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Enlighten us - Halo Cryptum

Date: 06/29/2011 From: Erick Rodriguez
Location: Canada

Hello Greg Bear!
I would first and foremost like to say that I absolutely enjoyed Halo Cryptum. I've read it three times so far and I'm planning on reading it even more times. I devoured the book on my first read.

But I came here to hopefully get some answers. I would like to be enlightened on the subject of hard light. You spoke a lot about hard light in the book and it leaves me wondering. What does it look like? If ships's decor is made out of hard light, then what would it look like? Would it look like normal matter? It puzzles me because I'm unsure how someone could stand all that light and the same colour. I would be glad if you could answer or give us some hints.
Thank you in advance, looking foward to the sequel!

Erick Rodriguez, also known as erickyboo.
 

Re: Enlighten us - Halo Cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hard light is in the Halo canon, and seems to work as an energy flow that assumes the nature of a material substance. The Forerunners have yet to enlighten me as to how they do this sort of thing!
 

Re: Enlighten us - Halo Cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Erick Rodriguez
Location: Canada

Alright, I hope the Forerunners enlighten you soon! And us too! I'm very excited for Promordium and I hope it has a lot of madness in it!

Also I have been doing a concept for a forerunner MMO and I've been writing a fan fiction for an evolutions-like fan fiction e-book. It's going forerunner-flood related. When I'm done and when you're done perhaps you may be interested in reading it.

Good luck with Primodrium!
Erick Rodriguez, erickyboo.
 

Re: Enlighten us - Halo Cryptum
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Erick--coming in January!

Jarts' ultimate weapon?

Date: 06/26/2011 From: Steven Langley Guy
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

I read Eon again recently, maybe the 9th or 10th time? I return to it often. It is both a mind expanding experience and, for me, a very emotional experience. It might sound odd to say this, but it is a very beautiful book.

The Jarts open a gate into the heart of a star got me thinking. I wonder what would have happened to the way if they had opened a gate into the heart of a neutron star or even a giant black hole at the core of a galaxy? It certainly would have given Patricia cause for thought!

I also wonder about the future of the people who remained on earth at the time the Thistdown was launched? Another story?

Thanks for all the great books, which have moved me, inspired me and got me thinking about so many different things.
 

Re: Jarts' ultimate weapon?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Steven! My short story "The Wind From a Burning Woman" describes the societies that built these asteroid starships.
 

Re: Jarts' ultimate weapon?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Steven
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Thanks so much.
I will look up "The Wind From a Burning Woman" as soon as I send this reply.
I enjoyed Legacy, Eon and Eternity very much. I would love to see another novel set in this universe (or universes!)
I suppose Eternity rather ties thing up quite neatly?

Thanks again for wonderful tales you've provided for us.

Steven
 

Re: Jarts' ultimate weapon?
Date: 09/14/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

I loved the Jarts; their adaptibility, their self enhancement through technology, their ruthless adherence to what they see to be their mission, and their incredible hostility to anything that stands in their way. They mirror us nicely.
Their effortless takeover and conversion of Gaia into Efficient Earth was particularly chilling.
 

Re: Jarts' ultimate weapon?
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

My pleasure, Steven. Not sure that ETERNITY ties things up completely, but it does complete the trilogy!

The second Halo novel

Date: 06/25/2011 From: tim
Location: london

Hi. I loved the first novel, It was so rich in story compaired to other Halo books.
May I ask when we should expect the next part of the trilogy.
Thanks.
 

Re: The second Halo novel
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Looking forward to January 2012!

Halo Novels/Interaction

Date: 06/24/2011 From: TJ
Location: MN, USA

Greg,

Very much like your books. I seem to recall reading that you once intended to write a third book after Forge and Anvil ... any intention/musings to push forward there?

Regarding Cryptum and its forthcoming brethren - are you given a projected date to complete something like that when you begin? I imagine it's troublesome to demand a completion date of an author, but given the panoply of media that 343 spins I am curious what kind of expectations you engage.

Thanks,
TJ
 

Re: Halo Novels/Interaction
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Tor is happy with publishing these novels in January, and so the next one will be out Jan 2012. Thanks, TJ!

The spaceships/stations of the future

Date: 06/20/2011 From: Gaute Tengesdal
Location: Norway

Hello

Great with a page where it is actually possible to ask questions to a sci-fi writer. About the question; it's a trend that those who have written about the future in the past, often have missed what would come. For instance that the classic spacerockets of the past were monsters that instead of orbiting the planets and moons while being connected with the celestial bodies and a mothership with a traffic of smaller ships, the giants were simply landing and taking off on the earth itself. Or there were no computers inside them (and how many of the fictional ships of today have quantum computers?), or canned food instead of a genetically engineered miniature ecosystem on board, or heavy spare parts instead of prototype machines/3-D printers that can build new ones from the old ones (or even food printers), perhaps even morphing materials, and so on.

After reading a couple of articles where scientists are making new breakthroughs in smart materials and ways of controlling the ligh, it looks like this could affect the future as well.
for instance this one: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/science-scope/scientists-create-a-3-d-invisibility-cloak-for-visibile-light/8274
(Scientists create a 3-D invisibility cloak for visibile light)
Or this: http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/06/14/airbus-invisible-concept-plane-revealed-as-future-of-commercia/
(Airbus 'Invisible' Concept Plane Revealed As Future of Commercial Flight)

So far, spaceships have always been portrayed with windows. But windows are often the weak spots in planes, stations and shuttles. If the future makes it possible to turn a whole wall or parts of it transparent in one way or another, there is a chance that there would be no windows are all. Or perhaps no more than just one or two small ones in the cockpit, in case of emergency (it depends on if the transparency depends on electricity or not).
Is there a chance that we might see these and/or other changes when it comes to how futuristic spaceships are built in your stories where such elements are present, or in science fiction in generel, sometime in the nearest future?
 

Re: The spaceships/stations of the future
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Gaute! That Airbus design is very pretty! Actually, going all the way back to Tsiolkovsky, a lot of visionaries have considered many solutions to the problems you address... Didn't Jules Verne's astronauts being live chickens with them? Not very practical, that, for long voyages. It's always good to add new ideas and reconsider the old ones, no? (As an occasional claustrophobe, I still like my spaceships to have windows...)
 

Re: The spaceships/stations of the future
Date: 08/22/2011
From: gentl-ing
Location:

Before the 70s or 80s, (mostly) men SF authors were depicting things they knew and were familiar with. Rarely, such as with Arthur C. Clarke, did they have insight into technological efficacy and exercising of human whim with regard to it.

Similarly, Popular Mechanics-type articles have been written since the late 19th century with boasts of revolutionary designs and such. The designs as often as not have been remarkable. Alas, the whim of those who would determine the implementation of them.
 

Re: The spaceships/stations of the future
Date: 09/15/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

I really liked Charlie Stross's star wisps; thumb-sized spaceships composed of smart matter and computronium with enough memory to hold the personalities of the crew in the virtual surroundings of their choice, but weighing only a few grams... seems a lot more elegant than hauling around meat bodies and all their requisite plumbing..
 

Re: The spaceships/stations of the future
Date: 09/23/2011
From: Kelly Marsh
Location: United States

Er, if a wall were to become transparent, wouldn't it then by definition be a window? Just saying... :)
 

Re: The spaceships/stations of the future
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Indeed. Would we cling to our seats as we seem to fling through the skies?

Halo Sequels

Date: 06/20/2011 From: K. Lee
Location: Massachusetts

Being a HUGE Halo fan, do you have a general idea of when the next forerunner novel will be released?
 

Re: Halo Sequels
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

January 2012! Last chapters under way now.

Fan in the Philippines

Date: 06/15/2011 From: John Anastacio
Location: Metro Manila, the Philippines



Dear Mr Bear,

I was reading your novel Dead Lines a few days ago, enjoying it and the nice picture of you in the back.

Despite having read your books for many years, I had never looked you up on Google, and I did so then. I learned you had lived for a short while in the Philippines, where I currently reside.

So I visited your site for the express purpose of telling you you have a fan here. I've two copies each of Queen of Angels and Slant, because I'm a little hard on books and I want backup copies in case I lose one or it falls apart on me. I also love Songs of Earth and Power and many of your other books. You are a wonderful writer, with great command over characterization, setting, and plot, and even style.

I hope your family and your friends and you are doing well. Please take care. You have my good wishes.


John
 

Re: Fan in the Philippines
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, John! I was in the Philippines back in 1957-58, in Cavite and the former Sangley Point Naval base. I can still find one of our housing complexes on Google Earth, in fact.

forerunner second book?

Date: 06/13/2011 From: Michael Lumb
Location: United Kingdom

Hey greg. Great work with the forerunner book. It explains loads of things and I think it has hints for Halo 4 ;) The question that I want to ask. When is the second book coming out roughly. Thanks. Michael
 

Re: forerunner second book?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Michael! Looks like January is our due date.
 

Re: forerunner second book?
Date: 08/20/2011
From: Michael Lumb
Location: United Kingdom

Thanks Greg and you have really lifted the Halo fiction into a new level!

Will Blood Music ever be a film?

Date: 06/13/2011 From: Jared
Location: Austin, TX

Blood Music is one of my favorite books. With apologies to
Mary Shelley I've often thought to add "The Modern Epimetheus" to the title, and I've practiced my amateur screenwriting skills trying to create an adaptation. It is such a visually rich story (well done you) and so easy to follow, considering the unusual concepts it presents, I've wondered have you considered bringing your novel to film?
 

Re: Will Blood Music ever be a film?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Indeed, Jared, BLOOD MUSIC has been under option several times, and we're currently working with a good team to get various adaptations going over at Grokstudio. More news on that shortly!

Halo cryptum

Date: 06/13/2011 From: Zach
Location: Derry NH

Hi I was wondering if I will be able to read the second book in the forerunner saga before I go to boot camp for the Marines on July 18. I would love to read it before boot camp.

Thanks

P.S. I loved the first book
 

Re: Halo cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Wow! I really am running behind on these messages--but that's in part because I'm working hard on finishing book 2, PRIMORDIUM. How's boot camp going, Zach?
 

Re: Halo cryptum
Date: 10/10/2011
From: Matt
Location: Gwinn, MI

Finally some of my Halo questions have been answered. I've enjoyed your book so much I stop reading up to chapter 34 because I'll have to wait for book 2 to come out. When is book 2 planned for release? Late 2011? Early 2012?
 

Re: Halo cryptum
Date: 01/16/2012
From: Greg Bear

Alas, I've been writing so much I'm late on this forum! But PRIMORDIUM is now out. Let me know what you think, and thanks for the kind support!

would you like this emailed to you?

Date: 06/11/2011 From: David Dorais
Location: N Haller Lake, Seattle

I can type up my handwritten list of occupation titles from The City at the End of Time-which I love--fantasy quest and cosmology/mythic super tech was quite a mash-up hat trick-- and send it via email as a word.doc if you'd like a copy.

I also have a fake 'under construction' posted sign for the "SeaTac Spaceport" which I could send along; which was samizdat at CascadiaCon. Most fen who've seen it think its both funny and clever/creative.

Really liked Hull Three- very similar to Pandorum but better written- but too short too much a novella. I've noticed a trend of mostly near future/high tech thriller settings in many of your recent books. I hope they've stretched your writer muscles enough and/or slushed the college fund with plenty of money you justly deserve. I miss the far future stuff you wrote at the beginning but understand if you've mined out that area for story ideas. It would also be nice if an original short story collection of new stuff could occur someday.

Will be at SteamCon 3, next Rustycon and Norwescon and I'm on staff at Westercon 65/SeaTac. Will be hosting the December 2011 NWSFS social as a Yule party- you're of course invited. Best wishes and best luck towards whatever you are currently researching/writing.
 

Re: would you like this emailed to you?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, David! Maybe we will run into each other at one of these events.

congratulations...

Date: 06/08/2011 From: laurent zeller
Location: france

Dear Mister Bear,

I hope you will accept my apologize for my very bad english but i wanted to tell you my great admiration for all your books and particulary for "the city at the end of time".
i can not understand how you can create such oustanding story with people so 'living' and surprising and your description of the end is strong like a dream..!
thank you very much for all

laurent
 

Re: congratulations...
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Laurent! Did you read the book in English or in the French translation?

Halo and Beyond

Date: 05/27/2011 From: Joseph McMenamy
Location: California : USA

Greetings Mr. Bear

Finding myself on the couch ignoring dinner to complete the final chapters, so enthralling. Your first entry [Cryptum] is praise worthy and unparallelled in the Halo universe. This is science fiction at its finest and an extremely enjoyable read.

As with the many other posters, I am eagerly waiting for the subsequent releases and will be pre-ordering them as soon as it is available on Amazon. I am cemented as a permanent fan of your work since discovering [Eternity] and [The Forge of God].

Please consider expanding your tour into the Halo universe beyond the initially planned trilogy. There are many areas of story expansion to explore in Halo. Looking at the Dune or Darkover universe as examples where 20 to 30 books were written to the delight of the readers.

And while Im on the subject, any thoughts to working your magic for the Stargate franchise ? There is a similar concept and equally underdeveloped story arc of a epoch spanning advance technology driven race called the Ancients. With over a decade of plot development in the three TV shows, there is a large fan base that would be eager for your stewardship .

Thanks
Joseph
 

Re: Halo and Beyond
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Joseph! HALO PRIMORDIUM is almost finished. No plans to work in other franchises soon--though my son, Erik, has contributed a five script run for JURASSIC PARK comics for IDW. First issue will be out this September! We story-jammed a bit on those.

Halo Questions

Date: 05/26/2011 From: Eric Frost
Location: Chicago

Having read practically everything he's published, I don't think I've ever been so confused after reading anything written by Greg Bear, probably because I don't have any background with Halo -- all I know it's an MS XBOX hit.

Anyway, I jotted down some of the loose threads I felt were hanging. For my own part, I do intend to read this again immediately.

I'd be happy if Greg Bear was going to be the writer in future novels to tie these things up, but I'm afraid if he's just dabbling for one novel like with Star Wars. (Admittedly his was my favorite, at the time I'd actually read most of the Star Wars novels, before getting hooked on GB's writing).

* Confused about the comment about the Librarian's plans being aligned with Master Builder's plans and what really happened there.
* Regarding the end, so we find out the Forerunners killed out the Precursors, so what? Does one individual want vengeance?
* Does the Precursor prisoner actually have control over the "Contender/Mendicus Bias" or what's going on? Also what's their plan?
* Confused about status of various Halos during climax. And during re-entry why do they see mountains and stuff, where's that from.
* Was the Didact actually executed on the Son'shar or whatever planet or not?
* Are the Precursor's behind the Flood?

Like I said, I'll re-read the book, but it didn't seem like the tight Greg Bear literature I'm used to, I probably had to already be immersed in the Halo universe to totally understand what's going on. Maybe I can figure out more with a quick Wikipedia read to get more backstory :-)

Also, I don't know anything about commercial writing or how one makes a living at it, but I'd love to see Greg Bear evolve the "Slant" universe further. Worked for me. Or other more unique and interesting stuff!

Eric
 

Re: Halo Questions
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Eric! Some of these issues will be carried on into vol 2, which we're calling HALO: PRIMORDIUM at the moment. And while a familiarity with HALO games definitely opens up some "easter egg" moments, most of the confusions you're pointing to are actually unresolved plot points awaiting later resolution. As for SLANT and QUEEN OF ANGELS, the more recent novels QUANTICO and MARIPOSA have joined the historical timeline, prior to QUEEN OF ANGELS. HEADS and MOVING MARS are later in the same timeline.

Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?

Date: 05/25/2011 From: Karen Fraser
Location: Shetland

One of our Shetland Library customers is looking for a Greg Bear book in which people from Mars land here in Shetland - specifically in the village of Unst. I've been unable to trace this so far. Can you help?
Many thanks from Shetland Library
 

Re: Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Karen! I'm not aware of having written this book! any other clues, so we can track down who might have?

Greg
 

Re: Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?
Date: 08/06/2011
From: Ricardo
Location: Encinitas, CA

What we need here is a good gate opener ....
 

Re: Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

"Mars Needs Ponies"? Still haven't a clue, sorry!
 

Re: Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?
Date: 09/26/2011
From: Karen Fraser
Location: Shetland

Neither do we. Sorry, we were never able to get any more information from the customer. Incidently I mis-typed my original post and Unst is an island, not a village, though they thought the book was set in one of Unst's villages - Baltasound, Uyeasound, Haroldswick maybe...
Many thanks Greg for your attention to this. Mabye someone will come across it yet.
 

Re: Unst, Shetland in a Greg Bear Story?
Date: 09/26/2011
From: Greg Bear

I will earmark "Shetland" and "Mars" in my brain and let you know if anything touches both topics! Meanwhile, perhaps someone at the Shetland Astronomical Society might have a clue?

There's a slight possibility the customer is actually thinking of THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS, which takes place in a small UK village... though it is far from certain that Martians are causing all the difficulties there.

Qauntico.

Date: 05/24/2011 From: Vitaly Sorokin
Location: Russia

Dear Mr. Bear
Reading Quantico. (Great, by the way, as always) Starting Chapter 56. The very beggining.
Did you just guessed it? I mean replace Saudi Arabia with Lybia and here we go. Are you a prophet :-) Even Russian "initial tacit support" is right on the money. Or am I missing something? When did you right the book and how could you have foreseen things so accurately? Bravo, Mr. Bear.
My best regards.
Vitaly Sorokin
 

Re: Qauntico.
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

I wrote QUANTICO back in 2004-2005. Don't tell anybody about my time-reversed subscription to the New York Times!

forerunner trilogy

Date: 05/24/2011 From: Joshua Lueck
Location: fountain colorado

Mr. Bear

I loved the first forerunner book. Is the next book going to be about the forerunner flood war and second roughly what year in the timeline is the first book set in.
 

Re: forerunner trilogy
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Joshua. Roughly 100,000 years B.C.E. All the books will be tight-packed for their core chronologies.

Re: Hull zero three

Date: 05/22/2011 From: Greg boshaw
Location: Calgary, alberta

I hate to be a pest, but I still cannot buy your book (kindle book) on amazon as a Canadian customer. It is available to us customers. Is this a printer vs amazon thing.

I have commented on this in the past.

PS amazon were no help

Thanks ... Your avid fan Greg
 

Re: Re: Hull zero three
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Heck, I was in New York yesterday and the day before and neglected to ask about this. Still a curious situation, Greg.
 

Re: Re: Hull zero three
Date: 07/06/2011
From: Greg boshaw
Location:

Hi ... Again ... It is your friendly neighborhood pest ... From Canada ... Eh ... hull three zero is still not available to Canadians on the kindle. Thanks for your patience ... Your loyal fan ... Greg
 

Re: Re: Hull zero three
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Puzzling indeed! There may be a jam up in e-publication rights, but I really do not know the answer.

Halo Cryptum

Date: 05/22/2011 From: zack
Location:

Dear Mr. Bear,

I found Halo Cryptum to be utterly fascinating and the first person pov, was what made it great. It was really interesting to see all of thses events unfold in the eyes of a young forerunner, it gives it just a touch of innocence. I consider you one of the bes scfi writers of all time, up there with clark and asimov. Keep writing!
zACK
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Zack. Writing continues!
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 06/20/2011
From: Carlos Maysonet
Location: Puerto Rico

Great book. I'm a Halo fan and don't really know how many Greg Bear fans are in Puerto Rico....I know that I am one. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy. Just finishing the book and wanted to know if you had a time frame for the second book release. I have not finished the first one and I can't wait to have the second and third. Thank you. Gracias y Buenas Noches.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 06/20/2011
From: Carlos Maysonet
Location: Puerto Rico

Great book. I'm a Halo fan and don't really know how many Greg Bear fans are in Puerto Rico....I know that I am one. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy. Just finishing the book and wanted to know if you had a time frame for the second book release. I have not finished the first one and I can't wait to have the second and third. Thank you. Gracias y Buenas Noches.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 06/21/2011
From: Greg Bear

Looking like late this year... Thanks, Carlos!
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 07/09/2011
From: Madek
Location: Southern California

Hi Greg,

Just picked up a copy of Cryptum. Hope to get my brain into it soon. I have to tell you, finding out you wrote a book based on one of the games I play and have played for 9+ years was awesome! Great author (and family line :D ) and a great story line - what a match! Love it!

See you at Comic-con!

-Madek
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Carlos! Working away...
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Great to walk around the con with you and the boys, Madek!

Convergence! *Minor spoilers*

Date: 05/21/2011 From: Noel
Location: Seattle

Mr. Bear,

I've recently started reading Mariposa, and took pleasure in finding that you've linked the Quantico 'universe' narrative to that of Queen of Angels.

I consider Queen of Angels your finest work to date, and indeed the finest work of science fiction I've ever read. Your exercise with the language grammar diction was entertaining (and I do wish you continued with it in Slant). The Country of the Mind, the psychological schema it implicated, and the sociological dynamic between the therapied, naturals, and the transhuman option were intriguing. Jill's emergence into self-awareness was a poignant account. I miss Mary Choy, Jill, and their world of combs and jags, sunset gold and shadows no exponential incline singularity there but a slow warm ascendancy don't come to us we'll come to you.

Queen of Angels is one of a few books I both wish and dread a movie would be made of; wish, for all to see the magnificence of the ideas it assembles; and dread, knowing no movie could possibly do it any justice. (On the other hand, there's HBO.)

Thank you for the continuity, and I hope you'll consider taking us to more trips with pd Choy someday. Cheers.
 

Re: Convergence! *Minor spoilers*
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Noel!

i am totally in love with the eon/eternity/legacy books

Date: 05/19/2011 From: dorothy
Location: california

I have discovered your books, starting with Eon, and I can't get enough. My family thinks I am nuts. I wish, wish wish that I had someone to discuss these books with!!
Thank you for writing such magical, profound, enriching books
 

Re: i am totally in love with the eon/eternity/legacy books
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for writing, Dorothy! No doubt there are folks around this site happy to discuss these things with you through the Forum. And if you have any questions, I can try to answer them as well.
 

Re: i am totally in love with the eon/eternity/legacy books
Date: 06/06/2011
From: Daniel Ray Jones
Location: Portland, Oregon

I know what you mean Dorothy. I read Legacy first to sort of pay my dues and when I started reading Eon I knew the background behind 'The Way' and 'Thistledown'. I just love the character Olmy. When the Hexamon decided to split the Axel City into the Geshels and Naders and then accelerate the Geshel city down the Way to close to the spead of light to deal with the Jarts, I said to myself 'sweet!'. I am starting Eternity now and will be at my reading chair with its swing arm lamp tonight.
 

Re: i am totally in love with the eon/eternity/legacy books
Date: 07/03/2011
From: typhon
Location:

Dorothy (how apropo, eh?), look round at SF writer's and readers' forums. Curiosity and certainty will guide you.
 

Re: i am totally in love with the eon/eternity/legacy books
Date: 07/18/2011
From: Jon Kroll
Location: Ann Arbor Michigan

Dorothy. I am with you 100%. Even GB himself suggested I was stuck in a time-warp because I could not stop re-reading Eon. I know my family thinks I am nuts too. You are not alone!



Cheers. Jon Kroll

Halo Cryptum: The Didact's Ship

Date: 05/18/2011 From: Andrew Plebanek
Location: WI, USA

To Mr. Bear:

While reading Halo: Cryptum, I was very interested by the concept of the "design seed" used to construct the Didact's ship. I did have a few questions as to how the whole ship-building process works, though:
So the pillars used to build the ship were assembled from the raw materials of the mountain by the war sphinxes (or at least that's how I understood it), but to build the ship itself, did they literally "unfold" themselves and connect together to create the ship's hull, or were they construction devices that materialized the ship as they spun around? Also, is a design seed just a blueprint for a ship, or a miniature factory of some kind? I know I could probably just wave it away and say "bah, it's hyper-advanced alien technology, who knows," but I just like visualizing these things (plus I'm thinking of illustrating a few scenes from the book)

I also had a follow-up from another question I pestered you with some months ago:
Is it possible that the Didact (the original Didact) was able to communicate with his wife during his travels with Bornstellar? If so, that would provide a solution to the whole timeline issue I talked about last time

Thanks for your time,
-Andrew Plebanek
 

Re: Halo Cryptum: The Didact's Ship
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

As for the design seed, it likely utilizes both material from the mountain and hard light components to fabricate the final ship. And as for what's up with the Terminal messages... good question! More to come.

Pascal Triangle and Periodic Table

Date: 05/16/2011 From: Jess Tauber
Location: New Jersey

Hi- a big fan. Anyway, this might be of interest/use, and is all true, all discovered in last 2 years (see http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/tetrahedronT3)- periodic table relations often directly out of Pascal Triangle, both electronic and nuclear: Best physical 2D electronic table is Janet (see second illustration at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_periodic_tables). Periods here end with alkaline earths. I found every other alkaline earth atomic number identical to every other Pascal tetrahedral number, and counting leftwards from alkaline earths Pascal triangular numbers always landed on positions where quantum number ml=0. Also from Pascal, Fibonacci numbers as atomic numbers map nonrandomly (to leftmost positions in the orbital half rows), as do related sequences such as Lucas numbers (rightmost). In the nucleus differences between relevant period-like positions mostly map to double triangular numbers. Lots more if intrigued- might eventually lead to better ability to manipulate matter on an informational level, something I know you're interested in. There are relations also to the Golden Ratio (been known for a long time that the N/P ratio in the nucleus converges on it with higher atomic numbers), and such things also show up apparently in DNA, protein structure, and human language structure. All seem to show, in addition, modifications that increase combination and its control at the expense of transparency at the lower levels of structure (hierarchy/systems management). In human languages such changes go both ways, with the morphosyntactic historical cycle, and there is some evidence for this also in genomes- whether or not one might find it at more fundamental levels of material reality remains a tantalizing possibility. Would love to hear from you. Thanks. JT
 

Re: Pascal Triangle and Periodic Table
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Interesting congruencies. Thanks, Jess.
 

Re: Pascal Triangle and Periodic Table
Date: 05/30/2012
From: Jess Tauber
Location: New Jersey

In the past year have found many more Pascal-based relationships with the electronic and nuclear periodic systems, including being able to simply read off quantum number n, l, ml, ms information from a simple stack of generalized Fibonacci-like sequences, at least for idealized tabular structure ignoring effects of relativity. For the Janet table this works exactly, and forever. To account for relativistic effects it looks as if we need to broaden the perspective to include not just the Golden Mean, but the other Metallic Means as well- each in turn acts like a kind of depictive default, controlling a different aspect of the total, which implies modular organization. For ex. the early nuclides have neutron/proton (N/P) hovering around 1, which is the first Metallic Mean- this works for stable elements til calcium, Z=20. After this you can still have N/P=1 but not stable til Z=40. In the mid-range of the nuclides the ratio N/P= very close to the Golden Mean, for stable elements up to lead, Z=82. Again this stays here but elements unstable til the end of the known elements. If the above trends are based on shifts between Metallic Means, then the next *should* be the Silver Mean, 1+sqrt2.
 

Re: Pascal Triangle and Periodic Table
Date: 07/06/2012
From: Greg Bear

I'm certainly not competent to judge your work on this, but perhaps we have readers who can?
 

Re: Pascal Triangle and Periodic Table
Date: 06/09/2015
From: Craig Knecht
Location: Tenn

I am looking at a physical model of Pascal's triangle.

This model generates a derivative triangle from Pascal's triangle. This triangle describes the height of water retention between uniform diameter cylinders whose height and arrangement are specified by Pascal's cylinder

(see Water Retention on Mathematical Surfaces)

(see OEIS A258445

Specifically rearranging Pascal's triangle values to achieve minimum retention for the triangle shows a configuration that mimics the stability peak of Fe at 7 rows.

Thanks for any thoughts or ideas.

Craig

I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made

Date: 05/11/2011 From: Eric Frost
Location: Chicago, IL

http://forms.theregister.co.uk/poll/?id=28

Anything else on there by Greg Bear?

Also, any news on anything film-wise in the works using Greg Bear's material? Has there ever been?

Thanks!
Eric
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Four books have been optioned at one time or another--including BLOOD MUSIC, MOVING MARS, and FORGE OF GOD/ANVIL OF STARS. EON has yet to be optioned.
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 05/27/2011
From: dorothy
Location: california

how could they ever make Eon into a film? it is so vast. i would love to see such a film!
i still get all woozy thinking of Patricia touching the singularity.
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 06/04/2011
From: Boris
Location: Paris

Definately can't wait for the movies to come out they would be awesome!
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 06/09/2011
From: zrdb
Location: usa

One book (not one of yours-sorry) that I'd love to see made into a movie is the late A.C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama-it would be fantastic with modern special effects.
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Dorothy! Touching singularities is not recommended for the faint of heart!
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Me, too! But we might have to wait a while longer, so no holding breath...
 

Re: I see Forge of God on this list of best sci-fi films never made
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'd love to see this one as well. It's one of my favorites.

Whats up with Phobos???

Date: 05/10/2011 From: Chris Herron
Location: Phoenix, Az

Dear Mr Bear -
My name is Chris and while I have not read any of your books- I have read about them in Michio Kaku's book(s)- I simply wondered if you were aware of any of the findings of the ESA re: "engineered asteroids" ala Phobos, one of the moons of Mars- On the website http://www.enterprisemission.com - there are many good detailed photos(ESA photos) for you to make the call yourself. Mr, Kaku referred to your novel Eon, which I am now searching for,



Sincerely
Chris
 

Re: Whats up with Phobos???
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Phobos does indeed seem a bit less than normally dense, no? But hollow inside--

That all sounds kind of familiar to me! Thanks, Chris.

thankyou

Date: 05/10/2011 From: Nick Peterson
Location: Calgary Alberta

Hi I just wanted to congratulate your Book "Halo Cryrptum" and was wondering when the second expansion of the forerunner saga will be released so stoked on wellness of your novel . give me a shout at soldierside616@hotmail.com we could disscus how awesome you are (haha got to love thwe love eh)
 

Re: thankyou
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Second volume well under way. May launch soon! Thanks, Nick.

Loved Cryptum

Date: 05/08/2011 From: Chris Moore
Location: Gainesville Ga

Mr. Bear.

I just finished Cryptum for the 2nd time. The first in book form, the 2nd as an audible.com audiobook.

An obvious work of genius. I always knew that the Forerunner story had rich potential, and I feel like you are doing the saga justice.

I look forward to it's sequel and we can get on with this Prisoner (soon to become the Gravemind?) Could you estimate when the sequel will be out? A year?

Take your time though. I want you to do it justice.
 

Re: Loved Cryptum
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Less than a year, I hope. Thanks, Chris!

Halo Cryptum

Date: 05/06/2011 From: Chris Zeh
Location: Loveland, CO

I just wanted to drop by and quickly thank you for the awesome read. I just finished Cryptum last night, and I can't wait for the next installment.

I've read most of the other Halo novels, and Cryptum is one of the best! Well done!

I think I'm going to dig into The Forge of God next to tide me over until the next Halo book.

Best regards,
Chris
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Excellent choice, Chris. ANVIL OF STARS, sequel to THE FORGE OF GOD, could also be a Halo fan's cup of tea.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 10/04/2011
From: Chris Zeh
Location: Loveland, CO

Just finished reading The Forge of God, a masterpiece and one of the best novels I've ever read. Again, well done!

Looking forward to picking up Anvil and Primordium when it's released. Thank you for sharing your wonderful skill as a word smith with the world.

--Chris
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 10/04/2011
From: Greg Bear

My pleasure, Chris--we're just putting the finishing touches on PRIMORDIUM now. January!

Hardfought

Date: 05/05/2011 From: Brett Belcastro
Location: Massachusetts, USA

...was shockingly good.

Found an old volume of Hugo/Nebula nominees from 1983 in a box my aunt left in our attic (she's a sci-fi nut too) and I couldn't resist reading it. By far, best story of the bunch was your novella Hardfought (Blood Music was also included, and was just shy of achieving equally excellent status).

I'm a bit late to the party, I guess, but it was one of those stories that's hard to finish because you get reminded that these things are finite and actually have to end at some point. My only disappointment is that it was not a fully-featured novel in its own right.

It's also aroused in me an interest in your other work. Which of your other works would you first recommend to a new fan, an aspiring writer like myself?
 

Re: Hardfought
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Brett! HARDFOUGHT could definitely lead you on to CITY AT THE END OF TIME, which is even more expansive. Let me know what you think!
 

Re: Hardfought
Date: 06/23/2011
From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose

Brett,
For me, the full-length book that matched Hardfought closest in terms of emotional response was Hull Zero Three. They both felt like Mr. Bear showing us a possible (and horrifically wrong) path we take ourselves down with best of intent.
 

Re: Hardfought
Date: 08/06/2011
From: Ricardo
Location: Encinitas, CA

" ...was shockingly good. " Yes indeed! I discovered GB the same way; an old paperback collection of SF short stories that had Hardfought in it.

Greg can be a little self-deprecating when it comes to discussing Hardfought, so lets just call it one of the greatest short stories ever written and leave it at that...
 

Re: Hardfought
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

There are similarities, aren't there? Interesting how these themes keep popping up. Also, compare HULL ZERO THREE with "Scattershot."
 

Re: Hardfought
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

I won't disagree!

ORDER OF BOOKS (revisited)

Date: 05/05/2011 From: Bernard Assaf
Location: Johns Creek, Georgia

Dear Mr. Bear:

I just finished reading QUEEN OF ANGELS, which I got from a friend at work who had brought a bunch of books to the office that he didn't want anymore. The novel sat on my book shelf for a year or so and I might have forgotten about it completely, if I hadn't then picked up ROGUE PLANET on my tour through the Star Wars expanded universe (in publication order, as best as I can manage!). After I enjoyed it, I remembered, "Hey, I have another Bear book!" and thus, I picked back up QoA. I can't very well read ONLY Star Wars (well I probably could but then what about all those other delicious books out there?) and a hard sci-fi novel seemed to fit the bill for a good "in-between" book.

Today I toured some Internet sites looking for some others' take on the book (my friend didn't have much to say when I asked him, having not remembered much in the way of details). Maybe a review would help tie some things together that I didn't catch when I read it, that kind of thing. On Wikipedia I was surprised to learn that this book had a sequel. Then I found your message board archive from 2004 where you revealed it also has two prequels. You suggested the following reading order:

> ORDER OF BOOKS
> Posted By: karen berry, portland, OR - 11/08/2004
> 11:42:40 AM
>
> Greg: Just discovered you...wow!! You have made my
> miserable commute a joy with Darwin's Radio. My
> background is anthropogy/law/investigator... so you are
> like manna from heaven. What order should I read your
> books in? Thank you, Karen Berry, Esq

> Response: Order of Books
> Posted By: Greg Bear - 11/08/2004 12:28:12 PM
>
> Depends on what series! DARWIN'S RADIO, then DARWIN'S
> CHILDREN, of course. In terms of time, the Thistledown
> series begins with "The Wind from a Burning Woman," then
> "The Way of All Ghosts," and moves on thereafter to
> LEGACY, EON, and then ETERNITY. The Quantum Logic
> succession begins with QUEEN OF ANGELS, then SLANT,
> HEADS, and MOVING MARS. FORGE OF GOD, then ANVIL OF
> STARS.

Ah! So, please explain to me why I should read the sequel first and then the two prequels (as you suggested to Karen in 2004), when their publication order is QUEEN OF ANGELS (1990), HEADS (1990), MOVING MARS (1993) and SLANT (1997)? Perhaps you did not originally intend the prequels to be in fact, prequels, but mixed them in the universe later sort of like Asimov ultimately mashed together his ROBOTS, EMPIRE, and FOUNDATION series, in which case its best to continue the story of QoA before diving into the earlier years? I have always been of the opinion that the best way to read any series of books (or for that matter, any set of unrelated books by a single author), is to read them in the same order which the author wrote them. After all, on the one hand, reading them out of order might spoil something in the earlier books, and on the other hand, the story as it developed over a series of novels might best be tasted in the same way it was created. Back to Asimov: I believe he also recommended reading his three series of books out of publication order, which also confused me--but perhaps this then puts you in good Grand Master company.

Thanks for your time, and thanks for sharing your creative story telling with all of us untherapied. (After reading through Goldsmith's nightmarish mindscape, I think I do need therapy!)

Sincerely,
Bernard Assaf
Johns Creek, Georgia
 

Re: ORDER OF BOOKS (revisited)
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Bernard--

Thanks for going back to QoA!

I arranged the sequence of the books in "historical" chronology. To add to the confusion, both QUANTICO and MARIPOSA are now at the historical beginning of what I called the Quantum Logic series. They can all be read in any order you like, of course.
 

Queen of Angels series
Date: 12/27/2014
From: Benjamin Atkinson
Location: Rosemount, MN

Greg,
What does Moving Mars have to do with Queen of Angels and Slant, also how can I get a hold of a copy of Heads?
 

Queen of Angels series
Date: 12/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Beyond the nanotechnology angle, there are the Thinkers... compare Jill in MOVING MARS and SLANT. HEADS is available in my short story collection from Tor, and soon from Open Road as an e-book, as well as many paperbacks from the last twenty years or so.

Eon

Date: 05/04/2011 From: Andrew Armfield
Location: Springfield VA

hi, i am reading Eon was woundering if you ever thought of doing an ilustrated verison. Your discriptions of the stone inside are amazing. Thanks.
 

Re: Eon
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

No plans for an illustrated version at the moment, but take a look at the amazing illustrations and other media interpretations posted on the CGSociety web site. Just search on CGSociety and Eon Challenge. Thanks, Andrew!
 

Re: Eon
Date: 07/05/2011
From: Lex
Location: Lansing, MI

Nice!! Those illustrations are great. Thanks for pointing that out, the descriptive imagery in your book is amazing and complex (for me anyway). Seeing all the different interpretations helped me to feel that my own imagination is doing a pretty good job at grasping some of the imagery.
 

Re: Eon
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

It's nice to have a wider set of visual processors at work to help us out!

time paradox in Eon

Date: 04/30/2011 From: David Gress
Location: Denmark

Greg,

You state in "Eon" that when Korzenowski opened the Way, the Stone was somehow whipped into our continuum. The Stone appears in our continuum in late 2000 A.D.

Yet at the Axis cities some 600 years have passed since the Way opened.

I can accept that time runs at different rates at the Axis cities than at the Stone, but ...

You also say that people traveled from the Axis back to Thistledown frequently. And, in "Eon," we have people traveling up the Way and back.

So, if 5 our-continuum years (from the appearance of the Stone to WWIII, the Death) is to match 600-plus years at the Axis cities, how do you explain the easy coming and going along the Way? Olmy has apparently visited Thistledown on several occasions during his centuries of life at the Cities. All this within the two to three our-continuum years while the Stone is in our space?

How can the Cities, and the Way itself, endure all these centuries AFTER the Stone is whipped into our continuum, if at the same time (?) people travel from the Cities to Thistledown and back again. Where does what rate of time kick in?

I know that time-paradox stories can make your head turn. But this one defeats me.
 

Re: time paradox in Eon
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

This is a good question and may point to a great many complexities that we could spend hours working through... Great fun! But the simplest explanation might be that the Stone and the Way are causally linked, or linked through some (magical) Korzenowski tech, and operate as an entity. (The Way itself is of course outside our universe.) And when the Stone/Way entity whiplashes back through time, it's no more peculiar for the whole complex to move back than if the Time Traveler's shoes go with him when he pushes the lever backward or forward. But I'm happy to hear more about the physics complexities! Might make for another story.
 

Re: time paradox in Eon
Date: 05/31/2011
From: Rob
Location: Ireland

I've always seen it as the stone appears in our solar system at that time but has been in our universe longer travelling here.

Time was then correctly synchronized between the Way and the Stone when they were connected.

Fascinating concepts though.

Itw for a french website

Date: 04/28/2011 From: J←r￴me Vincent
Location: France

Dear M. Bear

I'm J←r￴me Vincent, editor of ActuSF.com, the only professional website in
France dedicated to SF&F book reviews.

We would be very happy to issue an interview from you. If you agree with this, please let me know at your early convenience so that I can
send you some questions for the interview.

Thank you for consideration in this matter, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

J←r￴me Vincent
www.actusf.com

Quick question

Date: 04/25/2011 From: Tom Griffith
Location: Donora, PA

Are you going to be anywhere near Donora, PA anytime soon? I just finished reading the Halo Cryptum novel and wouldn't mind getting it autographed. I must say that you've done an excellent job on the story so far and i can't wait until you drop the second installment. Any news on an estimated date yet? Keep us posted and take care.

Many thanks,

Tom
 

Re: Quick question
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Tom! No plans for being near Donora soon, but you can order autographed copies from a number of sources, including Signed Books and the University Book Store in Seattle.

Your publishing agent

Date: 04/20/2011 From: TATSUYA ISEKI
Location: *APAN

Please introduce e-mail address of your publishing agent.I am very sad because your Darwins Children wasa not sold inlet me know what you thought about CITY AT THE END OF TIME and HULL ZERO THREE. More your cup of tea, I hope?
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/23/2011
From: Matt
Location: UT

First off, i would like to know if your gonna have a sequel to this book. I am fully involved with the story line of Halo and i view this book as a welcomed addition to the growing Halo universe.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Sequel! Yes. Two of them. Thanks, Matt.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 06/23/2011
From: Grey101
Location: VA

First off i would like to say cryptum was probably the BEST novel to date. on par with any of erics novels (which people hold with such high praise)

I would like to address that majority of the people that don't like cryptum are new to forerunner canon and have a hard time understanding it. thus they say it is "bad", they also dislike it because of the lack of action; foregetting that this book is explaining a culture not aliens shooting up malls or something.

with this being said there are only a very very few people that are an dislike the book for good reason. Keep true to the first book Greg and remember that you are explaining a culture, don't put random battles in to please people.

The people that know the halo lore inside and out are drooling over your work and are happy, if there are any issues we will let you know. :)
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for the support and insight!

Happy International Space Day

Date: 04/12/2011 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Got up this morning, and was knocked flat again by the anniversaries. 150 years since the outbreak of the American Civil War, 50 years since Yuri Gargarin became the first human in space, 30 years since Space Shuttle Columbia's maiden voyage.
 

Re: Happy International Space Day
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

And I was there for all of them! (Well, two out of three ain't bad.)

Halo Cryptum question

Date: 04/12/2011 From: Chris
Location: Charlotte

Why was the book 343 pages? I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the raw information regarding the Halo universe, but I feel like some important parts were wayyy to rushed. Take the introduction of Mendicant Bias for example. His introduction was a major plot twist, and he is a very important character if I'm not mistaken. Yet the scene where he is introduced just comes and goes without any real bang. Please tell me you weren't forced to make it that long because of 343 Industries.

I realize that a comment like this isn't fit for the Discussion Board but I would really appreciate a response.

Thanks in advance.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum question
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Wow, I never noticed that! It is definitely a conspiracy--or a harbinger. Actually, Mendicant Bias plays a major role in the next novel, so it's not over, Chris. Working on all that right now. More soon!
 

Re: Halo Cryptum question
Date: 08/30/2011
From: Anthony
Location: Bewbush

Loved Cryptum, reading it again! Does the second continue stright from the end of Cryptum. Also i noticed on the Halopedia site that Chakas is talking about Erde-Tyrene and how it is now Earth, what time period is it in? If of course you dont mind answering that
 

Re: Halo Cryptum question
Date: 09/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Right after or congruent with CRYPTUM. Lets hope Chakas knows better than to post spoilers!
 

Re: Halo Cryptum question
Date: 12/16/2011
From: Bijan
Location: Philippines

How did you come up with the name "Erde-Tyrene"? It sounds fancy.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum question
Date: 01/17/2012
From: Greg Bear

Fanciful, yes. But not unrooted!

Greg's favorite current (current favorite?) fiction writers

Date: 04/10/2011 From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA

Greg, as I believe I have stated in at least one prior post, you are currently among my top five. I am curious, however, as to who you currently like to read when you get a spare moment or two, among the authors who are still living and producing fiction? (No cheating, as in falling back on Asimov, Heinlein, and so on.)

And of course it needn't be restricted to science fiction. Feel free to tell us of your other interests, or guilty pleasures. For instance, Stephen King is one of mine, though he certainly is not among my top five.

Oh, and by the way, I can't help but think I have rather overused "currently" in this post, but I am damned if I can think of a synonym that conveys the same thing. "Contemporarily" is all I can come up with, and I think it is rather clumsy, especially since the site spell-checker doesn't even know the word. Can you think of a better synonym?
 

Re: Greg's favorite current (current favorite?) fiction writers
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

I have quite a stack of recent favorites, Kelly. I'm particularly fond of all the writers currently working on THE MONGOLIAD! (Shameless plug.)

How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Date: 04/10/2011 From: Lightmagi
Location: Australia

Greg, are you a Singularitarian?, and how many of your readers are Singularitarians and/or Transhumanists?

Ray Kurzweil author of the book "The Singularity is Near" believes the Technological Singularity will hit by 2045. I was interested in his movie "Transcendent Man" which I watched recently, Ray believes he and people will become immortal in this time via implants, biotechnology and nanotech.

I noticed a lot of your books touch on this Singularity style of era with nanotech, AI's, "Transhumanists" like Mary Choy and the like, you've been writing about high tech visions for so long I bet you and your readers compose a great many Singularitarians and Transhumanists in the ranks of the hard sci-fi readers.

A lot of your books seem to describe the Technological Singularity era and many of your readers have technical backgrounds that are part of this evolving T.S. era.

How many of you and your readers are? Or what do you and the readers believe?
 

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Mr. Kurzweil has great fun with these ideas. Personally, I know for a fact that the singularity happened ten years ago. How do I know? Because my Netflix queue includes movies released in 2045, including a tell-all bio-pic about Ray K. Somebody needs to edit the matrix!
 

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Date: 05/22/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

I liked how Moving Mars forced a reassessment of the idea of a human 'hive consciousness' from a terrifying, tabloid vision of insectile eusociality to a sort of superorganism thats smarter and more powerful than any of us of and of which we are all an important part. Or something. Charlie Stross makes a good point when he says cities, and sleepy villages, look pretty much the same as ever, but arnt, theyve got new nerves made of fibreoptic cable running through them.
I also liked his idea that technological civiilizations tend to go thruough singularities, convert their homes into computronium dyson spheres, think deep thoughts, stay home and eventually get killed off or bankrupted by their own hyperintelligent financial instruments. Hence no aliens.. good joke that.
 

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Date: 06/26/2011
From: Steven Langley Guy
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

I am a little more pessimistic than Mr. Kurzweil. I can't help but think that a transhumanist singularity in the West will be viewed very poorly by the majority of the world living in third world conditions. Perhaps it there would be a war between the "techno-raptured" and the rest of humanity?

Also, I do not find the idea of immortality appealing in the slightest. Maybe 2 or 3 lifetimes then retirement to some sort of city memory, as suggested in Eon, would be a far better option?

How much life does a human being need? I would wager that most people spend a lot of time in their lives doing very mundane things. I know I do!
 

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

In agreement, Steven. Greed comes in many forms!

About "Welcome Back to the Empire and "Eternity"

Date: 04/10/2011 From: Melentie Pandilovski
Location: Macedonia

Hi Greg,
Thank you very much for the permission to use 5000 words from ETERNITY in order to build the "Welcome Back to the Empire" project!
I will keep you informed about the developments.

Warmest regards,

Melentie

Hello, Melentie! Sorry to be so late getting back to you with an answer. Please feel free to use some of the material in ETERNITY for your project. If you need more than 5000 words total, contact me again and let's discuss. Best wishes! Greg Bear
 

Re: About
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Love to see the results.

Best!

Greg

"a few words about god".

Date: 04/10/2011 From: Daniel Weinstein
Location: Budapest

Dear Greg

My name is Daniel Weinstein and I am a great fan of your writing.
I read most of your books and many of them were fascinating and widened my horizons. Some of them were too complex for me and I got a little lost.
There is one thing that I couldnt find In your books and It is a serious confrontation with the concept of god. Maybe you think that the existential questions will not change in the future and I can certainly understand this kind of thought, if this is what you think.
Sometimes I get a feeling that can be described as "what for god's sake does all this mean?" or as "what is the matrix&?" and which I am aware of that I will probably get no answer.
I have turned 52 a few weeks ago and I couldnt help noticing from your pictures on your books that you are not getting younger either.
Actually I think that this change in your appearance made me write you this letter.
So if you have the time and the energy, please write me "a few words about god".


Best regards
Danny Weinstein
 

Re:
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Daniel! I think you'll find a number of challenging assertions about God in both DARWIN'S CHILDREN and CITY AT THE END OF TIME. If you have the time, take a look at those and let me know what you think!
 

Re:
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Science fiction authors get younger as they age. Stochastic resonance--it's one of the perks. A little noise brings the signal out clearer.

My two cents on God, having just crossed the big five-oh myself: don't let immensities blind you to intimacies. God is the completion of that loop.

Possibly God "is" the question. Good to crack away at it, though. "The effort itself will enoble you, and you may get something better than the answer you expect."
 

Re: Tolerant, efficient and harmonious place to live.
Date: 04/11/2011
From: Daniel Weinstein
Location: Budapest

Good morning Greg (morning in Budapest)
First, thanks for the amazingly fast response!
Regarding your answer: Darwins radio is my favorite book (I read it a few times&) and I read DARWIN'S CHILDREN as well. I started to read CITY AT THE END OF TIME but couldnt complete it. I will try again.
I would like to try and interest you in an idea I have regarding religions (and religious authorities), god, and making this place (our globe) a better place for living.
My idea does not intend to eliminate sorrow and pain from the world but I am convinced it can lead to a more tolerant, efficient and harmonious place.
In order to promote this idea, I will need any help I can get and especially support from famous and appreciated people like you.
Please let me know if you are interested and I will send you an extract of the idea and its principals.
Best regards, Danny Weinstein
 

Re: about god 2
Date: 05/06/2011
From: juan acu￱a
Location: catamarca argentina

dear greg:
my name is juan acu￱a and iread the darwins radio and i feel sad ,whitout hope. e question ftom the novel Neanderthals were the first atheists or should be
 

Re: Tolerant, efficient and harmonious place to live.
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Daniel, I'd be happy to post a reasonable length of material on these topics from you here on the website, and see what the readers think as well.
 

Re: about god 2
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

All our lives are finite, even at the species level. Try DARWIN'S CHILDREN for a different perspective on these issues.
 

Re:
Date: 07/03/2011
From: typhon
Location:

**From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/25/2011

All our lives are finite, even at the species level.**


I thought you showed otherwise, at the very least in CITY.
 

Re:
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Leads us right into a long essay on random events in time, no?

Re: book titled ... Hull Three Zero

Date: 04/09/2011 From: Greg
Location: Alberta

Thanks for your response that I received today. I have been keeping track and as of April 9, it is still not available in the Canadian kindle. I had a friend (lives in the states) and this book is available in the us kindle store!

Thanks

Alien Encounter

Date: 04/09/2011 From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA

Hey, Greg, I just watched a 1997 Learning Channel show called "Alien Encounter," in which you said a few words. One of the things they said in introducing you was that you were "...adviser on space policy to two U.S. presidents." I must admit that was a new one on me. Is this in fact the case?
 

Re: Alien Encounter
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Sort of. I've been told Ronald Reagan read the papers submitted by the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, of which I was a text-contributing member; George H.W. Bush may have also paid attention, and we held meetings during the Clinton administration. The last time we met it was at the request of NASA director Dan Goldin. All kudos to Jerry Pournelle, mastermind of the group, and Larry Niven, at whose house in Tarzana the meetings generally took place.
 

Re: Alien Encounter
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA

I suspected it was a bit of media hype. However, no fault of yours, and the reality is quite an accomplishment, nonetheless. Kudos to you. The vast majority of us will never write even a sentence that will be read by any president.

By the way, I loved your comment that was something to the effect of (if the aliens landed or contacted us) the governments would call the scientists, and the scientists would in turn call the science fiction writers. Brilliant, and I sincerely hope it is true.
 

Re: Alien Encounter
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

That might have been Larry and Jerry's assertion, in FOOTFALL as I recall!

Praise for Anvil

Date: 04/06/2011 From: Chris
Location: Birmingham, AL

Being an avid sci-fi reader, I found that the dual series Forge of God and Anvil of the Stars proved to be more emotionally stirring, at least personally, than any other book I have read of this genre - particularly the moral ambiguity facing the Anvil crew. Greg, keep up the fantastic work! We are all looking forward to a 3rd novel in this series. :)
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Chris! I've been thinking about that one for some time now.
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 05/19/2011
From: James Spradlin
Location: Fresno, California

I first read Forge and Anvil so long ago that the pages have since turned yellow with age. I JUST finished re-reading Anvil for the 4th or 5th time, and thought to see if there was a third installment in the hopes of finding out what happened to the Dawn Treader II and her crew, as well as the Brothers.

I am elated upon finding that there is indeed something happening with the third book. And eager, hopeful and terrified at the prospect of them being made into feature films.(Thoughts of my 20 year wait for Battlefield:Earth and the subsequent horror at the end result are still painful to this day, LOL!)

Modern technology being where it is, they should be Spectacular! I will keep a close "Eye on Sky" for them all!

Thank you for keeping my mind entertained and active!

James
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, James.
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 06/22/2011
From: Dennis Williams
Location: Danville, IL

Like James, I've just reread this duopoly for the umpteenth time and get something new out of them every time. But, I'm always left wanting MORE! I'm sure Chris and James agree with me, and probably thousands of fans of the series out there in sci-fi land, that we need to know what happens to this fascinating cast of characters (humans, brothers, mothers and ship's minds) after the Leviathan system has been destroyed and ultimately discovered to be ruse that it was.

Thanks for all you've written and keep on thinking about this one!!
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 06/25/2011
From: justin reeder
Location: cambridge uk

hello, Anvil of Stars is the best book you have written and one of the top ten/probably even top five, sci-fi books of all time, it should be much better known than it is. Do you agree its your best?
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

I thank you, Dennis, and the Brothers thank you as well. They're tired of doing yardwork out back (they're excellent weeders), and long to get back into space and get some real work done!
 

Re: Praise for Anvil
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Ah, that's always a tough question! It is one of my personal favorites, however.

My favorite part of City at the End of Time

Date: 04/04/2011 From: Brittney Taylor
Location: Arizona, USA

I randomly picked one of your books, City at the End of Time, from a bookshelf in my library. I liked the thickness and it seemed okay.

I had thought I was past the point of not being able to comprehend pieces of literature - but this book is so deep and thought-stirring, I was thoroughly confused in the begining, but ultimately grew to love it!!!! It was an amazing read that I will never forget!!!

I have to say, one scene will always stick out in my mind... the part where the armor warns them that they might be following themselves... I forget who, but someone says,

"We're following ourselves?" (or something) and the armor goes, "Unknown." That was so CHILLING and CREEPY and UNIQUE! I loved all the concepts explored in this novel.

You are very talented.

Congratulations on all you have accomplished.
 

Re: My favorite part of City at the End of Time
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Brittney. Here's to persistence... and to never-ending exploration!
 

Re: My favorite part of City at the End of Time
Date: 05/25/2011
From: zrdb
Location:

The last book of yours that I completed was City At The End Of Time-it reminded me so much of Arthur C. Clarke's The City And The Stars, and to a lesser degree-Against The Fall of Night. I wonder if the resemblence was intentional (I belive it was)-reading these books when I was a teenager was a magical experiance for me. Your novel brought back pleasant memories.
 

Re: My favorite part of City at the End of Time
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks! CITY AT THE END OF TIME is definitely homage to Sir Arthur's novel, as well as to William Hope Hodgson's THE NIGHT LAND. Both have interesting similarities--but I do not know if Arthur read the earlier book.

Deadlines Commentary

Date: 04/01/2011 From: Paul
Location: Bay Area, California

I am currently in the midst of a Greg Bear reading barrage. I found that too many of your books were very good so i might as well read as many as i could while i have some time.
I just finished Deadlines and was surprised that there wasn't more discussion on it. I have a few questions but would like to start simply. So, I was wondering if you the author identified with the character of Phil the author?
Oh, and btw instead of Bruce Willis, i kinda saw Jeff Bridges as Peter and think this would make a good movie although i cringe at all the possible cheeseball effects that could be used for shadowy entities.
 

Re: Deadlines Commentary
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Paul! You're living in the right part of the world for DEAD LINES, no? Phil is actually drawn from a loose portrait of one of my friends, photographer, artist and author (and filmmaker) William Rotsler. I suspect Bill would be charmed with either Jeff Bridges or Bruce Willis, but Bridges is definitely right for the part. Somehow, if Kevin Spacey were to plump up a bit, I think he might also fit right in.

halo

Date: 03/28/2011 From: greg roberts
Location: nashville,tn

any news or possible notice or looks like when the next halo book is around? annnnnd is there going to be a third book in the quantico series? I love love quantico and cannot wait to read Mariposa.
 

Re: halo
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Closing in on the big battle scenes for Number 2 right now. Thanks for the kind words about MARIPOSA and QUANTICO. Pass it along!
 

Re: halo
Date: 05/10/2011
From: greg roberts
Location: nashville,tn

so i've finished rest of Quantico and now Mariposa and oohhhh my incredible reads. i might just have to end up reading everything you have written and will write. Do clarify one thing what exactly exactly does Queen of Angels have to do with the Quantico series?
 

Re: halo
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Greg! QUANTICO and MARIPOSA--MARIPOSA in particular--link up with QUEEN OF ANGELS etc. through both "thinkers" and the political situation leading up to President Raphkind and Green Idaho.

hull three zero

Date: 03/27/2011 From: greg boshaw
Location: canada

can you tell me why your kindle version of this book is not available in canada? you can get it for the other ereaders. i just wonder if there is some sort of copyright restriction for your book?

thanks for your time ... i love all of your books

greg boshaw
 

Re: hull three zero
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Greg! I'm still not sure why the Canadian Kindle market isn't getting HULL. Let me know if it's not out by now (and apologies for taking time getting to these web questions--I'm busily absorbed in another novel, as well as MONGOLIAD, and the time just dwindles away!)

EON at iTunes

Date: 03/24/2011 From: Tim Stine
Location: Goodyear, Az

Mr. Bear,

I have a very worn out copy of Eon and was in the mood to read it again. I decided to try finding it at iTunes and was surprised to find many of your books but not EON. Will Eon be offered on iTunes or is there some legal issue preventing this from happening?

BTW, I got my Eon copy in 1990 when I was stationed in Germany. I found it at our base library in a rack of donated books that anyone could take and keep. It was just a lucky day for me. As it turned out, Eon may be the single best book I've ever read. I love that book. Great great job.

Best Regards,
Tim
 

Re: EON at iTunes
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Tim--

EON is available through E-Reads, which sells on Kindle, which has a good app for iPad and iPhone. I'm not sure why the book is not directly available through iTunes.

An inquiry on the sequel to CRYPTUM

Date: 03/24/2011 From: Sam Mansfield
Location: Houston, TX

Mr. Bear,

I would, first off, like to congratulate you on-- as well as thank you for-- your contributions to Halo, and the Halo universe. Your book was profoundly engaging the whole way through, and I look forward to reading it a second time now that I've become more familiar with Forerunner jargon, terms, and concepts that, at the beginning of the book, had eluded me.

That being said, I would like to ask when I can look forward to seeing the second instillation made into this already awesome trilogy? I'm sure you've been asked before, and I'm sure you'll be asked again, but I can't stop myself from asking. I get the impression that you're very prolific, and that you like to keep yourself busy, but I have seen no hint or insinuation on the internet as to the date of the release of Cryptum's sequel, and I can't wait to see it released. :)

But again, congratulations! You're an exceptional writer, and I look forward to becoming more well-acquainted with your work as time goes on.
 

Re: An inquiry on the sequel to CRYPTUM
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Sam--working away on number 2. Takes a little time to figure out what Forerunners and the Precursor were actually up to!

continued exploration of the Halo series?

Date: 03/22/2011 From: matt
Location: wichita

Just thought I should tell you that you're an awsome writer and have seriously captivated me. I mean that the halo series of books and the storyline is so rich that Its a wonder no other writer has jumped on it. Theres so many different ways to explore the Halo universe That I believe if you were to continue writing on the series (not just forruner) and expand your ideas you could stand to make a fortune.
 

Re: continued exploration of the Halo series?
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Matt! I have a pair of Forerunner monitors overseeing my bank account now, and they will report any unusual activity. (One of them has a purple eye from a fight with a blond Cylon.)

Cryptum kudos

Date: 03/22/2011 From: Bane Kerr
Location: Louisville, KY

Hey man, just wanted to commend you on a fantastic story.

I usually read Military sci-fi or space opera stuff and this was my first hard (if the term applies) sci-fi book and was pretty impressed. I've never read any of your work and am now curious about what to look into next. From what little research I've done Forge of God sounds interesting, but what would you suggest to someone just getting into the genre? What would be most similar to Cryptum's feel?

Also, I'm sure you can't mention specifics yet but is there any kind of rough timeframe for when the second Forerunner book will be around? Are we still a couple of years out or more? I'm hoping it's not too long of a wait after the chill I got from the last passage in Cryptum.

Thanks for the great work, and I look forward to more.

Bane
 

Re: Cryptum kudos
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Bane! I regard military sf and space opera as (occasionally) good hard sf, so HALO CRYPTUM fits right in. FORGE OF GOD and ANVIL OF STARS should definitely be on your list, as well as a novella called HARDFOUGHT and one of my biggest sellers, EON, which is chock full of stuff that seems to lead right into HALO. And of course check out STARSHIP TROOPERS and RINGWORLD and THE FOREVER WAR if you haven't already, as well as, for a real romp, BILL THE GALACTIC HERO.
 

Re: Cryptum kudos
Date: 05/01/2011
From: JJPERK
Location: California

Greg Bear is an author of reknown. This Cryptum series is one of the worst I have read in 50 years. The motivations are shallow; may as well have this on Xbox. This is SyFy in print.

Both I and my son are PhD's in Physics. This is not the Forge of God; this is not Anvil of Stars; this is not even close to the Forever War. This is more L Ron Hubbard than Robert Heinlein. Every one needs to make money.

 

Re: Cryptum kudos
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Happy to take all comments on this. Thanks, JJ.

Eon Kindle Edition?

Date: 03/21/2011 From: Edward Clark
Location: London


Dear Greg,

I'm a newcomer to your books, and a Kindle owner. Having read Forge of God, which I quickly followed with Anvil of Stars (both of which I really enjoyed) I'm now looking to read Eon which I have been strongly recommended by a friend, and was wondering if you knew when or if a Kindle edition is being released?

Regards

Ed
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'll check up on it! Should be soon.
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 09/13/2011
From: Gary Levell
Location: London

Yes please, me too. Especially since the sequel Eternity is already available on the Kindle!
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 11/11/2011
From: Ash
Location: San Francisco

Any update on this? I can't find it on iBooks or Kindle :(
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 01/16/2012
From: Greg Bear

No updates. Let me know if you catch it before I do!
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 05/02/2012
From: Ed
Location: London


Brilliant, I've just seen the kindle version has appeared on Amazon. Not sure quite how recently. Thanks anyway. I've downloaded and started reading.
 

Re: Eon Kindle Edition?
Date: 05/08/2012
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear, Ed!

Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

Date: 03/17/2011 From: Rolando Ray
Location: Sterling, VA

I am in the middle of Darwin's Children and while I have no idea how you wrap it up, I hope you will consider a sequel. Maybe when Stella is 21?

My main curiosity is how you think the story would continue to play out as the younger generations begin to have children, how the older one might mellow toward the virus children (a la Augustine), basically how the socio-political and ethical issues would "mature."

You never mention race (or I haven't picked-up on it) but wondered if you considered those angles and chose not to explore?

BTW, when is Darwin's Radio set?
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Rolando! There does indeed seem to be another part of the story to be told. No book scheduled yet, however. DARWIN'S RADIO was originally set a few years in the future--no date specified! I learned that much from setting specific years in near-future stories like EON and THE FORGE OF GOD.
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 04/12/2011
From: Anne
Location: Brussels

I have just finished Darwin's Children (I had read Darwin's radio a few years ago).

I love the evolution topic and I am very impressed by the way it is handled in the book. It's exciting, credible, realistic and sad at the same time.

I particularly like the way the new children are genetically adapted to the challenging environment and actually tackling "issues" such as social isolation (vs. demes), the competition culture (vs. a cooperation culture), oral communication limitations (vs. the many ways the children use to communicate), the repression of natural feelings (vs. expression of them in the open through the freckling thing), etc.

A sequel would probably need to go into a full invention of new ways of living, so it might be more "SF-like". In my view this story stops at the exact right time, the closure is perfect.

Just one thing i did not understand : the role or purpose of Kay's epiphany experiences in the storytelling.

Anne
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Anne. The "epiphany" scenes are there to stir the pot. Long ago, I realized that even a complete understanding of biological systems and evolutions wouldn't begin to answer some of the most important questions we face in our daily lives. As well, dramatically speaking, such a moment in Kaye's life definitely causes her problems that could actually be reflected in the life of a working scientist today.
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 07/14/2011
From: Bruce Rockwood
Location: Maine

I would be interested in seeing how you develop this further. I am assigning Darwin's Radio along with Inherit the Wind and the PBS "Judgment Day" program about the Dover, Pa. school board ID trial, in a course on law and literature, and then using it and K.S. Robinson's Forty Signs of Rain to get the class talking about how fear of science is undermining rational political decision-making in our country these days. I think Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children do an excellent job in laying out how things could go wrong, and would be interested in seeing you explore this further. Take care. Bruce
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Bruce! DARWIN'S RADIO has been taught at both Brigham Young University and now Notre Dame.
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 06/19/2013
From: ebhdoc
Location:

Wondering if you've started any work on book 3?

Thanks!
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Greg Bear

No work yet on book three.
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 10/15/2014
From: Stacie Jennings
Location: Pennsylvania

I am adding my 2 cents. If you feel inspired, please do a third book to this story. It's very fascinating to think of a new species of human and how they would live their lives, and how both types of humans would live and work side by side if possible. Love this story.
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Stacie! Under advisement. Maybe take a while. Fortunately, I seem to have been allotted more time!
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 02/14/2015
From: Iris Maher
Location: Vancouver Island

Please! A devoted fan of yours, I would be ecstatic to hear of your working on a third installment for the series! I would love to read of Stella, and the new children.
If readers input counts at all, I just know you have more storyline in there!

Thank you!
 

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!
Date: 02/16/2015
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Iris! Might take a while, but it's still on my mind...

aspiring novelist

Date: 03/12/2011 From: Sheri Strobaugh
Location: Mount Vernon, WA

Hi Greg,

If you could give 3 biggest pointers to an unpublished author on how to get a great agent, what would they be?

I have heard that going to writer's conferences is highly beneficial so I am attending my first conference in April.

The internet has SO much information on the best way to "snag" an agent, it's almost too mind boggling.

I thought of you and all of your wonderful novels and was hoping to get it straight from the horse's mouth.

Thanks so much, Sheri
 

Re: aspiring novelist
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Sheri! Good to hear from you. I think the best way to snag a great agent is to write a number of very good books, learn the market place on your own, make contacts at conferences and by visiting New York or wherever the agents gather. But the main task is to write great books, and then, in time, agents will learn about YOU. (Is that three? OK--one more. Don't give up!)

Poul Anderson's "Beer Mutterings"

Date: 03/11/2011 From: Ken
Location: Reno

I'm a big fan of Poul Anderson (and of you too, Greg!) and I'm trying to round up his uncollected works. I've discovered that he wrote a semiregular column for fanzines called "Beer Mutterings," and that in fact it was in several different fanzines over the course of a few decades.

Can you tell me for which fanzines he wrote it? I know that he wrote it for THRUST and QUANTUM in the 1990's--I've read all those columns--and also for OUTWORLDS in the 1970's and SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW in the 1960's. He also claimed in one of the THRUST columns to have written it for a fanzine edited by his wife Karen (THE ZED, perhaps?).

Also, can you tell me where I might find the specific issues that had "Beer Mutterings"?
 

Re: Poul Anderson's
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'll check with the real experts here! Thanks, Ken.
 

Re: Poul Anderson's
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA, USA

Hi, Ken!

This is very interesting! I too am a fan of the late Poul Anderson. I never knew he used to write columns for fanzines. I sincerely hope the literary executor of Anderson's estate will collect his "Beer Mutterings" for republishing in a posthumous collection.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Poul Anderson's
Date: 07/13/2011
From: Carl Rosenberg
Location: Vancouver, BC

Regarding Poul Anderson, whose work I also like (I just started reading STARFARERS): he's often classified with Heinlein, and no doubt their work was similar (hard SF stemming from the Golden Age era). But I think Anderson's work also had a poetic, cosmic quality which he shared with Arthur C. Clarke--contemplating the wonders and mysteries of the universe.
 

Re: Poul Anderson's
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

A good description, Carl. Poul could be both cosmic (TAU ZERO) and mythic (BROKEN SWORD).

Google Chrome HULL ZERO THREE inspired theme

Date: 03/09/2011 From: Jon Kroll
Location: Ann Arbor Michigan

Wet, naked, and freezing to death is no way to run your Google Chrome web browser. Dress it up with this Greg Bear HULL ZERO THREE theme!

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhoocdnmammjhehdceapoaeohddocceh

Information about Google Chrome can be found here:
http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/more/index.html

Information about Google Chrome themes can be found here:
https://tools.google.com/chrome/intl/en/themes/google.html

I hope you enjoy this Greg Bear inspired theme.

Jon Kroll
Ann Arbor Michigan
 

Re: Google Chrome HULL ZERO THREE inspired theme
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Very nice! For all those star travelers who need a new interface...

Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?

Date: 03/09/2011 From: John S
Location: Western MA

Hello Greg,

It saddens me to see how many (bad) alien invasion movies have come and gone in the past few years. It saddens me, also, to see Roland Emmerich pinch some key plot ideas from your work, and use them in his films.

It would seem the time is ripe for an intelligent version of First Contact gone bad.
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Still under option, John! Wish us luck going forward.
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 04/15/2011
From: John S
Location: Western MA

Thanks for the update, Greg. I do indeed wish you much luck. Of all the great Sci-fi that has been published in the past 25 years, I believe that your FOG and AOS duology has the best potential to reinvigorate the genre, and re-introduce serious, intellectually stimulating and sociologically challenging , "hard science-fiction" to cinema, the likes of which hasn't been seen since 2001: A Space Odyssey. The epic scope of the duology, and the narrative's exploration of complicated ethical and moral themes, IMHO, is perfectly suited for a serious adaptation to the silver screen. I am keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping the powers that be at Warner Bros. see the light.
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 05/22/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

In my dreams Forge is going to be 180 minutes long, directed by Micheal Mann, set in 1986.
Manns the master of romantically depicting modern cities, and the artificial light they radiate into the night..
Anvil would be another 180 mins, starring the same actor as Martin, only having aged in real time between the productions.
Would they find the "needles" in the wreckage of Leviathan? Perhaps after the credits have rolled?
I sketched a scene from Forge after deciding all of this ;)

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1213695&stc=1&d=1303094736
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1212849&stc=1&d=1303002322

"Who are these people?"
"Ordinary people under extraordinary pressure.. what the hell did you expect Mike, grace and consistency?"
Christopher Plummer, Al Pacino, The Insider.
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Great art and a fine suggestion for a director, Al! Mr. Mann could also take a stab at QUEEN OF ANGELS. Kind of like HEAT for the future.
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 05/31/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

That would be amazing Greg!
LA Noir is, I think one of the most interesting and enduring aesthetics our culture's produced; Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown, Heat, Bladerunner... QoA. it all fits.
Noir among the Combs...
 

Re: Any news/updates on Forge of God / Anvil of Stars film(s)?
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Indeed! And I think Mary Choy would look quite fetching in a Fedora (though maybe a little too Bob Fosse...)

Halo: Cryptum

Date: 03/06/2011 From: Augustus
Location: Norway

Hi Greg.

Just finished Halo: Cryptum today and it is more than I ever could have hoped for and imagined. It is a truly mind-blowing addition to the Halo universe which I love so much. It is beyond legendary, thank you.
I am really looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

Best regards,
Augustus
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Much thanks, Augustus! This afternoon, I'm trying to think of all the things that can happen to a rogue installation... Volume 2 underway!
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 04/05/2011
From: Bart Focker
Location: Phuket, Thailand

Where can I download a pdf version of Cryptum?
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Nowhere right now--not legally, I suspect! But there are computer-readable and of course Kindle/iPad/Nook/Droid etc. versions available.

Third Industrial Revolution and our next step of evolution?

Date: 03/05/2011 From: Sean Van Duser
Location: California

Dear Mr. Bear and Quantum Thinkers,

Three questions for creative minds if you care to tackle them.

1.What payload delivery system do you predict will bring humanity to the next step ?

2.If you had only 1 million dollars and the ability to engineer anything your mind could conceive, what would it be?

3.What do you predict will be the first emerging market to launch the third industrial revolution and space commerce?


Your loyal fan and future space entrepreneur

Sean

 

Re: Third Industrial Revolution and our next step of evolution?
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Great questions! My answers will be delivered through
FutureEx quantum gene packeting. Readers are invited to send in their own thoughts through this website!
 

Re: Third Industrial Revolution and our next step of evolution?
Date: 06/23/2011
From: Erik Svensson
Location: Stockholm


1. When shopping at the grocery store and such, some IR-camera that is able to identify each person's unique facial profile. With an IR-camerra, each person has its own spesific signature. This combined with other personal traits, would identify every single registered person when entering the store, in the most comfortable and discrete way Meaning you wouldn't need to touch any buttons, remember any code or have any lasers scan your face. The money are then transferred from your account. When we are talking about bigger transactions, or shopping on the web, iris scan or another safe technology would be the thing. In short, a system that identifies you simply by observing you.

2. If I had the ability to build whatever I wanted, I wouldn't care about money, as long as it was enough. I would have built one of the following devices:

An electronic brain that was actually able to think, with an intelligence that was higher than that of a human. The brain would then be able to create a better version of itself, and the new one an even better version, and so on. The start of the so-called singularity. Soon we would have a new kind of math and physics. The biggest challenge could be to understand these new brains.

A neutrino laser. Why waste money on fiber optics and communication satellites, when you could just send a beam of neutronis through earth itself, even the molten core of earth? of course you would need a receiver that was able to register the beam.

Some environmentally friendly way to get energy. Like fission of abundant matter without making any toxic or radioactive waste products. Or extract the energy from earth itself, like Nikola Tesla is said to have experimented with.

Real nano technology. Building molecular machines atom by atom, and fast enough and in large enough large quantities to make it worth the effort. Among other things, these would be able to break down molecules and matter in general into its individual elements. The ultimate recycling.

A tool that would be able to discover the hidden mechanisms of DNA. A lot have been discovered the last decades, but there is still a lot we don't know, especially about communication and the reading of information between and within cells. (Among others, I have heard that DNA inside all living cells emit photons.)

3. I belive genetics will be the next big thing; meat grown without animals, apples, oranges, nuts and cherries without trees. Other products are diamondoid materials and metamaterials (artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, or properties found in various degrees in materials made from other building materials). Cheap and organic cars, computers and other everyday products that will partly or completely decompose after use. Tasty food that is also healthy, and grown in urban areas.

Minor objects:
Tools that are able to put a person in a meditative state of mind through different kind of feedbacks and inputs. either electric devices and/or legal drugs with no negative side effecs. Who wouldn't pay to be able to remove stress from everyday life without harmful drugs, alcohol or months or even years of training and preactice? Electronic books and comics that looks and feels like the real thing, with pages that is almost like real paper. But the text and images will change when you put in a new chip in the back of the book, or add wireless digial information that contains a new story, and does noe emitt light to save energy (no energy will be used before the chromatophores are changing the content again).
Combines computer screens and webcams which makes it possible to see the person(s) you are talking with on the web, directly into their eyes. As everybody knows, this is not possible with today's webcams.

The setting/backdrop of a high-tech future is always interesting, no matter if we are talking about a science fiction story, or serious and educated predictions.
 

Re: Third Industrial Revolution and our next step of evolution?
Date: 08/07/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Erik! I think the hardest of these projects is going to be a true electronic Thinker.

"Anonymous" = "Selectors"

Date: 03/03/2011 From: Eric Chard
Location: Seattle

Hi Mr. Bear:

"Queen of Angels" had its "Selectors": we have "Anonymous", who have responded to allegations and provocation from the heinous and vile Westboro Baptist 'Church' by taking down the WBC's websites.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/25/westboro_baptist_church_anonymous_website/index.html

Unaccountable power: it's not just for governments and corporations any more.
 

Re:
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

I recall pointing this out almost twenty-seven years ago in a piece I called "Nineteen Eighty-Fortran," which name dates itself twice over! Even fleas have fleas, no?
 

Re:
Date: 04/06/2011
From: typhon
Location:

Of course, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling were also writing about such things. Prophets, or at least insightful, all.

The example is particularly reminding me of Slant. Good times.
 

Re:
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

I think two of the real pioneer authors in what would later become "cyberpunk" or AI fiction were John Brunner ("Shockwave Rider") and John Varley ("Overdrawn at the Memory Bsnk," and many more.) Varley in particular laid down many of the parameters of what Mr. Gibson would brilliantly call "cyberspace." Varley strongly influenced me, and SLANT. I was exploring similar themes in stories I published around the same time, including "The Venging", STRENGTH OF STONES, and HARDFOUGHT. It was an amazing decade!

But let's go all the way back to Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, Ray for "The Veldt" and Sir Arthur for THE CITY AND THE STARS, which begins in a 3-D virtual computer game world... And then went on to (informally) help inspire FORBIDDEN PLANET.
 

Re:
Date: 04/14/2011
From: typhon
Location:

On that note, around the same time didn't Poul Anderson write a story about a man who used a VR device (that induced a dream-like state) to explore different kinds of realities to be more fit to be ruler or something?
 

Re:
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'll have to research this one. Any clues, readers?

jacket blurb

Date: 03/02/2011 From: George Williams
Location: Palm Beach, FL

Dear Mr. Bear:
I am a screenwriter (3 films produced) and motion picture producer and have completed a novel entitled The Man on the Grassy Knoll. The book is currently out for publication through my agent, Folio Literary in New York. I am writing in hopes that you might agree to read this thriller about the JFK assassination should we get a publishing deal, with an eye towards possibly writing a jacket blurb for the book. Would this be a possibility? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your consideration.

Regards,

George Williams
 

Re: jacket blurb
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, George! Best of luck with the novel. Alas, right now I'm up to my neck working on several personal projects, as well as THE MONGOLIAD. Wish I had time to read anything! But let me know how it goes.

Halo: Cryptum is Great!

Date: 02/27/2011 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA


I was sick several ways this winter, and reluctant to read anything that mattered to me. Now that I'm rebooting, I need to compliment you on your great "ACE double"--Hull Zero Three and Halo: Cryptum!

The Halo book is freshest in my thoughts, so I'll start there and backtrack to H03 in a day or two.

Warning--Potential Spoilers!

I read Halo: Cryptum with what I feared might be a handicap, as I haven't played the Xbox game and am unfamiliar with its universe. Be It Noted: This in no way diminishes the book's appeal, and the book DID make me want to play the game...so, good vibrations all around.

The humans in the book are well-rendered (I'd like to hang out with Riser), and despite their devolution seem to have retained (or regained, coutesy of the Librarian) their inherent nobility and mental agility. The story soon launches into space opera of the very best sort. A shape-changing PLANET? I love this. The trick must be done with fields...it doesn't actually have hinges! I sense a remote kinship between Bornstellar and Clarke's Alvin of Lorraine. But Alvin would give his eye teeth to be in Bornstellar's armor.

The prose is spare yet evocative. You appear to be evolving in the way excellent artists commonly do, first demonstrating mastery of craft, then honing instinct to do with quick strokes what was once accomplished with lengthier exposition. I don't say that anything you've written is overly wordy! Far from it--you always leave the reader eager for more. It's just part of the creative arc. You've explored breathtaking landscapes, now (on occasion) you're targeting more specific beasts, and know where and how to make the kill.

Random notes:

I find the idea of particle reconcilliation (the Ishanaxade Drive?) continually fascinating, with its suggestion that a kind of esthetic goes on even at the subatomic level.

The Prisoner of Charum Hakkor: The sentient cryptid (!) is a true Lovecraftian horror, and has a righteous beef. I look forward to its deeds and/or depradations in the next book.

Still digesting many great asides. Examples:

"There are points in life when everything changes, and changes in a big way. You can't predict them and you can't avoid them. They are like knots creeping forward on your string of time." Thought-provoking.

"It is not a kindness to diminish competition, predation--even war. But...pointless death and misery...can retard growth and reduce the flow of Living Time." Raymond Massey couldn't have said it better (a reflection on the Healthcare debate?).

"This [Builders] faction saw both an opportunity to create ultimate weapons against such a threat, and a way to maximize and make permanent their political power at the same time. The Mantle be dammed--survival and our way of life was at stake!" Our last decade in a nutshell (Faber as Cheney?).

"How pitiful objective reality was, all by itself. The combined threads--even the chaos of uncombined threads--were far richer, far more evocative and informative...no matter how sophisticated one became, the total richness was something no individual could ever capture or truly know." Beautiful.

"Held by the wisdom of Harbou, hardened by the strength of Lang." Hah! And baptised in The Wells of Korda, no doubt!

Meanwhile, far downstar on a minor ball of rock, my story "The Helms Bakery Writer" is in stores (those who are unable to contain their enthusiasm may go to www.rsbd.net). The editor called me on the phone, wanting another story for the spring issue. That's good, right?

All the best,

Bill

P.S. Been reading a lot to Ray, at his bedside. He's back from a brief hospital stay (which did him a lot of good actually), but not yet returned to his Den of Treasures.



 

Re: Halo: Cryptum is Great!
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Bill. Congrats on the story! And give my love to Ray. Here's the trivia question for a master trivia guy: why did I tip my hat in this instance to Harbou and Lang...? Not a random tip at all.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum is Great!
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Master of Trivia? Not me! But just off the top of my head...the ideological schism between Lang and his wife bears resemblence to the one between the Didact and his own willful mate?

I'll have to chew on this.

My second sale actually grew out of some babbling I did right here (Re: What do we mean by Random). The FCC shuts down analog transmission, and dead tv personalities (who've been hiding in the noise) are forced back into the world. It was a chance to put people like Sagan, Regan, Beaumont and Ball into a bar together. Good fun.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum is Great!
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Interesting take on the issue, and not too far off base! But go take a look at a silent movie called THE INDIAN TOMB. Ask Ray about when he first saw it...

Thinkers are starting to be born.

Date: 02/18/2011 From: Jon Kroll
Location: Ann Arbor Michigan

Greetings!

I thought you might appreciate this nice interview about current AI developments on the heels of IBM's Watson on Jeopardy.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11488


It sounds like the Thinkers are being born.



Best regards, Jon Kroll
Ann Arbor Michigan
 

Re: Thinkers are starting to be born.
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Indeed--or at least the kind of encyclopedists who will help the next generation of thinkers!
 

Re: Thinkers are starting to be born.
Date: 04/09/2011
From: m k o
Location: kl ont

I'm starting to wonder about Facebook.

p.s. re:charlierose. I liked the line: "Watson was never really sure of anything. That was its strength." True enough for us as well, I suppose.

thank you so much, mr. greg bear :)

Date: 02/18/2011 From: walter mader
Location: munich - germany

i let *halo - cryptum* come from america freshprinted and readed allready

i have to say i love this book - and cant still wait for the other 2 parts - as i never loved science fiction in my life

you know how to write about the hero in us to save this very mankind

im very deep touched about the analogy of "big space of mind" in general which is carried in this book

unnessesarily to say that i love the *halo*-game creations and analogy at all

now i will look out which books of you can touch my mind again

thank you, all the best and i wish we all can have more from you

sincerly walter
 

Re: thank you so much, mr. greg bear :)
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Walter! The response on CRYPTUM has been tremendous, and very encouraging. Now on to volume 2!

"Living Room" holo-decor

Date: 02/17/2011 From: Jeff Beam
Location: Washington, DC

Just finished re-reading "Eternity" for the umpteenth time and then randomly came across the following link demonstrating a projector technology by a Dutch company (called "Mr. Beam" - coincidence, no relation to myself) which is eerily like the projected room decors described in the Thistledown chamber city apartments. Wonder if they're up on their Greg Bear? Awesomely cool:
http://vimeo.com/18460233
 

Re:
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Jeff! They might also be up on their Arthur C. Clarke. He had something similar (with teleported matter being projected) in THE CITY AND THE STARS.
 

Re:
Date: 04/13/2011
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: San Diego Area

Jeff, I have to say I really enjoyed Mr. Beam.

The Rio de Janiero cola store moved into Hull Zero One was a lot of fun, while the living room with couch was just great.

I think they will really have something when there can be people on the set...

However, it is quite fascinating how real they can get the projected surfaces to look already. Those must be some projectors.

I've often enough considered about Greg's auto-architecture. Maybe it's nano that figures in, but perhaps it is really more like the fake matter in the Anvil of Stars novels.

Anyway, fascinating stuff, the kind of thing you might get when deep research physics comes across the next thing past quantum mechanics. Not a linear progress I am sure.

Regards to each, and thinking how much enjoyment Greg's works hold.

THIS CITY (at the End of Time) "I recognized it immediately."

Date: 02/16/2011 From: Suzy Butterfly
Location: Houston

I first came in contact with THIS CITY on April 6, 1967. At that time it was called "The City on the Edge of Forever". The teleplay is credited to Harlan Ellison. The show was Star Trek.

My second contact was first person on June 8, 1976. My diary excerpt: "I am not here. I went home through the crystal to the city streets with white towers gleaming gold in the sun. I stayed the while only to come back. I am not strong enough to hold myself there." I think you call that place the Kalpa.

In 1982 my third contact with THE CITY was via "Blade Runner" and the mind of P.K. Dick.

"Dick: I had this vision in my mind then that I would go up there and be introduced to Ridley Scott, and be introduced to Harrison Ford, who's the lead character, and I'd just be so dazzled I'd be like Mr. Toad seeing the motorcar for the first time. My eyes would be wide as saucers and I'd just be standing there completely mesmerized. Then I would watch a scene being shot. And Harrison Ford would say, "Lower that blast-pistol or you're a dead android!" And I would just leap across that special effects set like a veritable gazelle and seize him by the throat and start battering him against the wall. They'd have to run in and throw a blanket over me and call the security guards to bring in the Thorazine. And I'd be screaming, "You've destroyed my book!"

That would be a little item in the newspaper: "Obscure Author Becomes Psychotic on H'wood Set; Minor Damage, Mostly to the Author." They'd have to ship me back to Orange County in a crate full of air holes. And I'd still be screaming.

I started drinking a whole lot of scotch. I went from a thimbleful to a jigger glass and finally to two wine glasses of scotch every night. Last Memorial Day I started bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding. And it was because of drinking scotch and taking aspirin constantly and worrying about this whole goddamned thing. I said, "Hollywood is gonna kill me by remote control!"

TZ: All of that changed when you saw David W. People's revised screenplay?

Dick: I saw a segment of Douglas Trumbull's special effects for Blade Runner on the KNBC-TV news. I recognized it immediately. It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly.

I wrote the station, and they sent the letter to the Ladd Company. They gave me the updated screenplay. I read it without knowing they had brought somebody else in. I couldn't believe what I was reading! It was simply sensational -- still Hampton Francher's screenplay, but miraculously transfigured, as it were. The whole thing had simply been rejuvenated in a very fundamental way."

http://www.philipkdick.com/media_twilightzone.html

In 1993 THE CITY was Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker" and "Last and First Men".

"But there is the one thought by which, in our individual state, we are still dismayed, namely that the cosmos enterprise itself may fail; that the full potentiality of the Real may never find expression; that never, in any stage of time, the multitudinous and conflicting existents should be organized as the universal harmonious living body; that the spirit's eternal nature, therefore, should be discordant, miserably tranced; that the indestructible beauties of this our sphere of space and time should remain imperfect, and remain, too, not adequately worshipped."

And then I found your book: The City at the End of Time. This is 2011.

This is my 1995 = http://www.futrtools.com/sound/clip40.mp3

Thanx for a great read and when is the movie coming out?
 

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)
Date: 03/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Suzy--no plans yet for a movie! It would be quite an epic...
 

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)
Date: 04/09/2011
From: m k o
Location: kl ont

I already have the whole movie right up here >taptaptap<
 

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Eyelids do frequently make the best movie screens!
 

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)
Date: 04/26/2011
From: Suzy Butterfly
Location: NASA - across the lake - Houston

CHINA BANS TIME TRAVEL
April 1, 2011
No it's not April Fools, then went and did it.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-bans-time-travel-films-177801

Looks like you won't get distribution in China for you movie.
 

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Ah! Wonderful. They're worried that a real time machine can alter the history of the Party... But then, shouldn't they ban Photoshop as well?

Science fiction writers that I read

Date: 02/11/2011 From: zrdb
Location: Colorado

I really enjoy your novels-actually there are only a few author's books I'll read-you, Gregory Benford and the late Arthur C. Clarke. I mostly read hardcore science fiction and you're one of the very few people who excell at it-no bs, just the truth. When I was younger I read a lot of the old pulp stuff from the 40's and 50's, A.E Van Vogt, Edmund Hamilton-you name it-I probally read it. Thank you so much for enriching my life and many others with you novels.
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 02/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Ah, some of my own favorites! How nice to be ranked with the greats.
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 03/01/2011
From: Eric Fowkes
Location: Reilingen, Germany

zrdb,

If you like "hard scifi" you might want to try the late Robert L. Forwards books. "Dragons Egg" and "Starquake" are excellent as are the "Rocheworld" books. The science is spot-on even though the stories are pretty wild. Interestingly, I learn more from books like those than I ever did in class.

Eric
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Fine books, full of brilliant ideas. I miss Bob!
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 05/06/2011
From: juan
Location: Caramarca- Argentina

i read arthur c clark 2001 thr 3 novel to me the 2 was the best and ...sthephen king yes i know but i like "the running man" . greetings from argentina
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Juan! all excellent choices.
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 06/02/2011
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk

Id recommend to anyone The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith, Tiger Tiger by Alfred Bester, Dayworld by PJ Farmer, Confluence by P McAuley, More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (which is crying out to be made into an amazing Myazaki movie) and several of the shorts in New Maps of Hell by K Amis, Vacuum Diagrams by S Baxter and The Father Thing by PK Dick. Searing, all of them.
I think Anvil of Stars is about perfect, but I dont want to sound like an asskisser!
 

Re: Science fiction writers that I read
Date: 07/30/2011
From: Greg Bear

Great list!

Mariposa economics question

Date: 02/08/2011 From: Belton Myers
Location: Wheaton, MD

I loved Mariposa, but found myself wondering how realistic the solution to the USA's debt problem came from. Do you think an international consortium could really demand collateral for America's debt, and how do you think any President could agree to such a thing?
It also looks like the United States is headed for dissolution in the book.
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 02/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Belton! Thanks for your question. Take a look at where the majority of our foreign debt is handled, and how few foreign-controlled centers of finance it would take to decide, over the next few years or decades, to exert a banker's political control over the U.S. The State Department's reaction to Chinese difficulties is already, on occasion at least, remarkably subservient...

Of course, I like the wicked analogy that one hundred billion dollars of debt is dangerous, but with a trillion dollars of debt, the U.S. is too big to fail!

I first discussed a severe economic downturn in the U.S. in QUANTICO. Written in 2003-2004, published first in 2005. Sigh.

 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 03/07/2011
From: Kurt
Location: Portland, OR

I also enjoyed Mariposa for the same reason. The total U.S. federal debt is roughly equal to the GDP, around $14T. This will probably swell to around $25T or so by 2020. It is worth noting that the federal government has around $40-50T in assets, most of it being ownership of a significant percentage of the western states (e.g. 85% of Arizona and Nevada). It is conceivable that the federal government will have to start selling this land on a piecemeal basis starting around 2020.

In the meantime, the Chinese and Japanese, who own much of the debt, can use it to pressure the U.S. to doing things more favorable geopolitical towards China. One example would be to end the ITAR/Wasseneu restrictions on high tech exports into China. Another would be to allow Chinese ownership of U.S. oil companies.
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 03/18/2011
From: typhon
Location:

Well, you know Gibson hinted at all these things in the purposely-limited backdrop of Neuromancer.
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

NEUROMANCER is a classic, no doubt, with a vision that remains startling and perceptive.
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Scary thoughts, Kurt! Not off the table, however, is to return the tax rates to what they were in 1992, which didn't seem to squash one of the biggest economic booms of this century... Heaven forbid! Daddy Warbucks and Scrooge McDuck might have to open their gold pits to orphans and widows...
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 04/29/2011
From: Brandolf
Location: Maine

Well at least the good news is we know the world of Quantico and Mariposa recovers (sort of) seeing as how it transitions to Queen of Angels and Slant. (And afterwards to Moving Mars if I recall correctly.) Sliding M Choy and Colonel Sir and Raphkind made it a very memorable, nostalgic read. I must've first read Queen of Angels and Slant almost ten years ago. Any plans to insert another prequel?
 

Re: Mariposa economics question
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Not at the moment, but we do have thirty-plus years to fill! Thanks, Brandolf.

Having trouble getting Mariposa for Kindle

Date: 02/02/2011 From: Brent Rieck
Location: Portland, OR

Hello,
In a previous message I'd asked if Mariposa was available for the Kindle and somebody (the webmaster?) responded (very quickly!) with a link to ereads:
http://ereads.com/ecms/books.php?id=1637

When I choose the Kindle format and click the buy button ereads.com sends me to this url:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XREU3U?ie=UTF8&tag=ereads03-20

Which is a 404/page not found error, searches on Amazon's site only result in the paper editions of the book.

Is this a snafu which will be resolved soon? Or is the book not actually available for Kindle?

thanks,
Brent
 

Re: Having trouble getting Mariposa for Kindle
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

Sorry about all this, Brent--we're working on getting it back up at Amazon direct. It's an error on the supply side, obviously...
 

Re: Having trouble getting Mariposa for Kindle
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Imperial Beach

Greg, hopefully this might be a good opportunity, also.

Remember remarking before, that the layout of Mariposa was originally pretty botched on the Kindle, and in a way that made it very hard to read.

The problem was greatly exaggerated whitespace between paragraphs. Thus your situation-reaction line method, which is particularly deployed in the first half of Mariposa, is really broken up. Also the pages then each contain little actual text.

I think it's pretty important to the ability to read and get the sense of what's read, else would not mention.

Best,
Clive
 

Re: Having trouble getting Mariposa for Kindle
Date: 02/18/2011
From: Greg Bear

I've experienced those formatting problems on a number of Kindle texts. I'll check with eReads and see what the issue is!

Mariposa availability in the USA Kindle store?

Date: 01/31/2011 From: Brent Rieck
Location: Portland, OR

Hello,
Will Mariposa be available in the USA Kindle store soon? Currently its not available to US customers.

Thanks, I love your books,
Brent
 

Re: Mariposa availability in the USA Kindle store?
Date: 01/31/2011
From: Greg Bear

Mariposa is currently available for purchase through ereads.com

http://ereads.com/ecms/books.php?id=1637

And you can choose a Kindle-readable format.

Will you be attending Condorcon in Feb, sir?

Date: 01/31/2011 From: Dave Smith
Location: Torrance, CA

 

Re: Will you be attending Condorcon in Feb, sir?
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

Unfortunately, no, Dave--keep us informed about how it goes!

Recommendations

Date: 01/29/2011 From: Bill
Location: Pennsylvania

Hello, I recently read your story "Judgment Engine" in a collection of short science fiction works and I thought it was absolutely fascinating. I was wondering if you could recommend any specific novels of yours or another author's that is similar in style, setting, or ideas etc.
Sorry if this is a common question but I found it difficult finding any relevant discussions online/articulating my search criteria
 

Re: Recommendations
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Bill... You might also enjoy CITY AT THE END OF TIME, "Hardfought," and the EON series, all of which involve far-future scenarios. And of course you should check out HULL ZERO THREE, with its speculations on starship travel, and HALO: CRYPTUM, which examines human origins and the fantastic technology of the Forerunners.
 

Re: Recommendations
Date: 02/22/2011
From: patrick
Location:

There *isn't* anything in the style, or evern vein, of Judgement Engine. There's a reason for that.

Regardless, I suggest THE FORGE OF GOD, it's sequel, and then MOVING MARS.
 

Re: Recommendations
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hm, I thought I had written a fair number of future visionary stories! How about "Fall of the House of Escher"?

Halo Cryptum

Date: 01/28/2011 From: hotshot revan
Location: Belgium

I'm a big Halo fan and i have read most of the halo books and played all games.And i can say this,Halo Cryptum is one of my favorites among them.

The many mind blowing surprises,the characters,the story,just everything.
I can go on foreever

Mr Bear you did an amazing job and i can't wait for your next books.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks! The Halo community support has been overwhelming.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 03/19/2011
From: Gerald brown
Location: colorado springs co

I've played all the halo games, havent read any of the books till this one. Great read! thanks i am wating for the next one thanks!
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 04/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Gerald! Thanks.

Interesting NOVA show(s) last night(Jan 26)

Date: 01/27/2011 From: Jason Taylor
Location: Baton Rouge

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/can-we-live-forever.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-stuff-smaller.html

I was absolutely dumbfounded by how far the researchers have come with organ replacements and tailored medicine. Someone needs to mega fund this research and now!!

I just thought you would enjoy these two programs.
 

Re: Interesting NOVA show(s) last night(Jan 26)
Date: 01/27/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Jason!

Halo

Date: 01/26/2011 From: Bruce L. Wailes
Location: Bennett, Colorado

Mr. Bear,

I have read everything that I can find that you have ever written. I rank you with my favorite authors, along with Baxter, Benford, Vinge and Banks. I purchased your new novel, Halo Cryptum, at Barnes and Noble and I sat down to read it this morning. Did you really write this book? I ask because it is awful. What I have read so far sounds like a middle school pupil trying to defend his gaming addiction to his English teacher.

Are you out of money? Is that why you would whore yourself out to Microsoft?

I am taking the book back to B&N to ask for a refund.

Thank you for your previous work, and I am sorry that this book came along and tainted my regard for your skills as an author.

Sincerely.
Bruce L. Wailes
 

Re: Halo
Date: 01/27/2011
From: Greg Bear

Sorry to disappoint, Bruce.

HALO: CRYPTUM is now in its third week on the NYT Bestseller list. Extended list, to be sure, but not too shabby.

In the meantime, let me know what you think of HULL ZERO THREE!
 

Re: Halo
Date: 01/31/2011
From: Jason Taylor
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

With all the talk of civility in the news, Mr. Wailes comes up with this Jewel of an email.

Personally, I have not read Cryptum yet Mr. Bear because I couldnt find a copy(they were sold out)at 2 of my local book stores.

Hull Zero Three reminded me of an alternative universe to Forge and Anvil and I appreciate the journey.
 

Re: Halo
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'm happy to entertain a diversity of opinions, as long as the books sell! And I've long since learned that strong initial opinions can sometimes mellow and even flip over time, certainly for me. Strong reactions are what we look for in literature! Thanks, Jason. Glad you liked HULL ZERO THREE.
 

Re: Halo
Date: 02/20/2011
From: Jay Gillam
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Hi Greg,

My question is when can we expect the next book in the halo series to appear?

Personally I really like it so far (half way through it). I have been a fan of Halo since the first game and I really appreciate the fresh ideas you have introduced to the universe.

Keep writing them like this one and I'll keep buying them

I would really appreciate an answer soon so I know how long I'm gonna have to wait :)
 

Re: Halo
Date: 02/27/2011
From: scott London
Location: Norwalk, ct

I loved Cryptum! Any Idea when the next two books will be ready?
 

Re: Halo
Date: 03/24/2011
From: Larry Ernest
Location: Spotsylvania, VA

Saying that Greg Bear is a sell out to Microsoft is uncalled for.
Greg Bear wouldn't write a Halo story if he didn't see how powerfully epic it is to the young generation. Halo is the new Star Wars, and Greg is just contributing his magic and leaving his mark. Every major epic science fiction franchise needs some of Greg's magic, like Star Wars, Star Trek, Foundation, and now Halo. Other than his own masterpieces, Greg will only add to the best.

PS. I'm in the middle of Hull Zero Three. Great stuff! I had a nightmare last night about floating around with dead Cleaners waiting to be eaten, lol...
 

Re: Halo
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Jay! First I need to finish volume two, which I hope will happen early this summer. Then--Tor has to schedule publication... More as progress continues.
 

Re: Halo
Date: 04/03/2011
From: Greg Bear

Lots of questions just like yours, Scott! Working on volume 2 now. Thanks for the good thoughts!
 

Re: Halo
Date: 05/10/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Larry! I appreciate readers who both love Halo and expand their range of science fiction. Especially my fiction!
 

Re: Halo
Date: 12/23/2012
From: Eric Debernitz
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi, Greg. May I ask why you chose to write in the HALO universe? It's not very often that an established writer of your caliber embraces a pre-made milieu.

I've had issues with the story (before you came on board) and wonder if maybe you have issues with the back story as well and hope to fill in some of the holes in the background texture. Please share any thoughts you might have on it.

Thank you for your efforts. I enjoy all of your work.

-eric
 

Re: Halo
Date: 02/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Eric--

Over the years I've actually dabbled in a lot of other universes, including STAR TREK, STAR WARS, and the Foundation series. All have been fun, but few have allowed me to play with the origin story of the whole franchise! My thoughts on the background are all contained in the novels.

RE: Halo Cryptum

Date: 01/23/2011 From: Ben Wells
Location: Australia

Hi Greg,

My name is Benjamin and I have just finished reading your latest book and first Halo novel, Halo Cryptum. It has been a long time since I've read a book that captured my imagination as well as Cryptum has, but you're writing style and intriguing characters have pulled me in so very deep. I doubt I'll be able to stop thinking about Cryptum until you finish the next novel and I have it in my hands.

I am a fan of the works of Bungie and the previous Halo authors, and was somewhat close-minded to what someone new could do, however, you have caused a complete turn around in my thinking and for this I humbly thank you.

I feel I could go on and on about how great the book was, but I don't want to take up too much space and time. To conclude, I'd like to say thank you for your great effort and for re-capturing my imagination in such a way as you have, I simply cannot wait until the next novel is released! I'm really energized about this saga.

Thank you for your time should get the opportunity to read this.

~Ben.
 

Re: RE: Halo Cryptum
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

My humble thanks in return, Ben. There's an entire world of classic and contemporary science fiction out there, as I'm sure you know, and much of it inspired me as I was writing HALO: CRYPTUM. And inspires me still!
 

Re: RE: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/12/2011
From: Josh Bunton
Location: Missouri, US

I could not have said it better myself! I bought this book on a complete whim because I'm a huge Halo fan and love anything about the story! I could not put this book down for a second and finished it way too soon! I cannot wait for the next one to come out and I'm so excited to see how everything connects the forerunners to the Halo story that we have come to know and love.
 

Re: RE: Halo Cryptum
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Very good to hear, Josh.

Halo Cryptum

Date: 01/20/2011 From: Lee Cruise
Location: Virginia

I was sceptical at first about someone I did not know coming in to a universe that I love and writing its back story but I must say you did an excellent job with Halo Cryptum. It was everything I thought it would be and so much more. I cant wait untill you come out with the other two and I keep reminding myself there is still two more books of content left I am simply just amazed. I would like to make one request though, while I believe you are doing an excellent job of detailing the forerunners and Didact and all that I would like to know if you might shed a little more light on the Flood. I thought it was great how you told us how they originiated in our galaxy and you are answering many questions I have had but I feel as if one still remains, and that is simply where do the Flood come from. Any way thanks for the great book you have definitly made a fan out of me.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

The Flood, as of volume one, seems to have originated in the Greater Magellanic cloud, just outside our galaxy, but it's true origin is not yet known...

More about the Flood is definitely in the works. Thanks, Lee!

It's a great 'Bear' book season

Date: 01/20/2011 From: crisbaj
Location: san diego

Hey, Greg! Can't say thanks enough for kicking out TWO books in this season. Hull Zero-Three was awesome, very thought-provoking about our twisted human existence. I just picked up the Halo book and in the early chapters, so-far, so-good to a non-Halo gamer.
Thanks, man!

Coming to Comic-Con this year???

crisbaj
 

Re: It's a great 'Bear' book season
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, crisbaj--making our plans for Comic-Con now.
 

Re: It's a great 'Bear' book season
Date: 02/07/2011
From: fishing bait
Location: US-SSR

I'm looking foreward to getting and reading these 2 new books as soon as I finish Darwin's Radio and City At The End Of Time. I'm very picky about the science fiction that I read and only 2 authors usually make my list-you and Gregory Benford. I'd say A.C. Clarke-but he died and I've read all of his books. Keep up the good work!!
 

Re: It's a great 'Bear' book season
Date: 02/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks from this Greg!

Axel Price/Eric Prince...coincidence? I think not.

Date: 01/19/2011 From: dave stahl
Location: san jose, ca

Hi Greg,

I've been a fan of your books for many years, for both details and stories. I just finished listening to "Mariposa" on audio CD while driving around for my work as a piano tuner in the greater SF Bay Area. I really enjoyed it. The connections to today's events--the Giffords shooting in AZ come immediately to mind--showed a great deal of vision on your part.

The whole Talos/Axel Price thing was on the mark in terms of the dangers of privatizing security, war, and basically everything. It's like Blackwater/Halliburton on steroids. And I thought the portrayal of government agents as honest people who are trying to do the right thing was a much needed boost for people who are getting so much bad press these days.

I hope more of your books get made into films. I'm still waiting for "Forge of God," though it may be a long and fruitless wait.

Keep up the great work!

Dave Stahl
 

Re: Axel Price/Eric Prince...coincidence? I think not.
Date: 01/22/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Dave -- There are a lot of hidden "keys" in MARIPOSA and in QUANTICO, but Axel Price as a name simply sounds like a decent Bond villain, no?
 

Re: Axel Price/Eric Prince...coincidence? I think not.
Date: 01/22/2011
From: dave stahl
Location: san jose, ca

Hi Greg,

Yes, indeed....but now I see where the chief of the former Blackwater is training soldiers to combat Somali pirates. You certainly have a shrewd eye for future current events.

Thanks for your great work!

Dave Stahl
 

Re: Axel Price/Eric Prince...coincidence? I think not.
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

Security gigs are like show business. You go wherever the audience needs your talents.

Thanks!

Date: 01/19/2011 From: Dante
Location: Sweden

I read the book Halo Cryptum last week and i must thank you for this great book. It made me think in ways i didnt know were possible.

So thank you very much and i can't wait for the second book!
 

Re: Thanks!
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Dante-- all this support is extremely encouraging.

litvid definition

Date: 01/19/2011 From: ian morris
Location: seattle

what is the word "litvid" short for in the queen of angels, slant,moving mars books?
 

Re: litvid definition
Date: 01/19/2011
From: Greg Bear

Literature with embedded media, or multi-media story-telling. Kind of like THE MONGOLIAD! (www.mongoliad.com)

Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?

Date: 01/19/2011 From: DavidOnon
Location: University of Cincinnati

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle was on the Colbert Report discussing some negative consequences of our obsession with technology.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/371249/january-17-2011/sherry-turkle

It was an interesting discussion but it seemed like she was sort of rehashing many of the same things that I've heard from someone like Neill Postman before so I didn't find it that revelatory.

But a sort of new trend in the criticism of social technology (new to me) seems to be this argument that online profiles are nothing but performance, and they are exhausting to maintain and they distort who we really are. But isn't that also true of non technological interaction? The version of ourselves that we share with the world physically I think is also very much like a performance.

Anyway, I'm just curious to hear what you guys on here thought of the argument or what you guys think in general about the topic. I get where critics of social technology are coming from but it seems like a lot of the times they are just sounding the alarm because they feel something is wrong even though they can't actually pinpoint the real problems.

BTW I think Greg Bear gave some incredibly insightful remarks involving this topic already as well during a TEDx talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u902ckKXNMI
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 01/19/2011
From: Greg Bear

Haven't read Ms. Turkle's book, but this sort of debate has been going on since telegraph wires--or novels--and probably since scrolls. Ray Bradbury has always promoted the sublimity of face-to-face communication; but any communication at all is better than none! And without phones, mobile devices, the Internet--any of those technological marvels--we'd likely be forced to sit and write letters and read books... neither of which is face-to-face! But books and letters are older tech marvels, and so we accept them.
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 01/21/2011
From: Eric Fowkes
Location: Reilingen, Germany


I think one of the major issues that is always at the top of the pile is the lack of civility when not speaking face-to-face. The internet is a great thing and I love being able to have all of this information at my fingertips but it also encourages anonymous argument that generally devolves into name calling. During a face-to-face discussion I can move away from idiots shouting swear words and questioning my ancestry but on the internet the best you can do is to ignore them. Even then they can clog up a discussion forum so badly that it isn't even worth trying.

I used to question why calculators were banned from certain math tests but I understand that better now. Without learning how it's done (conversations are similar) you won't be able to do anything without the electronic tools you've become accustomed to. Just look at our military or private business. Take away their computers and they send everyone home.
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Greg Bear

Excellent point--but even face-to-face can quickly break down into fist-to-face. As for reductions of preparedness, the earlier Naval Academy de-emphasis on teaching celestial navigation seems to bring bad returns both cognitively and in an emergency...
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 01/24/2011
From: Eric Fowkes
Location: Reilingen, Germany


"the earlier Naval Academy de-emphasis on teaching celestial navigation seems to bring bad returns both cognitively and in an emergency..."

Recently I received an email from an old friend at one of the military survival schools. He said that there have been discussions about ending the celestial navigation class (he teaches desert survival) since pilots are now being equipped with GPS devices. His question during a briefing discussing the matter was, "What happens if the batteries die or the thing breaks?" The response by the much younger briefer, "They last at least one year and are replaced every 6 months and they almost never break, so that shouldn't be a problem."

Frightening thought, that.
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 01/27/2011
From: Greg Bear

Plus, what happens if someone decides to take out the GPS satellites? I'm sure there are backups and contingencies--but whenever a basic skill is neglected, reducing force flexibility in a crisis, it's cause for concern.

Of course, the Army no longer trains with horses...
 

Re: Any opinions on Sherry Turkle's criticism of technology on the Colbert Report?
Date: 02/22/2011
From: patrick
Location:

The Army no longer 'drills' their troops, either.

In any case, for the perceptive, any format conveys the open-ness of another.

Can I send a hardcover book to be signed?

Date: 01/18/2011 From: Matthew Morgan-Bailey
Location: Florence, South Carolina

My town is never on any book tours and has never had an author come to sign books. I had always wanted a book signed by a renowned author. I would like to send my copy of Halo: Cryptum to you to be signed. Any information on how to send in my copy would be appreciated. Thank you for reading my message.
 

Re: Can I send a hardcover book to be signed?
Date: 01/18/2011
From: Greg Bear

It's difficult to sign and return actual books, Matthew, but I'm happy to sign bookplates. Please send a few (no more than ten) to 506 Lakeview Road, Lynnwood, WA, 98087, with an unsealed self-addressed stamped envelope, and I'll try to get them back to you ASAP. Signed hardcovers are also available from signedpage.com and the University Book Store here in Seattle.

the didact *spoilers*

Date: 01/17/2011 From: Khiem Ta
Location: california

Hey Greg, Cryptum was a great, great book man! I just wish the real Didact hadn't met such an ignominious end, and offscreen (so to speak) no less! I hope there will be room to revisit his death and inject a little more... memorable..ness? to it? Even though he is now subsumed and merged with Bornstellar, I don't think it should be forgotten he was his own, Heroic being once.

And I think it's so great that you take the time to answer every thread here. I'd like to think I would've done the same in your shoes, but it almost makes one wonder where you get the time to write books =)

New, Big fan here. btw, which of your previous books would you recommend I start with as an appetizer to your fiction?
 

Re: the didact *spoilers*
Date: 01/18/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Khiem! More surprises in store...

As for trying out my books, how about HULL ZERO THREE? And if that meets your approval, move on to EON, MOVING MARS, and THE FORGE OF GOD. (And for a thorough brain-stretch, dip into CITY AT THE END OF TIME.)

Cryptum, Its vastness and mysteries as deep as the halo universe itself.

Date: 01/16/2011 From: Ryan Maloy
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida

Couldn't help but want to personally thank you for this latest installment to the Halo universe.

The book is encreidible and the last paragraph left me craving knowledge like only an ancilla could know!

Many thanks again, eagerly and patiently waiting the next book in the saga.
 

Re: Cryptum, Its vastness and mysteries as deep as the halo universe itself.
Date: 01/16/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Ryan! More to come...

Locations

Date: 01/15/2011 From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA

Greg,

Have I just missed it, or have you ever considered setting any stories in the Washington/Lynnwood/Puget Sound area? I think Scriber Lake would be a good mysterious setting. :)

Kelly
 

Re: Locations
Date: 01/16/2011
From: Greg Bear

CITY AT THE END OF TIME and SLANT are set around Puget Sound and in Seattle.
 

Re: Locations
Date: 01/17/2011
From: Chris
Location: Bothell, Wa

I'm still quite fond of the triple-decker 520 bridge mentioned briefly in SLANT
 

Re: Locations
Date: 01/18/2011
From: Greg Bear

If I remember right, it was a three-level 5 freeway under the downtown core... Better than a three-decker pontoon bridge!
 

Re: Locations
Date: 01/18/2011
From: Chris
Location: Bothell, Wa

That sounds even better. Can we have it tomorrow?

(it's been a while since I read SLANT)
 

Re: Locations
Date: 01/19/2011
From: Greg Bear

We're having fits up here in Seattle with just a proposed single tunnel!
 

Re: Locations
Date: 02/01/2011
From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Lynnwood, WA

Actually, and somewhat ironically, after I posted this I started re-reading "Darwin's Radio," and in that Mitch's apartment is on Capitol Hill, and you mention the U District, and even Lynnwood. :)
 

Re: Locations
Date: 02/02/2011
From: Greg Bear

I'm just a regional writer, after all!

Plasma jockeys

Date: 01/14/2011 From: Andrew McN
Location: Glasgow

Hello Greg
Just read Cryptum in the last two days. Great book. Very visual (especially the description of the Forerunner Capitol planet). Lived up to the tantalizing mysteriousness of the Halo backstory without being predictable. I think you wrote in exactly the right amount of information. As someone on the Bungie forums amusingly described it - it was a 'loregasm.'

Anyway, I have my own theory about the significance of the various events, but I wont write it all out and ask you to confirm/deny. But just grant me this one small question:

When Bornstellar is being transported back to Orion, he talks to the onboard Engineers about 'plasma jockeys' - Forerunner engineers who are sent INTO young stars along with their AI, to make adjustments, before mysteriously disappearing after 300 years. No more was said on the topic... but I have an inkling... so my question is simply, is this little nugget significant to the upcoming sequels / the Haloverse history? Or was it just a cool aside...
 

Re: Plasma jockeys
Date: 01/16/2011
From: Greg Bear

Everything is grist for the mill, Andrew--but I have no plans at the moment to revisit these courageous teams. (At the moment... !)
 

Re: Plasma jockeys
Date: 01/16/2011
From: Andrew McN
Location: Glasgow

Oh well, looks like my theory was off. But thanks for answering! FYI, what I was thinking was that the disappearance of the Precursors was related to the destruction of the suns in their original star system. Maybe the Precursors actually lived inside the sun - which seems like a thoroughly far fetched idea, except that Bungie's previous game, Marathon Infinity, featured a mythical beast of vast chaotic power (the 'Wrk'ncacnter') imprisoned within a star.

Marathon, incidentally, is one of my favourite sci-fi narratives of all time. There were no in game cutscenes in those days, so the entire story had to be told through textual monologues from AI characters and other peculiar communications, all accessed by the players through 'terminals.' And I think it was a case of limitations pushing people to heightened creativity. The Marathon Story website was active for a good ten years!

Anyway, looking forward to the next novels.

Halo: Cryptum

Date: 01/14/2011 From: Andrew Plebanek
Location: Racine, WI

I bought Halo: Cryptum on the day it came out, and I must say, it is not only the best piece of Halo literature written thus far, it's one of the best works of contemporary science fiction I've read in a long time. I literally did not put it down until I finished it later that afternoon. I'm a big fan of the Halo universe, but this took the story somewhere both completely unexpected and true to the Halo mythos. That said, I did have one question about where Halo: Cryptum falls into the rest of the storyline:

In Halo 3, there were a series of terminals with recorded correspondences from the days of the Forerunners (you probably know about this already, but I'm just making sure). Now in some of these terminals, there were conversations between the Librarian and the Didact that seem to have occurred during the Forerunner's war with the Flood, which began while the Didact was inside his Cryptum. This has confused a couple of the folks at Halopedia (yeah, I know, were addicted to minutiae : P), because if the Didact was in hibernation for 1,000 years prior to the events of the book, then how could he have been corresponding with the Librarian about the Flood, Mendicant Bias , etc?

Sorry about the hefty post, and I don't want to sound like I'm bashing on your book at all, because I genuinely enjoyed every page. Thanks for your time,
-Andrew Plebanek

 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 01/14/2011
From: Greg Bear

Not sure the timelines are going to mesh exactly, but the Didact enters the Cryptum long after the threat of the Flood is apparent. The humans, after all, had encountered the Flood before their defeat... But we could be engaging in some spoilers here! Thanks for your thoughts, Andrew.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 02/10/2011
From: Zack Ziarnek
Location: Southern Illinois

Andrew... Which Didact was recorded in those conversations? Was it the original who was self-exiled to the cryptum? Or perhaps the one who was formerly Bornstellar? Assuming that the events at the end of Cryptum are taking place at the beginning of the Forerunner/Flood war, it is possible that the conversations were between the Librarian and (second) Didact.

Greg, Great book. I can not believe it could have had a better story line or tellin there of...
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum
Date: 02/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Zack. No spoilers from me!

Of Precursors, Forerunners, and ancient Humans

Date: 01/13/2011 From: Eric Hedrick
Location: Chesapeake, Va

I just finished HALO CRYPTUM and I am utterly impressed with the book. The charachter development, the vivid environments and storyline which took me to an atypical conclusion was wonderful. I fell in love with the Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke and some of your novels such as The Forge of God. This revitalized my love and desire for novels like these. Your style of writing, imagination and ability to convey a GOOD imaginative story is very important and seemingly rare in todays SF. Combining this with the history of HALO is a brilliant idea and congratulations go out to all involved with its development. We the readers are eagerly awaiting plenty more novels about the history of HALO and many more imaginative novels which challenge our concepts, ethics and expand our imagination.

The Precursors were tantalizing
The dynamic between all the races left me wanting to know more
Is there even more to the Flood than we can guess?
The Ancilla, the Domain and Forerunner dreams. More there I believe
It was great. I was burning through the second half of the book as the plot picked up until the very last page.

Thankyou very much

Eric Hedrick
US Navy Diver, Father & avid reader of imaginative and novel Science Fiction

 

Re: Of Precursors, Forerunners, and ancient Humans
Date: 01/14/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Eric!

Halo Cryptum

Date: 01/11/2011 From: Garrett Behringer
Location: Colorado

Let me first say I am very fond of the Halo universe. When I hear about a new Halo book coming out, I get overly excited. Having waited for your book since it was announced, I was at the book store right as it opened on January 4th. I must say, going into it, I had my doubts. Novels set in the Halo universe like The Cole Protocol and The Flood were just action filled pages of little to offer in the way of story. For this trilogy though, they picked a damn fine author. I had to take breaks reading the book to reflect and think and guess at what would happen next. Forcing myself to stop periodically was hard, but in three days I finished it and I would like to say thank you. You truly did a marvelous job of depicting the Forerunners. And of course, there is the mystery and the unanswered questions, but that's where the fun is. You have expanded the Halo universe and given a hell of a start to what I expect is going to be a brilliant trilogy. Thanks again, can't wait for the next book.

-Garrett Behringer
 

Re: Halo Cryptum
Date: 01/11/2011
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Garrett! More wind in my sails as I head into Book 2 ... Many thanks!

Freedom with Halo

Date: 01/10/2011 From: Isaac
Location: Pennsylvania

Hello, thanks for taking the time to read this.

My question is simple: How much of what you created in cryptum was already part of the halo encyclopedia and how much was your imagination? Halo fans have known some very basic knowledge of the forerunners and you expanded that 10 fold. Did the basis for that expansion already exist via 343 studios, or was it mostly you?
 

Re: Freedom with Halo
Date: 01/11/2011
From: Greg Bear

The good folks at 343 gave me a lot of freedom to fill in and create. We met often to talk, and I used the encylopedia, web sites, and internal docs to keep abreast of history and continuity, but by and large, most of what I came up with (often assisted by my son Erik) was accepted with enthusiasm. We all ran with it from there. My Tor editor Eric Raab ran a thorough fact and logic check before the pub date. As for actually helping create canonical history in the Halo universe - a terrific responsibility, and great fun!
 

Re: Freedom with Halo
Date: 05/07/2011
From: Zachary
Location: USA

I too applaud you! The haloverse has bloomed to massive size in recent years, many of the offerings being rather infantile imho.

You managed all of the elements and lore with amazing skill, and wove them into a terrific tapestry! Being a fan of the universe I was delighted and constantly take offguard by how events played out.

My only question is this, answer as crypticly as you will: Have we seen the forerunners of the Elite species in the narrative already?
 

Re: Freedom with Halo
Date: 05/25/2011
From: Greg Bear

Not yet, Zachary. Thanks for the kind words!

Halo Questions

Date: 01/08/2011 From: Justin Barsalou
Location: Sudbury, Ontario Canada

Hey Greg,

I would like to ask if you have a deadline for the Next Halo book and if your allowed to tell the public when it will be released.

I also would like to ask if we are going to see more about precursors? The answer can be obscure if you like xP. Another question...

I would like to congratulate you. Because your Awesome :)

Sincerely,

Justin

A fan from Halopedian.com The Official Halopedia
 

Re: Halo Questions
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Justin! There will definitely be much more on these very questions...

I hope to turn in vol 2 early this summer.

Halo Cryptum book

Date: 01/06/2011 From: Tyler Radka
Location: Westminster, CA

Hello Mr. Bear,

I just finished reading your book Halo Cryptum and was very pleased with your work. It's not often that I read something on paper back, other than reports and such, but I couldn't put it down untill I made it to the end. I always had a fondness for the Halo universe and its mysteries, but I was especially intrigued in the mysterous forerunners. They were indeed a great civilazation, but at the same time they were just that, a civilazation. The way you explored their majesty and failures was very interesting. Among many things I wanted to express my praise for the fine work of both you and all those who made this novel possible, keep up the good work.

Also, I my self am planing to present some of my story ideas to others in the near future. Being an expierenced story writter yourself I was wondering if you had any words of wisdom you'd be willing to share?

From,

Tyler Radka
 

Re: Halo Cryptum book
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Tyler! The best advice to anyone venturing into writing/storytelling is to keep at it, keep sharpening your craft, don't get discouraged! And please let me know how it goes.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum book
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Tyler! The best advice to anyone venturing into writing/storytelling is to keep at it, keep sharpening your craft, don't get discouraged! And please let me know how it goes.

Forerunners.

Date: 01/06/2011 From: Justin Barsalou
Location: Sudbury, Ontario Canada

I greatly enjoy your novel Halo: Cryptum. I was wondering if you are intending on explaining the origin of the forerunners. We know their home planet. But I need a picture or a description to explain what they look like. (I enjoy literature because I can choose what the character looks like but because we all know what Brutes or Elites look like I find myself incapable of imagining the species)

Are you going to delve more in the world of Halo. AKA the Halo Story Bible. Also will you perhaps explore with the Precursors? Some people may find it irrelevant but to me the Precursors are indirectly responsible of the Forerunner-Flood War.

Thank you for reading this and if perhaps taking the time to write back. If you do not I understand :).

Sincerely.

Steahl Senka (My pen "name")

ps: I write this for halopedia now halopedian.com not halo.wikia.com
 

Re: Forerunners.
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Justin! Thanks for writing. I'm well into volume 2 of the Forerunner Saga and will be touching on a number of these topics. Interesting what you're saying about the Precursors...!

Best wishes--

Greg
 

Re: Forerunners.
Date: 01/23/2011
From: Alex Fridman
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Justin,

The last words in "Cryptum" make it seem like Precursors are indeed the one who unleashed the Flood on the universe.

Mr. Bear,

"Cryptum" was a great book. In my head there are some contradictions between the behavior of Didact (in the book) vs. the Didact (in Terminals of Halo 3).
However, everything lines up so nicely.
I am eagerly awaiting books 2 and 3!

Sincerely,
Alex
 

Re: Forerunners.
Date: 01/27/2011
From: Greg Bear

More surprises in store, Alex! Thanks.

Anvil of Stars

Date: 01/05/2011 From: Neil
Location: North Caldwell NJ

Hi Greg -
I'm a fan of your writing and its been a long time since a book has affected me more than Forge of God. I was in a morose mood for a week while I was reading it (in a good visceral way). I'm sure you get tons of compliments, but its a very moving novel.
Anyway, I eagerly read Anvil of Stars and I couldn't help wondering about the ambiguity of the mothers. I had a sneaking suspicion that they were the same as the planet killers. In a universe with no morality it's kind of hard to say who wears the white hats. Have you ever written anything that elaborates on the ship mothers and their civilization? I heard a rumor about a 3rd book.
Thanks a lot. I'm not a gamer, but I'm looking forward to reading Halo: Cryptum. - Best Regards, Neil
 

Re: Anvil of Stars
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Neil! The Mothers are definitely not the Planet Killers - but they've never been completely on the up and up with our kids...
 

Re: Anvil of Stars
Date: 03/26/2011
From: Antonio A Holland
Location: Earth

Hey,
Both Forge Of God and Anvil Of Stars where excellent. I was
perplexed by my own realization that if the mothers were the
killers it would have meant the extinction of the human race.
It was a relief to find they were not.
You must return the Kids back to mars so they can liberate
the collective mind of humans that happened over the thousands of years they were gone. The Mars Humans need to know that the killers were destroyed so that they would not perish out of fear of the unknown.(That was fun)
 

Re: Anvil of Stars
Date: 04/09/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hmmm... sounds like a sequel to me! Thank, Antonio.

Cryptum: Availability in Europe?

Date: 01/05/2011 From: Jules Velleman
Location: Belgium

Dear Greg Bear,

I am really looking forward to reading your new book, but I have noticed that it is momentarily not available in my country, Belgium. I am not looking for a translated version, just the way it is.

Are there any plans of it being released in Europe (apart from the UK) any time soon?

Yours sincerely,
Jules Velleman
 

Re: Cryptum: Availability in Europe?
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Imperial Beach

Hi Greg - just thought I would note this to you, that Jules didn't actually receive a reply from you, though it seems very likely you wrote one.

I've noticed this 'no-reply' several times in recent months, so you might want to have that nice lady who does your site look at it.

I think I wrote you an extra reply also a bit ago, to the 'writing desk' posting, and never saw that appear either.

Sorry had to miss you down here last week -- presume it was a good party. I am still thinking out a nice review for Hull Zero Three. That one really got to me in a way I appreciate, and would like to say.

Best, and you didn't miss anything weatherwise if you went right back home before today ;)
Clive
 

Re: Cryptum: Availability in Europe?
Date: 01/11/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hey, Clive! I'm backed up on answers that require answers from other folks. Right now, availability of CRYPTUM in Europe is unknown - may be determined soon. I'm not in control of that angle. Sorry to have missed you in San Diego!
 

Re: Cryptum: Availability in Europe?
Date: 01/12/2011
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Imperial Beach

Hi Greg - well, well understood ;).

Jules, from my life in Europe, thought to check amazon.de alternate sellers. It looks like there are several sellers who you can buy from in Euros, who will send the book at reasonable price.

Try http://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listing/0765323966/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1294857197&sr=1-1&condition=new

Best to both,
Clive
 

Re: Cryptum: Availability in Europe?
Date: 01/13/2011
From: Greg Bear

Basically, publishers still want to control their geographic markets. Books are available from approved U.S. sellers. Signed copies also available... from signedpage and University Book Store in Seattle.

A post on my NPR blog on The Forge of God

Date: 01/04/2011 From: Adam Frank
Location: US

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/01/04/132627678/wolves-among-the-stars-rethinking-who-on-earth-controls-interstellar-policy
 

Re: A post on my NPR blog on The Forge of God
Date: 01/04/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Adam - this has been an undercurrent in SETI discussions for months now. My friend and colleague David Brin has emerged as a spokesperson on the caution side. He and I discussed these issues way back in 1983 - which resulted in THE FORGE OF GOD and his own story, LUNGFISH, as well as a cogent essay. All deserve attention.
 

Re: A post on my NPR blog on The Forge of God
Date: 01/05/2011
From: patrick
Location:

I got it that the Killers did it because inherently other species are dumbasses in general. Better safe than sorry. Humans don't seem to be disuading this concept.

I think we should just put it out there. You know, treat it like Pascal's wager. If something nasty comes and gets us, so be it. If something wonderful comes, great. If nothing happens, then we eventually go out and play.
 

Re: A post on my NPR blog on The Forge of God
Date: 01/08/2011
From: Greg Bear

Hmm... Not the way I'd think even while crossing the street, patrick!

Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series

Date: 01/04/2011 From: AndrewNeo
Location:

I got my copy of Cryptum today and just wanted to write about how much I enjoyed the story. I just had to finish reading the whole thing today. I thought it was a wonderful addition to the writings of the Halo universe, and I am very glad to know there will be more books in this series.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series
Date: 01/04/2011
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, AndrewNeo-- Working on the second one now. And tonight the launch event at University Book Store in Seattle promises to be great fun!
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series
Date: 01/13/2011
From: Cliff Samuels
Location: Calgary

I am very interested in reading Cryptum but have never read any of the other novels in this universe or played the game. Is it a book that anyone can pickup and enjoy.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series
Date: 01/13/2011
From: Greg Bear

We think so, Cliff. I wrote the book so that anyone who loves science fiction would find it an easy entry.
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series
Date: 01/14/2011
From: Khiem Ta
Location: california

As a connoisseur of halo fiction, I would say... yes, you would need some familiarity with previous Halo fiction to fully enjoy this book. It really doesn't explain a lot of the terminology and says nothing about how it relates to the story of the games themselves.

Having said that, if you're interested in rich backstories and histories, I think it would be a fun adventure to read this book with one of the many Halo backstory internet resources open and look up new terms and names as you come across them. Be warned though; if you're anything like me, you'd easily get lost and sucked into this universe and not want to leave, so set aside a lot of time =)
 

Re: Halo: Cryptum was a great addition to the Halo series
Date: 01/14/2011
From: Greg Bear

Readers of science fiction are generally used to nomenclature and new words and names and concepts. I doubt there are more strange encounters in HALO CRYPTUM than in, say, HULL ZERO THREE. But I agree--be warned! Getting sucked in could lead you onto to all the vast resources devoted to HALO.