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    • 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!