Greg Bear

Greg Bear


8/20/1951, San Diego, California, USA

Birth Name

Gregory Dale Bear



Also Known As

Gregory Dale Bear, Gregory Bear
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Greg Bear was born in the United States, but because his father was in the Navy, had travelled all over the world by the time he was in his teens. He made his first professional writing sale at the young age of 15, and had completed his first…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2001, Greg Bear was The Millennium Philcon (59th World Science Fiction Convention) Author Guest of Honor, held in Philadelphia, PA.

    • In 2006, Greg Bear was awarded The Monty Award by San Diego State University; it is given to distinuguished alumni.

    • In 2004, Greg's novel Darwin's Children was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in the category of "Best Novel."

    • Greg's 1999 novel, Darwin's Radio was the Nebula winner for "Best Novel" in 2001; it was also nominated for "Best Novel" in the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards (2000), and the Hugo Awards (2000).

    • In 1998, Greg's novel Slant was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for "Best Novel."

    • Greg's novel Moving Mars was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Hugo for "Best Novel" in 1994, and won the Nebula Award for "Best Novel" in 1995.

    • In 1993, Greg's collection Bear's Fantasies: Six Stories in Old Paradigms was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for "Best Collection."

    • Greg's 1990 novel, Queen of Angels was nominated for both the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Hugo Award in the category of "Best Novel" in 1991.

    • Greg's story, Sisters was nominated for the Nebula Award for "Best Novellette" in 1990.

    • Greg's 1987 novel, The Forge of God was nominated for both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award in 1988 in the category of "Best Novel."

    • Greg's 1985 novel Eon was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for "Best Novel" in 1987.

    • His short story, Tangents won both the 1986 Nebula Award and the 1987 Hugo Award for "Best Short Story".

    • After having his novellette Blood Music win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Greg turned it into a novel, which then won more accolades: he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, The Hugo and The Nebula for "Best Novel".

    • In 1984, Greg had the distinction of being nominated for two Hugo and two Nebula Awards: his novella Hardfought was nominated for both and won the Nebula in that category; and his novellette Blood Music won both awards in that category.

    • Greg Bear served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1988 to 1990.

    • Greg's short story, Petra was a nominee for both the World Fantasy Award and Nebula Award for "Best Short Story" in 1983.

    • Greg married his wife, Astrid, in 1983, and they have two children: Erik, born in September of 1986; and Alexandra, born in January of 1990.

    • After the events in New York on September 11, 2001, Greg has acted as a consultant for both the U.S. Army and the CIA in matters of security. He has also lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico on the future of cime and justice.

    • He attended San Diego State University.

  • Quotes

    • Greg Bear: In broad terms, science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science. It's what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do. So they read science fiction. It's a vicarious thrill.

    • (on working with David Brin and Gregory Benford on Asimov's Second Foundation Trilogy)
      Greg Bear: We had a great time working with Isaac, and with each other. The result speaks for itself--the new trilogy has gotten very positive responses. At no time did we ever intend to replace Isaac, however--remember, it took three of us to fill just one pair of Isaac's shoes!