From: Vince Singleton
Location: Kingsport TN
Dear Mr. Bear--
I want to express how very much I enjoyed VITALS, which I just finished! You never cease to amaze me. That book seriously wigged me out, as the kids say. Unnerving. Horrifing, in its own way. Masterful!
I've e-mailed before, praising your work and suggesting a Poul Anderson tribute anthology. Read an analysis the other day, arguing that Poul was at least as accomplished writer as Heinlein, but never wrote a "big book" such as Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or Stranger in a Strange Land. That may be so, but Heinlein's novels always seemed overly didactic and lacked any sense of . . . poetry. Heinlein could never in a million years have written anything as lyrical and exquistite as "The Queen of Air and Darkness" or "Goat Song." Or so I see it. Plus, Poul mastered SF, fantasy, and historical fiction.
I wonder that you two never collaborated.
I will always consider Poul one of he giants of the field, alongside Jack Williamson, Heinlein, Van Vogt, Fritz Leiber, Fred Pohl, etc. I've been reading sf/fantasy since 1965, and suppose I'm pretty opninoated
Sudden segueway: I caught the interview on The Daily Show. Very good!
I have not yet purchased Quantico, but I will. I have most of your books, even the original mmpb's of Hegira, Beyond Heaven's River, and Strength of Stones. My first ed, hardback of Eon is one of my treasures. In truth, I have never read a book by you I did not enjoy. I love Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, Dead Lines, and--now--Vitals.
Just wanted to say thanks.
From: Greg Bear
Many thanks, Vince. Poul won a long string of Hugos and Nebulas and other awards over the years--beats me out by a considerable margin--but never did nab one for his novels, which are among his finest works. Reason? Competition--blind chance. Prizes and fame are often chaotic. Keeping our readers amused and surprised over the decades is what it's really all about!
From: Max Haptonstahl
Location: San Francisco
Dear Greg - I love all your work and collaborations. You're on my A list of authors to look for when browsing the bookstores or Amazon.com.
I usually don't beg for sequels or prequels, but after reading VITALS, I sure would like to know more about what happened with Rudy Banning! VITALS has left me creeped out and exhilarated at the same time... I've found all your stories to have authentic plausibility, but the premise of the "little mothers" sticks with me and won't let go. It seems not just possible but actually likely to be really happening. Thanks a lot!
p.s. I'm selecting my food carefully now. Lots of canned stuff.
From: Greg Bear
Last I heard from Rudy, he was running an organic grocery in Petaluma, California--shipping dates and dried fruit all over the world!