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Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict (Forge of God books), artificial universes (Eon series) and accelerated evolution (Blood Music, Darwin's Radio, and Darwin's Children). Bear was born in San Diego, California. From 1968 to 1973 he attended San Diego State University, from which he received an A.B. degree. In 1975, he married Christina M. Nielson, but they divorced in 1981. He remarried in 1983, to Astrid Anderson, the daughter of science fiction author Poul Anderson. August 20 is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... The Forge of God (1987) is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear that gives a convincing account of an alien attack on Earth accomplished through misdirection and the use of self-replicating von Neumann machines. ... Eon is a 1985 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. ... Blood Music is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear (ISBN 0743444965). ... San Diego at sunset, 2001 Nickname: Americas Finest City Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: http://www. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... A landmark architecture featured in the school logo. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was a prolific science fiction author of the genres Golden Age; some of his short stories were first published using the pseudonyms A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, and Winston P. Sanders. Poul Anderson also wrote fantasy such as the King...


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The scientific details in his work are such that he is usually classified as a hard science fiction author, but not all of the speculations in his works are equally rigorous. For example, the mathematics in the Eon series, such as the "pi meter", are dubious at best and The Forge of God interprets the Gaia theory freely in ways that might be considered questionable by most scientists. Hard science fiction, or hard SF, is a subgenre of science fiction characterized by an interest in scientific detail or accuracy. ... A Gaia theory is a class of scientific models of the biosphere in which life fosters and maintains suitable conditions for itself by affecting Earths environment. ...


More recent works such as the Darwin's Radio/Darwin's Children pair of novels which deal with the impact of a strange disease which appears to drive evolutionary transitions, stick closely to the known facts of molecular biology of viruses and evolution. While some fairly speculative ideas are entertained (it is after all, fiction) they are introduced in such a rigorous and disciplined way within the context of the cutting edge of those disciplines, that Darwin's Radio gained praise in the science journal Nature. A disease is any abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the person affected or those in contact with the person. ... Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level. ... The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) A virus is a microscopic parasite that infects cells in biological organisms. ... This article is about biological evolution. ... Nature is one of the oldest and most reputable scientific journals, first published on 4 November 1869. ...


While most of Bear's work is science fiction, two of his early works, The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage which are now published together as one novel Songs of Earth and Power are clearly fantasies, and Psychlone is horror. First and foremost Bear is an author of works of speculative fiction which are intended to entertain and inspire, and the sheer audacity of the scope and vision which he has exhibited throughout his career make him one of science fiction's most well-respected authors. New readers wanting to familiarize themselves with his writing could start with the award winners from the list below: Blood Music, Moving Mars, and Darwin's Radio serve as a fine introduction to Greg Bear's fascinating body of work. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... ...


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See also: 1978 in literature, other events of 1979, 1980 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hegira is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear (ISBN ???). It deals with themes including cyclic time, artifical intelligence, artifical life and artifical structures of planetary scale. ... See also: 1978 in literature, other events of 1979, 1980 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1979 in literature, other events of 1980, 1981 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1980 in literature, other events of 1981, 1982 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1983 in literature, other events of 1984, 1985 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Eon is a 1985 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. ... See also: 1984 in literature, other events of 1985, 1986 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1987 in literature, other events of 1988, 1989 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1994 in literature, other events of 1995, 1996 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Blood Music is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear (ISBN 0743444965). ... See also: 1984 in literature, other events of 1985, 1986 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... A novella is a short, narrative, prose fiction work. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... See also: 1985 in literature, other events of 1986, 1987 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1985 in literature, other events of 1986, 1987 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Forge of God (1987) is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear that gives a convincing account of an alien attack on Earth accomplished through misdirection and the use of self-replicating von Neumann machines. ... See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A book by Greg Bear and a worthy sequel to Forge of God. Where the children saved from the recently destroyed earth are sent on a quest, by a faction called the benefactors, to find and destroy the civilsation who send the killer probes in the first place. ... See also: 1991 in literature, other events of 1992, 1993 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1987 in literature, other events of 1988, 1989 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Tangents (ISBN 0446514012) is a collection of short stories by science fiction writer Greg Bear. ... See also: 1988 in literature, other events of 1989, 1990 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Queen of Angels is a novel written by Greg Bear. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Moving Mars is a science fiction novel written by Greg Bear (ISBN 0812524802). ... See also: 1992 in literature, other events of 1993, 1994 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1996 in literature, other events of 1997, 1998 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1991 in literature, other events of 1992, 1993 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1993 in literature, other events of 1994, 1995 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1994 in literature, other events of 1995, 1996 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Foundation and Chaos (1998) is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear, set in Isaac Asimovs Foundation universe. ... See also: 1997 in literature, other events of 1998, 1999 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hari Seldons holographic image, pictured on a paperback edition of Foundation, appears at various times in the First Foundations history, to guide it through the social and economic crises that befall it. ... See also: 1997 in literature, other events of 1998, 1999 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1998 in literature, other events of 1999, 2000 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Star Wars began with a 13-page treatment for a space adventure movie that George Lucas drafted in 1973, inspired by multiple myths and classic stories. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Vitals is a 2002 science fiction/techno-thriller novel written by Greg Bear. ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ...

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Greg Bear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (414 words)
Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author.
While some fairly speculative ideas are entertained (it is after all, fiction) they are introduced in such a rigorous and disciplined way within the context of the cutting edge of those disciplines, that Darwin's Radio gained praise in the science journal Nature.
While most of Bear's work is science fiction, two of his early works, The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage which are now published together as one novel Songs of Earth and Power are clearly fantasies, and Psychlone is horror.
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