Gregory Benford


Gregory Benford has published over thirty books, mostly novels.  Nearly all remain in print, some after a quarter of a century.  His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape.  A winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, he is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine.  He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to science.  He won the Japan Seiun Award for Dramatic Presentation with his 7-hour series, A Galactic Odyssey.  In 2007 he won the Asimov Award for science writing.  His 1999 analysis of what endures, Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia, has been widely read.  A fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, he continues his research in both astrophysics and plasma physics and biotech.


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DayTimeTitleDescriptionParticipants
Thu1500Autographs Gregory BENFORD
Fri1000The Ethical Issues of BiotechnologyWho own genes? Can you hide your genetic flaws? Should you tailor your kids for appearance? Should androids have human rights? Should we seed the galaxy with Earth plants? Which will destroy civilization: clone wars or genetically modified food crops? How are these issues handled, mishandled, or neglected by SF?Carolina GOMEZ LAGERLOF, Elisabeth MALARTRE, Gregory BENFORD, Robert SILVERBERG
Fri1400How Much Science Should SF Contain?Hugo Gernsback created SF to teach science. Should this be a foundational idea for SF or is it a horrible error? Why do we care whether the science is right even when the story is good? Much of SF seems to get along quite nicely with no discernable reality in its science althogh there is the occasional piece accorded masterpiece status *because* of its science content. Is the issue the technical details or is it a general approach to the universe that is important? Chad ORZEL, David M. SILVER, Gregory BENFORD, Stanley SCHMIDT
Sat1000Talk with Mr. Benford Gregory BENFORD, Jun'ichi KADOKURA, Tsutomu NIHEI, Jouji HAYASHI, Mizuhito AKIYAMA
Sat1400The Killer B'sSF eagerly explores change driven by science and technology. David Brin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge and Stephen Baxter are known for successful predictions and forecasts that frighten and inspire. They were asked to complete Isaac Asimov's epochal "Robots & Foundation" universe. Some of them are here at Worldcon. Ask them what's next!David BRIN, Gregory BENFORD, Robert SILVERBERG
Sun1000Longer Life Expectancy = More Time to be Miserable?What is the maximum human lifespan? Can it said to be worthwhile to live to 135 if 35 of those years are bedridden?Grant CARRINGTON, Gregory BENFORD, Margene BAHM, Joe HALDEMAN
Sun1400Kaffeeklatsche Gregory BENFORD
Sun1600Anti-AmericanismIs it just jealousy? Or is there some basis to how most of the world feels towards the United States, the first Hyperpower the world has ever seenDave LUCKETT, Gregory BENFORD, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Maura MCHUGH
Mon1000The Singularity: How to Write About ItThe singularity may be the most interesting idea to come out of SF, yet may pose a challenge which may be insurmountable how to set a story in a world which is, by definition, incomprehensible? If a singularity lurks about a hundred years after the invention of the computer: does this mean that hard SF is a contradiction in terms once it gets outside the near future? Can SF stories cope? Or should writers just ignore it and move on?Charles STROSS, Gregory BENFORD, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL