From: Roald Laurenson
I don't know if you knew about this. It appears on the Wikipedia page for Doris Lessing, who just was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and quotes her.
"What they didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time. I also admire the classic sort of science fiction, like Blood Music, by Greg Bear. He's a great writer.".
From: Greg Bear
Congratulations to Doris Lessing. We dined with Ms. Lessing and her son Peter in Brighton in 1987, and found them lovely company. She's said kind things about my work over the years, but this is her moment in the sun. Doris Lessing has written masterpieces, suffered for speaking truth, and irritated more than a few grumpy, bitter old men, and over a remarkable career (far from over) she's created a brave and richly varied opus. These accomplishments make her prize long overdue and well deserved. Three cheers!