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Furious Gulf (Bantam Spectra Book) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1994

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Gregory Benford (1941 - ) A leading writer of 'Hard SF', Gregory Albert Benford was born in Alabama in 1941. He received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. His breakthrough novel, Timescape, won both the Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and he has been nominated for the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula twelve times in all categories. Benford has undertaken collaborations with David Brin and Arthur C. Clarke among others and, as one of the 'Killer Bs' (with Brin and Greg Bear) wrote one of three authorised sequels to Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. He has also written for television and served as a scientific consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Gregory Benford lives in California, where he is currently Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California, Irvine, a position he has held since 1979. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
this is where the series lost me 18 Oct. 2010
By Robert J. Crawford - Published on
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So the human remnants are headed to the center of the galaxy. Unfortunately, even though I was a science journalist way back when, the concepts that Benford wants to get across - the high gravity environment, the differing passage of time, the energy beings that seem to have forgotten who they are yet still talk, all of which are related to the arcane world of modern physics, i.e. quantum gravity, etc. - were for the first time completely incomprehensible to me. Even worse, with some exceptions like Toby or the resurrected Shibo, Benford seems far more interested in his ideas than he is in characters or even a coherent plot. I could not get myself to care about the characters, to suspend my disbelief and get into the story as if it were possible, or even to doubt that the outcome would be stupidly predictable. I did not want to try very hard to understand the physics.

This is extremely unfortunate, because the first 4 books really held my attention as some of the best current scifi I had yet read, idea novels that had great characters. In a way, it is like Benford is trying to milk a good thing when the gland is already empty. He is pushing the grand concept novel to a logical extension, and it stretches things so far that it breaks.

Not recommended. He wrote this too quickly, didn't care to formulate a better plot, and essentially turned me off to his writing, which I regret.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous accomplishment 14 Jan. 2013
By Loris Paul Bemesderfer - Published on
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I know a lot of reviewers found some of the Galactic Center series (especially the final volume) problematic. However, I found the entire series to be powerful, engaging and provocative from beginning to end.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
this whole series rocks - buy this series! 13 Jan. 2007
By Patrick E. Harvey - Published on
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If you are in to hard core science fiction, you need this series. rockin!
Decent book, great series. 9 April 2015
By Jeffrey Portouw - Published on
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Highly recommended series, in general. But I find that I slowly became less interested in the plot and characters as the books go on. I think the author spends a bit too much time thinking up really unique aliens, and showing off his understanding of extreme black hole physics.
4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Only the rocks rock in this lame duck series! 27 July 2008
By M. M. V. Vooren - Published on
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If you respect your intellectual capabilities and have no time to waste for useless, endless pages of non-sensical and irrational fiction, written by a guy who was probably on drugs while he did it, you won't waste your money on this. See my other review of the same author's series to find out details... I just can't bring myself to talk more about this brain dead stuff again!
I'd give him negative points if there were any!
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