Greg Bear, sci-fi author and co-founder of SDCC, has passed away at age 71

American novelist and illustrator Greg Bear, best known for writing books in the Star Wars, Star Trek and Halo franchises, and one of the five co-founders of San Diego Comic-Con, has passed away. Bear’s wife had recently confirmed he had some health issues and revealed that he had suffered a stroke in the past few days and lost consciousness in hospital. Astrid Beer confirmed that her husband’s care team believed that he was unlikely to regain consciousness and that if he did, massive medical attention would be required. Greg is survived by his wife, his son, Erik, and daughter, Alexandra, he was 71 years old.

Born in San Diego, California in 1951, Bear’s first novel Hegira was first published in 1979. Throughout his career, Bear has been a prolific science fiction writer, covering a variety of expansive subjects, largely making a name for himself as an author without writing. licensed books (although he did do a few in his career). Notable titles from Bear’s more than 30 novels include 1985’s Blood Music, 1987’s The Forge of God, and 1993’s Moving Mars. In his career, he wrote the Star Wars novel Rogue Planet, set between the events of Episode 1 and 2; a Star Trek tie-in with Corona, and The Forerunner Saga trilogy of novels tying in with Halo. Bear’s last book was 2021’s The Unfinished Land.

According to Bear’s official biography on his website, the man’s work in literary fiction was not his only work, as his interest and understanding of science fiction led him to positions that utilized those talents. From 1983 to 1999, Bear served on the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, a group that advised NASA on commercial space travel. Bear also noted that he “lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the nature and future of crime and criminal justice,” and “even consulted with the U.S. military and State Department on biosecurity issues” after 9/11 .

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