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News item dated 20 November 2022

One of the great shapers of Hard SF since the 1980s has left us. Greg Bear died on 19 November 2022 following a stroke brought on by heart surgery; he was only 71. He is survived by his wife Astrid Bear, to whom all sympathy. His sf honours include the Hugo and Nebula for "Blood Music" (June 1983 Analog), expanded as his breakthrough novel Blood Music (1985), another double win for "Tangents" (January 1986 Omni), and best-novel Nebulas for Moving Mars (1993) and Darwin's Radio (1999). Many further stories, novels and achievements are noted in his long SFE entry. Outside the scope of a reference work is what a joy it was to meet and talk with this genial man, usually at Conventions; but not often enough, and now never again. Farewell to a master.

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