Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is an American science fiction and mainstream author. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practices, and accelerated evolution.
His most recent project is a trilogy of novels focusing on the Forerunner civilization for the first time, set prior to the activation of the Halo Array, before and during their war with the Flood. The first novel in the series, titled Halo: Cryptum, was released on January 4, 2011, while the second novel, titled Halo: Primordium, was released on January 3, 2012. The third book, Halo: Silentium, was released on March 19, 2013.
Bear was born in San Diego, California. From 1968 to 1973 he attended San Diego State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has two children, and currently lives with his wife Astrid Anderson outside Seattle, Washington.
Often classified as a hard science fiction author, Bear is known to pay close attention to scientific details in his work, and he addresses major questions in contemporary science and culture with fictional solutions. His themes are often broad and abstract, one of them being reality as a function of observers. He has also been credited as being the first author to describe nanotechnology in science fiction. Some of his more recent works which deal with accelerated evolution triggered by a strange disease stick closely to the known facts of their respective fields of science.
Bear has written several acclaimed original novels and series, including The Way series, The Forge of God and the Darwin series to name a few. He has also authored several novels set in established series and franchises, such as The Foundation Series, Man-Kzin Wars, Star Wars and Star Trek. He has received many accolades, including five Nebula awards and two Hugo awards for science fiction.
While most of Bear's work is science fiction, he has also written fantasy and horror stories, as well as combinations of science fiction and fantasy.
Nearly every author who was asked to provide stories for the Halo: Evolutions anthology accepted the offer. Greg Bear was among those who declined; though he was interested in the project, he wished to write a full-length novel rather than a short story. A few months later, Eric Raab, 343 Industries' contact within Tor Books, suggested that Bear be hired as the author of the planned Forerunner Saga. When Frank O'Connor approached Bear about writing the series, the latter gladly accepted the offer.
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Science fiction legend Greg Bear set to explore the time of the Forerunners
- ^ Tor.com - Tor Books Reveals Second Halo Novel by Greg Bear
- ^ Halo Waypoint - Tor Books Reveals Title, Cover Art, and Release Date of Second Halo Novel by Greg Bear
- ^ Tor Books updates release date of the third Halo novel by legendary science fiction author Greg Bear
- ^ Halo Waypoint, Inside Halo: Evolutions, Part 2
- ^ Halo Waypoint, Greg Bear Talks Halo Cryptum, Part 1
- Greg Bear's Official Site
- Greg Bear interview on 343 Industries Podcast #1
- All of Greg Bear's audio interviews on the podcast The Future And You (in which he describes his expectations of the future)
- Greg Bear at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database