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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gregory Benford

Gregory Benford is another of my favourite SF writers and one I'm pleased to say that I got to interview. It was back in the mid-1990s when he (and Mrs. Benford) were in the UK promoting Sailing Bright Eternity and the interview took place at a pub just around the corner from Forbidden Planet, where Greg had been doing a signing. I can't be sure, but I think the interview was for Beyond, but the magazine folded before it could be run. In 1997, Liz Holliday was putting together the 'issue zero' of Odyssey and asked if I had anything and I dug out the interview from two years earlier which I believe Liz updated with a phonecall. I don't have the interview to hand, but I'll see if I can dig it out.

I do remember getting a couple of my books autographed, which is something I almost never do. What a gentleman!

If you want to learn more, Greg's official website will tell you all you should need to know.

To wrap this up, I'll just add that I'm looking forward to picking up his next book, Bowl of Heaven, co-written with another favourite of mine, Larry Niven, and out later this year.

Deeper Than the Darkness (New York, Ace Books, 1970; revised as The Stars in Shroud , New York, Berkley, 1978; London, Gollancz, 1978)
Sphere 0722-11571-7, 1980, 273pp.
---- [xth imp.] Nov 1986, 269pp, £2.95.
Orbit 0708-88372-9, Aug 1991, 273pp, £4.50.

Jupiter Project (Nashville Tennessee, Thomas Nelson, 1975; revised as The Jupiter Theft, New York, Berkley, 1980; as Jupiter Project, London, Sphere, 1982)
Sphere 0722-11572-5, 1982, 182pp.

In the Ocean of Night (New York, Dial Press, 1977; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1978)
Futura/Orbit 0708-88021-5, 1978, 333pp, 95p. Cover by Peter Jones
Vista 0575-60035-7, May 1997, 336pp, £5.99. Cover by Bob Eggleton

If the Stars Are Gods, with Gordon Eklund (New York, Berkley, 1977; London, Sphere, 1979; revised, New York, Bantam Spectra, Jan 1989)
Sphere 0722-11574-1, 1979, 202pp.

Shiva Descending, with William Rotsler (New York, Avon, 1980; London, Sphere, 1980)
Sphere 0722-11573-3, 1980, 394pp.

Find the Changeling, with Gordon Eklund (New York, Dell, 1980; London, Sphere, 1983)
Sphere 0722-11569-5, 1983, 249pp, £1.75.
Orbit 0708-88373-7, Aug 1991, 249pp, £4.50. Cover by Alan Brooks

Timescape (New York, Simon & Schuster, 1980; London, Gollancs, 1980)
Sphere 0722-11630-6, 1982, 412pp.
---- [xth imp.] Dec 1986, 412pp, £2.25.
---- [xth imp.] Dec 1987, 412pp, £3.50.
Vista 0575-60050-0, Dec 1996, 412pp, £5.99. Cover by Terry Pastor
Orion/Millennium [SF Masterworks 27] 1857-98935-X, Mar 2000, 412pp, £6.99. Cover by Chris Moore

Against Infinity (New York, Timescape, 1983; London, Gollancz, 1983)
New English Library 0450-05719-4, 1984, 251pp.
---- [2nd imp.] 1987, 251pp, £1.95.

Across the Sea of Suns (New York, Simon & Schuster/Timescape, Jan 1984; revised, New York, Bantam Spectra, Aug 1987)
Futura/Orbit 0708-88159-9, 1985, 399pp.
Vista 0575-60055-1, 1997, 353pp.

Artifact (New York, Tor, Jun 1985)
Bantam UK 0553-17206, Nov 1986,  544pp, £3.50.
Little Brown/Orbit 1841-49062-8, Jul 2001, 416pp, £6.99. Cover by Bob Warner

Heart of the Comet, with David Brin (New York, Bantam Spectra, Feb 1986; London, Bantam Spectra, Aug 1986)
Bantam UK 0553-17291-3, Apr 1987, 478pp, £2.95.
Orbit 1857-23436-7, 1997, 477pp, £6.99. Cover by Fred Gambino
---- [2nd imp.] 1998; [3rd imp.] 2002, £7.99.

Great Sky River (New York, Bantam Spectra, Dec 1987; London, Gollancz, Feb 1988)
Gollancz 0575-04303-2, Jul 1988, 326pp, £3.50. 
Gollancz 0575-05831-5, Aug 1995, 326pp, £5.99. Cover by John Dismukes

Tides of Light (New York, Bantam Spectra, Feb 1989; London, Gollancz, Oct 1989)
Gollancz 0575-04759-3, May 1990, 362pp, £5.99. Cover by John Dismukes
---- [2nd imp.] 1995, 362pp, £5.99. cover as above

Beyond the Fall of Night [with Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke] (New York, Ace/Putnam, Jul 1990)
Orbit 1857-23026-4, Jun 1992, 326+viiipp, £4.99. Cover by Chris Moore
Little Brown/Orbit [xth im.] Oct 2000, 326+viipp, £5.99

Chiller [as Sterling Blake] (New York, Bantam, 1993; revised for E-Book publication, 2011)
New English Library 0450-59978-7, 1993, 656pp.

Furious Gulf (New York, Bantam Spectra, Aug 1994; London, Gollancz, Nov 1994)
Gollancz 0575-06100-6, Aug 1995, 341pp, £5.99. Cover by John Dismukes

Sailing Bright Eternity (London, Gollancz, Aug 1995; New York, Bantam Spectra, Sep 1995)
Vista 0575-60047-0, Aug 1996, 445pp, £5.99.

Man-Kzin: A Darker Geometry, with Mark O. Martin (New York, Baen Books, 1995; as A Darker Geometry: A Man-Kzin Novel, New York, Baen Books, Sep 1996)

Foundation's Fear (New York, HarperPrism, Mar 1997; London, Orbit, May 1997)
Orbit 1857-23563-0, Jul 1998, 620pp, £6.99. Cover by Fred Gambino
---- [2nd imp.] 1989.

Cosm (New York, Avon Eos, Feb 1998; London, Little Brown/Orbit, Apr 1998)
Orbit 1857-23628-9, 1998, 372pp, £9.99 [tpb].
Orbit 1857-23724-2, Feb 1999, 372pp, £6.99. 

The Martian Race (New York, Warner Aspect, Dec 1999)
Little Brown/Orbit 1857-23999-7, Apr 2000, 472pp, £6.99

Eater (New York, HarperCollins/Eos, May 2000)
Little Brown/Orbit 1841-49017-2, Jan 2001, 384pp, £6.99. Cover by Fred Gambino

Beyond Infinity (New York, Warner Aspect, Mar 2004)
Time Warner UK/Orbit 1841-49188-8, Mar 2004, 451pp, £6.99. Cover by Bob Warner

The Sunborn (New York, Warner Aspect, Mar 2005)
Time Warner UK/Orbit 1841-49176-4, May 2005, 424pp, £6.99. Cover by Fred Gambino

Bowl of Heaven, with Larry Niven (New York, Tor, Oct 2012)
Titan Books 978-1783-29432-9, Jul 2014, 416pp, £7.99.

Shipstar, with Larry Niven (New York, Tor, Apr 2014)
Titan Books 978-1783-29434-3, Jan 2015, 416pp, £7.99.

The Berlin Project (New York, Saga Press, May 2017)


In Alien Flesh (New York, Tor, Mar 1986; London, Gollancz, Jul 1988)
Gollancz 0575-04489-6, Mar 1989, 280pp, £3.50. Cover by Terry Pastor

Matter's End (New York, Bantam Spectra, Jan 1995; London, Gollancz, Jun 1996)
Gollancz/Vista 0575-60072, Jul 1997, 294pp, £5.99. Cover by Bob Eggleton

Worlds Vast and Various (New York, Eos, 2000)
(no UK paperback)

Immersion and other short novels (Waterville, ME, Five Star, Mar 2002)
(no UK paperback)

Anomalies (Lucky Bat Books, Mar 2012)
(no UK paperback)

The Best of Gregory Benford (Subterranean Press, Jul 2015)
(no UK paperback)

Time's Rub (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1984)
Of Space/Time and the River (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1985)
At the Double Solstice (new Casatle, VA, Cheap Street, 1986)
Matter's End (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1989)
We Could Do Worse (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1988)
Iceborn, with Paul A. Carter (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1989)
Centigrade 233 (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1990)
Matter's End (New Castle, VA, Cheap Street, 1991)
Mammoth Dawn, with Kevin J. Anderson (WordFire Press, 2015)

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