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Three Stories Three Stories Three Stories Three Stories by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Trent Walters
Down the River Road, first published in the Tolkien tribute, After the King, is newly revised and introduced with personal history and story origins, including photos. It's reminiscent topically of Mark Twain's stories of riverboats, but being Benford, of course, he spins this into a science fantasy based on the idea that "any technology indistinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."

Anomalies Anomalies by Gregory Benford
reviewed by D. Douglas Fratz
Gregory Benford has been one of science fiction's foremost authors for more than four decades, writing hard SF novels and stories that are among the best in each decade since the 70s. A new Benford short story collection is therefore a notable event. It has been more than a decade since his last short story collectio. This one includes most (but not all) of his short stories from the 2000s, plus a few earlier stories, seventeen in all, along with new and insightful afterwords. It is a testament to the quality of his stories that nine of the seventeen stories here were included in one or more best-of-the-year collections.

The Martian Race The Martian Race by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Donna McMahon
Julia grew up dreaming of being an astronaut. She made the Space Program but NASA funding was cut, so she signed on for a risky new mission financed out of the private pockets of John Axelrod, an eccentric billionaire who thinks he can send a mission to Mars and make it pay. The novel opens on Mars, near the end of the astronauts' one year stay on the planet. So far the mission has been a success. But due to damage from a rough landing, it looks like they may not be able to lift off again.

Worlds Vast and Various Worlds Vast and Various by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Marc Goldstein
Consisting of 12 of his previously published short stories, this volume is an up-and-down collection vis-a-vis tone and quality: some stories burst with evocative scientific speculation, while others coast along on breezy charm. Most do touch on Benford's pet themes: confrontation with the unknown, depictions of work-life, and the breakdown of conceptual barriers.

Eater Eater by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Chris Donner
A love-triangle-that-was reawakens when 3 co-workers and competitors are forced to deal with an enigmatic singularity that is rapidly approaching our solar system, and which suddenly decides it's time to talk to us. Faced with this unfathomable intelligence and its uncertain plans regarding Earth, the 3 are forced to combine their intellects and experience in a time of unique crisis.

Deep Time Deep Time by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
What is deep time? One could describe it as the object of a viewpoint that is increasingly needed by our civilization as it attempts to act over longer and longer time spans. Here, the author explores several ways in which we are attempting to make a lasting mark on the Universe, not always intentionally.

Against Infinity Against Infinity by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Chris Donner
On Ganymede, where liquid ammonia flows in icy streams and a man's body parts can freeze so quickly that the cells split and pop with the suddenness of the cold, there is little time for uncertainty or hesitation.

Artifact Artifact by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
What do you get if you cross a James Bond spy-thriller with an Indiana Jones action-adventure? Artifact.

Foundation's Fear Foundation's Fear by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Steven H Silver
This is the first of a new trilogy set in Asimov's most famous universe, each book being written by a different author. Gregory Benford's novel opens between the first and the second sections of Forward the Foundation where Hari Seldon is awaiting news of his appointment as first minister to Cleon...

Cosm Cosm by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
This novel is based on an entirely plausible idea from theoretical physics. The basic theory concludes that a "false vacuum" can be formed as a universe connected to our "true vacuum" universe by a "neck" of negative energy. Using a hard, black sphere on our end of things that acts as a kind of window to the newly created universe, Gregory Benford weaves a taut thriller.

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