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by Guest » Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:06 pm

 Hi! :D :)

I loved your work with the Forerunner Saga but I was wondering if you could give us a bit of info of some of the Forerunners in Cryptum. Namley Bornstellar-Makes-Eternal-Lasting's family.

Here are wiki pages on them:'s_father's_mother's_sister

My questions are below:

1) What are there names?

2) How many inches taller is Bornstellar's sister than her mother? (Crytum said she was only a few but what is her actual height?)

3) What colour eyes Does his Mother and Sister have? (His dad has Black and silver).

4) What colour hair does Bornstellar and his sister have? (Is it like their father "Purple-White" or "Deep Red" Like there mother. Or are they different all together?)

5) How tall is The Master Builder, Faber?

These are just some things I was wondering as I read the book, you did a great job in describing and creating the Forerunner world/Civilisation but I thought it was a shame that we never got to know their names or got a few more destails on there looks. (Which makes sence since there looks weren't desided upon till Halo 4.) Hoping to add to the wiki soon thank you for your time. :)

Blood Music noocytes

by keleosmaisie » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:55 pm

 There's one main area I would have liked to see this book cover in addition to everything it did cover, and that's how the noocytes encoding everything, which included animals, could have lead to conversations with other animals, memories of theirs, with Michael Bernard or Suzy for that matter (maybe a better fit for that). I think, though, that might have made it a very different book.

As it is, though the science was often beyond my comprehension, I loved it. Plowed through it in two days. So glad I was turned on to Greg Bear. :)

Re: Blood Music noocytes

Postby gbear » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:01 pm

Very interesting thoughts! Think of all the treaties and interlibrary loans and such that the noocytes must have engaged in! Thanks for your cool ideas.

Re: Blood Music noocytes

Postby BillGoodwin » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:26 pm

Keleosmaisie's idea has me thinking about Ray Bradbury's character, Cecy ("The April Witch"). Cecy's ability to enter other bodies was obviously an occult power...but what if we were to rationalize it? Does her body send out little "noocyte-Cecys" and "debrief" them when they return? The idea of digitizing consciousness (a staple of cyberpunk) bothers me for reasons that aren't entirely logical. But the noocytes seem to co-opt principles already in use. A more nuanced means of "jacking in" perhaps. It's comforting to think we ALL may be probes of some sort, and our memories preserved in that biological "Overmind" whose outward aspect is the living world.

Re: Blood Music noocytes

Postby gbear » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:42 pm

Ah, magic and science! Wonder what secrets a master magician has to learn, and in what detail!

Re: Blood Music noocytes

Postby Guest » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:56 am

A good magician never repeats a trick. Unless of course his name is Hugh Everett, in which case he repeats it endlessly, with tiny variations, until it encompasses all possible tricks...


Postby » Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:20 pm

 Hi Greg,
Do you take story ideas for new books? I have a story that I would like written as science fiction, but it is based on my life experiences. You Can E-mail me if you are interested.

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby gbear » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:32 pm

Thanks for asking, Oscar--but I've still got so many ideas I may never find enough time to finish. My suggestions is, knuckle down and try your hand at writing your story yourself. That's the hardest part, and nobody can do it better than you, I suspect!

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby walter94526 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:28 pm

Although it's easy to get put off by his outspoken right-wing views, Larry Correia has a good amount of real-world advice on his web site for aspiring amateurs. If you're not familiar with him, LC is an accountant / gun nut / firearms instructor who parlayed his fantasies into the Monster Hunter book series (the hero of which is an accountant / gun-nut). Since then he's produced the Grimnoir books, which are among my personal favorites - and I think that the fact that I'm a Greg Bear fan attests to my high standards :D

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby gbear » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:53 pm

Enjoyed meeting and working with Mr. Correia at a recent ALA gathering sponsored by Tor and Baen Books. Also enjoyed Spokane's WorldCon and George R.R. Martin's post=Hugo party, with some of the loveliest hood ornament consolation prizes I've ever seen!

The divide in politics in science fiction and fantasy between left and right is the most extreme I've seen in this country since the sixties, when science fiction writers lined up in favor of, or opposed to, the Vietnam war.

Today, it seems to me that the far right has lost so many major battles, politically, that they're going more than a little overboard in reaction. Social Security and Medicare--and now the Affordable Care Act. Civil War goes to the Union--reconstruction goes to the bigots and plantation aristocracy, but the south suffers economically for generations! During WW2, blacks spread across the nation to take up important jobs in the defense industry, and in 1948, the military is integrated--forcing a lot of bigots to abandon their military careers.

Then the civil rights act passes.

Now we have a black president, and the far right sees so much lost ground that it goes hyperbolic. Voting rights are being attacked for spurious reasons in a lot of the old familiar stomping grounds of Jim Crow. Are we facing a resurgence of the Confederacy?

Gay rights, gays in the military, and now gay marriage. Are libertarians now partnered with evangelicals (something that likely would have outraged both Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein!)

Are some science fiction writers willing to write off a possible new readership of billions of people by insisting they be excluded from our books and our publishing world? Again, Rand and Heinlein would have been appalled.


But as in the past, the test of all of our writers remains--do they write good stories, despite their political views one way or the other? And what sort of fascinating psychological divide shoves up between the writer, and the overtly public political individual?

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:19 pm

Nhh. As I've long said, politics and governance are separate things. I've also said that the entirety of philosophy can be forgotten; at least, philosophy since the enlightenment has been an emotional response to the human condition. Food for thought, kids.

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby JKoziol5 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:52 am

I think it's unfair to label the right as pining away for the days of Jim Crow and segregation. I'm not GOP but most of my GOP friends have a problem with Obama because they think he's a doofus, not because of his skin color.

Also, as a longtime libertarian and former officer in the LP, I can assure you that libertarians only "partner" with evangelicals to the extent that we believe all viewpoints should be respected and that you should be able to live the life you want free from interference as long as you respect the rights of others to do the same.

That being said, I don't believe that a good SF story is evaluated against political beliefs by a vast majority of readers. SF fans enjoy being challenged in their beliefs IMHO. Most reputable SF authors don't ram their political or social beliefs down our throats but use them as a backdrop against the story I should think. Kim Stanley Robinson comes to mind; it's obvious what his politics are but he tells a doggone good story so who cares? Same with Heinlein.

I guess my message is to forget about the politics. Current political controversies have as much relevance to a good story as current rocket technology has to interstellar propulsion. Who cares in the grand scheme of things fictional?

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby walter94526 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:56 pm

Greg, thanks for sharing your thoughts in this area.

Reaction to change, as you point out, is a big reason for the level of acrimony we see today but I also think that Neal Stephenson got it right recently in Seveneves, i.e. our electronic hyper-communication is contributing to outsized schisms in society.

It seems odd to me that reading the "Old Man's War" and "Grimnoir" books, that the authors have a large overlap in their worldview, and by all rights ought to get along. Of course people are people, but I can't help but think this is a symptom of our environment.

Re: New Story Ideas

Postby Pentium » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:03 pm

My Humanities instructor back in the mid-90s said people were 'hyper-conscious' due to media exposure, and that was before everyone had a computer, let alone cell. But while there has been greater mania from constant information, there's more been connexion through the same device, and a lot of things many didn't imagine - except, in my experience, for Brin back in EARTH ('85).

On that note: last night I was reading this article called The Story of Mel, about Real Programmers. They code in machine language. (He has another, more comprehensive article called Real Programmers code in Fortran.) Perhaps these kinds of skills aren't necessary in this day of ubiquitous GUI and calculator apps, I was thinking about my childhood in the 70s and 80s, blue-collar neighborhood where computers weren't seen....Atari 2600 and VCRs and microwaves with digital readouts didn't register on the could never know computers existed, except for my dad who all but ran the company he worked for via the code he wrote. The sentiment in the last fifteen years has been, 'it's all computers'. It's been all computers since the 50s. In a way, since the 40s and the first transistors.

Re: New Story Ideas

by Olmy ap sennon » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:25 am

Have you ever given any more thought into writing in the EON universe. I have had a question about the divergent earths in it that is killing me. Like if Timbl and Talsit are divergent, where do they diverge? What path of humanity leads to us becoming Frants? I dunno I guess I just thought it was a very interesting world with groups that are very easily to identify. I might also just miss Olmy.

Re: New Story Ideas

by gbear » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:37 pm

Could return to the Thistledown saga at some point--a few more tales to be told! Thanks, Olmy.

Fan mail

by Guest » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:22 pm

  Where can you send fan mail to Greg bear?

Re: Fan mail

Postby tmccanna » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:52 am

You can post it here if you don't mind it being public (Greg reads all of the posts), or you could send it in an email to and I'll make sure he gets it. If you have something to send through postal mail, send an email to and I'll respond to you with a mailing address you can send it to.

Re: Fan mail

Postby Sunny West » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:03 am

Is your sequel, Darwin's Children, going to be made into a movie? I truly enjoyed it, and am intrigued with Stella's character. Your writing grabs you in and doesn't let go. I am an upcoming author, who would like to travel in your footsteps. If you have any publishing tips, please share them with me.
Best, Sunny West.

Re: Fan mail

Postby gbear » Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:33 pm

Lovely thoughts, Sunny! But no action on the screen yet.

As for writing--the great secret is to keep writing, keep getting better, go to conventions where like-minded readers and writers hang out--possibly apply to Clarion West, an excellent program... Keep track of the markets where your stories might best fit--

And keep writing! Let us know how it goes.


by Chris » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:10 pm

 Finished War Dogs and Killing Titan. Great stuff and another example of meticulously researched and credible fiction. Thanks Mr Bear for keeping this 60 year old's imagination from aging as well.

I am struck by how difficult it must be to not only write such a detailed work, but also to have to conjure up different dialects and slang to add to the realism and give it a more challenging twist. Sort of like Burgess in A Clockwork Orange. Here's a funny hypothesis. Ever notice how in that book, the protagonist (Alex) uses the word 'like' so frequently as an inappropriate modifier in sentences? Wouldn't it be funny if the present day habit of doing this in commonly spoken English originated there? What an unlikely legacy.

Anyway, thanks for keeping the fine art of Sci-Fi escapism alive with a polished sophistication.

Sioux Falls, SD

Re: Titan/Dogs

by gbear » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:37 pm

Thanks, Chris! I'm a big fan of Burgess, as anyone knows who dips into "The Wind from a Burning Woman." Interesting theory about "like." I suspect Burgess may have been noting the phrase in UK youth=speak, or Beatnik lingo back in the 1950s. "Like, crazy, man!" But I do quote CLOCKWORK often in my speech. Viddy well!

Re: Titan/Dogs

Postby Chris » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:05 pm

Thanks for the reply. You're probably right. I suppose the street speak that you refer to dates back even earlier than Burgess' time. When a phenomenon like that comes along though, I always wonder who/where the index case took place.

Re: Titan/Dogs

Postby brianflyingscotsman » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:35 pm

Dear Mr Bear,

Just finished Killing Titan and War Dogs: Like all of your work i've viddied so far, very enjoyable. If I may be so bold, when will the 3rd instalment be published, and do you have a title in mind that I can keep my eyes peeled for?

Yours sincerely,

Brian Benson

Re: Titan/Dogs

by gbear » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:05 pm

Hello, Brian!

Working away day and night (almost) and the book will likely be delivered this week. Looks pretty good so far!



Loved Blood Music...

by tspreng » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:37 am

 And I need more! I read Blood Music earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with it, both for the writing and for the subject material. I am itching to get my hands on more scifi meets body horror, but it's such a niche that I'm having trouble finding books. I'd even just take scifi meets horror at this point! Do you or others have recommendations either from your own work or others that might help me find something?

Thank you!

Re: Loved Blood Music...

Postby gbear » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:41 pm

You might take a look at VITALS... Big biology meets paranoia! And still quite up to date after fifteen years. And if you like that, take a look at MARIPOSA or QUEEN OF ANGELS or SLANT. Not so much horror as biological speculation on politics and such. My true horror novels are DEAD LINES and PSYCHLONE, all available from Open Road!

Re: Loved Blood Music...

by tmccanna » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:50 pm

My favorites tend to be the biology-related ones, too - I highly recommend Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children, too! They contain some similar types of suspense and world-wide paranoia as well.

Blood Music ripoff?

by baroquesmguy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:21 pm

 I recently saw the episode of the Outer Limits entitled The New Breed. I enjoyed it, however it struck me as a little sad that a tip of the hat wasn't made in Greg's direction because the story line was so close to that of Blood Music.
Blood Music is a novel I have revisited many times and it is one of my favourites. I read it shortly after it was released in Australia and at the time I thought it would make one hell of a movie. I live in hope, but after seeing what was done to Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, I feel more pessimistic.

Re: Blood Music ripoff?

by gbear » Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:48 pm

I actually liked Childhood's End a lot... very faithful to the novel, and visually stunning. Years ago, we worked with the producers of the Twilight Zone and actually partnered with them on later projects, so no worries there!

Re: Blood Music ripoff?

by JessicaSom » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:43 pm

Well the script was not satisfactory as always. I wish they hadnt cut the action scene in the end, more 15 mins to the movie wont hv mattered. Still the screen play was not very bad :?

Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by Pentium » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:44 am

 I had this little niggling that something was going over here. And, lo, big changes. It'll be interesting to see how the forum format goes.....

So, now something I happened upon tonight while looking at clouds images. Could be hip.

Will We Build Colonies That Float Over Venus Like Buckminster Fuller's "Cloud Nine"? ... ine-127573

Re: Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by gbear » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:57 am

Could be.... but it would be incredibly hot!

Re: Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by John Koziol » Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:58 am

Forgive the late reply but...

Why the hell would anyone do that? Governments could find out whatever they wanted with cheaper probes and corporations wouldn't do it without a profit motive. One of the things that drives me buggy in SF are these grandiose projects that have no reason to exist.

One of the things that endeared me to Greg's Manifold series was that the main character had good, sound reasons to do what he did. Well, sorta. OK, good enough to progress the plot.

Re: Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by gbear » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:46 pm

Not sure I remember a Manifold series...?

And impractical expensive schemes are sort of endemic in science fiction! Fortunately, when writing, the engineering costs and special effects are relatively cheap.

Re: Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by Pentium » Sat Oct 31, 2015 12:43 am

Manifold was Stephen Baxter - Malenfant is the character, who was rich enough to do such things, which is happening a lot lately. As for economy, man man man, you just gots ta think beyond that. Pay Iain M. Banks a visit.

But, most of all, that was an article in popular mechanics or something. It seems feasible, even for that time. And it was being thought about, not only by the Russians, because the 70s was about space, and people were already thinking about population pressure and all.

Re: Heyo.....AND building colonies in the atmosphere of Venus?

by baroquesmguy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:24 pm

Pamela Sargent's Venus of Dreams novel depicted the terraforming of Venus as well as colonies in the atmosphere of Venus. I read the first two of her Venus novels, and enjoyed them, but I never got around to reading the third in the trilogy.

Neural Physics - Halo Silentium

by FabledBot » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:56 pm

 Hey Greg! I had some questions regarding Neural Physics, and the Flood's ability to interact with it. I'm super fascinated with this stuff, and its been eating away at me for some time, so I'm glad I found this discussion board.

In the Forerunner trilogy, we see the Flood use what I assume to be nearly every facet of it there is. However, I was wondering if the Flood had the ability to create objects as well? It was noted that they took control of the Star Roads, but also that they were able to use it for superluminal travel. Were the Flood able to use Neural Physics to the same degree as the Precursors, or less so?

My other question is with regards to how Neural Physics based objects are brought into existence. It was said that the basic beliefs/principles were that the mind was connected to inert matter (I think,) and that the universe was a living "thing". To me this implies that they (Precursors,) simply brought these Neural Physics objects into existence with their minds, but I was wondering if you could shed some light as to your intentions there?

Re: Neural Physics - Halo Silentium

by gbear » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:01 pm

Excellent questions! To dig out the answers I'll have to resort to a brief survey of science fictional ideas, including my own in other novels, such as HEADS and MOVING MARS, which exploit a far-out theory of physics that combines information theory with particle theory, making up "particle-bit structure."

Precursors (so to speak) to these notions may be found in CITY AND THE STARS, by Arthur C. Clarke, where inhabitants of a city a billion years in the future can materialize anything they want through a kind of city-wide transporter system just by thinking. Interestingly, a similar idea is taken to extremes in the film FORBIDDEN PLANET, where the subconscious minds of the Krell take over such abilities and destroy their civilization. Wonder if Sir Arthur was irritated by this homage/ swipe? At any rate, FP added substantially to the mythos.

Re: Neural Physics - Halo Silentium

by segu » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:44 am

It is so interesting guys what you are talking about. I'm new to this and that's very cool! :)


by GratefulRob » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:35 pm

  I love your books! I notice at least a few typos in most of them (I notice them in everyone's books, not just yours). I'd love to trade some proofreading for a chance to read your stories first. Or if it helps I could send you lists of typos in your current books to fix for future editions. For example the last one I noticed was in Quantico, on page 294, line 30, the fireworks ONE the second day... Can't wait for whats next, Thanks Rob

Re: proofreading

by gbear » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:06 pm

Thanks, Rob! I've got plenty of good proofreaders, and usually the only advance preview of a book goes to Astrid. The fact that any number of copy editors can't stop every error from getting through is just a fact of life for writers!

which software is best to write SciFi?

by crisbaj » Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:18 pm

Killing Titan is astonishing. Calling Titan a 'wet battery' had me laughing for days! The tempo you established was gripping and fluid, and holding the balance of the story narrative AND a first-person dynamic was breadth-taking. Thanks for such a great bit!

Question: I am frustrated with using MS Word as the 'writing platform' for SciFi/Speculative Fiction. I am hearing alot about SCRIVENER as a good program to learn and use...
what programming do you use for your work??

crisbaj in San Diego

Re: which software is best to write SciFi?

by gbear » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:13 pm

Hello, Crisbaj! I use Word myself and have for decades. I haven't tried Scrivener--what do you think are the possible advantages? I have seen tools I used previously go by the wayside as operating systems and other software changed--not happy with that. But still the texts manage to get written! Thanks for the kind words about KILLING TITAN. I'm working my way through the middle of volume three right now...

Re: which software is best to write SciFi?

by crisbaj » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:30 pm

Thanks for the reply!
WELL... the people advocating to me to use Scrivener (or a different tool) is that [a] it allows for multiple doc access, including research real-time [b] it allows for post-it-type notes/comments in specific places, and [3] it has auto-format for other types of submissions (TV script, for example]

I appreciate knowing you work in Word, and... now that I think about it... for my writing projects, I have not used any of the advanced editing functions, which WOULD allow for other doc access AND comments/post-it ideas for editing. Duhh! I use it all the time with students' paper submissions, but hadn't thought to try that.

One thing that seemed a 'down' side to a program like Scrivener is it's a bit complicated, and all I need to do is get lost in the distraction of a complicated learning curve while trying to write.

Thanks, Greg! Can't wait to find out what happens in War Dogs III, in the middle of the wet battery...!

Re: which software is best to write SciFi?

by walter94526 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:32 pm

I mostly do music for my creative efforts, and I have personally found that fidding with complex technological tools is a great excuse for avoiding actual creative work. I personally view such things as CAP - Computer Assisted Procrastination.

Re: which software is best to write SciFi?

by Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:59 pm

Depends on the person and their interests and aims. There have to be some tinkerers, to figure out what can be done with the gear.

Re: which software is best to write SciFi?

Postby jjl » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:43 pm

this is why some authors use very old programs like wordstar :)

Size of The Way

Postby Malkere » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:08 am

 Hello Mr. Bear.
I've decades now kept Eon and Eternity as my favorite books and can still see so many images from the books bright as day in my mind. I'm working on a project that involves a scene mimicking The Way and was curious if there was ever a consensus on how big The Way is in diameter. I forget if it was ever specifically mentioned in the books, and have repeatedly tried to search for discussions on it online but to no avail. (I should read them again! and will...)

Currently I'm working with a 100km circumference giving me a diameter of 31.8km or 15.9km to the singularity plus or minus ground height which makes the math being used for rendering/construction, etc. a lot easier to manage. Still, I wanted to be working to scale if there ever was an actual scale mentioned.

When I get it to a more presentable stage I'd love to ask for your approval in my presenting it openly as my depiction of "The Way" as conceived of by Greg Bear. There are a few more questions for when that time comes though.

Thanks for the inspiration!
Kyle Postlewait

Re: Size of The Way

by gbear » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:34 pm

Hello, Kyle!

The Way was fifty kilometers wide, just like the seventh chamber of Thistledown. Look forward to seeing your depiction! By the way, the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC is preparing a model of Thistledown for display in their gallery. Now if we can only squeeze an infinitely long space-time tube onto their model, following your depiction...!

Re: Size of The Way

by Malkere » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:40 pm

Thanks for the reply Mr. Bear.

I will rework some of the math to bring it closer to 50km.

I was looking through the Eon CG competition from 2006-2007 at CGSociety yesterday. Very interesting to see how different minds see the same thing. I'll post a pic of my own when I can.

Best wishes in 2016!

Kyle Postlewait

Question about a quote from Primordium

Postby David » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:11 pm

Hello Greg!

I'm a fan of the Halo franchise and have gotten a great deal of entertainment out of your Halo novels. Something that crossed my mind today was about the Didact's final conversation with the Primordial in Halo: Primordium. Right before the Didact executes it, the Primordial states:

"We are the Flood. There is no difference. Until all space and time are rolled up and life is crushed in the folds... no end to war, grief, or pain. In a hundred and one thousand centuries ... unity again, and wisdom. Until then - sweetness."

Was 10,100,000 years from then really the correct time frame? I only ask as the main events of Halo occur ~100,000 years after this book and that's leaving me second guessing that bit of info.

Thanks in advance,

Re: Question about a quote from Primordium

by gbear » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:09 pm

The Primordial's clock tells time in very round numbers! But clearly it's aiming at a time somewhen around the Halo game epoch... Glad you've enjoyed the books, David!

To Evolve.....

by Pentium » Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:28 pm

From The Steve Strout interview:

GB: Just about everything. I’m constantly working my way through science and history and fiction and science fiction, along with myth and psychology, trying to improve my understanding and find ways to challenge myself and my readers. Anything I haven’t resolved or don’t understand can be explored in a story. If the story is good, then sometimes I’ll understand more.

Dude. You're the only one besides myself to convey such idea. To BE-COME. And (younger) writers of any other medium are rarely if at all taking note, or realizing, such which is why their stories are terrible.

By the way, I reprimanded Strout for saying sci-fi. (You didn't, but I'll give you this one.) Gotta evolve 'em!

Re: To Evolve.....

by gbear » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:32 pm

Sci Fi is now coin of the realm. No longer a tag of disrespect!

Re: To Evolve.....

by Pentium » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:37 pm

In that way I will not (d)evolve. But I feel better alone than in a camp I don't match. So be't!

Re: To Evolve.....

by Pentium » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:28 pm

That isn't an issue. Hasn't ever been for me.

There is an ignorable difference between SF and scifi/sci-fi. The difference between EON and Star Trek. The difference between MOVING MARS and Battlestar Galactica. The difference between SONGS OF EARTH AND POWER and Harry Potter. The difference between just about anything in the field and Star Wars.

The difference between child-like, and child-ish.

Re: To Evolve.....

Postby gbear » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:33 pm

Actually, I'm quite enjoying BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (the new version) and have always been a fan of STAR TREK and STAR WARS. As well, the adaptation of CHILDHOOD'S END was superb and totally faithful to the novel, quite remarkable. EXPANSE is looking very promising. So maybe SyFy will go back to calling itself SciFi! They're finally doing what they should have been doing all along.

Inside Out and the Country of the Mind...

by gstew » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:09 pm


I finally watched the movie 'Inside Out' last night. I am quite surprised that noone else has mentioned how much it mirrored your Country of the Mind from 'Queen of Angels'.

Were they reading the same research and books you used in QofA... or was it the inspiration?

Greg Stewart

Re: Inside Out and the Country of the Mind...

by gbear » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:28 pm

Loved INSIDE OUT! Does remind me a little of previous sf and fantasy about worlds inside the brain, including Zelazny and James White and William Hjortsborg, and only slightly of QUEEN OF ANGELS, but with a delightful fresh twist. Embodying the emotions as characters, in a preadolescent girl no least, is a brilliant take on the Country of the Mind theme!

Future Visions

by tony hanmer » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:43 pm

 Dear Greg,

Loved your story in the Future Visions book,
You really found something mind-expanding there.
The only thing better than this would be for you to do a "Blood Music" from it - expand it into another groundbreaking novel. Any chance?

Thanks from Vitals Country,

Tony Hanmer

Re: Future Visions

by gbear » Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:43 pm

Thanks, Tony--

Could be a good beginning for a novel, no? I'm thinking about it now. Results usually take a few years!

Re: Future Visions

Postby tony hanmer » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:27 am

Sounds good! I can wait - I have no choice anyway, being that I'm "caught up" with your magnificent body of work... At least there's hope! Go get 'im, Muses...


by Violet Femme » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:46 pm

  I just finished listening to "Webster" on an audiobooks site. As a writer of horror, both real and imagined, and narrator for a horror podcast, I'm thrilled to have found Mr Bear! I've never considered myself a sci-fi fan, but recently have realized the 2 genres at times overlap one another. I can't wait to read more from his impressive collection. Perhaps someone might suggest something that blurs the lines, rather than starting with "pure" sci-fi.

Re: Webster

Postby gbear » Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:41 pm

Thanks for the kind words, VF! I've had a lot of fun over the years blending SF and horror and fantasy, in the tradition of Poul Anderson and James Blish and Jack Vance and so many other fine writers. I recommend you might take a look at DEAD LINES or PSYCHLONE for more of those blends... Or SONGS OF EARTH AND POWER, my fantasy duet. Best! Greg

Halo Primordium

by L. Sessions » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:43 pm

 Hey Mr. Bear,
I was wondering what the correct pronunciation is for 'Gamelpar'. I am having a little... Umm... lets call it a debate, with some friends over it.

L. Sessions

Re: Halo Primordium

by gbear » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:34 pm

As I wrote, I pronounced it GAM'MEL-PAR. Sort of a play on "old father" in Norse.

Blue Origin - wow

by Pentium » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:23 pm

  I might've found out about this other than through here, but probly not. Something worth paying attention to.

RE: Blue Origin - wow

by tmccanna » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:52 pm

Yes, Greg did post about it! Very exciting news!



by Bill Goodwin » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:43 pm

 Hauntings & Hallowtations,

In the immortal words of Mike Jittlov… I’M LATE!

I’ve just begun reading KILLING TITAN, and am loving every page (did you ever take that walk on the trestle?). Already impatient for the next volume in Fall 2016!

I’m going out on a severed limb this year, and posting an excerpt from a story of mine (“The Pumpkin Star”) as a prose poem.

The tale so far: The titular dwarf star is going to destroy the earth on October 31st. While adults go nuts, children flee into the wilderness, determined to at least have a good Halloween (right?) before the end. But they get more than they bargain for when the biosphere itself begins going through a series of dreamlike changes…

* * *

From “THE PUMPKIN STAR” – for Greg Bear by Bill Goodwin

Red starlight basted the pumpkins with eerie splendor. Plump and pompous, regal in bearing—their beauty hypnotized the boys and girls. Here was Halloween indeed, keeping court under the sky, with sowbug and centipede for petitioners.

The star burned… the fuzzy leaves began to stir…

A great humidity rose from the patch, making the hot atmosphere ripple. Perhaps it distorted what the children saw. The gourds yanked their tethers loose from the main vine and lifted the new appendages into the air. The ropy tentacles gesticulated, the pumpkins hissed and moaned.

Down plunged the tentacles—down into the ground, to draw daggers from the churning soil.

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria were now steak-knife-assembling bacteria, apparently. The pumpkins wielded their gleaming tools deftly, sinking their serrated blades into their own red flesh.

“Self-carving pumpkins!” declared Larry in amazement.

Circular cuts completed, the gourds removed their lids. Vines plunged like green snakes into their guts, scooping and flinging mush. Beetles fed joyfully in the weeds—a last buggy meal.

The vine-tentacles dithered. The golden flowers opened and closed… opened and closed…

“They want us to climb inside,” said Max.

“No way!” whined Willy. “Those pumps ain’t like any pumps I ever seen.”

“No, Max is right,” insisted Larry, assuming a leadership role. “We gotta get inside the pumpkin. All of us.”

Something strange filled the air. A spicy scent that made the idea seem natural, even attractive. The children converged on the center of McGully’s fantastic patch and struggled up the clammy vegetable flank. The pumpkin helped, offering supportive tendrils.

Vines curled, replacing lids. Orange tissues rewove themselves, sealing the pumpkins tight. A soft radiance filled the interior cavities where youngsters huddled. The furtive homunculi nibbled on seeds and waited.

The pumpkins rose.

One by one, the beautiful globes abandoned the dark soil where they’d nested. Like balloons they rose, like new thoughts, like bubbles in a sweet glass of Orange Crush. Straight up into the flake-fire heavens, shining in the wild night, guarding uncertain futures in their warm insides. A multitudinous vegetable answer to the scandalous, plasma gourd overhead.

Somehow the children could hear each other. “Where are we headed?” asked a timid voice.

“I dunno,” whispered another child. “Where would a pumpkin GO?”

Larry thought about it. “To another pumpkin?”

From a remote corner of the black and crazy clockwork-sky, Mars beckoned…


Can’t seem to shake that red planet. Break out the Cosmoline!

Spooky regards,



by gbear » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:25 pm

Very nice, Bill--

A seasonal tradition in this part of Halloween town!

And thanks for the kind words. Working away on vol. 3!

Forge Of God & Anvil Of Stars "baddies" reasons.

by stucheesman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:51 pm


Dear G. Bear,
My friends and I are stuck with trying to work out the reason why the 'baddies' in "Forge Of....", & "Anvil of..." went out their way to destroy Earth. If they wanted volatiles, then there where plenty in our solar system (e.g. Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, moons and minor planets, etc). And if they wanted to take our habitable home-world then using "makers", "Doers" and the Neutronium/ anti Neutronium surprise would have obliterated Earth. So why? Sorry for being decades out of date and also probably asking blatantly obvious questions.
Our Kindest Regards to such a genius.

Re: Forge Of God & Anvil Of Stars "baddies" reasons.

Postby Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:11 pm

I thought it was explained in the novel, and discussed on the old board, maybe even the original board (late 90s), that they decided anyone above stone age tech ability was to be removed. It's the only way to be sure. OR - maybe the good guys are really sadists, artistically so, in that they created the whole thing, to cleanse the Cosmos of the riff-raff, while separating out the wheat from them.

Re: Forge Of God & Anvil Of Stars "baddies" reasons.

by gbear » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:31 pm

The planet killers are working on behalf of some very zealous masters, who do not wish to face competition in the greater galaxy, and so work very hard to extinguish promising civilizations.

Re: Forge Of God & Anvil Of Stars "baddies" reasons.

Postby Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:11 pm

Ah, that's right. Alas, they're afraid of [combination]....but I dare say, such remarkability might likely remove social drama, and restore SF back to things like Hal Clement's FOSSIL (and the short that precluded it) in the series Isaac's Universe of the 90s....

'The Machine Starts'......

by Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:13 pm

  That should prick up the ears of anyone who's read E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops. I'm awful curious. Regardless, neat that MS had the idea to essentially commision some SF.

Re: 'The Machine Starts'......

by gbear » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Definite reference made here--but very different sort of machine! Looking forward to the responses when this gets published. My first foray into quantum computing (and I think the first appearance of the topic in science fiction) was "Heads" back in the 1990s. The Microsoft Research team working on QC is fascinating to listen to.

praise for Killing Titan; Spook drive?

by Rob » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:49 pm

 hi Greg,

I just finished Killing Titan and it was wonderful. I'm particularly happy that you've focused your imagination on my favorite moon of Saturn! I'll definitely have to revisit the earlier book to look for foreshadowing regarding the revelations in Killing Titan.

A question: given Venn's narrative, I can usually see where you (the author) are coming from in terms of technology. But I have no idea what's going on, physics-wise, with the Lady of Yue's propulsion: the fuzzy-looking crew, the pre-flight cleansing ritual, etc. Clearly you have something in mind. Can you drop some hints, or maybe leave some crumbs in the next book? What is going on there?!

thank you again for your stories!

Re: praise for Killing Titan; Spook drive?

by gbear » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:36 pm

Not sure I'll be bright enough to fully explain this even in the third volume! But clearly it has something to do with tuning space and time, perhaps helping grease the skids. An even more mysterious quantum drive is coming up... One that involves plants!

Re: praise for Killing Titan; Spook drive?

by Pentium » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:06 pm

I haven't read KILLING TITAN, but I'm getting the idea the Gurus are religious. Maybe masochistically so (although isn't that one with the other?.....okay, enough shit-stirring).

Audible / Audiobook version of Killing Titan coming?

by walter94526 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:25 pm

 Subject line says it.
There was a nice audio for War Dogs, didn't see a release date listed for audio version of KT.
Not that I'm illiterate, but listening to SF audiobooks is the #1 factor that helps me get in my hour of cardio every day :-)

Re: Audible / Audiobook version of Killing Titan coming?

by gbear » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:10 pm

Good to hear! Not sure when audio version of Killing Titan is due for release, but I'm sure it will be the same high quality. An hour of cardio sounds terrific!

Re: Audible / Audiobook version of Killing Titan coming?

by Pentium » Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:34 pm

Well, at detriment to your reading time, you could just do some Royal Court exercises for fifteen minutes, and get INFINITELY more from it. Proper (full, powerful) breath is key, though.

Re: Audible / Audiobook version of Killing Titan coming?

Postby walter94526 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:15 pm

I guess Audible either didn't have or accidentally failed to post upcoming-release information for KT: usually they put it up well in advance so they can take pre-orders.

Quantico is a show?......

by Pentium » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:40 pm

  I found out about this yesterday. Seems it's basically QUANTICO, but without any of the goodies. I suppose this kind of show might be timely and all....but one wonders whether the idea wasn't kyped......

Re: Quantico is a show?......

by gbear » Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:05 pm

Haven't seen the show, so the only thing that's the same is the title, so far... Ironic, since my original editor at Del Rey was not at all sure that was a familiar enough title!


by tmccanna » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:01 pm

 Greg will be appearing at these locations along with Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Mercy:

Tuesday, October 6
7 PM: University Bookstore, Seattle, WA

Wednesday, October 7
7 PM: Tattered Cover, Denver, CO

Thursday, October 8
7 PM: Powell’s, Beaverton, OR

Friday, October 9
7:30 PM: Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA

Saturday, October 10
3 PM: Borderlands, San Francisco, CA