Greg Bear, author of over 25 books, which have been translated into 17 languages, has won science fiction’s highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called “the best working writer of hard science fiction” by The Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
The Hugo Awards is a milestone event each year in the world of science fiction. I encourage fans to go—it’s a meeting of like minds that can’t help but be fun. My favorite Hugo ceremony (and also my last!) was in Brighton in 1987. Astrid and I had traveled with our infant son Erik to England where we were wined and dined and thoroughly charmed by the convention, the pros, the fans, the locals. All good. One of the highlights was a marathon dinner with my editor and writers at Brighton, including Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, who spoke English haltingly, and Doris Lessing with her son Peter, who spoke Russian and of course English. Followed amazing conversations about science fiction and its intent, satire, social criticism, and genre vs. literary expectations.
During the Hugo ceremonies that year, I planned on bringing Erik up with me for my speech if I won—and Jim Burns beat me to it by bringing up his daughter to accept his award! I did pick up a rocket, to my delight—and brought Erik with me to turn the ceremony into a double baby event. Later, a party at the Aldisses’ beautiful home in Oxford introduced us to British jazz musicians who were excellent. All in all, a lively and wonderful set of memories!