Gregory Benford needs no introduction to SF readers. He received his first Nebula Award in 1974 for “If the Stars Are Gods,” a novelette he wrote with Gordon Eklund. His 1980 novelTimescape won the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and the Australian Ditmar Award. Among his many notable SF achievements are the Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, and the six Galactic Center novels.
Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California Irvine and has published extensively in the areas of plasma physics, particle physics, and condensed matter. His wide-ranging contributions also include several papers in biological conservation. The consummate storyteller, Benford has the ability to make scientific principles approachable for nonscientists. In the space adventure “Backscatter,” Benford spins a tale of survival and discovery that is very much in the SF Grand Tradition. It left me yearning for the chance to upload Claire’s AI assistant, Erma, to my desktop. “Backscatter” was originally published by Tor.com.