Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original

Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original

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by Gregory Benford
     
 

When we encountered the aliens, we thought we knew the story they were telling. But we were looking at the wrong end . . .

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When we encountered the aliens, we thought we knew the story they were telling. But we were looking at the wrong end . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466801844
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/19/2011
Series:
A Tor.Com Original
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
178,706
File size:
192 KB

Meet the Author

Gregory Benford is an American science fiction writer born on January 30, 1941, in Mobile, Alabama. Along with his twin brother Jim Benford, who like him went on to a career in physics, he was active in science fiction fandom in the 1950s and 1960s; the two brothers co-founded the well-regarded science fiction fanzine Void, which was later co-edited by Ted White, Peter Graham, and Terry Carr. Benford began selling SF professionally in 1965, with "Stand-in" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Since then he has published many short stories and well over two dozen novels. Timescape (1980), an ambitious and well-wrought SF novel notable for its close depictions of how twentieth-century science is actually done, won the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Award. He has won one other Nebula, for the novelette "If the Stars Are Gods" co-written with Gordon Eklund. Aside from Timescape, Benford is probably best-known for his far-future, often lyrical "Galactic Center" novels: In the Ocean of Night (1976), Across the Sea of Suns (1984), Great Sky River (1987), Tides of Light (1989), Furious Gulf (1994), and Sailing Bright Eternity (1995). Gregory Benford lives in Southern California, where he is a professor of physics at the University of California at Irvine.


GREGORY BENFORD teaches at the University of California and lives in Irvine, California. Benford is a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, and the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. In 1995 he received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. Benford conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and experimentation, and in astrophysics. He has published well over a hundred papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.

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Grace Immaculate: A Tor.Com Original 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
DaisyBuchanan10 More than 1 year ago
Not even long enough to be considered an essay.
PJinSoDak More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed other books by Gregory Benford. This one took only a few minutes to read, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was an intriguing twist on a first contact with an alien civilization.
joelk More than 1 year ago
This is a short sketch of an idea for a much longer work, something like the Galactic Center series with possibly friendlier intelligences. It is only a sketch of an idea, not a developed short story extracted from some larger time line. I would gather this is a trial balloon to see what interest there might be in a longer work. To me, it seems rather close to ideas Benford has already explored at length. Maybe this would be a deeper exploration of what altruism might be on a cosmic scale, or how confusing even a benevolent contact might be, while the Galactic Center Series seems to about the idea of an evolutionary, competitive contact.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enjoyed this short story. Hope the author decides to continue the story one day.
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I did feel that some details were glossed over. On the whole, worth a read.
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I'm a fan of spacey science fiction. I liked this little story. Didn't expect the ending at all. I actually wish this was a full novel. I'd definitely recommend it to others.
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flyfishnlady More than 1 year ago
Painfully short read but have not been able to forget it!! I hope someday Mr. Benford will consider expanding it another three hundred pages or so. I would definitely buy it!!