Short Stories by Gregory Benford
Taking Science into Inspired Realms
A Collection of science fiction ranging from comic to apocalyptic, the stories of Anomalies challenge concepts of time, space and science. And all the while, Author Gregory Benford’s characters charm us.
There’s Claire, the hard-boiled, randy spacecraft hack – “Do I look like a people person?” – and her heroic efforts, all in the name of a fast buck in The Worm In the Well and its sequel, The Worm Turns.
Or the puzzle of The Man Who Wasn’t There – can we one day hope to elude detection by deflecting light around objects? Use science to escape society’s justice?
Can we find a way to stretch time out past a single life-line?
Anomalies, the title story, asks a physics-shattering question: what happens if there is a computational error in reality? It’s the sort of question that both tickles and challenges.
Anomalies includes Afterwords and insights by Gregory Benford into his writing methods, sometimes quite idiosyncratic – and into the stories behind the stories in Anomalies.
In his short fiction, Gregory Benford takes a fresh look at how science and technology alter our world and ourselves. Sometimes irrevocably.
“Benford may be at his best in his shorts.” – Chicago Tribune
“. . . The prose is punchy, elegant and super-concentrated. It feels as though there is never a single word wasted, every syllable is essential. His afternotes are well worth reading, . . . One cannot fail to be impressed with the sheer magnetism of even the shortest tale.” — Matt Karder, SF Book Reviews
“This is a superior collection that provides worthy reading for any fan of hard science fiction. Benford’s afternotes are also well worth perusing, as they provide some fine insights into him and fiction; especially notable were his description of the role of his subconscious in his writing.” – D. Douglas Fratz, SF Site Reviews
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