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Topic: Thoughts from a fan

From: Michael B. McCreless
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Date: 07/12/2007

Hello, and thank you for reading. I purchased Quantico last year published with Madison Press and enjoyed reading it very much. It is so differnt from anything else I have read by you. I have first editions of every book you have published except for the Forge Of God and Hegira, which I read from the library. How is this new edition different from the one I read? I also noticed that the jacket cover is scary, whereas the cover on the one I read is more thought provoking.
Thank You,
Michael

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/12/2007

The true first trade edition of QUANTICO is the UK edition published in 2005. Easton Press published a signed limited edition around the same time. The Madison Press edition was produced for various book clubs--all these editions use the same text. The U.S. edition from Vanguard-Perseus featured on our opening page was published this spring and contains a few textual amendments, mostly reflecting the FBI's changing assessment of the American Anthrax case. That's the one now available in most U.S. bookstores, and promoted recently on THE DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart.

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: Michael B. McCreless
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Date: 07/12/2007

Thank you very much. I have enjoyed your writing for several years and have been amazed at your growth both in style and content. Will you be going back to your hard Sci- Fi roots in space adventure in the future, or do you have another fantasy book in the works. I do think you can write within any subject matter and I will read anything you put out. But, I do have to say I love your space operas the best.
I gave my son a copy of "Songs Of Earth and Power" and he thanked me for the awesome book. You now have another fan. He is also a writer and reporter.
Thank you for responding to my post.
Michael

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/13/2007

Next up--more of a "time opera" than a space opera, but certainly has elements of space opera--vast empires, strange voyages, alien concepts! And a thread of contemporary weirdness... That's CITY AT THE END OF TIME.

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: Michael B. McCreless
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Date: 07/13/2007

YAHOO, Will it end when the Fat lady's great grandaughter sings? I know it is a bad pun but I am a musician, so it is expected. The way you weaved time into the plots of the Eon trilogy and Anvil of God. The concept of time has always been foremost in my thoughts when I am attempting to solve the universal combined theory of "why do drummers always drag". By the way, your art certainly reflects your way of weaving charaters and plot together. I like it very much and would not mind having some on my walls.
I am also an artist, google me and you will find out a lot about me. My relatives and I are all over the net. Or check me out on the trombone page of the world.
Just a shameless plug for myself,
I look forward to your book I will be one of the first to buy it.
Michael

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/14/2007

Thanks for the kind words and for horning in, Michael! (Bad puns are thick this summer...)

Re: Thoughts from a fan

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 07/16/2007

Drag? I thought it was the other way round, generally, that guitarists and vocalists were too leading. It could be that drummers are taught to use time in a metronomic sense, but are constrained to it due to a conception of percussion not having any duration. This is largely a popcul phenomenon.

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