 copies
Hegira (1979) 424 copies
The Mongoliad: Book Two (2012) 408 copies
The Serpent Mage (1986) — Author — 381 copies
Beyond Heaven's River (1980) 365 copies
The Mongoliad: Book Three (2013) 344 copies
Halo: Primordium (2012) 286 copies
War Dogs (2014) 265 copies
Mariposa (2009) 232 copies
Halo: Silentium (2013) 177 copies
New Legends (1995) — Editor; Introduction — 174 copies
Hardfought/Cascade Point (1988) 164 copies
The Venging (1992) 135 copies
Killing Titan (2015) 134 copies
Eon & Eternity (1999) 98 copies
W3 Women in Deep Time (2002) 95 copies
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Editor — 71 copies
Hardfought [novella] (1983) 59 copies
The Eon Series (2017) 58 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 (2015) — Editor — 51 copies
The Unfinished Land (2021) 45 copies
The War Dogs Trilogy (2017) 36 copies
Early Harvest (1988) 21 copies
Sisters (1989) 18 copies
Blood Music [short story] (1983) 16 copies
The Way of All Ghosts (1999) 14 copies
Tangents [short fiction] (1986) 13 copies
Petra (1981) 13 copies
A Martian Ricorso (1976) 10 copies
Sleepside Story (1988) 9 copies
Through Road No Whither (1985) 9 copies
Bear's Fantasies (1992) 9 copies
Schrödinger's Plague (1982) 7 copies
The Machineries of Joy (1987) 7 copies
The White Horse Child (1979) 6 copies
Scattershot (1978) 6 copies
Dead Run (1985) 5 copies
Judgment Engine (1995) 4 copies
Webster (1973) 4 copies
Corona | Demons (1997) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Man Who Would Be Kzin (1991) 3 copies
Apollo at 25 2 copies
Sun-planet 1 copy
Perihesperon 1 copy
Mandala 1 copy
Doing Lennon 1 copy
Rush 1 copy
Destroyers 1 copy
Country of the Mind (1998) 1 copy
Warm Sea 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy

Associated Works

The Time Machine (1895) — Introduction, some editions — 17,743 copies
The Snow Queen (1980) — Introduction, some editions — 2,329 copies
A Case of Conscience (1958) — Introduction, some editions — 1,841 copies
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) — Contributor — 1,619 copies
Far Horizons (1999) — Contributor — 773 copies
Requiem (1992) — Contributor — 736 copies
The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001) — Contributor — 567 copies
Psychoshop (1998) — Introduction, some editions — 481 copies
King Kong (1932) — Introduction, some editions — 428 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 422 copies
The World Set Free (1914) — Introduction, some editions — 418 copies
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contributor — 394 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 315 copies
Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder (1987) — Introduction, some editions — 246 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 235 copies
The 1984 Annual World's Best SF (1984) — Author — 231 copies
Murasaki (1992) — Contributor — 226 copies
Dragons of Light (1980) — Contributor — 224 copies
Cats in Space...and Other Places (1992) — Contributor — 217 copies
The New Hugo Winners, Volume II (1991) — Contributor — 212 copies
Black Holes (1978) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contributor — 186 copies
The Best of All Possible Wars (1998) — Author — 168 copies
The Ultimate Cyberpunk (2002) — Contributor — 151 copies
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contributor — 148 copies
Future on Ice (1998) — Contributor — 143 copies
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contributor — 134 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contributor — 131 copies
Far Futures (1995) — Contributor — 130 copies
Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (1987) — Contributor — 126 copies
Full Spectrum 2 (1990) — Contributor — 117 copies
Hackers (1984) — Contributor — 116 copies
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 109 copies
Nanotech! (1998) — Contributor — 108 copies
The 1979 Annual World's Best SF (1979) — Contributor — 106 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 104 copies
Nebula Award Winning Novellas (1994) — Contributor — 99 copies
Armageddon (1990) — Contributor — 98 copies
The First Omni Book of Science Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 92 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 91 copies
The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Contributor — 90 copies
New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 87 copies
Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science (2000) — Contributor — 84 copies
New Stories from the Twilight Zone (1991) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Best of Isaac Asimovs SF Magazine (1988) — Contributor — 71 copies
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 65 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #13 (1984) — Contributor — 62 copies
Fantasy Annual III (1977) — Contributor — 58 copies
Nanodreams (1995) — Contributor — 55 copies
David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1996) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Contributor — 44 copies
Universe 9 (1979) — Contributor — 42 copies
Universe 8 (1978) — Contributor — 33 copies
Alternities (1974) — Contributor, some editions — 32 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 27 copies
Discoveries:First Focus Sci-Fi Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 25 copies
Isaac Asimov's War (1993) — Contributor — 23 copies
Novel Ideas: Science Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 21 copies
Nebula Awards #19 (1983) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Book of Silverberg (2014) — Introduction — 18 copies
New Dimensions Science Fiction Number 8 (1978) — Contributor — 15 copies
Omni Visions Two (1994) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison (2019) — Contributor — 12 copies
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine: Vol. 7, No. 2 [February 1983] (1983) — Contributor; Contributor — 11 copies
Univers 1985 (1985) — Contributor — 10 copies
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
I mondi del possibile (1993) — Contributor — 7 copies
Odyssey (Tales from the Wonder Zone) (2004) — Introduction — 7 copies
Tomorrow: New Worlds of Science Fiction (1975) — Contributor — 7 copies
H. G. Wells: critic of progress (1973) — Cover artist, some editions — 7 copies
Science Fiction — Contributor — 6 copies
Kopernikus 6 (1982) — Author, some editions — 6 copies
The Roots of Fantasy: Myth, Folklore & Archetype (1989) — Contributor — 4 copies
S-Fマガジン 1987年 07月号 — Contributor — 1 copy
S-Fマガジン 2012年 10月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy
S-Fマガジン 1997年 06月号 — Contributor — 1 copy
S-Fマガジン 2010年 11月号 [雑誌] (2010) — Contributor — 1 copy
80年代SF傑作選〈下〉 (ハヤカワ文庫SF) (1992) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Queen of Angels notes card in Easton Press Collectors (July 2023)
Greg Bear 1951-2022 in Science Fiction Fans (November 2022)
SiFi, portal, two symultaneous earth futures in Name that Book (June 2013)


Fun hard science fiction, interesting ideas. Kinda like Annihilation in a way, and kinda creepy in a way...
keithostertag | 49 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Didn't like Bear's story, the "alien perspective" schtick got tiresome by page five. Zahn's short story was quite interesting however and added another dimension (pun intended) to the hazards of FTL travel.
NurseBob | 3 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
There are as many good reasons to love this novel as there are to despise it.
On one side, this Greg Bear guy has an old-school approach to gender anything. Women are sexual objects or plot devices, and some assertions about the male and female "mind" are, honestly, ridiculous. Plot development is clunky and some bad psychology makes it even clunkier. For example [SPOILER ALERT]

Peter has lost his daughter exactly two years before. He needs to be reminded by a random detective who seems caring more than him about finding the girl's murderer. This would make sense if he was that kind of character, but he is not, so how doesn't he remember? Or, why are we not given a hint that he doesn't want to remember?


There are so many threads that don't lead anywhere... The detective, the tech side, everything is left hanging.

On the other side, the characters are likeable, the ending is truly moving, in a bitter-sweet sort of way, and there is an atmosphere of melancholy and missed opportunities, of loss and grief, that reminded me of Dandelion Wine.
Also, Greg Bear writes male protagonists that are exactly my sort of man: middle aged, sweet but rugged and reserved, with a killer sense of humour and a dislike of drama, kinda Hemingway without the machismo.
I know I will read again this novel, because of the golden sunset atmosphere, all the nonsensical plot development notwithstanding.
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Elanna76 | 18 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
Characters and plot development: 2 stars
Universe building: 4 stars
Underlying philosophy: WTF

Do me please the favour of tolerating a small personal indiscretion, for the sake of further clarity down the road of this review. Many, many years ago, I finally gathered the courage to send The Great Love Of My Life on his merry way, explaining to him that, looking back, it was clear to me that we had been mutually toxic for virtually all the fifteen years of our relationship, and also that I had felt empty, un-loved, in need of more respect and trust, and desperately lonely for the best part of it. I also reminded him of how he was so unhappy himself that he had been constantly threatening to break up and complaining about my shortcomings for years. His answer was a boyish, pained look of disbelief and the unforgettable statement: "Why? Why do you want to throw it all away?! I AM SO HAPPY WITH YOU..."
Yes, he did. And yes, he probably was.

Great world-building and disappointing plot development with some glimpses of interest seem to be signatures of Greg Bear's narrative style. So is the veiled sexism poking out the futuristic sexual freedom like nettles through the fabric of an old blanket.
Here the first chapters promise a whole lot, that is not delivered by the end of the novel. The AI story arc is compelling and well concluded, while many other characters fizzle out running around without purpose after being introduced as main actors in the plot. One of them even opens one the introductory chapters only to be carried around as a dead weight, while another seems to be the protagonist, but in the end is just there to be substantially tortured by the plot, and to let readers revel into the aforementioned gorgeous world-building. Maybe even to show how women are fragile, but I am not sure about that.
Possibly the most unnerving quirk of Greg Bear's novels is the streak of sexism and broken psychology that makes some characters and their choices feel like a glitch in the matrix. One of the main plot devices arises from the necessity, for a woman scientist, to MODIFY HER OWN BRAIN BECAUSE THE FEMALE BRAIN IS NOT CREATIVE ENOUGH TO GIVE HER AN EDGE AS A RESEARCHER. Yes, you just read that. It's not all, and here we get to the reason for my little dirty confession above. One of the main characters is an insufferable, holier-than-thou, arrogant, puritan American yuppie convinced that life, wife, children and society at large all owe him more than they gave him. The Great Love Of My Life and our break-up exchange came immediately to my mind. Oh boy, did I savour his fall from grace (or the apocalyptic damage he may cause if victorious). I am a long-hating green monster, I know. By the way, much to my dismay, it became clear half-way through the novel that he was the good guy all along. We are even treated to a molassey happy family ending. People, Greg Bear IDENTIFIES with this guy. Shivers of uneasiness and cringe. Long, painful soul-searching and questioning of my literary choices and taste. Conclusion: I know I will go looking for the first installment of the series (this book is a stand-alone, but I understand it takes part in a longer story arc). This man Bear builds worlds so well. I will just write it down to Guilty Pleasures, together with watching dr. Phil videos on You Tube and reading the Guardian, knowing it will infuriate me.

Today I learned that there is such a thing as hate-reading.
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Elanna76 | 19 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |



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