Short works

Books : reviews

Greg Bear.
Blood Music.
Legend / Arrow. 1985

(read but not reviewed)

Vergil Ulam, a brilliant but unorthodox researcher, working to develop biochips, has exceeded the guidelines of genetic research – he’s produced intelligent clumps of matter…

With his illegal experiments discovered, he makes one last desperate effort to save his creations, and injects himself with their deadly serum.

Now a billion microbes are throbbing within him, waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world…

Greg Bear.
Victor Gollancz. 1989

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 30 March 2003

A collection of some of Bear's earlier stories, including the much-anthologised Blood Music, the thought-provoking Dead Run (what would you do under those circumstances?) and the deeply scary, or maybe just fun, Schrödinger's Plague.


A Martian Ricorso. 1976
What if there had been canals on Mars, but a climate change was destroying them just as our telescopes were getting better? And what if the new winter Martians were also builders?
Blood Music. 1983
(The original short story which grew into the novel of the same name.) What if nanotech has made the individual cells of your body intelligent, and they wanted to be in charge?
Sleepside Story. 1988
A modern day gender-reversed Beauty and the Beast.
Webster. 1973
A lonely woman makes a man from the words in a dictionary.
Dead Run. 1985
A trucker gets a job shipping lost sould to Hell. But he then he learns something about the people in charge.
Schrodinger's Plague. 1982
What if someone carries out the Schrodinger's Cat experiment, but on a much larger scale?
Through Road No Whither. 1985
Never be nasty to strange old women in cottages, even on alternate timelines.
Tangents. 1986
An old mathematician and a young boy contact the fourth dimension, with music.
Sisters. 1989
Letitia finds it hard growing up as a Normal Genome, surrounded by genetically superior Pre-Planned Children. But then she discovers it isn't easy being a PPC either.
The Machineries of Joy. 1987
(essay) A mid 1980's look at the future of computer graphics.

Greg Bear.
The Wind from a Burning Woman.
Questar. 1990

(read but not reviewed)


The Wind from a Burning Woman. 1978
The White Horse Child. 1979
Petra. 1981
Scattershot. 1978
Mandala. 1978
Hardfought. 1982

Greg Bear, ed.
New Legends.
Legend. 1995

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 1 December 1998

An original anthology of "hard science fiction that engages strong emotions". They are all good stories, but I found that I preferred those with more emphasis on the hard SF than on the emotions. In fact, I thought the best story by far was Greg Egan's brilliant "Wang's Carpets" (buy the book just for this one: it's worth it), which had the hardest SF and the least emotions of the lot.


Mary Rosenblum. Elegy. 1995
Amanda is experimenting with squid neurons, whilst also watching her mother's degenerative brain disease.
Gregory Benford. A Desperate Calculus. == A Calculus of Desperation. 1995
(writing as Sterling Blake) Two scientists trying to understand new epidemics watch the planet dying from pollution and overpopulation.
James Stevens-Ace. Scenes from a Future Marriage. 1995
New technologies and new game shows give rise to new marital tensions
Ursula K. Le Guin. Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen. == Coming of Age in Karhide. 1995
Sov's first experience of kemmer
Gregory Benford. High Abyss. 1995
Battles and heresies in a world with a strange non-isotropic geometry.
Paul J. McAuley. Recording Angel. 1995
In the far future, when humans are changed and other creatures are human, an Old Human returns to upset the balance
Sonia Orin Lyris. When Strangers Meet. 1995
Aliens with a very positive attitude to strangers await the new Dance
Robert Sheckley. The Day the Aliens Came. 1995
Aliens that are different in ways only Robert Sheckley would think of.
Greg Abraham. Gnota. 1995
When pig heart transplants into humans become commonplace, don't get attached to the pig.
Geoffrey A. Landis. Rorvick's War. 1995
Bad intelligence about how the other side would fight in a war might make you think wrongly that you could win
Carter Scholz. Radiance. 1995
How do scientists doing weapons research justify their work during the Cold War?
Gregory Benford. Old Legends. 1995
(essay) Anecdotes about Edward Teller, bomb research during WWII, and Cartmill's famous atomic bomb story in Campbell's SF magazine
Robert Silverberg. The Red Blaze is the Morning. 1995
An archaeologist failing to find evidence for his theory makes contact with another time explorer
George Alec Effinger. One. 1995
What if there is no other life in the Universe?
Poul Anderson. Scarecrow. 1995
Two scientists crash on chaotically orbiting Hyperion, where the robot explorers who might help them have gone mad.
Greg Egan. Wang's Carpets. 1995
Downloaded humans start to explore the galaxy for other life, and find a big surprise at Vega.

Greg Bear.
Dinosaur Summer.
HarperCollins. 1998

Greg Bear.
Ballantine. 2002

Greg Bear.
Dead Lines.
HarperCollins. 2004

Greg Bear.
City at the End of Time.
Gollancz. 2008

Greg Bear.
Hull Zero Three.
Gollancz. 2011

Greg Bear, Gardner Dozois.
Multiverse: exploring Poul Anderson's worlds.
Baen. 2014

Multiverse is a rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer—and equally remarkable man.

Greg Bear.
Darwin's Radio.
Harper. 1999

Greg Bear.
Darwin's Children.
Harper. 2003

Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, E. D. deBirmingham, Cooper Moo, Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo.
The Mongoliad Book One.
47North. 2012

Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo.
The Mongoliad Book Two.
47North. 2012

Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo.
The Mongoliad Book Three.
47North. 2013

Greg Bear.
Harper. 2005

Greg Bear.
Vanguard Press. 2009

Greg Bear.
Orbit. 1997

Greg Bear.
Foundation and Chaos.
HarperPrism. 1998

Greg Bear.
War Dogs.
Gollancz. 2014

The Gurus came in peace, bearing gifts. They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race.

There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who had hounded them across the cosmos. The Antagonists – or Antags – have already established a beachhead on Mars. In exchange for all they’ve done for us, the Gurus want our help.

Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Marine trained for off-world combat, dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to take down as many Antags as possible.

But from the moment they’re through the thin Martian atmosphere, their mission goes horribly, terribly wrong. Their training may not be enough to let them survive, let alone make it home alive. But someone has to defend humanity…

Greg Bear.
Killing Titan.
Gollancz. 2015

A new planet. A new battle. The same war.

After barely surviving his last tour, Master Sergeant Michael Venn finds himself in enforced isolation. That is until, through a dangerous series of operations, he returns to Mars to investigate the Drifters – ancient artifacts suddenly reawakened on the Red Planet.

But another front in the war leads his team to make the difficult journey to Saturn's moon, Titan. Here, in the cauldron of war, hide new truths about the Drifters, the origin of life in our solar system, and the plans of the supposedly benevolent Gurus.

Secrets that might kill us all.

Greg Bear.
Take Back the Sky.
Gollancz. 2016

Same war. Different enemy.

First it was Mars, then Titan – the battlefield changed but the war remained the same. Until now.

Master Sergeant Michael Venn and his soldiers now know the truth about what the supposedly benevolent Gurus are really doing in our solar system. A truth both Earth and the alien Antagonists are intent on wiping out.

The soldiers must forget their training, forget what they know, and journey to Planet X – infamous home of the Antagonists. Hunted by friend and foe alike and desperate for answers, they will do anything to survive.

Even team up with their greatest enemy.