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Halo: Flood survival in slipspace

Date: 12/28/2014 From: Andreas
Location: Norway

Were all of the Flood killed when the Halo's fired or did those in slipspace survive?. If they didn't survive, why did the slipspace bubble protect those (i.e Ur-Didact) in the shield worlds against the Halo's pulse? I would appreciate if you could clarify as recent discussions haven't gone anywhere.

Best regards,
Andreas
 

Re: Halo: Flood survival in slipspace
Date: 12/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

The original conception of the Halo destruction was that it killed all animal life larger than a squirrel, if I'm not mistaken. The records kept by the Librarian, and a few of her chosen creatures, survived to help re-seed the cleansed worlds. I suspect there are many such survivals on the Precursor/Flood side as well, and many ways to explain their survival... Apocalypses being uninteresting if they're one hundred percent efficient!
 

Re: Halo: Flood survival in slipspace
Date: 02/04/2015
From: Thomas
Location: Michigan

The IsoDidact did mention that he was unsure Star Roads traveling through Slipspace would be affected by the Halo Array. I think it would be interesting if some of those Star Roads did survive and since the Keyminds which controlled them were destroyed, they would be left adrift in the unknown regions of the Galaxy. Perhaps even outside the Galaxy if some had remained near what was left of Omega Halo and the Greater Ark.

Putting Greg Bear on Trading Card

Date: 12/28/2014 From: WALTER DAY
Location: FAIRFIELD, IOWA

Dear Greg,

I publish historical trading cards. I have already designed more than 2,000 cards with over 1,000 in print. The Science Fiction History Card Set will be unveiled in an AWARDS CEREMONY in Banning, California, Saturday, January 17, 2015. We will unveil five cards. H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Brin and Isaac Asimov.

May we add you to the growing series? We plan on creating more than 500 cards for the series over the years.

With warmest Respect,

Walter Day
Fairfield, Iowa
 

Re: Putting Greg Bear on Trading Card
Date: 12/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Sounds like great fun! Thanks, Walter. May I also suggest Olaf Stapledon, John Taine, Mary Shelley, Leigh Brackett, and Jack Williamson... Plus a hundred others!

The two Didacts.

Date: 12/26/2014 From: Ali
Location: Australia

Hi Greg.

I was just wondering if you could share information on the initial conception of the two Didacts. My question is; How early on during the planning process (for Cryptum) did you know that there were to be two different Didacts at some point in the story, and was this originally your idea, or 343i's? Also, were you aware that the Didact would be become a villain, by the time you write the first book, or was it all a mystery until Silentium?

Thank you, and i look forward to your response.
 

Re: The two Didacts.
Date: 12/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Having two Didacts probably surfaced as an idea between HALO:CRYPTUM and HALO:PRIMORDIUM. It was my idea, but was quickly supported by the good folks at 343. The Ur-Didact became more and more of a villain as HALO 4 developed, during the writing of HALO:SILENTIUM.

Fled beyond your reach...

Date: 12/26/2014 From: Thomas
Location: Michigan

Hi, We learned from the Primordial that some Precursors had fled beyond the Forerunner's reach and creation continued. In Silentium it's learned that the Precursors had fled to Path Kethona but we also learn that the Forerunner had managed to reach Path Kethona and continued their massacre. I'm just curious if this means that the Primordial's statement that they had fled beyond the Forerunner's reach means that some had managed to escape Path Kethona where the Forerunner couldn't truly find them.
 

Re: Fled beyond your reach...
Date: 12/26/2014
From: Greg Bear

Since the Precursors show up as both the Primordials and the Flood, I suspect a few did get away--or were captured for study and escaped. Tough to kill a generation of demi-gods! Even for Forerunners.
 

Re: Fled beyond your reach...
Date: 12/27/2014
From: Nicholas
Location:

I wonder if there is a kernel of truth to the Gravemind's statement that the Precursors explored and seeded many galaxies? If they did indeed explore multiple galaxies, then there could be all kinds of places they could hide.
 

Re: Fled beyond your reach...
Date: 12/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Do Graveminds need to lie? Precursors were very active, until their children rose up against them...
 

Re: Fled beyond your reach...
Date: 01/01/2015
From: Thomas
Location: Michigan

Happy New Year! I always wondered if Graveminds were all one single mind, or if they are all individuals. Let's say 10 Precursors had turned themselves into powder with the intention of regenerating into their past selves. Once regenerated, it should mean that they would still be those 10 Precursors from before right? Like they were waking up from a long sleep. When they did re-form however, they unexpectedly mutated into the Flood and perhaps a Gravemind is one of those original 10 Precursor minds reborn. So if 10 Graveminds were to form at once, perhaps they would each be one of the 10 original Precursors from before?

That was a theory I've been toying with anyway. It could explain why the Gravemind in the time of the Forerunner referred to itself as "We" while the Gravemind from the games referred to itself as "I". It may have been because there were multiple Graveminds during the Forerunner-Flood War but only one had formed during the events of the game series.
 

Re: Fled beyond your reach...
Date: 01/25/2015
From: Greg Bear

Excellent speculations, Thomas!

"Ten graveminds walk into a bar..." How do they decide what to order?

Eon: Volume 2...?

Date: 12/25/2014 From: Brett Trommler
Location: Gadsden, Alabama

I read Eon and Eternity some years ago. They have always been two of my favorite sci-fi stories. Recently I decided I would like to read them again. When I looked for Eon on Google Playbooks, what I found was "Eon: Volume 2". So I bought it and read it. Now, it has been about 20 years since I read it the first time, but it seemed to me like the characters were the same but the story was different. I can't really give any examples since it's been so long but it just didn't seem like the same exact story I read back then. So, what is "Volume 2"? Is there a difference between the original I read 20 years ago and what I just read? Or do I just not remember it correctly?
 

Re: Eon: Volume 2...?
Date: 12/26/2014
From: Greg Bear

I suspect someone at Google Playbooks has tried out two names for the series, "Eon" and "The Way." The sequence as I wrote them is "The Wind from a Burning Woman," EON, ETERNITY, LEGACY, and "The Way of All Ghosts." In time sequence, they run "The Wind from a Burning Woman," LEGACY, "The Way of All Ghosts," EON, and ETERNITY. The earliest story, "The Wind from a Burning Woman," dates back to the first asteroid starships. The entire sequence I personally refer to as the Thistledown Series.

Welcome Back & Question on Primordium

Date: 12/24/2014 From: David
Location: Minneapolis

Mr. Bear,

Just wanted to say it's good to know you're doing better! Secondly, in Primordium, there's a section of the book where Riser tells Chakas he's going to outlive all of them, seemingly referencing the fact he would be composed.

That plot-point is never picked up again in the trilogy. Could you shed some light on this, or this another one of those instances where it's up to 343 Industries to flesh it out?

Thanks!
David
 

Re: Welcome Back & Question on Primordium
Date: 12/24/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for the kind thoughts, David! Again, as you say, I'm leaving these details to 343, just in case they hinge on a major plot point down the line.

Elaboration of the word "geas"

Date: 12/24/2014 From: Bradley Freakin (Halo Follower)
Location: USA

There is a small dispute in the Halo Lore community right now over how it is pronounced both singular and plural. Some of the community believe the singular is the direct Scottish/Irish word while others believe the Forerunners have a different variation of this word therefore making the plural sound differently. The majority of the community believes this plural spelling to be gei (Gay-I) meaning 2 or more geas (Gay-Ush). A simple spelling and pronunciation would really help us out. Thank you
 

Re: Elaboration of the word
Date: 12/24/2014
From: Greg Bear

Looks like all of you are right on this one! Frank O'Connor clued us into how this was pronounced after I suggested it as a good word... Gay'ash or gay'ush for singular. Cool to learn the plural!

Gamelpar's Old Spirit

Date: 12/16/2014 From: Tom
Location: Michigan

Hi, I was just wondering if you had any information to share on Gamelpar's old spirit. We never did get to learn this spirit's identity in Halo Primordium and I was curious if you had any information to share or if this character's identity was left a mystery on purpose because there are plans for it in the future?

Thank you for any assistance you can give.
 

Re: Gamelpar's Old Spirit
Date: 12/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

Everything is in the hands of 343 now! No further revelations from my perspective.

From Argentina.

Date: 12/16/2014 From: Juan Manuel
Location: Argentina

Hi Greg, why his novel Darwinᄡs radio was not made movie? It is one of the most interesting and apacionantes novels I have read. I'm a filmmaker, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires. And I'm interested to make a script with his book.
What is your opinion?
Greetings from Argentina.
 

Re: From Argentina.
Date: 12/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Juan! There's been considerable interest in DARWIN'S RADIO since about 1998, with a number of fine treatments, but no production as yet.

Slant...Eternity...Moving Mars....just like seeing an old friend.

Date: 12/15/2014 From: Julian
Location: Melbourne

Hi Greg,

It has been a while, too long in fact. Holidays when I normally save your books for have been too far in between until recently where I now get to actually read on my way to work. One of life's greater pleasures it now seems.

First was Slant, I've been meaning to read this again for a few years as I recall it was in my top 5 the first time I read it. It just climbed to 2nd best book of all time. The crescendo at the end is something to behold.

Eternity was next and although its easy a 4th or 5th read for me, each time I'm loving the opportunity to build on the details of each character and the underlying story. Ser Olmy still is the greatest legend of all time.

Moving Mars will be next, and I simply can't wait. Although I will be waiting anxiously for War Dogs to arrive soon.

It was a bit of shock to see you have been unwell but great to hear you are on the mend and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I had some back surgery at the start of this year and rehab of any kind can be a challenge but I'm still in awe of what medicine can achieve these days. Having a few titanium screws and rods on my spine is not quite medical grade nano, but it will have to do, and I am grateful everyday for what I have. Perspective is everything....now.

Take care,
Julian
 

Re: Slant...Eternity...Moving Mars....just like seeing an old friend.
Date: 12/17/2014
From: Greg Bear

Lovely to hear from you, Julian. I now have a dacron aorta and a titanium aortic valve! Again, not quite nanotech, but very impressive. I feel fine and am getting work done, including handing in the sequel to WAR DOGS, KILLING TITAN. More news soon, I hope! (And solid recovery for you, as well!)

Wanderers of all epochs and all meridians

Date: 12/09/2014 From: Noel Ang
Location: Claremont, California

Hello Mr. Bear,

In case you have not seen it, I found an inspiring short film of possibly salient interest to you.

http://vimeo.com/108650530

As soon as I saw it unfold, I thought of your work.

Be well.

Noel
 

Re: Wanderers of all epochs and all meridians
Date: 12/23/2014
From: Greg Bear

It is a beautiful piece of work!

Thank You and Get Well Soon!

Date: 12/06/2014 From: Chris Hassel
Location: Saint Paul. MN, USA

Dear Mr. Bear,

I have met you a number of times in the Twin Cities. On each occasion, you have been professional, straight-forward, and gregarious. Thank you for that. Thank you, also, for the wonderful stories you have written over the past several decades--they are both entertaining and exhilarating. They are also informative. At any rate, after hearing about your recent health issues, I realized that this might be the time to tell you how much your stories have meant to me for years now....

So I have this to say: Thank you for what you have written in the past, thank you for what you may be writing now, and thank you in advance for what you will write in the future. I read "Moving Mars" about twenty years ago, and it prompted me to read everything else you had written. ("Anvil of Stars" remains my favorite, though I look forward to reading "War Dogs.")

Next semester I am teaching my school's first ever "Literature of Space Exploration" course. (I teach at the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul.) It's not going too far, I think, to say that "Moving Mars" started it all for me...quite a few years ago. With the recent developments regarding NASA's "Orion" and so forth, well, I feel fortunate.

Thank you again, and I wish you good luck and godspeed on your recovery. There are a heck of a lot of folks out there who are pulling for you, I'm sure. At any rate, I am certainly one of them.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hassel
 

Re: Thank You and Get Well Soon!
Date: 12/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

I've been doing very well, especially considering the circumstances! Back to most of my old activities, including finishing a novel. I'm happy to remain a witness for a few more decades (knock on wood) of life and our progress in space. Your kind wishes are much appreciated.

HELLO FROM ENGLAND

Date: 12/01/2014 From: IAN WILLIAMS
Location: LONDON ENGLAND

Greetings from the UK. First I would like to say that I am pleased to hear that your operation went well and that we all{your fans} wish you well. Back in 2001 I sent you an email from my flatmate's PC about how much I loved EON and ETERNITY.I couldn't believe that you actually responded. You are still my favourite writer and I've read a lot of new stuff recently by CHARLES STROSS,STEVEN BAXTER,KAREN LORD ,MARY GENTLE,NNEDI OKORAFOR and SAMIT BASU. I'm about to start MARIPOSA as soon as I've finished NEAL STEVENSON'S THE CONFUSION. I am still waiting for the sequel to Eon set in a timeline closer to ours. Take care.PS How do you feel about BITCOIN and did you love the new STAR WARS trailer
 

Re: HELLO FROM ENGLAND
Date: 12/01/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Ian! Great reading list. Finishing up KILLING TITAN right now. WAR DOGS should be out in the UK. That's volume one. Volume two is even more intense, and takes us back to Mars, and then out to the strange and wonderful Saturn system.

Haven't seen the new STAR WARS trailer yet... Hope they can revive the excitement we all felt in 1977!

Is there a movie of EON

Date: 11/25/2014 From: Ward Whittaker
Location: An Aussie in Brazil

Hi Greg, I've just read EON and loved it. I see it as a movie but I'm confused. I found a trailer mentioning Ludmil Lazarov but I can not find any reference to the movie itself. Did it happen ? I would love to see this done on big FX budget. Cheers,
Ward Whittaker
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Ward! Yeah, the trailer (part of the CGSociety Eon Challenge, worth a long look) is fabulous, but so far, no film. That may change in the coming few years, however. No contracts yet, but efforts under way to get it going.
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Bryan
Location: Seattle

While I'd be first in line for a movie adaptation of any of the Great Bear Oeuvre, the thought of Hollywood reducing any novel of ideas to a series of exploding helicopters and closeups of underfed women's asses nonetheless leaves me cringing.
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

There's a fair amount of action in EON. Plunging flawships? Exploding universes? Strange females of the far future? Sounds pretty interesting to me!
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 11/26/2014
From: Ward Whittaker
Location: An Aussie in Brazil

Has anyone actually bought the film rights to it ?
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 11/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Not yet!
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 01/08/2015
From: Benjamin Atkinson
Location: Rosemount, MN

 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 01/08/2015
From: Benjamin Atkinson
Location: Rosemount, MN

Mr. Bear,
I have a very different opinion of your novels than seem to fit the mainstream "Goodreads" etc.. mindset. For Example, I found Hull Zero Three to be the best hard sf book I have read since Starship Troopers. I do not understand people's lukewarm reviews. Also, you are most known for Eon, Blood Music, Mariposa, Quantico et al. However, and I would like you to weight in on this matter, I find Queen of Angels to be simple the best hard sf novel I have ever read. I know you have written over 40 books. But, honestly, how in the world do you get from Queen of Angels to Moving Mars, besides the order Q of A, Slant, Heads, Moving Mars, other than Binding Multiple the connection seems tenuous at best. Maybe my expectations were just too high after Queen of Angels. Bravo. One more thing, do you believe that you captured the same magic in EON that you discovered while first reading Rendevous with Rama. Honest response please...
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 01/24/2015
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Benjamin! I don't read online reviews, by and large, for that very reason. I like your tastes in my books! So you obviously need to post more reviews.

I loved RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA. One of my favorites. When I was writing EON, I referred back and forth between textbooks on space habitats and RAMA and did my own calculations on a scientific calculator with Arthur's work as guide and example. Actually found an error in a textbook! So far, the more standard physics of EON seems to hold up.
 

Re: Is there a movie of EON
Date: 01/25/2015
From: Greg Bear

Not yet!

September news

Date: 11/24/2014 From: Gregg Paris Space Theater former staff
Location: San Clemente

Glad to see you are still with us. Sounds like it was serious but modern medical advances came through for you. Aren't you lucky to live at this time in history? Now that both of us have reached "advanced years", we must be thankful for every day.
I hope your new projects are successful also.
From many years after being at the control console,
Gregg
 

Re: September news
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Gregg! Good to hear from you again. Ah, when we were young and foolish and the Space Theater was both a theater and a planetarium! One of the hottest venues on the West Coast, judging from the folks who came through--including Philippe Cousteau and Doug Trumbull and Stanley Kramer and Chuck Jones! Those were the folks I was aware of or met. Hope your own medical issues are not keeping you down!

Dare to read more?

Date: 11/21/2014 From: Richard Couprie
Location: Oss, The Netherlands

Dear Mr Bear,

I can't remember the first time I had my copy of The Infinity Concerto. I must have been 25 years or so.
It stunned me!
After finishing The Serpent Mage I saw that you wrote more books but it took me at least 15 years to read anything else. I was sure that no one could write an evenly interesting book!

But there was a moment -around 15 years ago- that I had the courage, and I started with Eon. I now can say: I'm a fan!

Meanwhile, I turned 50 and my son, 15 years old, still enjoys me to read to him at bedtime. We just started with Eon and we both have a great time!

Nevertheless, I can't wait to finish the book and read him The Infinity Concerto.
I couldn't start with it because someone borrowed it and not brought back! But I'm glad your book made such an impact to that person; it seems to be unreturnable!

Yesterday I found a secondhand copy at a webshop. I orderd it and recieved it today in my mail.
So, Patrica and Olmy will have to wait a bit, because after Eon, we will start with "Het Oneindige Concert" and "De Slangemagi→r" as the translated books of Songs of Earth and Power-books are called.

With the just purchesed item in my hand, I couldn't resist to let you know.

Your books made me listen more and better to classical music. The 10th of Mahler -recorded by Claudio Abbaddo- is in my honest opinion the best musical piece ever where Bach, Mozart, Lennon & McCarthy discus there lifes. (...ehm, see what you make me do! lol!)

And so is yours: in the long term, the best fantasy book ever!

Thanks!

With best regards,
Richard Couprie
 

Re: Dare to read more?
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very nice to hear, Richard! I still have a difficult time listening to Mahler's Tenth. Brings back deep emotion!

Oh, for my own spaceship...

Date: 11/20/2014 From: Michael Egan
Location: West Yorkshire, England

Hi Greg
Many thanks for War Dogs. Certainly hit the spot. The characters absolutely impress: switching the E-reader off, at the end of each session, I was surprised not to find myself sitting in a room with Vin, Tak, Kazak and the rest, just bumping fives. And if Teal were real, I'd ask you to set us up on a date!..though I'd have a slight problem getting to Mars (darn those transfer orbits). Just wanted to say, stroll on Part 2, Killing Titan. It's great you're so close to closing the first draft.
I'm beaming you many mystic energy waves to aid in your recuperation, all based on crystal power and pyramids, don't you know. Sci-Fi needs you! And this was my first ever Greg Bear purchase on Kindle (Get me, Clarkey!). Regards always from the Old World.
Michael
 

Re: Oh, for my own spaceship...
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hey, Michael--those waves are working! Glad to have you meet the crew.

Slant: why was it written in the present tense?

Date: 11/18/2014 From: Robert Bowden
Location: Bristol, England

Slant is easily one of my top SF reads and I have read it many times over these past 15 years.

Recently I have been reviewing writing techniques for fiction with Slant being one of my reference choices. But I was surprised to find that one particular negative comment that crops up in reviews is the fact that it was written in the present tense.

What are your thoughts on writing fiction in the present tense and was there a reason Slant was written that way when Queen of Angels was not?

For my own part I did not notice until it was pointed out and even now don't find it in any way 'jarring' as some people say they do.

Robert
 

Re: Slant: why was it written in the present tense?
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Every so often, a book just seems to require present tense. The WAR DOGS novels, for example, are in present tense. Provides a sense of immediacy. I don't pay much attention to the reviews on Amazon etc. Thanks, Robert!

Response to Greg

Date: 11/15/2014 From: John Gracey
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

https://soundcloud.com/the-singing-joiner/sets/eon-worlds-within-worlds Many thanks for taking the time to respond Greg,much appreciated. I know you're a busy man so cheers and all the best for that! Above is the link to the Eon soundtrack to which your great book was the inspiration behind the music we created. Hope you enjoy the tracks. Cheers John.
 

Re: Response to Greg
Date: 11/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Beautiful work, John! Now to get that game/movie/TV series going... Fits right in! Thanks.

War Dogs question

Date: 11/11/2014 From: Rob Ostrander
Location: Burlington Vermont

Mr Bear- I have read everything you've published and you were one of my first next gen authors to read after Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, etc.. Eon was groundbreaking for my brain. So, first of all - thank you SO much for what you do and what it has meant to me for the past 25 years. I mean that more than I can say.

And Hull Zero Three was freakin fantastic.

I started War Dogs and realized it was to be a series. I want to wait to read it until I know the next one is truly in the pipe. Can you share any answers to:

When will the 2nd book drop in the U.S.?
How many books do you anticipate in the series?
Timeline on subsequent books?

I only ask because reading series in-line is the best for me and my old-ish memory. ;-) Thanks for whatever light you can shed on the above.

--
RobO
 

Re: War Dogs question
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Rob! Because of a medical delay, KILLING TITAN (War Dogs 2) is in the final stages of first draft. Hope to have it handed in within a month. Fortunately, everyone is being very patient. There will be one more volume after that--three in all. (I suspect KILLING TITAN will have a real cliff-hanger ending as well... Apologies in advance!)
 

Re: War Dogs question
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Rob Ostrander
Location: Burlington Vermont

Thanks for that quick reply!

Good healing vibes to you, I hope all goes well with your recovery.


The End of Days is Happening

Date: 11/08/2014 From: Dave Mackidd
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Greg,

I was deeply moved by your novel The Forge of God. This is because the end of days is actually happening. The villain in reality is not a mysterious alien race armed with neutron stars, but us. The exponential growth of global population could exterminate the human race in about 50 years. Most people are completely oblivious to this, but if you look at the data, it's obvious. We are poisoning the atmosphere and acidifying the oceans. Our days are numbered. Our children will die too young. When you have this as a background, the emotional impact of The Forge of God is tremendous!

I love your books, even when they make me sad.

Dave
 

Re: The End of Days is Happening
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Dave. I'm not nearly so pessimistic, but there are definitely changes in the works. We're an adaptive and adaptable species, however. Take a look at James Blish and Norman L. Knight's A TORRENT OF FACES for a description of a really, really crowded planet... But one that still works! I don't think we're heading in that direction, quite, but SF is full of instances of paved-over worlds. Maybe it won't end up that way for us.

Darwin's radio

Date: 11/07/2014 From: Jeff Edmunds
Location: United States

Hello!

I've recently finished "reading" the Audiobook version of Darwin's radio, but discovered after about 5 hours, when it ended, that I had accidentally picked up an abridged version. I did enjoy it though, and found the concept quite fascinating. I want to read Darwin's Children, but was curious if you were aware of any major plot points that the abridgment may have omitted that would be referenced in the sequel? Since the unabridged version is about 12 hrs longer, I have to think that quite a bit of substance was removed.

There ought to be a warning label on those things :)

Also, on an unrelated note, I finished Eon recently, and I have to say that I was extraordinarily impressed at how contemporary the book felt, despite being written in the mid 80's. The ironic part to me is that the geopolitical conflicts your wrote about dated the story far more than the technology you described. Quite a feat, considering Eon is approaching it's 30th birthday!

Thank you and I wish you a speedy recovery,
Jeff
 

Re: Darwin's radio
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'm not aware of what was abridged in the "shortened" audio book. Probably a lot of the science. 12 hours worth of science! Wow.

You'll likely be prepared well enough for DARWIN'S CHILDREN.

As for EON's geopolitical datedness, I would have agreed on that judgment a few years ago, but the new situation in the Kremlin makes me think... maybe not so much! Thanks, Jeff.

Forerunner Mutation

Date: 11/06/2014 From: Tom
Location: London

Hello Greg! I have a question about the Forerunner Mutations, particularly for the Warrior-Servants. Does the mutation increase things like muscle or bone density? I've seen people saying the Master Chief would be able to take on the Ur-Didact because of Spartan Augmentations, so I was curious as to what kind of benefits the mutations bring.
 

Re: Forerunner Mutation
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Good questions, Tom. I'm not sure I'd call Forerunner caste-maturation "mutations" per se. More like developmentally normal bulking up, from the Forerunner point of view.

And no way of knowing whether Master Chief could take on the Ur-Didact! But it would be a formidable contest. I'd suggest for fairness sake that you should strip them of all weapon, and deactivate the house droids...

Yet another piece of fanmail

Date: 11/03/2014 From: Ceallach Lee
Location: Yuma, AZ

Dear Mister Bear,
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for all of the tremendous work you've done. I'm a huge fan of the worlds and characters that you create. The literature is completely immersive. I recently completed Hull Zero Three, and am currently reading War Dogs. Being a huge Halo fan (I've been playing since I was 8, when Halo: CE was released for the original xbox), your forerunner saga had me hooked. After reading Cryptum, I searched for any other books you've written. Anyway, I've established that I'm quite a fan.

I suppose the point of this post is to thank you for re-igniting the burning desire in me to read, learn and gain knowledge, and hopefully someday through my own art or writing, create stories to share with people. As a child, literature and the arts were always my passion, though I didn't follow those paths when I joined the military. But thanks to your work, my brain sparks with creativity once more. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you, and hopefully this will be a reminder that even though you may never actually know someone, you can still directly impact their life. Best wishes upon your recovery, and may all be well with you and your family.
All the best,
Ceallach Lee
 

Re: Yet another piece of fanmail
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very cool, and thanks, Ceallach! (And how do I pronounce that fine name...?!) Keep in touch and let me know how your creative endeavors proceed. One reminder: it never gets any easier. I've been writing for over fifty years, and each project has its own unique difficulties. I might liken each book to a year-long deployment in a foreign country where I'm not sure I speak the language...!

A Review of "Foundation and Chaos"

Date: 10/30/2014 From: Alastair Browne
Location: Durham, North Carolina

Thank you for signing my copy of "Foundation and Chaos." A little while ago, I have reviewed it on amazon.com, and I left a printed copy for you at the University Bookstore. I will repost it here in the event that you didn't receive it. I also added a suggestion of what you should do should you decide to edit it.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1T67EAYTIHZ01/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

 

Re: A Review of
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Alastair! The signings do tend to be a little chaotic. Gregory's book sold quite well, actually--and the trilogy is like three mirrors reflecting each other. But I appreciate your sentiments about FOUNDATION AND CHAOS. I often felt as if I was channeling Isaac, which would have surprised him quite a bit!

SEASON'S CREEPINGS

Date: 10/30/2014 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA


Keeping up the tradition...may the season be spirited!

BRIGHT HALLOWEEN - by Bill Goodwin

Lean and limber-brittle dance
The cemetery members,
Behold the bony muster, there,
And harken to the lovely sound
Of chilly wind from where the shadows
Dapple over meadows, browned,
And wolf in greenwood bays beneath
An amber moon whose shifting rays
Of gold go chasing wild around
The crispy, autumn sky!

Renewed of hope, am I,
By jumping Jack-o-lantern jolity,
And flush with fires of a younger Earth,
Where nights are wine,
And mornings, mirth!
See how the dancing sprites entice
With syncopated strains and flutes!
My pumpkin is a crimson sun!
Away with cold and moldy fruits!
The ancient trees are shining like
A sylvan host with moon for king!
Fresh ivy crawls as fireflies fall
In emerald cascades of light
From heights where constellations ring
To celebrate this night!



 

Re: SEASON'S CREEPINGS
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Lovely, as always, Bill! Sorry to have gotten bogged down by medical issues this Halloween and before, but finally, posted! (And boy do I miss Ray Bradbury's Christmas poems...)
 

Re: SEASON'S CREEPINGS
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Ray was Christmas and Halloween combined. He did for the latter what Dickens did for the former: reaffirming tradition while also stamping it with his own peculiar character.

Consider yourself Bradbury's Pip...bogged at Halloween, but back in time for Yuletide treats!

war dogs

Date: 10/24/2014 From: dalton parker
Location: camp pendelton California

Mr. Bear i just finished war dogs and i have to tell you as a marine i loved the book. I only have one simple question, will here be sequel? Thank you for takeing the time to read my question and for writeing such great books. Also i want to wish you a speedy recovery after your heart surgery.
 

Re: war dogs
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Terrific, Dalton! Good to have you aboard. I'm finishing up the second volume right now: KILLING TITAN. Wish me luck!
 

Re: war dogs
Date: 12/07/2014
From: Gershom Lundberg
Location: United States

Greg--
I have read lots of your books before, and don't remember ever disliking one, but War Dogs is superb. In my opinion, you have done your (duty?) to mankind, and may retire with more than dignity--at least "honors". But, if it is not too hard, please keep writing. This is one of the best SciFi novels I have ever read, and I started buying Ace Doubles at my grade-school library 50 years ago. Only criticism I can think of is that it is too short--could be expanded...
Thank you!
Gersh Lundberg, MD
 

Re: war dogs
Date: 12/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

Much appreciated, Gershom! I'm putting the final touches to KILLING TITAN now, and hope to begin volume three shortly. After reading Heinlein's RED PLANET, I soon started reading everything available that was science fiction or fantasy--and that included a lot of Ace Doubles! Just touching one brings back those early years of discovery.

Nanotechnology to Aid Chemical and Biological Defense

Date: 10/24/2014 From: Brian O'Hara
Location: Northern California

Good morning Greg,

I have enjoyed reading your Darwin's Radio, especially during the escalating Ebola Situation.

There is an interesting article in the Global Biodefense News (10/23/14). Most people in my field have never heard of phages.

10:00-10:40 Prof. Nina Chanishvili, The Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia
Bacteriophage-based Techniques for Identification of Biological Pathogens

Have a great day.

Brian
 

Re: Nanotechnology to Aid Chemical and Biological Defense
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Ah, Eliava! A name to truly conjure with. Thanks, Brian!

Best wishes on your recovery

Date: 10/19/2014 From: Arthur Mortensen
Location: Brooklyn NY

Had similar problem and surgery in Nov. Of 2011. Rehab is a worthwhile pain in the neck but follow your PT and Dr's leads. Impatience is healthy in a few months, not now. Use the interval as an opportunity to relax what's most used and explore what's not. A smart guy like you should get a lot out of this.

Again, best wishes.

AM
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 10/20/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Arthur! I'm already exercising and complaining, so recovery is well under way.
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 10/20/2014
From: Arthur Mortensen
Location: Brooklyn

Sounds like progress.
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 10/26/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Shit, man. I saw this coming. The signs being you obviously sitting down, though certainly ardently working, for many years. Glad you're doing well.
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 10/27/2014
From: Fred Meagher
Location: San Diego

Mr. Bear: I attend a Bear Dance as part of an Ancestor Walk every year at Long Beach University. My friend who first brought me to it, Norrie Iberal, had a father who designed one of the first proto-type space suits; he is listed in the first reference I am using in a Future Studies class project. I am working Judgment Engine in as a bridge between my other project in Mythology. My title is From Bear Skins to Space Suits for both classes. I propose your story for part of a holon derived educational system; as opposed to an holostic approach.

My final project in holon based education is a simple overview of the primary sciences such as the sociology of knowledge, history, physics, geology, the anthropology of religion; and the arts, literature, music, theatre and painting are best together as S.T.E.A.M with the blossom of Culture. As S.T.E.M only a thorny stick is provided the student/citizen of the future. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, humanities, history and Math are required for a true human response as Politics in a Global Internet Democracy.

Thank You Mr. Bear; missed you at the San Diego Comic Fest. Hope you are well soon.

Fred M.

Ps. Love your Whole System Coherent Quantum Mythology/Theology!

Science and the Akashic Field; an integral theory of everything Ervin Laslo, Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont 2004.

Pg. 83

Whole System Coherence: The coherence of the organism is quintessentially pluralistic and diverse at every level, from the tens of thousands of genes and the hundreds of thousands of proteins and other macro molecules that make up a cell, to the many kinds of cells that constitute tissues and organs. There are no controlling and controlled parts or levels; all components are in instant and continuous communication. As a result the adjustments, responses, and changes required for the maintenance of the organism propagate in all directions at the same time. This kind of instant, system wide correlation cannot be produced solely by physical or even chemical interactions among molecules, genes, cells, and organs. Though some biochemical signaling-for example of the control genes-is remarkably efficient, the speed with which activating processes spread in the body, as well as the complexity of these processes, makes reliance on biochemistry alone insufficient. The conduction of signals through the nervous system, for example, cannot proceed faster than about twenty meters per second, and it cannot carry a large number of diverse signals at the same time. Yet there is evidence that the entire organism is subtly but effectively interlinked; there are quasi-instant, non-linear, heterogeneous, and multi-dimensional correlations among all its parts.



While the Gods Play; Shaiva oracles and predictions on the cycles of history and destiny of mankind Alain Danielou, Inner Traditions International, Rochester Vermont 1987

Pg. 63
Nature and Perception: Absolute Being is the only reality. It is external to existence, to the worlds it invents. It is neutral, nonactive, without substance, duration, or place, and is beyond the perceptible or conceivable. Although indescribable, it is called Parama-Shiva (beyond the creative principle); although without dimension, Para-Brahman (the beyond infinity), although impersonal, Paramatman (the beyond self).
It escapes human understanding, it is not identifiable. It is not part of the Tattvas, the definable. It is outside what has been created. It cannot be represented by any symbol, verbal or visual. Absolute Being is beyond Prakriti (nature), substance, and creation; it is without form, color, name, evolution, or effect; does not suffer deterioration; is indestructible and unchanging. All that can be said of it is that the universe rests on it (Vishnu Purana, 1, 2, 10-13).

Judgment Engine review goes here&.

Foundations for Social and Biological Evolution; progress toward a physical theory of civilization and of speciation A. Iberall, D. Wilkinson, D. White. Cri-de Cour Physical-Philosophic Series; Cri-de Cour Press. 1993

Pg. 128

In the Spring 1993 issue of Comparative Civilization, we- Iberall, Wilkinson- were finally able to reach a simple working definition for culture-civilization, the precursor to civilizations. The basic idea is that when two or more cultures have to coexist contiguously or in the same territory, with frequent interaction, and they all work hard to preserve their own cultures within the framework of interaction, they begin to develop the elements and institutions of civilization, e.g., founder myths, language, religious beliefs, sharply defined value systems, etc.

The Collapsing Universe; the story of Black Holes Isaac Asimov; Walker and Company, New York 1997.

Pg. 35
At the start, the material out of which the planets were formed was a vast mass of gasses and dust. Most of this material was hydrogen, helium, carbon, neon, oxygen, and nitrogen, with hydrogen making up perhaps 90% of all the atoms. All of it, slowly swirling in separate turbulent whirlpools, slowly came together under the weak, but ever sustained pull of the mutual gravitation of all the atoms and molecules.





 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for your kind thoughts, Fred. I'm doing very well, not quite two months after the Event. Sounds like fascinating programs down there in Long Beach!
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hmm! I didn't see it coming. And I get up and pace quite a bit! This one was like being hit by lightning--no heart diseases, no "condition," simply a genetic weakness of mysterious origin in my aorta. So now I'm a bit of a cyborg!
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'm venturing into rehab in a couple of weeks. Looks like they want me to sweat!
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Arthur Mortensen
Location: Brooklyn NY

Official rehab begins. That's great news. For me, it was a day akin to liberation from prison -- a friendly prison, to be sure. Most likely the therapists will want to take your BP a lot, so don't be surprised. Treadmills and the like can be awfully boring. Because of medication (initial, to protect the heart) I had ridiculously low heart rates for the first month of physical therapy until my surgeon took me off of one drug. Even then, it was hard on any exercise to get a rate over 65. Have fun.

Art Mortensen
 

Re: Best wishes on your recovery
Date: 11/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Much improvement here. Getting permission to lift heavier objects! And to ride bike and drive. So major advances under way.
 

Re: Speedy recovery
Date: 11/16/2014
From: Arthur Mortensen
Location: Brooklyn NY

You're moving fast. Biking, weights, and back in the car again -- great work.

For continuing improvements, and more great writing,

Art Mortensen
 

Re: Speedy recovery
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Art!

Thanks!

Date: 10/16/2014 From: Duncan Kimball
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dear Mr Bear - I'm a recent convert to your writing, which I discovered only earlier this year. I've now read the marvellous Eon trilogy, and I'm currently halfway through the equally marvellous 'Blood Music', and I'm totally hooked. I just want to say that I love your style, which is accessible but never simplistic or gimmicky, erudite, but never talks down to the reader, and your grasp of pacing and structure are superb - everything I've read so far I've found "unputdownable" - thought-provoking, hugely entertaining, and leaves me wanting to read more and more of your work. I look forward to reading many more of your superb novels and I thank you sincerely for providing the genre with such distinguished works, which I have no doubt will become enduring classics of the canon.
 

Re: Thanks!
Date: 10/20/2014
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Duncan! Working on vol. 2 of WAR DOGS even now...

New research cures cancers the way we normally do

Date: 09/29/2014 From: Richard Karpinski
Location: Santa Rosa, CA, United States

For details,see Google Scholar for GcMAF oleic acid

Just some current science? No, the way we will cure cancer almost all the time in the future. I'd like that future to happen soon. Lemme know if you see good ways to spread the word.

The key is that all the cancers that oncologists deal with produce excess nagalase which happens to inhibit the formation of GcMAF so our immune systems are partly disabled.

But we can make GcMAF in the lab and since it's a mere supplement as we already make it in our bodies, it's easy to import and use. But of course it cannot be FDA approved since with no patented drug to guarantee monopoly profits, we can't find the money to do the big FDA trial.

On the other hand, when it becomes very clear that one treatment works much better than the other, you end the trial and give everybody the one that works.
Can we do it that way?

Questions?
 

Re: New research cures cancers the way we normally do
Date: 11/12/2014
From: Greg Bear

Not wise enough to ask! Or to judge. Sounds intriguing.

Kaye's Epiphany

Date: 09/28/2014 From: Alan Mintaka
Location: Merrimack NH

Hello Greg,
I just saw the news about your recent health crisis. I was relieved to read that you had undergone surgery that corrected the problem, and that the prognosis for a full recovery is now positive.

Back on 06/09/2007, I posted a message dealing with Kaye's experience of an "epiphany" as described in "Darwin's Children." I never did express my gratitude for your kind and considerate response, so here it is, along with the "get well" message: thanks, be well and happy.

I hope you encounter the "epiphany" again. If not, you have the memory of the first experience. That sensation is probably what Robert G. Ingersoll would have described as a "benediction". He used the word many times in the context of profoundly moving, joyous events - events outside the limiting context of the religious and spiritual conventions of his time.

I have yet to receive that benediction. I'm still attempting to do so, despite the fact that the randomness of the "epiphany" suggests that such an attempt is pointless. From an irrational standpoint, at least, any attempt seems slightly less futile than doing nothing. I just can't do nothing, if you know what I mean.

This year I have been revisiting audiobook versions of your classics, currently the first in the "Eon" series. You have done a great deal to fill voids in the minds of people who do not have epiphanies. I should know.

I realize how that sounds but I'm not a writer. The sentiment is what it is, however grossly expressed. Think of it as a loud "smack!" on the cheek from Phyllis Diller, followed by the signature laugh.

Happiness to you and Astrid, forever.

Shantih shantih shantih

Alan Mintaka
 

Re: Kaye's Epiphany
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Alan! I wonder sometimes whether the "epiphany" is any different from being transfixed by light on water, or a warm spring breeze ruffling one's hair. Communication is everywhere. Answers are few.

Knowledge of Latin

Date: 09/19/2014 From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

I was discussing THE KING OF YS with another fan of the works of Poul Anderson, and we came to wonder how well your father in law and Mrs. Anderson knew Latin. Did either or both of them know enough Latin to read the Vulgate and translate quotes from it?

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Knowledge of Latin
Date: 11/12/2014
From: Greg Bear

Karen's fairly knowledgeable in Latin and Greek, enough to help me with those languages in EON and elsewhere! I do not know if she can actually translate the Vulgate.
 

Re: Knowledge of Latin
Date: 11/13/2014
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

First, I hope you are making a complete recovery from your recent illness. Second, thanks for replying. I did wonder if the Biblical quotes in THE KING OF YS came from the Vulgate, which was becoming the generally used version in the fifth century AD.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

FoG / AoS sequel and movie?

Date: 09/15/2014 From: Brandyn Weber
Location: Ohio, US

I've always been a fan of FoG/AoS, and have been following these forums here always hoping for any sign of a sequel or maybe a movie of the first two. I'm aware you are busy with other novels, but just wanted you to know here is another fan who would love to see either one of those sometime in the future. I would love to read about how the people on mars are doing or more about the Killers past. And with the way special effects are today, seeing a fully realized FoG/AoS on the big screen would be amazing!

I was just rereading the novels lately and noticed an interesting parallel between the Killers attack on earth, and the return attack on the Leviathan system. The Killers used three "ships" to distract the earthlings, one in America, Australia, and Russia I think, each one telling that country a different story. The three ships that entered Leviathan went to different areas as well, and in the end each ship acted differently, Double Seed distracted, Greyhound attacked, and Shrike "didn't do a thing" as Hans said. Was this an intentional parallel or just something I'm over analyzing?
 

Re: FoG / AoS sequel and movie?
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Not conscious, but good observing, Brandyn!

Here's Marge...sort of ;)

Date: 09/14/2014 From: Roald Laurenson
Location: well, out West here...

Hi Greg,

Not sure what you can make of this, but hoping you will enjoy going through it.

http://nymag.com/news/features/martine-rothblatt-transgender-ceo/index1.html#print

A lot more opaque than Marge is, surely, but interesting in some things she does.

Also just possibly a more humane person involved in some way with the Kurzweil singularity idea. Not guaranteeing anything...

Actually she reads so schematically that it occurs to me some contrast with a more fully formed person (as Marge) might be worthwhile. Or between the earlier Americulti constructed self and a future much broadly unified self, through some of that futuro-literary speculated capability?? Maybe nanobots of a kind (or Talsit information??) could be useful in unanticipated and kindly ways.

Hope all is good this summer up in the watery land, and looking forward to what comes first in your new series.

Best,
Clive

Inspiration!

Date: 09/05/2014 From: Ana Luiza Savioli da Silva
Location: Brazil

Hi, I'm a Biology Student from Brazil, and I'm also a published author here. And before I could publish my first book, I was told that no one cares for hard science fiction, and that I wouldn't find a book with that many details, therefore I shouldn't even try writing one. My first book was a clich← romance that people liked, but didn't please me, because it wasn't what I wanted to write, it was just what people wanted to read, what I knew that would easily please them. Then I read Darwin's radio, and I found everything I would ever want to read in a book. I love science and I work with Molecular Biology, and I'm fascinated with the virus scars in our DNA, so Darwin's radio was more than fantastic! Now I'm writing a science fiction that I had in my head for a while now, and I decided to put it in the paper because Darwin's radio proved me that a hard science fiction can be thrilling and interesting. No doubt it's among my favorite books. I'm looking forward to be able to buy and read every and each one of your books.
Thank you very much for being such a great inspiration!
 

Re: Inspiration!
Date: 10/20/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very good to hear from you! And thanks for the very kind words. Best of luck on your new book, and please keep us informed as it progresses! There can never be enough forward-thinking biological work.

What happened to Mara from Primordium?

Date: 08/23/2014 From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

Can you shed any light on what may have happened to everyone's favorite Gigantothipicus from Primordium? I know she would have to die eventually, but Mara seemed to just vanish after Chakas and company are herded into the Palace of Pain.
 

Re: What happened to Mara from Primordium?
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

She was likely included in the Librarian's private preserve. And since Gigantopithecus seems to leave the terrestrial fossil record about 100,000 years ago, I presume we have yet to find the traces of those lovely apes who were repatriated, along with the many varieties of human beings, after the Halos were fired.

the supposed "cure" for the flood

Date: 08/10/2014 From: Blake Buyers
Location: Stafford, Virginia USA

I have read Silentium twice and it is still unclear to me whether or not ancient humanity really found a way to sterilize the Flood. Near the end of the novel the Primordial/Alpha Gravemind claimed that humanity didn't really have a cure. However, the Flood would claim there was no cure so that it would discourage any hope to defeat it via a "cure". This theory is supported if one sees how Sgt. Avery Johnson of the UNSC survived flood infection after the covenant inadvertently released the parasite from a Flood research station on the Halo installation. Sgt. Avery Johnson was a Spartan-1 involved the ORION project and was subjected to a a number of genetic mutations caused by experimental injections that would later be used in the Spartan 2 project. It was these mutations that made him immune to flood infection. NOW, if only there was a way the Forerunners could have figured this out, the halos would not have been necessary. It seems that the Forerunners were so used to their perfectly tailored amor system which protected them from any and all known illnesses, diseases, and physical body damage, that the idea to purposefully compromise the homeostasis of the body in order to be immune to the parasite was unthinkable. In the Forerunners' perfection, there was imperfection. They were ultimately too perfect or too confident in their perfection.

I know that this message isn't much of a question, but more of an analysis. However, I could analyze and bring up all the best points there are all day and still not be correct. Therefore, I must ask the source, which in this case would be you, Greg Bear: Is there or was there ever a "cure" or possible immunity from the Flood?
 

Re: the supposed
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Very good analysis, Blake! These considerations were all part of the discussions with 343 around the FORERUNNER Trilogy. I hope they get elaborated upon in time!

Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.

Date: 08/10/2014 From: Martin D Kilgore
Location: United States

At a time when decent Americans are struggling to pay the mortgage and educate their kids, here you are shilling for Hachette's expropriative price-fixing (with the rest of the publishing cartel) to clout them for ebooks. The production cost of your ebooks are well south of 2 cents a copy.

Shame on you. Suddenly I find my enjoyment of your books very much lessened. Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
 

Re: Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Too bad, Martin. Did you know I was also an Amazon author, and that sales of WAR DOGS were severely affected by the contretemps? (Oh, and by the way, Hachette and Amazon have settled. Still mad?)
 

Re: Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Martin D. Kilgore
Location: Unites States

I pity the fools who pay puffed up fees for ebooks over $9.99 because in 6 months over 95% of them will be going for around 7 bucks. That is the true state of affairs in November 2014.

Furthermore, the customer reviews of "War Dogs" were decidedly mixed. I seriously doubt that was because Amazon was beefing with the print media wall street suits - of whom Hachette was just the cat's paw.

FYI, I paid $3 for complete works of Kipling and Mark Twain in ebooh. I also paid $11.99 for Mencken's Cherestomathy. I worked hard for my retirement money and when I buy an ebook I make my choice on value first. I didn't survive to 69 without being a food bank client by being a sucker.

Write like Mencken and you can get $12 for an ebook too.
 

Re: Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Sorry to have irritated you by wanting to make a decent living. Mencken would have had a ball with you.
 

Re: Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Martin Kilgore
Location: United States

I am a retired RN after 40 years in the real world THAT is a decent living. You are a story teller who now has to cope with the effects current technology inflicts on your remuneration. I seriously doubt that your royalties have you in the breadlines, Buster.

That is more that can be said for many of the people who have bought your books. Who are now being suckered by chiseling publishers to keep their obsolescent buggy whip maker overpriced print media jobs. Futurian, eh? It is to laugh.

Pardon me while I fall down laughing over your ridiculous "misfortune".
 

Re: Hachette Nobody likes a greedy-guts.
Date: 11/27/2014
From: Andrew
Location: Earth

In defense of Mr. Bear, he has to pay an editor (or his publisher does), he has to pay for that editor's boss, and someone has to pay for the admittedly minuscule in comparison server fee. Add to this that the investors of Hachette (or Amazon or whatever) also expect a return and that Mr. Bear needs to eat and pay his taxes (probably as self-employed no less) and an insane health insurance cost after the recent change in law. I would agree that sometimes the cost of an ebook seems steep sometimes, but comparing Mr. Bear's work to other new releases of cheaper price point, there's a reason he gets to charge more. Would he make more if he dropped his price? Maybe, but then you are looking at his being lumped in with the junk that starts out free and maxes out at $3 and he might actually lose sales. And since he also apparently needed heart surgery recently, if Wikipedia is correct (I came to this site for the first time today, so I don't know if it is common knowledge), what gives complaining about him being able to pay for his part of the cost? Finally, Mr. Bear, I tend to read your books at the library--my apologies for not helping contribute directly.

Reminds me of THE FORGE OF GOD...

Date: 08/08/2014 From: Pear_Lover
Location:

though, and whether inspired by it, definitely not a take off on it. I don't think. Anyways, if not familiar, check out a story by this young (and heavily science-educated) lad, Hannu Rajaniemi, called "The Server and the Dragon". Very cool.

2 (sort of) quick questions

Date: 08/08/2014 From: Brenton
Location: australia

hello mister bear my name is Brenton and i would like to ask you two small things 1 relating to 2 characters in your book silentium and the other if you might give me a little help with a story i am writing i will try to be brief. there was a life worker who was with the librarian when they discovered the other type of forerunners beyond there own galaxy and then she appeared again during the final chapters of the same book and the librarian asks her to get a ship (i think my i do have a great memory dont i) do you remember her name because my books i ordered so as to check are MIA in the mail and and the library has about 5 pre-orders on there copy and halo nation is no help and i think i am close to cracking the future halos story's. there was also a female forerunner warrior servant on requiem that the Liberian talked to and the warrior servant stayed on requiem to guard the didact but she was not there in halo 4 so i think she will play a part as well and again nation is no help uh name please? X(. well that was not short. ok now i am planning on one day publishing a science fiction book i am writing at the moment to counter attack my current depression now i have the story down in so much context (mainly because i like to live it in my head to avoid my depression) i could tell you how many times my sergal boyfriend would swish his tail and kiss me- *eyes widen with realization* uh would you mind forgetting that last bit? please? it's just putting it down in words i have trouble with if you know what i mean, i have the story its just writing it down. can you help? now i fear i have taken far to much of your time so i will take my leave good day mister bear.
 

Re: 2 (sort of) quick questions
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

The two Lifeworkers on that journey are Chant-to-Green and Recalled-to-Light. Hope those were the names you were trying to remember! And good rising in the library queue!

An interesting request

Date: 08/05/2014 From: Amy Hetland
Location: Florida, US

Hello,

I'm doing an international scavenger hunt called GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hut the World Has Ever Seen) and one of the items is to get a published science fiction author to write a (140 words max) story about Misha Collins (the person who made GISHWHES, and also an actor on the show Supernatural), the queen of England, and an Elopus (which is kind of a several tentacled monster with a trunk, and the mascot of GISHWHES).
 

Re: An interesting request
Date: 08/05/2014
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Amy--

Thanks for your request. I'm a fan of SUPERNATURAL and Misha Collins, but right now, I'm finishing up a novel--the sequel to WAR DOGS, coming out in October from Orbit--and have very few brain cells left to get clever! Good luck with the hunt!

Thanks

Date: 07/23/2014 From: TRILLI
Location: France

I am French and I beg you to forgive me for the mistakes, I'm very bad in the Shakespeare's language.

I don't believe in chance, and I found your two books on children of the future (SHEVA). I just finished Darwin's children and I really liked this book !!

Your theories are bold and sobering. I just wanted to thank you for it, read these past times, which were very nice to me.

Good "continuation" in your "art".

Sincerely

Bruno
 

Re: Thanks
Date: 07/23/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Bruno! Good to hear as I work my way through the last third of a new novel.

Didn't Find You on the SD Comic-Con Guest List...

Date: 07/19/2014 From: crisbaj
Location: san diego

...Greg, are you coming this year?? IF SO, which panels are you planning on being a part??
 

Re: Didn't Find You on the SD Comic-Con Guest List...
Date: 07/19/2014
From: Greg Bear

Alas, not this year--but will be writer GOH at San Diego Comic-Fest in October!

Best--

Greg

WOW!! Windy Burning Woman

Date: 07/16/2014 From: John X. Staight
Location: United States

Dear Greg Bear,

I just found your SF authorship.
Your literary work interests (excites) me.
Can't wait to read!

I read that you and others constructed a prequel to
The Foundation.

The basis of my view of life:

1. My Mom and her spirituality (Catholic).

2. Teilard de Chardin (The Phenomena of Man)

3. Heinlein and all his work (Most of his books are
a continuing exposition of "the wild yankee
entreprenaur."
=Science Fiction with strong theology. (or An articulate
Point-of-View). Woody W. Smith

4. The Foundation Trilogy. Psychohistory!

5. etc.

Will you attend Comic Con?
Speak to the public anytime!

My first SF = in Houston, 1962: Have Spacesuit W T! =
started my life long reading/thinking in a SF mode.

More later if...

regards,
Ira Howard

(friend of John X. Staight (moi), History Psycho Graduate UCSD)
1976.
 

Re: WOW!! Windy Burning Woman
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

Cool list, Ira! Alas, we missed this year's Comic-Con, but I will be a guest of honor at Comic-Fest down in San Diego in mid-October. See you there?

Queen of Angels

Date: 07/13/2014 From: Wendell Wilson
Location: United States

I've read a lot of sci-fi. I'm of Greg Bear's generation.
I think 'Queen on Angels' might be the best sci-fi novel ever written.
I'm fascinated by how 'Quantico' and 'Mariposa' lead into the future expounded upon in QofA and Slant. Is there a chance that other novels might be in the offing that fill in this timeline?
 

Queen of Angels
Date: 07/14/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Wendell! That universe is extensive enough that further explorations would be fun. The entire sequence, I'm sure you know, is QUANTICO, MARIPOSA, QUEEN OF ANGELS, HEADS, and MOVING MARS. Lots of history to fill in!
 

Re: Queen of Angels
Date: 07/22/2014
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Slant is after Maripose, right? Anwyays, I was in a used book store recently, a rare thing as I normally get stuff from the library, and found Queen of Angels (I think my dad has it, but finding it....), so, curious the timing.....

Haven't read HEADS either. I think my dad has, or at least had, that, too. I dare say MOVING MARS may still win out as my favorite, though.


Supplemental: you know, almost nowhere anymore do people write/type novel titles in all capitals, as well as the proper type for stories, etc..... But I remember the emphasis my English teacher put on such things (even though I rarely did the work and all....school, back then, bleh....)
 

Re: Queen of Angels
Date: 07/22/2014
From: Greg Bear

Ah, yes, forgot SLANT! And it comes after QUEEN OF ANGELS and before HEADS.
 

Re: Queen of Angels
Date: 07/22/2014
From: Wendell Wilson
Location: United States

of course, / I could never forget that in the sequence

Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization

Date: 07/04/2014 From: Louis
Location: Berlin

Dear Mr. Bear,

First of all I want to thank you for creating such an interesting universe for the Forerunner Empire.

After reading The Forerunner Saga I was confused about something. According to the book, Humanity's earliest known spacefaring ages were over 1,100,000 BCE, when they settled on numerous worlds along the galactic margin. But since it is around 10,000,000 BCE, that the Precursors announced their decision to the Forerunners: the Mantle responsibility for all things would fall on the shoulders of human, and the forerunners furiously retaliated against their creators and drove them to near-extinction. So can we calculate that Humanity were stranded on earth for nearly nine millions years? Personally, I think it costs so long time for Humanity to enter the spacefaring ages.

And my second question is, since the known history of the universe we are living in is around 14 billions years, how could the Precursors stored a hundred billion years' worth of knowledge in the domain Maybe the Precursors came from another universe, I wonder?

Thank you again for your beautiful creation in the halo universe.

Sincerely,
Louis.
 

Re: Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

All good questions, Louis! But I've actually offloaded a lot of the dates and numbers as I work on new novels, and so I may be as befuddled as you are. As for how long the universe has existed... remember, the current numbers are just that. Current. Less than a century ago we thought the universe had to be younger than tens of millions of years old!
 

Re: Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization
Date: 08/20/2014
From: Brian Beatty
Location: Rep. of Ireland

Good questions Louis. I agree with Mr. Bear, I think the age of the universe being 14 billion years old is based on much or far our instruments can observe the physical universe (I'm no physicist so correct me if I'm wrong. The universe could be far older we just can't tell at present. As for the Halo universe it could easily be over 100 billion years old or not (Forthencho mentions how most of their knowledge came from before there were stars in the universe) implying the Precursors predate the universe(like deities in mythology).

As for the 10 million years figure, it's stated ancient humanity went numerous dark ages with records and history being lost and populations scattered all across the galaxy. The earliest known spacefaring ages were over 1.1 million years ago. It is most likely humanity was created by the Precursors and evolved to a spacefaring(likely Tier 1 state) over 10 million years ago as it's hinted humanity and the Forerunners share a genetic origin). Since the Precursors chose them to bear the Mantle 10 million years ago reinforces this. I couldn't them choosing a race that didn't exist yet or wasn't spacefaring and therefore in no position to rule and protect the galaxy or universe (I think the Mantle according the Precursors extends to the universe not just the galaxy). The Forerunners' definiton of it probably isn't correct considering the way they used it and didn't even their true history in regards to it and I wouldn't trust anything the Gravemind/Primordial says about because... well it doesn't need explanation with the Gravemind.

But between 10 million bce and 150,000 bce, humanity has gone through numerous dark ages back and forth on the technological and socialogical scale. We don't how long humanity was on Earth, it may not even be their original homeworld as the fossil records are utterly screwed up and there are ruins on many planets across the galaxy built by humans that are possibly far older the the fossil records on Earth. It was hotly debated among ancient humans and Forerunners and 1.1 million to 10 million years is alot of history to track down. Yprin Yprikushma may not be correct (she strikes me as a Halsey-type person-kind of full of herself and overconfident in her abilities and intelligence at times) and I'm convinced the Librarian and the Lifeworkers based their own studies and research into this subject on Yprin's or using it as reference.

The same happened to the Forerunners as they to had several dark ages and lost alot of history and previous technonlogy. The Forerunner capital only had about 20,000 years worth of recorded history in it.

Hope this helps. Sorry it's a bit long but we'll probably get alot more info on this all in later Halo media. It's too much material not to fill.
 

Re: Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization
Date: 11/06/2014
From: Paul
Location: UK

Your series of novels were very enjoyable and some of the most engrossing I've ever read. The novels were much more Sci-fi than any of the installments so far and moved the story beyond the shadows and hints of the wider history of the Halo universe that readers were teased with within all other Halo media.

Having read the entirety of the Halo novel series I too am interested in the answer to the question as to why pre-historic human civilisations seemed to rise and fall without even the Lifeshaper having significant knowledge of these events before the Human/Forerunner war. Was this forerunner malevolence at work? Are the humans of today even descended at all from humanity of the precursor times? Are modern humans a completely separate evolution; much was made of the precursor ability to influence the evolution of sapient life though little direct evidence was given beyond the unaccountable rapid evolution of the devolved humans on Erde-Tyrene.
 

Re: Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization
Date: 11/11/2014
From: Greg Bear

Excellent questions, Paul! I'm not sure the answers have quite been determined. There are many more HALO threads to be woven together. Thanks!
 

Re: Questions about the Precursor and Prehistoric human civilization
Date: 11/15/2014
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Brian! Sorry to delay posting. Been exploring the far limits of modern medicine!

New online short fiction publisher and monthly fiction competitions

Date: 07/03/2014 From: Alan Shelton
Location: Mudgeeraba in Queensland, Australia

Dear Mr. Bear,

My name is Alan Shelton, and I am the content administrator of a new, short fiction publishing startup called Fiction Arcade. I apologize for writing to you out of the blue like this, but I am reaching out to successful authors who maintain blogs and who would be keen to know about new developments in the world of online, short fiction publishing.

Very briefly, Fiction Arcade is an innovative venture aimed at boosting the popularity and profitability of short fiction. It integrates the crowd-sourced nature of sites like YouTube (anyone can upload and promote their work) with the inexpensive, a la carte sales approach of sites like iTunes (stories are priced under a dollar), and then combines this with a 50% story preview system (just enough to hook readers without giving away the best bits) and the exponential word-of-mouth potential of social media.

The idea is essentially an extension of the natural evolution currently taking place in online publishing towards low-cost, high volume sales. But success will require having quality stories to attract readers, which means attracting talented authors to write those stories.

Stories are our capital, and authors are the investors who can provide us with that capital.

Thus, to attract story capital, Fiction Arcade is running a series of writing competitions between May and December. The total prize pool is $9,000, and every story entry generates royalties for its author - regardless of whether it wins any prize money. Entry is, of course, completely free.

There is much more to say about Fiction Arcade, and I would encourage you to check out our website as well as social media pages at the links provided at the bottom of this email. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Most importantly, if the mission of Fiction Arcade resonates with you as an author, please consider mentioning us to your readers and social media followers. It would be a tremendous honor and help to us. And if by some generous chance you felt inclined to upload and sell something of your own through Fiction Arcade, we would be over the moon!

I thank you for your time and kind consideration.

Sincerely,

Alan Shelton
Content Administrator

Fiction Arcade Pty., Ltd.
120 Mudgeeraba Rd
Mudgeeraba Qld 4213 Australia

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Re: New online short fiction publisher and monthly fiction competitions
Date: 11/25/2014
From: Greg Bear

Another market! Good to hear from you, Alan. Thanks.

Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

Date: 07/01/2014 From: Blake Buyers
Location: Stafford, Virginia USA

Hello Mr. Greg Bear, My name is Blake Buyers. After reading the Forerunner Saga you wrote, twice, I'm still bothered by a few mysteries involving who the Primordial really was and if the prehistoric humans during the time of the Forerunners actually found a cure. Even though the books were marvelously written and were a sensation to read, certain situations and events in the saga remain unclear. These are my questions:

1. Was the Primordial really a Precursor or just the first Gravemind ever to be discovered?

2. Did the Humans really find a cure, or was that an illusion the Primordial/Flood made them and the Forerunners think?

3. Why and how did you decide to make the Didact an antagonist later on in the books and also influence 343 Industries to make him the main antagonist in Halo 4?

4. Why didn't the Forerunners come up with the idea to purposefully infect planetary populations with a controllable disease so that said disease would render every organism inedible to the Flood, thus starving and killing off the Flood, or at least able to fight the Flood in hopes of exterminating all traces of it? (Though if it were that way, there would be no story and no drama...thus compromising the gaming franchise and halo lore.)

5. How come the ancient humans never tried to work with the forerunners to fight off the flood? And if they had a solution to fight the Flood, never shared it with the Forerunners? Was it just plain stubbornness and arrogance of the Humans or was it another reason?

6. Do you think it was Mendicant Bias' fault for being seduced into turning against his makers or was it his makers' fault for programming him to being susceptible to the logic plague?

7. Did Chakas die from flood infection? If not, what exactly caused him to lose the ability to continue existing in a physical state while Riser and Vinnevra survived the same exact situation? Why did he have to be Composed?

Thank you so much for your time and patience! I'm such a huge fan of your work on the Halo franchise and the Halo franchise itself. To me, there is no other better science fiction franchise or anthology better than the universe in the Halo series.

Thanks again,

Blake Buyers



 

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga
Date: 08/10/2014
From: Greg Bear

I'll try to answer a couple of questions, Blake, and then hope the experts weigh in to straighten me out. First, the Didact became an antagonist in HALO 4 through the plot mastery of the game creators. As for question 4--cool idea! I suspect you may be smarter than the Forerunners!
 

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga
Date: 11/26/2014
From: David Brett
Location: Bristol,UK


Hi My name is David I love your work on the saga and the Halo universe as whole. As my friends say "in all it's glory". But I have a few questions my friends and I have came up with and I believe I also can get the answers many, many others are looking for. If you can help it will mean a great deal for every one so here are our questions:

1. Will the Precursors have their own trilogy where you make them the BEST SCI-FI race ever i.e no Nerfing Just your

complete freedom to decide what's best?
2. Where did the Forerunners go after the firing of the Halo arrray?
3. Where did any last Prehistoric Humans go Like the fleet that glassed it's own planet and then WE presume left the Galaxy since they thought they would be wiped out and will they have their own books?

4. Great Work Best I read in ages but I'v been wondering where their any rules you had to follow?
5. How many ships do the Forerunners have all together + what is the yeild of a Destructor beam?

Thanks for your time. Any thing you do in future halo lore will be backed by us 100+%.
 

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga
Date: 11/28/2014
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, David! Halo fan support has been all-important for these books, and I'm proud of the new games. I'm off on my own series of books now (WAR DOGS is out to great reviews, and I've just finished volume two of that trilogy, KILLING TITAN, and hope to hand it in soon), and want to leave the 343 team complete freedom to develop what comes next, so I don't comment on such questions--which could be crucial!
 

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga
Date: 12/07/2014
From: David Brett
Location: Bristol,UK

Thanks for your time I'll check out WAR DOGS Soon.

P.S The Precursors really could be the most powerful sci-fi race. Above Q, Timelords, Xeelee,Although perhaps not the Downstreamers.

Again thank you for your time.
 

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga
Date: 12/07/2014
From: Greg Bear

Nor the Eddorians and Arisians in E.E. Smith's TRIPLANETARY and Lensman novels! There are quite a few powerful aliens out there in SF...

Let me know what you think of WAR DOGS!