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Thank you for the gift of your book - Darwin's Children

Date: 12/29/2013 From: Sue Simone
Location: Spring Hill, Florida

It is not often I am moved to tears. I have never written to thank an author. Your knowledge, capacity to weave complex levels of nature, ability to articulate, and especially your good heart's positive outlook on change connected deeply with me.

I do not fear the future and fight every day to counter all of the negative, closed minded thoughts and actions of others. I do so quietly in my own, humble way - serving Seniors, refugees and caregivers. Bless your beautiful mind and spirit. Thank you.

Re: Thank you for the gift of your book - Darwin's Children
Date: 12/29/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for your kind words, Sue. Keep up your own good work--it makes the days brighter for those you serve!

Re: Thank you for the gift of your book - Darwin's Children
Date: 03/05/2014
From: Cheryl
Location: Southern California, US

Good Morning, Mr. Bear; I hope today finds you very well.

It's been years since I have read SF, but as we get older we start recalling the good stuff! I must read the Darwin books again - definitely out of the box science and nature. Thank You for your books! New things learning themselves - we like.


Re: Thank you for the gift of your book - Darwin's Children
Date: 03/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear, Cheryl! Thanks!

Living in an age of exponential change

Date: 12/15/2013 From: Ian Taylor
Location: Westbury Leigh, BA13 3TR, UK

I'm 73 years old and I've read sci-fi all my life. I trained as a programmer in 1967 and have worked in the software business ever since. I'm beginning to feel a sense of near-panic/exaltation and I can't be the only one of my generation. Is it just me or are we truly on the edge of evolution. One thing is clear, Page and Jobs have opened a Pandora's box and unleashed a force beyond our imagination.

Re: Living in an age of exponential change
Date: 12/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

Wonder what Alan Turing would think if he were still with us? With all the advances, however, we still don't have anything like a true Thinking Machine. That leaves room for more science fiction!

Halo Silentium question

Date: 12/09/2013 From: Louie
Location: Los Angeles, California

Hello Mr. Bear;

First I would like to congratulate you on your excellent work penning the Forerunner trilogy. I've waited patiently from Cryptum onward for each new installment of the series, and my patience was rewarded each time. As a long time fan of your work I wish to than you.

I am writing to you because I was curious in regards to a vessel class you mention in Silentium, the Harrier-class. At one point the Didact compares it to a dreadnought and is even taken on board to commune with the Gravemind (leading me to believe they're similar in appearance or role, especially if they're hosting the core of Mendicant Bias), but the impression I get from the text is some form of light attack craft akin to a corvette or cutter, rather than a true warship such as a cruiser or dreadnought which would better protect the key personnel of the Flood war machine. Can you offer your thoughts on what you envisioned when including this vessel? Size? Appearance? Is it closer in function to a mainline vessel such as the gigantic Fortress-class or Mantle's Approach, or related more to the Didact's smaller home grown vessel seen in Cryptum (or indeed the Librarian's Audacity)?

I'm what you would call a science fiction naval buff, so the mention of this ship piqued my curiosity. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work.

Re: Halo Silentium question
Date: 12/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks! You're about right on this one, Louie. Naming classes in HALO is difficult because so many ships already have classes assigned to them. For final specs, I'd refer to the Halopedia.

Re: Halo Silentium question
Date: 02/05/2014
From: julian lane
Location: atlanta ga

I was wondering where can you find all your books in Atlanta ga on halo

Re: Halo Silentium question
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Julian--

I'd look for an independent book store or Barnes and Noble in your area. If they aren't convenient, then try your library--and if that doesn't work, I'm sure there will be copies on!


Date: 12/08/2013 From: MilanPavlovic
Location: Serbia,Europa

Hello,I am Milan Pavlovic,from Serbia.I read your books,but I send my oppinion about book Eon.It was very good book and read in 1993/94.Other books Eternity,Moving Mars..did not follow idea in book Eon.Why ?
You are best reader in SF ,but in Serbia your books did not sell in Books shops,why?
I bought 5 books in books shops in serbian language,but you wrote 25 books in english and I did not bought in Serbia.
your reader
Milan Pavlovic

Re: contact
Date: 12/08/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Milan!

Thanks for writing and for your kind words! Back in the 1980s, most of my novels were sold in the former Yugoslavia under the bundle of Serbo-Croation rights. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the breakup of Yugoslavia, rights were sold separately--but not as many of my books were published in Serbia and Croatia during those difficult times. ETERNITY of course is a sequel to EON, but perhaps you did not hear of LEGACY, which is a prequel?

Date: 12/15/2013
From: paula aeryn sun
Location: simi

Hi. I have been thinking of a series for moving Mars for a long time now, but I just reread Songs of Earth and Power. And i am kind of stuck. I really like your first books - they flow well. Its just every book I read I imagine acted out. Good ones anyhow. I am not one to write to famos folks, but after Nelson died- all bets are off. I will write to you folks, and maybe you might care what I think. Moving Mars is a 4 season show, and Songs of Earth and Power is an 8 . Season 8 involves riverine hands helping during a race down the Colorado river, and also in the Iditarod .Please reply if this piques your interest. I will keep reading your books, and thank you for writing them.

Date: 12/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Paula. SONGS and MOVING MARS are quite a stretch for any TV series!

Would you mind to provide some additional information?

Date: 12/01/2013 From: Syndi Yeakley
Location: Rogers, Arkansas

Hello sir,

I am a student at North West Arkansas Community Collage taking a science fiction literature class. I chose to cover you as a science fiction author for my final project. I am very impressed by your writing and your achievements. I was hoping to get some more background information for you to complete this project. What degree or degrees do you hold and from where? I am also interested in knowing what drew you to the subject matter for "Blood Music". I was a medical laboratory and research laboratory scientist for over 18 years and found your level of detail so central to this story. It was why I chose you as my final project author. I would love to hear how you researched and developed the story idea. In short could you please tell me more about your writing process?
Thank you so much for your time and attention to my questions.


Syndi Yeakley

Re: Would you mind to provide some additional information?
Date: 12/09/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Syndi!

Good to hear from you. I have a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in science, no other degrees... BLOOD MUSIC as a short story first popped into my head after reading a small piece about what were being called biochips in an issue of NEW SCIENTIST, early in 1982. It occurred to me almost instantly, upon reading this piece, that DNA was a kind of computational system in itself, and perhaps could be "hacked" to do even more extraordinary things. The rest just flowed into place over a couple of weeks. After the short story swept up a Hugo and a Nebula, I read up more completely on biology and genetics, visited UCSD to interview scientists, and started the novel version, which was published in 1985. Ten years later, another round of theorizing and research led me to DARWIN'S RADIO, DARWIN'S CHILDREN, and a new round of biology-based thrillers, VITALS, QUANTICO, and MARIPOSA.

Back in 1982, nanotechnology per se was still a twinkle in Eric Drexler's eye, bio-hackers were a distant concern, and DNA had yet to be thoroughly sequenced. Fascinating times!

Stuart Kauffman is always interesting

Date: 11/27/2013 From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

Hi Greg -- you are probably quite tired of factoid messages from this quarter instead of the possible poetical, but here is one more that may be worth reading through.

Now, what could in a novel make use of this rather Taoist method of view?

The question interests me of an evening; maybe you.

If you like, you can tell Astrid I learned of an author through looking up her blog; she'll know the one, and that it's appropriate.


Re: Stuart Kauffman is always interesting
Date: 11/27/2013
From: Greg Bear

Very interesting indeed! Thanks, Clive.

Re: Stuart Kauffman is always interesting
Date: 11/29/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

Great - then let me post here where you'll find it a little carry-on from what I was maundering about in regards film vs. novel writing a bit below.

This is from a seventies NY Times review of John Fowles' Daniel Martin, a book that is part of what drew me to ten years in England, all its adventures and impressions enjoyed again now:

'Among the many subjects that Daniel Martin keeps mulling over at length are the esthetics of cinema and his particular dissatisfaction with them: "In the very act of creating its own past, the past of the scenario and the past, of the shooting, [the final cut] destroys the past of the mind of each spectator. Images are inherently fascistic because they overstamp the truth, however dim and blurred, of the real past experience, as if, faced with ruins, we must turn architects, not archeologists. The word is the most imprecise of signs. Only a science-obsessed age could fail to comprehend that this is its great virtue, not its defect. What I was trying to tell Jenny in Hollywood was that I would murder my past if I tried to evoke it on camera; and it is precisely because I can't really evoke it in words, can only hope to awaken some analogous experience in other memories and sensitivities, that it must be written."'

And this is indeed very British, the part we particularly enjoy...cheers, Greg...

Your Book is shortlisted for the German Bookaward Leserpreis die besten Buecher 2013"

Date: 11/21/2013 From: Ramona Boehm
Location: Germany

Dear Greg,

for the fifth time already, we would like to honour the authors of the best books this year, which struck, entertained or impressed our readers the most whilst reading. We are excited that the so-called "Leserpreis" is as successful as the previous years since it is the biggest people's choice book award in the German-speaking region. More than 15,000 readers had the opportunity to nominate over 4,000 books and authors amongst 15 different categories. Until yesterday, the readers could choose their favourite books for the Leserpreis 2013.

Hereby, we would like to heartily congratulate you: Your book ᅣon (Eon) was chosen most often by the readers and therefore made it to the shortlist in the category Science Fiction. In each category there are now 35 books available for choice. As of today you can see the shortlist on the following website:

Now the important phase starts: readers can vote for their favourite books until November 28th. On Friday, November 29th, the Leserpreis in Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded.
If you like to call your readers' attention to your nomination and the voting, please link to this website:

We have also come up with something special this year - we want to find out how the readers' favourite authors of the year started writing! We and the reades would be very happy, if you would like to participate. Please write us back and we'll tell you how it all works.

Well keep our fingers crossed!

Best wishes,
Ramona from the LovelyBooks Team


Re: Your Book is shortlisted for the German Bookaward Leserpreis die besten Buecher 2013
Date: 11/21/2013
From: Greg Bear

Very good, Ramona--

Sounds like a lively competition! I began writing when I was eight years old, and haven't stopped since. My first manuscript was ruled school notebook paper stapled into a hand-illustrated manila folder. Shortly thereafter, I inherited my parents' Olympia portable typewriter--and used it until I purchased an electric typewriter in the mid-seventies!

Greg Bear

Re: Your Book is shortlisted for the German Bookaward
Date: 11/27/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

Ramona, sehr gut zu lernen auf dieser Leserpreis...

Ich habe heute Abend abgestimmt!

reply re 'Perhaps Earth & the solar system are much older than 4B.

Date: 11/08/2013 From: Steve
Location: Montreal

The nebular theory was created by Emanuel Swedenborg in the 17th century. Surely we can do better. He was more of a "Christian mystic" than a scientist anyway.

Re: reply re 'Perhaps Earth & the solar system are much older than 4B.
Date: 11/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

I've enjoyed reading the Wikipedia article on the nebular hypothesis. Swedenborg, Kant, LaPlace... and many more since. Interesting discussion.

Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone

Date: 11/05/2013 From: John S
Location: Western MA

Hi Greg,

Was wondering what your thoughts were on this latest amazing finding from the Kepler team:

Do you feel it makes the Fermi Paradox even more puzzling, if that is at all possible?


Re: Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone
Date: 11/07/2013
From: Greg Bear

Very cool results. Fermi Paradox has never been much of a paradox to me: smart planets keep their mouths shut and lie low. There are wolves in the forest. Of course, not hearing ANYTHING indicates that maybe even the dumb planets don't use radio much after a time...

Re: Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone
Date: 11/15/2013
From: Ryan
Location: ohio

Humanity has only been broadcasting radio waves for about a hundred years. We've only been monitoring radio waves from space for a few decades. Perhaps we will only continue doing so for a few more centuries or millenia before collapsing as a civilization advanced enough to do so. Out of the millions of years of life on earth, a very small fraction of that time is spent sending and receiving radio waves as a form of communication.

Here is the bad sci-fi paradox: Any alien race hostile enough to attack earth will wipe itself out long before developing the means to do so. Conversely, the human race will not colonize other planets.

Re: Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone
Date: 11/22/2013
From: Greg Bear

All possibly true. The Spanish, however, could have destroyed themselves before invading the New World. (And they had no real idea the Indians were actually there...)

Re: Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone
Date: 02/20/2014
From: Jonathan
Location: Maryland

Of course, another possibility (though it might make for a more dull future from a sci-fi standpoint) is that there just aren't that many intelligent species out there.

That seems to be the direction of a major thrust in evolutionary biology at the moment: while life itself seems to arise easily and bacterial life may be common, because of the way bacterial life typically generates energy, it hits an "energy barrier" that evolution can't overcome.

Only freak chance can get around the limitations, as it did with the mitochondrial merger on Earth about 2 billion years ago. The fact that it took 2 billion years to come about is evidence of how unlikely an outcome it was.

Anyway, that's the thinking. Dr. Nick Lane, among others has written some very intriguing and approachable material on it.

To me, it leads to a few interesting conclusions. First of all, it makes me breathe a little easier, as the "wolf hypothesis" and related "intelligent species invariably get killed off" ideas are pretty darned scary.

Second, it means there's no real reason to suppose technologies such as faster-than-light travel won't eventually be developed. If intelligent life were common, our galaxy really should have been colonized by self-replicating machines by now. The farther away the next intelligent species is, the more room for expansion. We might have the galaxy to ourselves. That's potentially a very bright future.

And if that's true, to me it also adds urgency to ensuring our survival.

Re: Latest Kepler data: 1 in 5 sun-like stars harbor earth-size planets in habitable zone
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Could be a lot safer out there... But also a lot less interesting!


Date: 10/28/2013 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

October wanes! Time to haunt these weird electronic regions yet again...

A meditation on the strange circumstances of Poe's death:

POE IN THE SNOW - by Bill Goodwin

Blowing in blue skies,
a black chimney cinder.
Staining the brilliant sun,
a tiny spot.
Lying in a bed of snow,
Oh, say it's not.
They've dressed him in somebody else's clothes,
and broken, or smothered, or drugged his nose.
He cannot speak, he cannot tell,
who hurries him to hell.
Rake him up like rotten leaves,
and in the morning see who grieves.

His mother slipped away too soon
from dreary mortal affairs.
His pearl-child bride was oystered off
in alabaster coffin layers.
Adoptive parents, done with him,
and critics having fun with him,
oh, Edgar, how the pale hands beckoned
from Eurekas yet unreckoned,
promising walls of protecting sod,
if you would just pray: "For the love of God."

Scratching every night your quill
by lamp and brandy, hoping still
to catch some gilt-begotten train,
till winter wilts your hothouse brain.
Damn and abolish this cold.
A thousand wicks burn wild for you,
but pit and cat and murd'ring ape
are not enough to part that mold
which swallows your tale-telling heart.
Nevermore beating.
Blanketed in snow.
Oh, Poe.

Take ease in loveless tarn.
The threads you leave
will surely weave
new leagues of shining yarn.
Who needs these nattering literary gentry
--these chattering Blackwood cognoscenti--
let merry life that spurned your worth
bury merely itself with spades of earth
now tumbling on your box.
Wait there, safe, till time unlocks,
then be returned in tides of ink.
And snow be gone.
And Poe have peace.
And leisure at last to think.

Sleep, dear son of Providence.
Gather back unto that center
whence unspools each starry fiber,
and, sleeping, be awake in me,
dream within dream,
rich as cream,
or moonlight on the Tiber.
Wander in some warmer place,
and find some fertile, rosy breast
on which to rest
your vaulted, waxen brow.
All's a purchase, all's a prize,
close your eyes and surrender your heart,
no one will tread upon it now.

Poe in snow.
Snow on Poe.
How exactly did it end?
It endeth not but forever begins.
And we will never know.


Hoping you and yours are well,



Date: 11/07/2013
From: Greg Bear

Wondereful! Quoth the snow: you never know!

Date: 11/07/2013
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

"What snow?"
"Not much, what's new with you?"

Date: 11/13/2013
From: Greg Bear

Can't top that!

Date: 11/27/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

Just a 'ha', to join the laughter ;)

well played...!

Did Olmy ever see Suliram Kikura and Tapi again?

Date: 10/21/2013 From: Brian Hamilton
Location: Anderson, SC

Hello Mr. Bear,

I just finished Eon and Eternity and would like to know if Olmy was ever able to reunite with Suliram Kikura and Tapi after being left with the Frants.

Thank you,


Re: Did Olmy ever see Suliram Kikura and Tapi again?
Date: 10/24/2013
From: Greg Bear

A part of the tale yet to be written!

Re: Did Olmy ever see Suliram Kikura and Tapi again?
Date: 11/27/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

Quite good to hear, I hope cryptically speaking ;)

Also, you are kind, Greg, in the sense John Fowles was with his corresondents...

(catching up)

Re: Did Olmy ever see Suliram Kikura and Tapi again?
Date: 11/27/2013
From: Greg Bear

Ah, we are all Aristoi here!

Beginning of a new halo saga

Date: 10/21/2013 From: Serojeddinov Amir
Location: Russian federation


First of all, I'd like to thank you for your unbelievable work on the forerunner saga. I've read a lot of Sci-fi but the forerunner saga has been the most awe inspiring, it was not only fun, it was really sad as well, looking at the desperation of a mighty empire.

I know that you are working on your own new saga, and I'm definitely going to read it, especially after the emotions I have received from the forerunner saga. But as a debater on an online forum, and a personal fan of your work aswell as a big fan of halo, I would like to ask you, if 343i by any chance would start a new forerunner saga, and asked you to write it, would you agree ?

Thank you for taking your time reading my message.

Re: Beginning of a new halo saga
Date: 10/21/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Serojeddinov!

Thanks for your kind words. It's going to take me a couple of years to finish this trilogy, and I have other projects planned thereafter. HALO is already way out front of where it was when I wrote my novels! I look forward to seeing how the Halo universe moves forward. It's been terrific interacting with both the fans and 343.

Re: Beginning of a new halo saga
Date: 10/24/2013
From: Gray Area

Them some damn good-ta-hea words!

I haven't found much to read that interests me lately, so I'm looking forward to these things you mentioned, Greg.

Film adaptations

Date: 09/30/2013 From: horton jupiter
Location: London, earth

I just read in the 2009 footnotes of Mariposa that The Forge Of God & Anvil Of Stars were to be made into films. Are these still happening? I was beginnning to think that you had a point blank text only policy to film adaptations, as I can't think of a single title that wouldn't make an incredible film! ?Have the rights to any of your other books been bought up for potential film adaptations?

love, light, and peace - horton :)

Re: Film adaptations
Date: 10/24/2013
From: Greg Bear

Still in the works, horton.

Re: Film adaptations
Date: 10/26/2013
From: Gray Area

I was actually coming to talk about this:

It'll be a while before I see Ender's Game (home theatre, beau!), and that I'm betting it will have a lot of sensational nonsense like I, Robot did, I've come to the idea that it'll be a while if ever for something like The Forge of God.

Why? Well, two simple things: there's been a lot of stupid-ass cataclysm movies already, and I can't see a major american audience reception to the planet being totally KO'd, and having to bail because of it. You know, 'we don't retreat'.

And movies made in america are still highly dependent on american audience turn-out. ((I know, I don't even go....but that's another story....))

Re: Film adaptations
Date: 12/09/2013
From: Angela Prettie
Location: Kelowna

I'm already there and have bought tickets to your movies.

You know I will always wish for Hardfought to be made into a movie.

It can be done now.

The Medusa nebula will never be the same......

Re: Film adaptations
Date: 12/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

No one's picked up on the challenge of HARDFOUGHT! Thanks, Angela.

Darwin's radio

Date: 09/14/2013 From: Charles Wright
Location: Toronto Canada

I am curious if you have written a second book following up on Darwin's radio? It was a great book! If you have not why?


Re: Darwin's radio
Date: 09/14/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Charles! There is indeed a second book. It's called DARWIN'S CHILDREN, widely available in bookstores and on your e-reader.


Re: Darwin's radio
Date: 09/25/2013
From: ALEX
Location: venice

Hi greg sh micro rna can be a spoiler for a new scifi novel ! thanks for answer me!

Halo cryptum and silentium

Date: 09/13/2013 From: Diana Dominguez
Location: San Diego, California

Hello Mr. Bear:

First I would like to thank you for your amazing work on the forerunner trilogy. I read your trilogy and... my god, I can't decide which one is my favorite... maybe Cryptum because it was like the first taste.

I am writing you because I sometimes got confused in Cryptum about Bornstellar's height during the first book. Are you allowed to clarify that? I believe he was taller than Riser at first... then, I got lost. It is described that he look bigger after the mutation and that he even believed his hands look bigger. He continued mutating and growing during his return to his parents too.

Another question, in silentium, were the two Didacts wearing the armor from the first game campaign or the armor from the terminals? If you are not allowed to tell, I understand.

Thank you for your tim and keep up the good work.

Diana D.

Re: Halo cryptum and silentium
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

The Ur-Didact was wearing the armor he recovered or received in CRYPTUM. The Bornstellar Didact was no doubt equipped with another suit appropriate to his changed status.

Cryptum and forerunners

Date: 09/13/2013 From: Diana Dominguez
Location: San Diego, CA

Hello Mr. Bear:

First I would like to thank you for your amazing work on the forerunner trilogy. I read your trilogy and... my god, I can't decide which one is my favorite... maybe Cryptum because it was like the first taste.

I am writing you because I sometimes got confused in Cryptum about Bornstellar's height during the first book. Are you allowed to clarify that? I believe he was taller than Riser at first... then, I got lost. It is described that he look bigger after the mutation and that he even believed his hands look bigger. He continued mutating and growing during his return to his parents too.

Another question, in silentium, were the two Didacts wearing the armor from the first game campaign or the armor from the terminals? If you are not allowed to tell, I understand.

Thank you for your time and keep up the good work.

Diana D.

Re: Cryptum and forerunners
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

Bornstellar was always taller than Riser by at least double, since Riser was about three feet tall--less than a meter. The transformation he underwent to a newly shaped maturity made him, eventually, equal in size to the Didact, which could be (I will stand corrected if the data is actually out there from HALO 4) about eight or nine feet tall, and much bulkier. Chakas would be about five and a half feet tall, shorter than Bornstellar.

typographical error?

Date: 09/08/2013 From: Marc Langille

Hi Greg,

First off, thank you for the novels you've written!

I am currently in the midst of reading the Halo: Cryptum novel. Noted this passage in Chapter 11, on page 106 of the Tor eBook version I am reading: "...and connect the necessary parts, then to activate--and then cut me and my fresh armor lose."

Did you intend to use the word "lose" instead of "loose"? Or is it simply a typographical error?


Re: typographical error?
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

Sounds right. Good catch, Marc!

Comments on Silentium and Primordium

Date: 09/05/2013 From: Matthew Blundell
Location: Oklahoma

Well my last message got posted before I could write it, so here goes.

You may or may not remember me, I sent you a letter a couple years ago in response to Cryptum and questions about Primordium. I have since finished Primordium and Silentium. Let me just say, wow! I had a few suspicions about the Precursors and Flood and was happy to see them confirmed. Now I know some of my questions you won't be able to answer, however maybe you can shine some light on them.

1. If Precursors were able to turn themselves to "dust" doesn't that mean they be anywhere in the galaxy and outside as well?

2. The Organon is an artifact that can activate all Precursor artifacts, correct? If the Organon and Domain are one in the same, and the Forerunners can access the Domain, is it possible that a Forerunner could've activated the star bridges? Ancillas can access the Domain, correct? Maybe Mendicant Bias?

I hope to hear from you soon and I will post more questions as I find them.


Matthew Blundell

Re: Comments on Silentium and Primordium
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

All very intriguing thoughts, Matthew!

Dark Shadows

Date: 08/27/2013 From: John Ford
Location: Matlock, England

Hi Greg - thanks for your message of support - really appreciated it. Dark Shadows by J. R. Ford is now live on Amazon to download. Have to look into other forms of publication now as you suggested, but wanted to get it out there first. It is a contemporary dark fantasy - hopefully accessible for people to get into. Any further advice would always be gratefully received, particularly if you felt you wanted to read it and comment!!!


Date: 08/23/2013 From: Robert Murphey
Location: Texas

Mr. Bear,
I've just finished my now traditional yearly re-read of EON, ETERNITY, and LEGACY.

Have you or anyone adapted the text into a screenplay?
Have the rights to EON been optioned for a movie?

EON deserves big screen treatment by the likes of Duncan Jones (dir. of MOON and SOURCE CODE) or Joseph Kosinski (dir. of TRON LEGACY and OBLIVION).

Crossing fingers and wishing out loud here.

Thanks very much for sharing your vision with us.

Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

There has been interest in EON over the last few years--movies are finally maturing, technically, to where this kind of project is do-able!

But no current options on these properties. Sigh.

Date: 09/05/2013
From: Robert Murphey
Location: Texas

I agree, huge sigh, especially in a world of sci-fi retreads and sequelitis.

Over the years, I've written and helped shoot a few short "machine cinema" films, and converted a handful of my favorite sci-fi books from into rough screenplays, just for the fun of it. Based on my own hobbyist tinkering, EON begs to be adapted and filmed.

During my recent re-read, it struck me over and over how easy it would be to "break down" EON into a treatment, especially after seeing the CGSociety CGChallenge XX trailer "EON: Worlds Within Worlds".

Have you ever considered adapting your own work into screenplay form, like Frank Herbert did for Dune?

A treatment, especially one penned by you, might be just the thing to break the logjam or get a storyboard artist or indie production team enough to start working with?

Food for thought. I will keep my fingers crossed that there's news in this space sooner rather than later.

Axis City is a mental playground I'd really like to play in on a 3D screen...

Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Sounds like you're one of those talented artists working toward my old concept of the "visual typewriter"! For the time being, there's enough interest in these works that I'll hold off doing my own screenplay. But not forever...

Date: 12/09/2013
From: alex brady
Location: cambridge

this might not be the right place for but ive loved Eon since I was a teenager, and always wanted tro see it made into a movie. I recently introduced a friend to Blood Music and Eon and his reaction inspired me to spend the weekend drawing a interpretation of when Lanier and team visit one of the geometry stacks. it doesnt really stick to the book i know, but i thought you migh tlike to see. im having it printed onto a jigsaw for my dad, because we have a christmas jigsaw tradition. please feel free to do the same if you have a similar christmas activity!
anyway, thanks again for the awesome inspiration Mr Bear!

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Date: 12/09/2013
From: Greg Bear

Very cool, Alex! This is beautiful work!



You know why your stuff is cool?

Date: 08/23/2013 From: Gray Area

I wanted to say 'shit', but the title thing, eh.....

Anyways, it's because your stories are plausible. So many authors it seems are [falling back on] older themes, in some cases societies that, however technological, are in some state of feudalism or something.

Another thing is that the threads are never remotely good-guy, bad-guy. Or even, 'he/she was/is the best - and now they're in trouble'. Or whatever. Very...provincial. You know?

Looking forward to the new trilogy, yo. (pressure, pressure)

Re: You know why your stuff is cool?
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Just finished polished draft on WAR DOGS, volume one. Looks pretty good so far! (Pressure appreciated--keeps me focused...)

Re: You know why your stuff is cool?
Date: 10/19/2013
From: Kurt
Location: Portland

Greg Bear's earlier stories (Queen of Angels, Moving Mars) are cool because they depict realistic technological advances with realistic social developments. The problems that bedevil societies in 2047 and late 22nd century are different than those today. That takes a certain measure of extrapolation that most people seem incapable of.

About halo

Date: 08/22/2013 From: Joe salem
Location: Dubai

I have enjoyed reading your halo books Greg. I just want to ask a short question: Is it true the precursors are multiverse( exisisting elsewhere then our universe)?

Re: About halo
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Interesting question, Joe... Not sure the books have an answer, yet!

Hello again/curious about new trilogy.

Date: 08/13/2013 From: Robert Terrill
Location: Pittsburgh

Hi Greg! I don't know if you'd remember me but i was a server at the restaurant inside of the EMP/Science Fiction museum. I was introduced to you by Donna Shirley because she knew of my love of science fiction in general and that you were my longstanding favorite author. You and i had several conversations over those months and was the highlight of the time i spent living in Seattle.

I wanted to tell you how much i have enjoyed recent books of yours like the Halo trilogy, Hull Zero Three, and especially City at the End of Time which i hold to be one of the great achievements of human literature.

I am curious and excited what this new trilogy of yours. Is there anyway you could give us a few teasers about the setting/scope/characters/ect. in it??

Since i read Blood Music as a preteen you have been enriching my life. Thanks so much.

Re: Hello again/curious about new trilogy.
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Robert! Good to hear from you! WAR DOGS is heavy-duty space-combat science fiction, set on one of my favorite planets--Mars--with a very different perspective--wry, a touch satirical, thoroughly dubious--and pointing toward unexpected revelations on our origins and responsibilities. The next two volumes will expand the sense of scale enormously. Natch.

A Coming Revolution?

Date: 08/10/2013 From: Michael Egan
Location: Knottingley, West Yorkshire

Hi Greg
The month of September looks very exciting in the world of Sci-Fi. In particular, I'm referring to the release of the latest novels by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter. And it's Baxter's novel, for me, which has got me really excited; because Proxima, as it's called, seems to deal with the colonization of a world orbiting our closest stellar body after the sun. An advance review of this book likens it to Lord of the Flies in its depictions. Others seem to hint at some deep-time intelligence which has a bearing on the story. I personally can't wait to get my hands on it; I e-mailed you a while back decrying the lack of this kind of fiction, and I've since wondered if the major authors are 'scared off' extrasolar migrations by the astonishing advances being made in astronomy, particularly with regard to those worlds found to be orbiting other stars. If so, that's a great shame. As I have said previously, I do wonder at the drama which might arise surrounding the first crewed expedition to Barnard's Star, or Tau Ceti (Or maybe even Sirius - wow! All that solar energy. Keep your distance!) In any case, it seems the outstanding Mr Baxter might be coming to my rescue. And my fervent hope is that this novel will kick-start some kind of new trend in Sci-Fi, one which sees us get back to the world of exploration. If so, all we'll need then is that dusty time travel manuscript you have, languishing in that secure vault surrounded by barbed wire and electric fences, and the Grand New Revolution in Science Fiction could at last be said to have truly begun. How's about it, Greg? Are you going to show all these newbies - not to mention a few expectant fans - how it's really done? (Although you certainly have been doing that for years now anyway, sir)

Re: A Coming Revolution?
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Michael! I too look forward to Stephen's new book. He's definitely one of our greats.

What I think is a great idea for a SF story...

Date: 08/06/2013 From: Stevie Ray
Location: Montreal Quebec Canada

Hi there. Lately I've been thinking about the fact that the solar system appears to have been formed by an accretion disc rather than the sun forming in a stellar nursery and then 'acquiring planets' over time-its unlikely a complex planetary system could be formed that way anyway. That would make the real age of the solar system 13.25 billion years or so & our planet 12.5 billion years old due to the fact the big bang took 750,000 years to coalesce via the accretion disc principal into recognizable/ordered planetary systems of which there are 'infinity minus one' in number....Geological 'churn' might explain the lack of 'surface evidence' dating back earlier than 4 billion years-which could suggest there has been many sentient species originating on Earth over millenia-and we are the most recent-but all traces of past races would have long 'churned' back into the Earth & oblivion forever-unless we can find something in actual space itself.... All the prior races might also have become extinct billions of years ago also, Its the ultimate mystery. Or very close. Take care.

Re: What I think is a great idea for a SF story...
Date: 10/24/2013
From: Greg Bear

Not sure we can stretch Earth's history back that far. There is the half-life of radioactive thorium and latent heat in the core to deal with. But geological churn could indeed erase a lot of early evidence! Besides, the nebular theory creates both sun and planets out of the spinning disk, though it's possible others could be acquired later.

Hull Zero Three - The ship design

Date: 08/02/2013 From: Rob Steen
Location: Ireland

Hello Mr. Bear,

I just finished reading Hull Zero Three and found it to be a very thought provoking read. The thought that humanity could ever create a ship that would actively destroy an intelligent species is frightening - even if we don't know the full reasons why the ship was launched.

Throughout the book I found your descriptions of the ship to be very 'real' and knowing your artistic abilities did you at any point sketch or draw a design of the ship to use to help visualize it? Is this something you have ever done in your other books and would you consider releasing the drawings if so?

Thank you, again, for all your books as ever this one has left me thinking about all the possibilities for our futures.

Best regards,

Re: Hull Zero Three - The ship design
Date: 08/02/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for your very kind words, Rob. I did draw rough sketches of the HULL ZERO THREE ship (not to scale) just to make sure I understood the layout and kept it consistent in the text. Most of the "sketches" for this ship and for the vessels in books such as EON and ANVIL OF STARS are similarly rough; the finished versions exist only in my head. Which is why it is so gratifying to find artists perfectly capturing what I see in my head, as Jim Burns did for his cover for EON, and so many artists did for the CGSociety Eon Challenge. Must be ESP!

Re: Hull Zero Three - The ship design
Date: 08/23/2013
From: Gray Area

Um, you mean for Tangents, right? That cover was BAD ASS.

Re: Hull Zero Three - The ship design
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Indeed, the U.S. cover for TANGENTS was borrowed from the UK cover for EON...


Date: 07/31/2013 From: Michael Klegin
Location: Omaha,NE

Dear Mr Bear.

I was wondering what on earth or in LEO we can do as loyal fans to get the ball rolling on a movie or two?

If its a financial issue I believe we might be able to do something like the Iron sky team and get a kick starter project to push the project out into the light of day.

Let me know if there is anything at all I might be of assistance with.


Michael D Klegin

Re: movies.
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Michael!

All good ideas, and we may yet do them. But for the moment, there's still serious work going on in LA on getting projects off the ground. Thanks, and stay tuned!

Re: movies.
Date: 08/28/2013
From: Michele Zommer

Hello Greg Bear! Have read a number of your books since Moving Mars. All astounding but none have moved me the way this novel did. If your position permits, would you share with me who owns the movie rights to Moving Mars?

Kind thanks!
Michele Zommer

Re: movies.
Date: 08/28/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Michele! MOVING MARS is currently at liberty, options-wise.

Re: movies.
Date: 09/06/2013
From: Gray Area

Unfortunately, they are recycling every odd bit of sci-fi, not just into movies, but television. I found out they made a TV mini-series of Coma. Ewww.

That and the kids just love all the Marvel stuff. Wait....maybe if you got one of your [real] books into a graphic novel format, Greg......

Re: movies.
Date: 11/27/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands

You know, I really had another think about this movie desire after watching Ender's Game. It was actually pretty well done, with its own point of view and a lot put in for fans to feel it was real, very sincere in that respect.

Yet the original is so much non-obviously internal to Ender that I think this could only be a pale shadow, in spite of its efforts and effects. And the young man who played him did quite a fine job.

I wonder what makes a Starship Troopers relatively satisfying, in spite of its political slant and cartoonishness, and Ender's Game less so? It may be the viscerality, the immediacy which cinema usually entails, which could be fit to one story better than another which is more introspective.

Then I think about the Forge/Anvil pair. Like Ender, so much distance of story to cover, for all their vivid moments. The snake braids, a wonderful device to see, though. But as if imagination, from the writing, isn't enough??

In a way, I wonder if Hull Zero Three might not fit a film form better. Yet how would you get inside the head of that wonderful female crystalline wolf character; so key; and not to have the later colloquy seem like the Wizard of Oz meetup?

Maybe I just like the idea of the moral showdown when things are realized at the end; and maybe the kinds of thinking that produce great and broad speculative writing are quite different to what makes a great film?

I can have the same difficulty with Ursula Le Guin, or for that matter Kawabata Yusinari, who was indeed trained as a painter, and has some wonderfully cinematic writing. Snow Country in fact was a good film, and a book as composed as a sumi-e painting. But it didn't confuse with unpresent images, or unpresent technologies.


Is the Forerunner universe gone forever?

Date: 07/22/2013 From: Isaiah Swoboda
Location: St Louis

Last night at around 3 am I finished Silentium, your conclusion to the Forerunner Saga. I have read many series and like most readers I always feel a sense of loss and sadness when the realization hits that the series is over. It is generated by the knowledge that the world I had imagined throughout the series is at an end. Never again will I feel that sense of wonder and discovery of reading it for the first time. Yes, rereading a series holds much enjoyment but nothing can recreate the wonderful first read of a series. The Forerunner Saga was anything but the norm. From the first book I loved the world you created, I had no trouble visualizing it. It was awe inspiring! The complexity of the Forerunners, the immense display of technology and power, the beauty of living by a universal code, the Mantle. I was enamored by all of it,completely. I would read and think for days what it would be like to live for a thousand years, never sleeping. That might seem like a nightmare to some, but the world you created was endless! I felt like there was so much to discover, to learn, and do! Honestly, it made me wish I lived in a later millennium so that at least a fraction of what you had created would be possible. Alas, I do not...and now the Saga has ended and there is nothing to quench my thirst for more.

So now I have to know Mr. Greg Bear. Is the Forerunner universe gone forever from the shelves of Science Fiction? Will there be no more new chapters in the beautiful, amazing world you created?

I secretly hope that there is more to come. I tell myself that with the complexity you wrote into the Forerunner Universe. The philosophies, worlds, species, places and names...that there is more to come. Please let this hope be true. Let another Saga be born. Tell me about the times of the human-forerunner war, the creation of the Forerunners, humanity, anything! It is a world too great to be laid to rest. Breathe more life into it...let my hope be true. If I am wrong and it truly is over then...I am deeply saddened but I understand.

Re: Is the Forerunner universe gone forever?
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Isaiah! I'm sure there will be other Forerunner volumes in the works, but after thoroughly enjoying the experience of working with the 343 team, I'm now back on a trilogy of my own--which I hope will prove as entertaining. The first volume of the new original series is tentatively titled WAR DOGS, and it's almost finished in rough draft.

Re: Is the Forerunner universe gone forever?
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Diego Kleinbing Pons
Location: Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul

I had read that at the end of second book halo primordium, the guilty spark, have found the localization of the library, after 100.00 years of search. but at the third book, silentium, after the monitor lost his memory, the saga had stopped. What comes now? a new book with the chakas and the library having a meeting after 100.000 years? and the iso dictata? too many questions had been left behind without explanations. Please, i'd like to know if the history will continues.

Thanks. and congratulations for given to us this very good moments of read.

Re: Is the Forerunner universe gone forever?
Date: 10/01/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Diego--

All of that is now in the capable hands of 343! I look forward to their ongoing explorations of the entire HALO universe. And thanks for your questions and comments.

next forerunner book

Date: 07/22/2013 From: cory
Location: louisville kentucky

I think we all would like to know when the next book in the forerunner saga is going to be released. we the readers want to know what happend to the ship guilty spark 343 took captive, where the librarian is hiding and what happend to both didacts

Re: next forerunner book
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Cory! The third book is SILENTIUM and it's now out in hardback. As for what happened to a particular Didact, check out HALO 4!

Re: next forerunner book
Date: 08/07/2013
From: Raymond Mc Donagh
Location: London UK

Hi Mr Bear, I have played Halo 4 and all Spartan Ops extra content. But I have to admit, I too would like to know what happens next to Chakas/343 Guilty Spark. And the ship & crew the Monitor hijacked to find the Librarian. Besides, the fate of the Ur Didact in the Halo4 Game is uncertain, we see him defeated by the Master Chief and apparently fall to his doom. But as they say "no body - no proof". So I truly hope there is a book resolving 343Guilty Spark and the Librarian's situation.
With great Respect to you Sir

Re: next forerunner book
Date: 09/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Raymond! The tale is now back in the very capable hands of 343, and I look forward myself to future revelations.

Forerunner Capital

Date: 07/16/2013 From: Isaac Frankel
Location: Chicago

Hi Mr. Bear,

I thought you might find it interesting to see what one Halo fan has illustrated using your descriptions of the Forerunner Capital from Cryptum. It's always great to see people speculating about the ideas and mysteries of the Halo universe, and your three novels have certainly provided plenty to pick through.


Re: Forerunner Capital
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Beautiful work! And dead on, matching very closely what I visualized. Thanks for the link, Isaac!

Halo: Human Names

Date: 07/15/2013 From: Ian BrowningSmith
Location: Illinois, United States

I was just curious how you came up with the names for the Ancient Human characters in the Forerunner books. They sound incredibly original, and despite all my research, I cannot find any source for the names (as Edom and Erda/Erde-Tyrene, Mars and Earth, did have some real-world basis). Did you just make them up?

Re: Halo: Human Names
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Ah, that would be telling! None of the names used in these books are the actual spirit names of the human characters. Rather, they are the calling-names assigned by shamans during initiation ceremonies in the sacred caves not too far from Marontik. Thanks, Ian!

Eon Fan-art?

Date: 07/14/2013 From: Alex
Location: England

Hello Mr. Bear, I am currently reading your novel, Eon, and I am struggling to get my head around the magnitude and layout of the asteroid's interior. I was just wandering if you know of any fan-art collections that fulfil your vision in regards to the internal layout. All I have found so far are scattered images online, and i was hoping that you may have sanctioned some official artwork or something.

Several chapters in and I already feel that this is going to be one of my all time favourite sci-fi series. Thanks for your time, Alex

Re: Eon Fan-art?
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Alex! Take a look at the CGSociety's EON CHALLENGE (do an online search or go to

and you'll find an amazingly rich trove of imagery...

Would you like to do more Halo?

Date: 07/12/2013 From: Tom

Title says it all really, I'm not talking near future, but at some point would you want to write more Halo fiction? I got into your books due to Halo and think you're my favorite author for it :) keep up the good work anyway

Re: Would you like to do more Halo?
Date: 07/31/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Tom! I'm busy for the foreseeable future with a trilogy of my own, so no further HALO forays--but it was great fun, and good to now have you as a reader!

Dinosaur Summer

Date: 07/08/2013 From: Benjamin Statham
Location: N.S.W Australia

I was wondering if there is a way one can buy a new copy of Dinosaur Summer with the beautiful Venator illustration on the cover? I LOVE this novel and cannot find a new copy of this edition anywhere.
Ever since I could read I've been fascinated with the World Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created and that Mr. Bear made even better. The 'Death Eagle' in particular that Mr. Bear created has always captured my imagination and I still struggle to picture this strange dinosaur in my mind.
He did an amazing job of bringing new life to Doyle's Lost World and it remains one of my favourite books ever.

Re: Dinosaur Summer
Date: 07/09/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Benjamin--

Thanks for the kind words! There are lots of copies available through the Web. I'd suggest ordering one from B. Brown Books in Seattle, or from Robert Gavora, both of whom will happily ship to Australia. Let me know if you find a good copy! (And signed ones aren't hard to come by, either.)

Petitions for Commemorative Stamps

Date: 07/07/2013 From: Chris M. Barkley
Location: Cincinnati, OH


In honor of Robert Anson Heinlein's 106th Birthday, I started the following petitions:


Please feel free to share these links...

Best Wishes,
Chris M. Barkley
Cincinnati, OH

Re: Petitions for Commemorative Stamps
Date: 07/09/2013
From: Greg Bear

Fine idea! Thanks, Chris.


Date: 07/06/2013 From: Bec Hasel
Location: Poulsbo, WA

Good morning Mr. Bear - just wanted to say 'Thank you for your work!'.

I'm staying with my parents for the week, visiting with family that has come from Florida for a 'Cousin Jam'. There's been an abundance of downtime, so I searched my dad's library for something to keep my mind occupied. I came across a copy of 'Tangents', published by Warner Books in 1989. When I showed it to my dad (in response to his 'Whatcha readin'?'), he said, 'Ooh, he's one of my favorites'. And now you're one of my favorites as well. :-)

I have enjoyed each of the nine stories in the book very much. 'Sisters', especially, struck a chord with me, and moved me to tears. I just wanted to take the time to say 'Thanks' for your imagination'. I really like the sound of your 'voice' in your writing (if that makes sense), and when I get home I'll be visiting my library to search out more of your books.

Wishing you continued success, from a new fan,

Re: Tangents
Date: 07/09/2013
From: Greg Bear

Much appreciated, Bec! And a tip of the hat to your father as well. Such excellent taste in all things!

Question involving City at the End of Time

Date: 07/05/2013 From: Alexander Vander Griend
Location: Seattle, Washington

Greeetings! I've read through your book a few times, I was curious about your opinion on the higgs boson, its discovery, and the implications of it. No rush though, It would just have been a quick question.

- Alexander Vander Griend

Re: Question involving City at the End of Time
Date: 07/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

It's a fascinating moment in physics--and it may even be real! But I am far from being any sort of expert on the current Theories of Everything, including String Theory. CITY AT THE END OF TIME is a modest attempt to suggest that reality may yet elude our finest thinkers.

As I know for a fact it eludes me!

The Ice Pit approaches...

Date: 07/02/2013 From: Roald Laurenson
Location: near the gentle season seas

Hello Greg, and thought you might appreciate this, which seems to be somewhere in a never-never-land between theory and praxis, but with at least a journalistic interpretation of being real all the same:

Linked on the page you can find an article also about an Enron data set which is putting us well on the trail to worlds of dataflow and which Jones of Mariposa would deal with, if that is not already enough in the headlines.

Mainly, though, Greg, I am just smiling every time I hear a tidbit about your new trilogy-in-making. I will be very much interested in the new approach you've mentioned is developing for it. Thoughts with appreciation ;)

Take care, and I presume you're finding much to enjoy in a fresh path. Perhaps I am turning a corner on one myself, and perhaps it comes as much as anything from reading a recovered edition of Solzhenitsyn's ;) There is evidently more that connects America and Russia than we know...