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Meet the SF Writer-in-Residence at the UCR Libraries / April 23 to May 4, 2007 / Mon.-Thurs., 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Meet the SF Writer-in-Residence at the UCR Libraries / April 23 to May 4, 2007 / Mon.-Thurs., 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Meet the SF Writer-in-Residence at the UCR Libraries / April 23 to May 4, 2007 / Mon.-Thurs., 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Gregory Benford, the award-winning science fiction writer and acclaimed physicist, will be on campus as the first Science Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature.  He will be on campus from April 23 to May 4, 2007.

The UCR Libraries, The Center for Ideas and Society, The Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the departments of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, and Film and Visual Culture have joined together to bring Dr. Benford to campus.  During his residency, Dr. Benford will be available to meet with students on Monday-Thursday, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Visiting Scholar's office in the Special Collections.  On April 25, in Special Collections, on the fourth floor of Rivera Library, Dr. Benford delivered a presentation entitled "The Future Is All We Have Left." 

Biographical information on the UCR Libraries' 2007 SF Writer-in-Residence:

Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine.  He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a past-Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, the 1995 Lord Prize recipient for contributions to science, and the 2007 recipient of Isaac Asimov Memorial Award honoring his significant contributions to increasing the public knowledge and understanding of science through writing.  In addition, he was awarded the Japan Seiun Award for Dramatic Presentation with his 7-hour series, A Galactic Odyssey.  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.  Recently he began a series on science and society with biologist Michael Rose, published on the Internet at Amazon.com  Shorts at http://www.benford-rose.com/   His 1999 analysis of what endures, Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia, has been widely read.

He is the author of eighteen science fiction novels including the award-winning Timescape.  The recipient of two Nebula Awards, the John W. Campbell Award, and the United Nations Medal for Literature, he is recognized as one of the leading authors of the genre known as "hard science fiction."  Gregory Benford's literary archives are in the holdings of the Eaton Collection of Special Collections of the UCR Libraries.

For more information on Gregory Benford, including a complete bibliography of his works, see http://www.gregorybenford.com/.

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