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Date: 06/29/2014 From: Corey Burrell
Location: new hampshire

Hello Greg, my name is Corey Burrell I am 17 years old from New Hampshire with a hearing disability ( I wear a cochlear implant and a hearing aid.) You see I already have written my first book called Never Misjudge. A book about my experience with bullying. You see I was curious if you could possibly help me with a Star Wars book that I am writing. Unfortunately I don't have a literary agent so when I finish it I can't submit it to Random House Publishing. So I was wondering if you could possibly check what I have so far. Also maybe you can be my co-author and maybe make some changes or if needed to add more details to any of the pages. Let me know what you think. :)

Thanks,

Corey Burrell

http://www.americastarbooks.net/never-misjudge_moreinfo.html
 

Re: young author seeks help with a star wars book
Date: 06/29/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Corey! First, congrats on finishing the novel. Always an accomplishment. However, I have no contacts at Random House or with the new regime at Star Wars. If they're still publishing STAR WARS books (I haven't checked) they typically assign them to their own stables of authors and won't look at outside submissions even through an agent. Best idea: keep writing, come up with completely original ideas, and write your own novel! You can then market with a free hand. Good luck! Greg

Questions regarding Silentium

Date: 06/29/2014 From: Gerasimos Tzivras
Location: Greece

Dear Mr. Bear,
Having joined a debate at www.haloarchive.com about the Origins of Humanity, certain Forerunners surving and Faber's fate I would like to ask you some questions.
My First Question would be about the Builders. Have any Builders survived the activation of the Halo Array? Is it possible, for instance, that Maker-Of-Moons could be floating in space inside a stasis bubble? Could some other Builders, like Bornstellar's father, have survived in shield worlds? In Halo Wars some Flood had infected an entire Shield World and are now roaming free onboard a human ship. So couldn't some Builders or Miners have done the same?
The battle of the Greater Ark is also intriguing. Had there been evacuation attempts during the Flood onslaught? Is it thus possible that the Master Juridical could have escaped? I am asking this because in a recent ARG on waypoint, an entity known as Catalogue is accessing the Juridical network and delivering information about the current era, while often refering to Builder Security and
the Master Juridical. During the fight on the Greater Ark, the most iconic character of the Builder rate, Faber, was last seen. Is he dead or is his fate left undecided? If he died is it possible that he was infected by the Flood, since the parasite must have somehow found where the Lesser Ark was located. The reason why I am insisting a lot on this battle is becuase Offensive Bias survived and somehow ended up on the Ark. He could not, have found out where it was since Bornstellar was surprised to see him alive. The only other person that knew were the hidden Ark was, was Faber who appears to have fallen to his death. Of course that does not rule out the possibility of someone recovering the coordinates from Faber's corpse.
Finally, comes humanity. I would like to know whehter the following post of mine is close to what you had in mind when writing the Saga. The following theory is based on the Gravemind saying that the Mantle was inteded to be given to those that are now called humans, indicating that another species from 10 million BCE evolvedn into humanity. Here is the post:

"Humanity would not be the same after 10 million years. What I see happening is the Precursors using Forerunner DNA to accelerate the evolution of primates on Earth. Humans first appeared in 4-6 million BCE. Also we got the ability to use tools at least 1.2 million years ago. The Domain could have assisted the humans by making it appear as ideas of scientific achievents were their own. It did something like that to Bornstellar in Cryptum. Also the Forerunners were not able to see Precursor records and the records of other previously tested species in the Domain. They were not even able to see the records that their own warriors had seeled in the Domain. This theory puts the Mantle unreclaimed for 10 million years. That's not a problem because no one reclaimed the mantle in almost 12+ billion years and the Precursors are 100 billion years old. So 10 million years is nothing compared to the rest. Humanity also having various forms is a product of evolution. The best forms would survive the rest would go extinct like they did later on. It could also be a way of testing if the Mantle is to be reclaimed by not one but many species. The easiest way to do this is by making these species genetically related so that they have a lot in common once they develop a civilisation. It's definitely way easier than having to test if the mantle can be reclaimed by both Lekgolo, Yanme'e and Sangheili at the same time."
Thank you very much for your time Mr. Bear and I hope you can answer some of these questions (especially those about Maker-of-Moons and the Master Juridical :D). For the moment Silentium is my favourite book, but John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle might change that! I am also looking Forward to War Dogs!
With deep respect,
-Gerasimos
 

Re: Questions regarding Silentium
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very cool to see such creative thinking going on! I will not step in and firm up one hypothesis or idea over another--I think the process by itself is wonderful, as are the questions and the new ideas. Have fun!
 

Re: Questions regarding Silentium
Date: 08/11/2014
From: Gerasimos Tzivras
Location: Greece

Hi Mr. Bear I wanted you to know that Catalog has released info about the fate of Maker-of-Moons. I wished she had survived though :(

https://forums.halowaypoint.com/yaf_postst248247p37_Catalog-Interaction.aspx

Query:What is the current status of Maker-of-Moons [priority]?

Query Answer: Archived Secunda [provincial police magistrates] records indicate active cases regarding [ERR, REGRESS][data integrity failure]. Status updated by Builder authorities to [high probability KIA] in [Uthera Midgeerrd] system. Potential recovery options excluded due to [sector] designation: Burn.

Spirituality

Date: 06/25/2014 From: Christine Darci
Location: california

Dear Mr. Bear,
You are a talanted writer. Thank you for the book titled Eons and Eternity. I love the way you identified soul in your book, you called it Mystery. Feel free not to answer but I would love to know your view on Soul.
CD
 

Re: Spirituality
Date: 06/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Christine! Good to hear from you. I express myself best in my novels, and I think you'll find a deeper examination of my views in DARWIN'S RADIO and especially in DARWIN'S CHILDREN. Let me know what you think!

Path Kethona

Date: 06/25/2014 From: RyanDS
Location: United States

Mr. Bear, a quick question about Halo: Silentium (loved the book by the way)

Why exactly did Faber fire his Halo at Path Kethona as the Flood/Mendicant Bias closed in? I realize they needed to clear a path for the IsoDidact to escape to the other Ark, but why kill Path Kethona specifically? Was it in case the Flood had any reserves there?

Thanks for any clarification

 

Re: Path Kethona
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Ryan!

Path Kethona was the origin of the Flood, as I recall my ancient history. And there might have been a desire to wipe out those uncomfortable records.

Looking for that film

Date: 06/21/2014 From: Graham Lee
Location: UK

sorry to disturb you (again):

i typed on the thread about the eon movie, but i thought i would ask something here as it is a slightly different question...

If you cant answer this publically please at least reply by email, if your not too buisy

I am looking for the *short film* about eon... i cant seem to find it anywhere (all i have ever found is a trailer, one called The Shift... the other known as Worlds Within Worlds

PLEASE tell me that it is an actual film and not a trailer

(crosses fingers)
 

Re: Looking for that film
Date: 07/14/2014
From: Greg Bear

Ah, I wish they'd gone on to finish the film! The EON CG Society Challenge was a marvelous experience. But to the best of my knowledge, those very talented artists and film-makers did not finish their productions!

I had posted a short synopsis & review of "FOG" and "AOS" on SFF Chronicles awhile back....

Date: 06/12/2014 From: John S
Location: Western MA

I thought you might find it interesting. More importantly, I am posting the link here so that your fans (who may have not yet had the opportunity to read this Duology) can get a feel for just how great these two books are. IMHO, Forge of God is the best First Contact / TEOTWAWKI novel I have ever read.

Anvil of Stars raises the bar for all SF literature that tackles interstellar warfare, alien physiology and psychology. The best parts are the deeper philosophical themes, and the incredibly difficult ethical decisions faced by the crew of the Dawn Treader.

http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/540156-anvil-of-stars-by-greg-bear-1992-a.html#post1736600

Cheers,
John S
 

Re: I had posted a short synopsis & review of
Date: 06/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, John! I'm very flattered.

Best--

Greg

Ancient Humanity compared to "modern" humanity

Date: 06/11/2014 From: Adam
Location: North Carolina

Dear Mr. Bear,

First and foremost I'd like to say, as an avid Halo fanatic since I was 10 years old (now 22), you got everything right in the Forerunner Saga. The Forerunners and their history fell together perfectly in all three of your novels, I enjoyed reading them many times more than once. But as much as I was enlightened to learn about their past, ancient humanity interested me far far more.

I know in Cryptum when observing Ancient Humanity's technology on Charrum Hakkor, it was described as equal to Forerunner tech but "less sophisticated". If the humans hadn't sacrificed a third of their population, been weary from the initial flood war, and simultaneously had been fighting the Forerunners - would they have had an actual chance? I know even after all of this, albeit with the help of Precursor technology - they were still able to hold the Forerunner forces off for 50 years.

Their ultimate fall from grace saddens me. The Forerunners took away their pride, their history, and regressed them so far back that it made extinction look like a much better fate. I can only hope that a faction of ancient humans had to have been lucky, avoided the "Great Regression". Were any able to escape the galaxy similar to Bornstellar in Silentium? Knowing humanity, even the ancient humans must have had secret operations like ONI. Were there any failsafes, last ditch efforts to escape in their very real possibility of extinction? Or was Charrum Hakkor truly ancient humanity's last stand and these idealistic hopes is pushing it?

Much admiration,
Adam

 

Re: Ancient Humanity compared to
Date: 06/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for your thoughts and support, Adam! Helping 343 explore this history was a terrific experience for me and for my son, Erik, who guided me through the games. As for whether there are more stories to tell--undoubtedly! And these are cool ideas. I'll be exploring my own universes for a while, beginning with WAR DOGS from Orbit and Gollancz in October, but along the way, will also look forward to further HALO fictions from other talents!

Continuity in latest halo

Date: 06/06/2014 From: RJ
Location: earth


The recorder dude with UR-Didact; you say he was a warrior servant rate and later a miner rate.

just FYI.

I read most sci fi books. What I like is there is not too much dialog in your books and it gives me the sense that I might find a lost treasure somehow. It's an odd feeling but made me miss bus stops reading the latest book. Clearly you didn't try much on this book but I think that just made it better. One of the best books I have ever read when rating bias to escapism.

Japanese like the sensation that characters increase in "power". This is what you miss. Watch the entire dragon ball series until you understand. You will think it's silly but after a certain amount of hours you will understand that it is indeed not. However, that is not the demographic that critics your story, I admit.


-RJ
 

Re: Continuity in latest halo
Date: 06/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, RJ! Oh, we tried... You don't miss bus stops without considerable effort being expended. As for Japanese power sequences, daughter Alex is taking us through KILL LA KILL now, which demonstrates your observation in spades.

Suppression Fields and Forerunner A.I.

Date: 06/02/2014 From: Sean
Location: USA

Love your work, and greatly appreciate the fact that you are so willing to respond to your curious and often nit-picky fans!

I have two, hopefully simple questions.

Are Forerunner Suppression Fields and Precursor Suppression fields the same technology, just on a larger and more advanced scale for the later?

Could Faber's forces have taken control of the Didact's Planet Breaker without him giving them permission, brute force the systems, so to speak?

Thank you for your time and your work,
Sean
 

Re: Suppression Fields and Forerunner A.I.
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Wow! I'm getting to this one late, Sean, and apologies for that. I'm going to have to leave your questions for other authors to handle--don't want to squelch creativity! And maybe therein lie some major plot points.

Demographics in SF and of your works?

Date: 05/30/2014 From: Pear_Lover
Location:

This has been round here some, here and there: particularly given the Cons and all you got to, I'm curious: what have you experienced/seen of female readers, of SF, and of your works?


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Re: Demographics in SF and of your works?
Date: 05/30/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'm married to one, of course, and Terran runs this website very well indeed--and by and large, I have about as many women who read my books as men. At least, I hope I have--since women tend to be more prolific readers!

Interestingly, I've even heard from women who read the Forerunner books and are devoted Halo fans. Statistics rarely cover the passion and intensity of reader reactions.
 

Re: Demographics in SF and of your works?
Date: 05/31/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

I don't count the Halo stuff, man.

I was more curious about how many females approach you (for questions, and autograph, whatever) at Cons and book tour spots?
 

Re: Demographics in SF and of your works?
Date: 06/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

As I said, about half. But I don't do statistical checks.

As humans have dominated, cruelly and without wisdom

Date: 05/27/2014 From: Nicholas
Location:

We learn a little bit about the Ancient Humans in the Forerunner saga and a lot of it claims that they were purists who resented living with other species and they "dominated, cruelly and without wisdom". It was also said in Cryptum that the humans were "expanding as well and happily displaced and destroyed on their own." Some claim this might not be entirely accurate because this information comes from a Forerunner perspective who would be biased and therefor would exaggerate based on their negative opinions of humans.

I know humans conquered or destroyed Forerunner worlds out of desperation during their war with the Flood. However I am wondering if the above descriptions of Ancient Humans has some truth to it. Did Ancient Humans dominate and destroy other life forms when they originally colonized space, or did this only happen during the Flood War and Forerunner just resent them for it?

Thank you for your time.
 

Re: As humans have dominated, cruelly and without wisdom
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

They were fully human. 'Nuff said!

Thank you

Date: 05/24/2014 From: Martin Colvill
Location: United States

Mr. Bear. Thank you for coming and sharing with us at NanoCon in Longview, WA. You were truly wonderful and gracious. Thanks for the autographs and posing for pictures with this retired cop and current truck driver. You made my year!
 

Re: Thank you
Date: 05/24/2014
From: Greg Bear

Astrid and I had a great time! Best wishes for an even bigger success for NanoCon 2. And remember, Martin--the map is not the territory, so saith Ludwig W.
 

Re: Thank you
Date: 05/25/2014
From: Martin Colvill
Location: United States

Appreciate the response. Is that quote from Mr. Wittgenstein ' s early middle or late work? Kind of promotes outside the box thinking is how I take it. Good philosophy for sci-fi writing I believe. Enjoyed the reference.
Martin Colvill
 

Re: Thank you
Date: 05/30/2014
From: Greg Bear

I actually don't know what period it's from, so let's look it up...

Well, a lot of web sites are claiming the quote comes from Korzybski, in 1931. Ludwig W. may have expressed similar sentiments before then, and certainly before he died in 1951. But I'll try to look up the various texts and see just who said what when.

Further information on ancient human mythology from Forerunner Saga

Date: 05/24/2014 From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

Greetings Mr. Bear,

First off, I want to thank you for the Forerunner Saga in its entirety, but I'm sure you've gotten plenty of love for your work over the years. On to my point, I was wondering if there are any references you can point me to or information you can provide that helped you form the cluster of concepts of ancient human folklore described briefly in Halo: Primordium. The duties of Abada the Rhinoceros, the Great Elephant and the Hyenas to name a few, the Sun and Mud and their Worm/human offspring and the First Human who keeps all the souls of man in his giant forefingers all sound so interesting to me, but we don't get much of it. However, I think there is a story there and I would love to investigate it.

So in brief, is there any information you can spill on those concepts outlined in Primordium and/or are there any books or references you can recommend that helped shape your imagination of these concepts that I can read to better understand the mythology of the ancient humans in Halo?

Thank you for your time,

DecepticonCobra
 

Re: Further information on ancient human mythology from Forerunner Saga
Date: 05/24/2014
From: Greg Bear

A lot of it is instinct, some is from wide reading--Abada, for example, you will find in Yule's dictionary of Anglo-Indian words, HOBSON JOBSON, available as a PDF from Google Books Scans, or through antiquarian booksellers, or as a paperback published about ten years ago. For the rest, I'd investigate books on mythology, and a good place to begin is Joseph Campbell's THE MASKS OF GOD and his multi-volume sets on mythology. From there--go forth and discover! And recreate your own past.
 

Re: Further information on ancient human mythology from Forerunner Saga
Date: 05/25/2014
From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

Thank you very much, Mr. Bear.

Just one question about Cryptum

Date: 05/23/2014 From: Patric
Location:

The character, Glory of a Far Dawn.
When creating her, was there any
thought to how important she may be
sometime in the future? It was the one
thing that boggled me for a while, seeing
how Born-stellar made a few comments and
took notice of her appearance. It was interesting
to read Born-Stellar's thoughts about the female
gender, before his self was taken over by the imprint.
I had, in the back of my mind thought that Glory
would have made a suitable companion for Born-Stellar.
If you had the thought, what would be your opinion?
 

Re: Just one question about Cryptum
Date: 05/23/2014
From: Greg Bear

Indeed, matchmaking outside of fate and time! Thanks, Patric.

Was just reminded of EON's picting this morning

Date: 05/21/2014 From: Max Kaehn
Location: United States

I ran into http://emojipedia.org/ this morning and was reminded of the picting in EON; at the moment, being able to quickly insert emoji into online chat is as close as we can get, but I find the amount of nuance available in emoji is getting quite impressive. Now we just need to get eye-tracking cursors in Google Glass and the ability to project images onto the outside of the lens for other people to see...
 

Re: Was just reminded of EON's picting this morning
Date: 05/23/2014
From: Greg Bear

Making progress! Thanks, Max.

About the Precursor Creation of Humanity

Date: 05/19/2014 From: Josh
Location: Australia

Dear Mr. Bear,

There's something that's been bothering me for a while about the Precursor creation of humanity in your Halo series.

The Precursors were effectively destroyed as a civilisation by the Forerunners about 10 million years ago. Prior to that they had created humanity, denied the Forerunners the Mantle and intended to test humanity. In real life, the most recent common ancestor of chimpanzees and humanity is estimated to have lived about 5-8 million years ago. Now the Halo universe is meant to be an extension version of the real world (I can't really call it the future since it also includes the history of the Forerunners and Precursors), so we should assume that real history applies to the Halo Universe unless stated otherwise.

Here's what's been bothering me: if we assume a vastly different evolutionary (if that's even how the Precursors worked when they created life) history for humanity, exactly how different is the history of the rest of Earth's biology and climate? It'd have to have been significantly different for Ancient Humanity to develop, but I feel like to make that possible the Halo universe would have to become so different to the real world such that the events of the Halo games really take place in another universe as opposed to 500 years in the future. Being fiction, that's not really a problem in itself, but I do feel like there comes a point where a lot of immersion is lost in from changing your thinking of a fictional universe as a variant of the real one to a completely fictional universe - of course this'd only happen if the fictional universe includes a fictional changes the history of the past (ie. anything before 2014 in the Halo universe), which Halo's does. I know I'm probably giving this far more thought than I should, but I want to hear (read?) your thoughts. I also think I may have found a way around that which I want to run by you.


I don't have to tell you that the Precursors were extremely advanced to the point where they could create life. I've been thinking about how the Precursors made the powder that became the Flood (while I'm at it, I may as well ask you how and when the powder was packed into the glassy containers and who sent the ship off). Although the powder became corrupted and it didn't work as they intended, the Precursors did intend to recreate themselves using a simple chemical powder. The Forerunners, who weren't as advanced, could evidently influence a species' evolution much more subtly through the use of geas. I'm thinking that the Precursors created the humans on Earth in a similar manner. In other words, they created humanity somewhere and also influenced life on Earth such that humanity would also evolve here. This would solve a few problems. Ancient humanity could have developed elsewhere, wouldn't have been descended from humans on Earth, and could have had an entirely different evolutionary history (although due to the influence of the Precursors they'd still be genetically the same species, more or less). It'd explain why Earth had no trace of once hosting a space faring race when the Forerunners found it and why it was surprising that Ancient humanity came from Earth. Discounting the very subtle evolutionary influence of the Precursors, the only difference between the history of humanity on Earth in Halo and in real life would have been the influence of the Forerunners between 110 and 100 thousand years ago. The Forerunners would have found primitive humans on Earth, found a diverse evolutionary tree which humanity obviously fitted into on Earth and naturally concluded that Ancient Humanity evolved on Earth, not realising that the Precursors created two separate versions of humanity separately. Modern humanity would have been descended from both types of humanity after the Forerunners relocated the defeated Ancient Humans to Earth.
I can't remember if there was anything in your books that supported or contradicted that. What are your thoughts?


Or maybe we should just accept that the Mantle was always meant to be held collectively by Humans, Chimpanzees and Bonobos.

Sincerely,
Josh.
 

Re: About the Precursor Creation of Humanity
Date: 05/23/2014
From: Greg Bear

Excellent thoughts, Josh. There are indeed deep issues remaining to be explored. Thanks for your contributions to the discussion!

What is your opinion on Post-Modernism in Lit.?

Date: 05/04/2014 From: Benjamin Browning
Location: United States

What is your opinion on Post-Modernism in Literature? I am going a report on you for my English 10B (American Lit.) course in college. I would like to ask you on your opinion of it, since you are in the era, we all are, actually.

I met you at a book signing in SD three years ago for Halo: Primoridium. I still remember all that you have told me about writing. It helped me become a published writer. Thank you.

Ben A. Browning
 

Re: What is your opinion on Post-Modernism in Lit.?
Date: 05/09/2014
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Benjamin! And congrats on getting published! I've never been very aware of or connected with post-modernism. As far as I know, we've been "modern" for several hundred years, and are likely to continue to be modern for another few hundred, except when we become too old to be modern, in which case we pass the torch along to our contemporaries.

And of course at some point the future will kick in (which it already has for me, many times!) but not Futurism, per se.

Sense of Humor

Date: 05/04/2014 From: Ted Nelson
Location: Gold Bar Washington

The last time I met you was at a UW book signing. It was Halo Crympton I think. In any case, I reminded you from other singings that I needed patience, I was hard of hearing and most often could not hear at all. You had some fun with that. You wadded up some papers making a spout, and put them up to your ear. We all laughed. I asked some dumb question, and mentioned my grandson who I call LiL Elmer who I have started collecting for. By the way, he just started T-ball. Well Greg, I soon discovered that people are not born knowing how to play baseball, and think a mitt works best on top of the head. Oh yea, back to books. The storyline for "War Dogs" is especially exciting for me and my Lil Elmer, and we were wondering (well ok I was wondering, he was too busy jumping on his mitt), if there is some way I can get a "special copy" to help with my hearing problem. Maybe a signed limited edition or something kind of unique for the little guy? If not, it's ok. I am looking forward though very much.

Ted Nelson

 

Re: Sense of Humor
Date: 05/09/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Ted! Good to hear from you. WAR DOGS is due to be published in October, and I'd be very surprised if there isn't an edition prepared for the deaf and hard of hearing. Let me know if you can't get one through the local library, and I'll do some more research.

Flood Invasion

Date: 04/24/2014 From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan

In Halo Cryptum, Bornstellar's father is told that in 300 years the Flood have only conquered 12 systems. I was just wondering if this was accurate or if they were downplaying the Flood invasion in order to prevent panic? In Silentium it's said that the Flood "Burns" control over two thirds of Forerunner territory and affect around 500,000 star systems.
 

Re: Flood Invasion
Date: 05/09/2014
From: Greg Bear

The Flood moves in quickly, and things get dire by the time of Silentium.

Warning for human tinkering with scientific processes?

Date: 04/22/2014 From: Kelsey McCormack
Location: United States

Hi Mr. Bear,
I read your book for my writing class here at BU. I am exploring the reasoning to which you wrote the book, Blood Music. I really found that it was almost as if it was a warning for scientist tinkering with natural scientific processes such as evolution. I find it relates to H.G Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau in that your story explores the outcome of a "mad" scientist who tries to alter natural processes. Any expansion on this topic would be greatly appreciated.




Thank you for your time,
Kelsey McCormack
 

Re: Warning for human tinkering with scientific processes?
Date: 04/22/2014
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you and your class, Kelsey! BLOOD MUSIC differs from ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU in that Wells was specifically targeting the scientific practice of vivisection--dissecting live animals, often without sedation. It horrified him, so he made animals into humans to express his anger and outrage, and very effectively. BLOOD MUSIC plays with the topic in a more devious way. While Vergil Ulam is mostly unconscious of the larger implications of his work--he has a truly demented nerd's poor sense of social outcomes--what he does is both transformative, destructive, and weirdly exalting. Any discomfort this brings up, any ambiguity in the moral questions, is entirely intentional. Biotech will change us all, not necessarily for the worse... But probably without thorough planning, complete understanding, or any sort of effective permission! How do you feel about that?

Cortana, Halo and Microsoft

Date: 04/18/2014 From: Nemo
Location: Tasmania

Halo's Cortana AI character has come to life in Windows Smartphone with windows 8.1 ! hope to see more about Cortana in your works sometime.
 

Re: Cortana, Halo and Microsoft
Date: 04/22/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hope the Smartphone doesn't experience rampancy!

Blood Music and the past

Date: 04/17/2014 From: Joseph Stuckey
Location: Boston University

Mr. Bear,
I am taking a Science Fiction class and we have read your book, Blood Music. I am investigating the concept of using the past to improve the future vs. living solely in the present. I realize that this isn't a large aspect of your novel, but I found the implications of genetic memory and noospheres interesting and am drawing parallels between Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles and the Stargate franchise. Along that line of thinking, I was curious about whether the noocytes and their noospheres might being representing the concept of deconstructing the past in favor of living in the moment, or if they are encouraging the idea of living in the past by constantly using the noosphere to make the past what we would have liked it to be?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Joseph Stuckey
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 04/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

Every living thing relies on past experience to improve its chances of survival, of experiencing the future. But the concept of transcendence implies that there can be a future for which no preparation is possible. My question back to you is, after transcendence, is it likely that there is only rest and memory--celebration and eternal renewal--or are we to prepare for something more, something for which transcendence itself is just another step?
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 04/18/2014
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Pacific

A life's-wide worthy question, isn't it, Greg?

Much liking what you are saying here too.
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 04/23/2014
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Transcendence might be represented by a 90-degree shift in temporality. For those left behind, it would seem to be an abrupt end; for the transcended it would be a new KIND of continuation. The Jesuit philosopher Teilhard de Chardin (who is mentioned in Blood Music) saw history itself as converging into a sort of "cupola" where all humanity would be forced past this threshold.

When I'm out on a limb, I feel that the potential for transcendence must surely exist implicitly in every conscious experience. A higher, analog kind of time that provides context for our mundane, digital judgements. Goethe wrote of colors as "deeds and sufferings of light" which we can never know. His brand of science never caught on; perhaps the noocytes bring it back with a vengeance?

Life, of course, is a transcendent form of chemistry, a murmuration of molecules. If you want to see the molecular heaven, just look around.
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 05/09/2014
From: Greg Bear

So many degrees of communication! And neurological activity consists of communication between responsive entities of varying degrees of separation...
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 05/25/2014
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Islandia Proxima

Interesting thought, it is, Bill, but why should anyone be left behind? A first moral question...

Why not instead that there are many 90-degree turns, many dimensions of 'next'?

Think to be hearing echos of Hinduism here, or of a certain tale of libraries as,Universe, or even of new humanity beginning with Mariposa...

Cheers both
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 05/30/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Nearly everything can be forgotten, and be presided over by mere curiosity. Now, emotionally - and hence fundamentally, funxionally - there are two questions to keep in mind:

- how do I feel? (not what, but how)

- how do I want to feel?
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Nicholas Coleman
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Hello, Mr. Bear:
I read and greatly enjoyed Blood Music a few years ago, and Teilhard some decades before that. It seems to me that both your novel and his philosophy play with the idea that the whole universe might exist in one single first-personal consciousness, and that finite things are thoughts in that one infinite Mind. As the noocytes evolve towards comprehension of who and where their host body is, so humans evolve towards apprehension of the One whose Mind is the whole universe.

The way to transcendence, indeed (in my view), is by moving perpendicular to the physical world of things in space and time. We take that direction inward, by reflecting on our own thoughts. If we persist in watching to see where thoughts arise from and depart to, eventually we discover the infinite consciousness in the far back of our own finite mind.

That infinite consciousness is the Ground of Being for the universe as a whole. And there, if we're lucky or blessed, is where we find the One whose Mind eternally thinks the thoughts that all finite minds perceive as things in space and time.

In answer to your question to Joseph (above): I agree with you that achieving transcendence brings eternal rest in universal memory; the only thing we don't recall (in my view) is the incomplete awareness that we currently have.

Beyond transcendence (if I can speak with a Hindu accent that Roald may detect) is simply the One without another.

Thanks again for your work, which I find both helpful and comforting in my own writing.

Cheers,

Nicholas
 

Re: Blood Music and the past
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

Fine thoughts, Nicholas. I touch on this again in DARWIN'S CHILDREN, on a more personal level--with a deep dive into the kernel of personal consciousness in the final chapters.

Evil in the Noosphere

Date: 04/17/2014 From: Nicolas Brusco
Location: Boston University

Hello Mr. Bear
I am in a Science Fiction writing class here at Boston University. Recently, we read your novel "Blood Music." I have one question for you. I noticed that on page 242, Bernard questions what the noocytes do with evil when they take people into the noosphere. However, his brief wondering is never followed up on, us readers never got an answer. My question is this, why did you leave the question of evil in the noosphere open ended? Was it to provoke thought from the reader? Was it because it was too complex a topic to address in the scope of the novel? Was there a different reason entirely?

Thank you for your time.
-Nick Brusco
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 04/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'll answer with another question: is calling something evil a limited judgment? Are the balances and behaviors of biological beings better understood by the noocytes than by Bernard? They've undergone their own conflicts and history, their own development--but how far have they progressed in understanding the relationship between biological imperative and morality?
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 04/18/2014
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Islandia

Just enjoy to say, that's a really good and evocative answer ;)
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 04/22/2014
From: Nicolas Brusco
Location: Boston University

If you are suggesting that the noocytes understand humans better than humans do, I would argue the contrary. Through your novel we see that the noocytes have a limited understanding of the macro scale world, and little understanding of the complex nature of human emotions. Unless they made major strides towards understanding morality towards the end of the book, I would argue that we understand evil better than the noocytes do. That is why the noocytes filtering people out of the noosphere is such a scary concept to me.

So I ask again, why did you choose to leave this question open ended?
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 04/22/2014
From: Greg Bear

All valid points, but I did not say noocytes understood humans better--only that they understood the deep structure of living organisms. And by the end of the novel, the noocytes have recovered enough human data to reconstruct past worlds and create new and convincing thought universes. Would these virtual creations include evil as a necessary corollary to a total experience? Or exclude it as an aesthetic or moral aberration? Which brings us back to the problem of pain, and the problem of evil, to begin with. (In my version, the virtual worlds tend more toward a pleasant and enduring heaven... which might address your question.)
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 05/30/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Morals are illusory. It's a non-topic. Or, in other words, I'm callin bullshit. But, at the end of Greg's last response, there is some light.

I understand humans. And I'm not human. You can thank Blood Music in part for that. Nuff said.
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 05/30/2014
From: Greg Bear

Happy to make your acquaintance, nonhuman!
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 05/31/2014
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

"Everybody's human."
 

Re: Evil in the Noosphere
Date: 06/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

I paraphrase (from DRACULA) : "Everybody's human but me and thee, and sometimes I have my doubts about thee!"

small error in Quantico

Date: 04/11/2014 From: John Cavanaugh
Location: Houston, TX

On page 142 of Quantico in a scene between William and Rebecca ...Rebecca says "thats what they said about Challenger"..." The shuttle" "2003 tumbled out of orbit".... It was Columbia not Challenger...I'm not tryin to be a perfectionist smart ass just wanted to point it out out of respect for the family of the lost etc...loved the book thanks jcav200
 

Re: small error in Quantico
Date: 04/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Absolutely, John--and to my embarrassment, I got it wrong twice! I should definitely know better. Thanks for writing!

Technophobia in Blood Music

Date: 04/08/2014 From: Sean Moniz-McMahon
Location: Boston University

Hello Mr. Bear,

As part of my course at Boston University(Readings in Science Fiction: More or less than human?) I have just finished reading your novel Blood Music in part of a series of three novels the professor believed embodied the theme of the class (Wells' Island of Doctor Moreau and Sturgeon's More Than Human and finally your own novel) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

As part of my final paper for the class, I have decided to look into the historical period Blood Music was written in and, through a bit of research, see the upward trend of the popularity of Technophobia since the Industrial age and especially during the 1980s with the Terminator films. I'm not sure if this was your intention, but to me, the novel felt not a warning like many other novelists and directors portrayed technology in the 80's, but almost an acceptance of this technologically induced evolution. It seems you focus on the ego-centrism of humanity in such a way that you're accepting this technological evolution through the means of altering what humanity itself really means.

Whether or not this was your intention, I wanted to state once more how much I personally enjoyed reading your novel and discussing it with my fellow students.
 

Re: Technophobia in Blood Music
Date: 04/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for writing, Sean! I've heard from another of your classmates. Sounds like a terrific class. Rather than focusing on technology/technophobia, BLOOD MUSIC for me was more about puberty/growing up--the biological impetus of change that we all go through. What happens, and how do we respond, when our bodies force change upon us? And what happens if evolution happens all at once?

Builders and the Precursor Destruction

Date: 04/01/2014 From: Gerasimos Tzivras
Location: Greece

Dear Mr Bear,
After reading Halo: Silentium I was confused about something. The Gravemind claimed that the Forerunners rose up against the Precursors. Some Forerunners in the book state that it was the Warriors who committed the crime and it is insinuated that they lied to the other rates about the Precursors wanting to wipe them out. If the Precursors however did not wipe out the species that they judged to be unfit for holding the mantle then why were the Forerunner, humanity and the San 'Shyuum the only Tier 3 species 10 million years later? It is also a fact that the Builders beloved that the Forerunners once possessed greater technologies, which they sought to recreate. During one of the Forerunner civil wars the Builders wiped out all rates of their rituals but kept their own. Some secret societies within the Builder rate had rituals with mystical elements that lead to things not found within recorded Forerunner history. However, they seemed not to know about the Genocide of the Precursors (this could be however due to Keeper-of-Tools being in the early phases of induction into the secrets of these societies) even though they were aware of certain symbols that existed during the War. The Warriors on the other hand knew about it and had given strict orders that forbid studying Path Kethona. When a Theoretical named Boundless defied those order she was prosecuted by Juridicals (possibly corrupted by the Warriors) and eliminated in order for information regarding the Genocide, the failure of the Forerunners and humanity's reclaimer status to be kept secret.
[Note: What leads me to believe that Warriors stood highest was the Term Warrior being used instead of Warrior Servant].
However the entire Theoretical rate was merged into the Builder rate. Why was every Theoretical turned into a Builder and not a Miner? Was there blackmail? Did the Builders want to advance their power by absorbing the Theoreticals and blackmailing the Warriors about exposing their secrets? What was the Builder connection to the Precursor Genocide? Did they know everything from the start? Did they use Boundless' data to rise in power? Why did Faber even try to wipe the Warriors out when it was discovered that they had destroyed the Precursors? Was it an act of vengeance along with lust for power? Things definitely seem unclear when it comes to the role of Builders in the Precursor-Forerunner War even though the Warriors probably mobilised other species to assist them in the Precursors' Destruction. In short did all High ranking Builders know about the Precursors' fate (Faber seemed ignorant of it)? Did only certain Builder secret groups (Builder Masons) know about this? Or was the entire Builder rate unaware of the Truth?
Thank you very much for reading this Mr Bear and I hope that you can give me some sort of clarification on the matter. Keep up the good work!
With deep respect,
Gerasimos Tzivras
 

Re: Builders and the Precursor Destruction
Date: 04/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

Excellent synopsis and questions, Gerasimos! It pleases me very much that you've thought over these story lines and character arcs so thoroughly. The questions you ask are well worth exploring, and should 343 decide to fill in the Forerunner saga with more books, I recommend you send your thoughts to those authors! In the meanwhile, I'm in the middle of writing the second volume to my own WAR DOGS trilogy, which also explores interplanetary and intergalactic themes of conquest and war--a favorite territory for me. WAR DOGS itself will be published in the U.S. in October by Orbit.
 

Re: Builders and the Precursor Destruction
Date: 04/07/2014
From: Gerasimos Tzivras
Location: Greece

Thank you very much for the compliment Mr.Bear! I will try to get your other books as soon as I can, but right now I am focused on moving to next gen consoles and getting Cryptum and Primordium in Physical copies (Google books is not as good as real paper).
Btw I know that you are writing other books at the moment, but I believe that if 343 wishes to explore the Sangheili-San 'Shyuum war in the future you should be the one to write it. Your work on the Forerunners was astonishing. Now we know more about the Forerunner than we know about all other aliens combined! Also given the Sangheili's war torn history I believe that you would find a lot of things to explore and write about.
-With respect
Gerasimos Tzivras

Recent Fanfic Competition

Date: 03/29/2014 From: 2theD
Location: Bangkok

Just a heads up, really: There's been a recent fanfic competition on the fantasy-faction website (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(feb-2014)-fanfic/) and one writer wrote a story that takes place in the same world as your short story "Petra". Thought you might be interested in the writer's take.
 

Re: Recent Fanfic Competition
Date: 04/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Cool exercise! Glad to see the story still lives and inspires.

Songs of Earth and Power

Date: 03/27/2014 From: Stephan Crabtree
Location: Jacksonville Florida

I read the omnibus reprint of the infinity concerto and the serpent mage growing up. I absolutely adore the themes and characters, and was wondering if you might ever revisit the world or characters for a sequel or new series?
 

Re: Songs of Earth and Power
Date: 03/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Stephen! It's certainly possible, but no plans at the moment. There are reflections and elements of this duet in CITY AT THE END OF TIME, with equally strange civilizations and characters--but no elves, per se!

A Fanzine Question (well, two)

Date: 03/25/2014 From: Michael Egan
Location: West Yorkshire, England

Hi Greg
Really looking forward to the release of Wardogs later this year. It's always too long! And I'm not concerned by my high expectations. You've not let me down yet.
For now, I have two 'standard' fan questions for you, but I am genuinely interested in your answers. 1: Which novel, if any, is presently on your to-read list? And 2: What do you consider to be the greatest science fiction novel ever written? Apologies if you've discussed this before. I am always interested in the literary tastes of my favourite authors though.
 

Re: A Fanzine Question (well, two)
Date: 03/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'm reading a lot of nonfiction--and currently moving through Mark Twain, who seems to be making a bit of a splash with his work--am I behind the times? Absolutely! As for the best sf novel ever written--

Tough one! The most ambitious sf novel is likely STAR MAKER by Olaf Stapledon, which has inspired generations of sf writers, including me. Arthur C. Clarke was a scion of Stapledon in much of his work.
 

Re: A Fanzine Question (well, two)
Date: 04/12/2014
From: Michael Egan
Location: West Yorkshire, England

Many thanks for your reply, Greg. I doubt anyone would describe you as being 'behind the times', though.
 

Re: A Fanzine Question (well, two)
Date: 04/21/2014
From: Carl Rosenberg
Location: Vancouver, BC

Regarding reading or re-reading the classics, I recall an interview with Harlan Ellison, who listed various writers he had been influenced by (Twain, Conrad, etc.) and when the interviewer said, "They're dead," Ellison quoted Dickens as saying, "A book you haven't read before is a new book."
 

Re: A Fanzine Question (well, two)
Date: 04/22/2014
From: Greg Bear

There are no dead writers. There's just profound writer's block.

Want to Trade: Hunger Games for Hellcrowns

Date: 03/19/2014 From: Noel Ang
Location: Claremont, California

Is it for you an occasional source of pique to see young-adult science fiction novels like the Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies get optioned into movies quickly, while interest in your more accomplished work dithers or languishes? (I certainly do!) There seems to be a surge in Hollywood to adopt SF literature lately, but they seem to be shopping in the finger foods section.

I suppose that's not entirely a just characterization, but I'd rather be experiencing the worlds of the Forge of God or Queen of Angels series than another subspecies of 1984 and The Handmaiden's Tale.

Do you suppose the growth of self-publication has had an adverse effect: That having more books out there gives less opportunity and motivation for producers to dive deeper into the substrates to consider more substantive and accomplished material?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to your new book in October. Thank you for your imagination. May you remain hale and hearty.
 

Re: Want to Trade: Hunger Games for Hellcrowns
Date: 03/19/2014
From: Greg Bear

Can't disagree that it's time for one or more of my books to be filmed--we keep trying! As for HUNGER GAMES and CHILDREN OF MEN and HANDMAID'S TALE , they're all good SF, albeit dystopias and post-apocalypse need long rests, I think. QUEEN OF ANGELS/SLANT would work as a TV series...
 

Re: Want to Trade: Hunger Games for Hellcrowns
Date: 03/19/2014
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Viewing isles

Hmm. Queen and slant world as series; that seems to have a tingle and immediate resonance.

I wonder how it's inevitable divergences could be guided on track?

Might be doorway to studios understanding better in their languages why theater films also should be made...

Good fortune.
 

Re: Want to Trade: Hunger Games for Hellcrowns
Date: 03/20/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

As always, popcul is fickle. I haven't seen Ender's Game, but am not expectant of anything remarkable.

Yeah, there's a weird fixation with dystos, females filling out the ranks there. Bill and Ted say: BO-GUS.

Just for perking interest...

Date: 03/11/2014 From: Roald Laurenson
Location: near those islands

...as if the War Dogs note does not do so sufficiently!

Sounds that you have something really with the zeitgeist coming here, and I'm sure we will enjoy all the stages of it.

Discovered when about to post you this link, where a company sounding very much like those you've invented for San Diego county is coming. And with a remarkable intent, from someone who you could believe for it:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/525416/microbes-and-metabolites-fuel-an-ambitious-aging-project/

As well, I am about 3/4 along the path of City at the End of Time, which gets more interesting as you go. I think you are going to show on record as the only speculative writer who managea to write two (at least) images of quantum reality into stories, and especially to handle the most difficult one. I confess to instincts on the more identity-mutating one, but this is fun.

I also enjoy all the tips of hat to various of your fantasies, and indeed to many characters and frameworks of across your range of stories. I don't know how the unified theory may work out, but relaxed to, it is a good journey. I should have trusted you earlier on this one ;)

Best, Greg,
Clive
 

Re: Just for perking interest...
Date: 03/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Roald! I do like a good cosmological theory... Or just an interesting one!

Whatta yah got against engineers?

Date: 03/04/2014 From: Jeff Jensen
Location: Boulder, Colorado

Greg,

Just finished Halo:Cryptum, and just wondered what this is about, from the tribunal for the Master Builder that turned into an attack by the Halo's. Please pardon any misquotations.

"All the rates were represented, except the engineers OF COURSE"

What have you got against us engineers?:-)

Jeff Jensen/Boulder Colorado

 

Re: Whatta yah got against engineers?
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for writing, Jeff--and that's a good question. In this usage, and in Halo, "engineers" refers to a special group of beings not immediately related to the Forerunners. Look it up!

Hello

Date: 03/03/2014 From: Aurora
Location: Nebraska

I was reading Rogue Planet and I wanted to say that you are a great writer. I enjoy the pictures you paint with words.
 

Re: Hello
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Aurora!

Meaning/Translation of Erde-Tyrene

Date: 02/10/2014 From: David
Location: Minnesota

So, after doing some research, I found out that Erde means Earth in old German, and is a non-religious form of Erden, which is essentially Eden from what I can guess.

Then I found out Tyrene is 'Thor's Battle', so when I put the two together as Erde-Tyrene, I came up with a relatively uneducated translation of 'Peace-War'.

How close was I, and if I was far off, what is the actual meaning?
 

Re: Meaning/Translation of Erde-Tyrene
Date: 02/18/2014
From: Greg Bear

Good research, David! Although I suspect Erden is just another form of Earth, not Eden. Tyrene is Thor's Battle? Didn't know that--I drew it out from "Terran" and "Tyre."

And so Erde-Tyrene is a conflation/mangle of two words for Earth.
 

Meaning/Translation of Erde-Tyrene & Question on Composer
Date: 03/05/2014
From: David
Location: Minnesota

Thanks for the response. Interesting. Despite the reasoning you took to reach "Erde-Tyrene", you unintentionally continued Halo's tradition of referencing Norse Mythology.

Also, me and a group of Halo fans are debating over something regarding the Composer. Hopefully, you can shed some light on it.

So, since the Didact's Promethean Army was made mechanical as to not be infected by the Flood, what was the exact purpose of the Composed essences driving them?

I hold the belief that the Didact used the Composer because it would produce an organic mind compatible with digital hardware, essentially making it immune to the Logic Plague.

Some of my friends though think that composed essences are susceptible to the Logic Plague.

If the latter is true, why couldn't the Didact just have mass produced ancillas to drive the Promethean army?

Thanks again.
 

Meaning/Translation of Erde-Tyrene & Question on Composer
Date: 03/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

All excellent questions and surmises! The Composer was created by the 343 team, and while I added some details, I'll let them answer these more technical questions... As they may be relevant to later game play!
 

A Few More Questions
Date: 03/08/2014
From: David
Location: Minnesota

Thanks!

I've got a few more questions. If you could respond or answer them, that'd be much appreciated!

In Primordium, Riser seems to know Chakas' fate before it happens. This plot-thread was never picked up in Silentium. Could you explain how he knew or give any hints?

I find this fan art to be incredible: http://31.media.tumblr.com/588986cc31d53517e6fdab0857ea8298/tumblr_mqcvqkOJ3L1r0myjbo1_1280.jpg

How accurate is it to what the Timeless One looks like in Primordium?

The Timeless One's appearance undergoes a change between Cryptum and Primordium. Bornstellar comments that it/he is a Gravemind. Was he always a Gravemind or did it/he deliberately infect himself with the Flood?

What ever happened to Endurance at the end of Silentium?

Lastly, I'm interested in getting into your other books. Care to suggest any I might like considering the Forerunner Saga is one of my favorite book series?

Thanks again.
 

A Few More Questions
Date: 03/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

The fan art is striking. It's pretty close to how I see the Primordial! Other of my books equally galaxy-spanning and worth dipping into include HULL ZERO THREE, CITY AT THE END OF TIME, THE FORGE OF GOD/ANVIL OF STARS, EON, and the forthcoming WAR DOGS (October).

3 in the same place

Date: 02/01/2014 From: enzooo
Location: france

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/125-missing-human-ancestor/shreeve-text I think I already read that in the children of Darwin
 

Re: 3 in the same place
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Does sound familiar, doesn't it? I managed to include Denisovans and even a Florian (Homo Floresiensis) in my Forerunner/HALO novels as well...

illustrator Charles Moll

Date: 01/31/2014 From: Thomas Nixdorf
Location: Germany

Dear Mr. Bear,

my name is Thomas Nixdorf from Germany and I've been collecting original movie poster art for over 35 years. I'm desperately trying to get in contact with artist Charles Moll. He painted several movie posters and also illustrated a novel from you for DELL in the early 1980's.

No high hopes that you know where I can find him now but it is worth a try... :-)..

Regards,
Thomas
 

Re: illustrator Charles Moll
Date: 01/31/2014
From: Greg Bear

Sorry, not a clue as to how to reach Mr. Moll. He did the Dell cover for BEYOND HEAVEN'S RIVER in 1980. Not to be confused with Charles Richard Moll, the actor. Any clues from the readers?
 

Re: illustrator Charles Moll
Date: 02/06/2014
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Moll did the film poster for LOGAN'S RUN among other things. He's got messages waiting for him at the following site, but doesn't seem to be answering--still, it may be of some help: http://charlie45.deviantart.com/

Is this a legal posting of your book?

Date: 01/25/2014 From: Monica McWilliams
Location: United States

I was googling antenna tv and ended up here:

http://litrus.net/book/read/89801?p=5

It's your book, Quantico, on what appears to be a Russian site. According to them:

"Authors and rights holders
All materials in our library are presented for informational purposes only and are taken from open sources.

All rights belong to their book publishers and authors.

Dear authors and copyright holders, if you notice that content posted in the library violates your rights, promptly report at litrusnet@gmail.com

Your complaint will be investigated and is satisfied as soon as possible, and you will receive a notification in the response letter.

Sincerely Administration Library litrus.net"

http://litrus.net/article/view/38

Whether it's legitimate or not, I didn't know, but I thought I'd bring it to your attention.

Love your writings, by the way.

Monica



 

Re: Is this a legal posting of your book?
Date: 01/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Monica! Thanks for the heads up. This is not a legit posting--wonder what sort of malware I'd get by even visiting the site? QUANTICO is available as an e-book through E-Reads. I'll get my publisher to sally forth and prod them for a takedown!

EON Genesis...?

Date: 01/15/2014 From: Tony Hanmer
Location: currently Zimbabwe, usually Republic of Georgia

http://www.space.com/24288-strange-metal-asteroid-psyche-nasa-mission.html
!
 

Re: EON Genesis...?
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very cool!

Queen of Angels

Date: 01/07/2014 From: Craig Finkle
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Dear Mr. Bear,

I have now officially read all of your novels. Somehow I missed "Queen of Angels" but I finished it last night. Wow. I was blown away with that one. I loved everything you have done but there was something about Queen of Angels that really resonated with me and I'm not sure I can explain precisely why. Perhaps...I need to be therapied!

I just wanted to thank you for enriching my life with your wonderful stories.

I wish you the very best.

Sincerely,
Craig
 

Re: Queen of Angels
Date: 01/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

Glad you've finished the sequence, Craig! And thanks for the kind words. Finishing up the first of a new trilogy right now--WAR DOGS, due out in October from Orbit and Gollancz.

Forerunners and Their Physique of Forerunners.

Date: 01/02/2014 From: Daisy
Location: Miami, Florida

Hi Greg Bear! I have to say, I'm impressed with the first book Cryptum, and I'm about to complete Primordium. This book is also very interesting, too.
About the look of the Forerunners, I heard that you described them as Tolkien Elves, but did you compare them physically or did you compare them based on each other's way of society?
And about the Didact and the Librarian showing up in Halo Four... are you disappointed by their physical appearances? I say I'm glad that 343i decided to make them human due to them being related to Reclaimers, yet meaning them unique in their own way.
 

Re: Forerunners and Their Physique of Forerunners.
Date: 03/04/2014
From: Greg Bear

A prior description in the Halo speculation universe was that the Forerunners resembled Tolkien elves. Subsequent archaeological and forensic studies showed that wasn't quite the case! HALO FOUR captures their look perfectly, I think.