Physicist; science fiction writer.  Born– January 30, 1941, Mobile. Parents– James Alton and Mary Eloise (Nelson) Benford. Married– Joan Abbe, August 26, 1967. Children– Two. Married Elisabeth Malartre Brown, 2005. Education– University of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963; University of California in San Diego, M.S., 1965, Ph.D., 1967. Worked as a research assistant, University of California in San Diego, 1964-1967; Employed by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. as a fellow, 1967-1969, and research physicist, 1969-1971; member of the faculty of the University of California in Irvine, 1971-2006.; visiting professor at Cambridge University, 1976-1979. Held a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1963-1964. Honors; 4 Hugo Awards; 12 Nebula Awards  from Science Fiction Writers of America; British Science Fiction Award, 1981; UN Medal in Literature; Lord Prize, 1995;  Isaac Asimov Memorial Award, 2007; Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement. Awarded status of professor emeritus at the University of California at Irvine  on his retirement in 2006.


Contemporary Authors online and Who’s Who in America, 1984.


Across the Sea of Suns. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Against Infinity. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Artifact. New York; TOR, 1985.

Bowl of Heaven.  Forge, 2012.

Deeper Than the Darkness. New York; Ace Publishing Corp., 1970. (revised as The Stars in Shroud. New York; Putnam, 1979.)

In The Ocean of Night, a Novel. New York; Dial, 1977.

Matter’s End. New Castle, Va.; Cheap Street, 1991.

Jupiter Project. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1975.

Shiva Descending. New York; Avon, 1980.

Timescape. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1980.

Threads of Time. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1974.

Tides of Light. Toronto; Bantam, 1989.


Beyond the Fall of Night. New York; Putnam, 1990.

The Jupiter War. New York; ROC, 1991


Find the Changeling. New York; Dell, 1980.

If the Stars Are Gods. New York; Putnam, 1977.


The papers of Gregory Benford held by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of California Riverside.