"I had a great time at UCR in 2007, especially delving into that intergalactic marvel, the largest and most elegant assembly of fantastic literature within light years, the Eaton Collection. Any SF writer will have the time of his/her life as SF Writer In Residence there. It's a literary time machine!"

Gregory Benford        


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

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. On April 25th Dr. Benford delivered a presentation entitled "The Future Is All We Have Left."  Along with Chancellor France Cordova, there were 50 people in attendance.

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 2007 he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy.  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.

He is the author of thirty, 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 Exhibition In Special Collections At the Rivera Library

An exhibition featuring the life and works of Gregory Benford was mounted in the Reading Room of Special Collections Department on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library during Dr. Benford's residency and for the entire summer afterwards.  The exhibition was designed by Gwido Zlatkes, Archival Processing Librarian, Special Collections.


Last modified: 8/7/2008 11:03 AM by E. Milenkiewicz

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