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Noted Science Fiction Author to Speak

Noted Science Fiction Author to Speak at UCR on April 25

Gregory Benford, physicist and award-winning writer, will spend two weeks on campus as the Science Fiction Scholar-in-Residence.

(April 9, 2007)

Science fiction writer Gregory Benford, a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, will discuss “The Future Is All We Have Left” on Wednesday, April 25, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Special Collections room of the Tomás Rivera Library at UC Riverside.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Visitors should park in Lot 1. Parking is $6 for an all-day pass.

Benford is the author of 18 science fiction novels, including the award-winning "Timescape," and is a physics professor at the University of California, Irvine. He conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He will be on the UCR campus April 23 through May 4 as the first Science Fiction Scholar-in-Residence at the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction. While at UCR he will meet with students from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Benford has received two Nebula Awards and the John W. Campbell Awards for his writing. He also is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a past Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, the 1995 Lord Prize recipient for contributions to science, and the 2007 recipient of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award for contributions to increasing public understanding of science through writing. He also received the Japan Seiun Award for Dramatic Presention for a seven-hour series, "A Galactic Odyssey."

The author's literary archives are part of the Eaton Collection of Special Collections of the UCR Libraries.

The Science Fiction Scholar-in-Residence program gives students access to award-winning authors in the genre and showcases UC Riverside’s science-fiction collection of literature, the world’s largest.

Benford's appearance is sponsored by the UCR Libraries, The Center for Ideas and Society, the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the departments of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, and Film and Visual Culture.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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