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Topic: blood music and hegira

From: Chris Danvers
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Date: 01/19/2008

Hi ya Greg,

Its been a while since i came here and gave you a rap, I have read most of your books and and have commented before on how great you are, so I'll just leave that this time and get to the point...

I have had a small pile of your books waiting for a while and i finally got to some of them recently...

Loved blood music... though i enjoyed Darwin's radio and children, I sometimes felt lost in the RNA-biology talk (i had to re-read sections to make sure i understood what u meant)... Blood music was enough for my simple mind to understand... it was quite disturbing though...

Hegira feels like an odidity among your works... Though it was enjoyable and compelling, I found it harder then any other book of yours to figure out what you were "going for" in the underlying themes... Human nature, cyclic way of life?... But i feel i missed something and i was tantalsied in bits, with the thin beasts/beings, the fire doves and lack of stars... Not sure if i comprehended it all...

I love scifi, but i dont really like fantasy, which most of this book is... but that said it will have me thinking for a while (unless you provide me with a ball to answer them)...

one last bit of useless advice/opinion... We all want to see you on the big screen but I just have an overwhelming feeling that you should try TV... I just loved queen of angels and slant... they would work so well as a serialized drama... think lost or the new battlestar... they would be moody, noir-ish... plus highly original (which for the love of god we need!)... 2 books... 4 seasons?... Tell me the scifi channel has better things to put money into!!... I just wish i could make them myself!

Great work as always, cant wait for the new one, especially since you have been out of hard scifi (or do i mean space?) for a bit...

Love
Chris

Re: blood music and hegira

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/20/2008

Thanks, Chris! HEGIRA was my first published novel, so it's bound to be a little rough. As for CITY--it's going to be remarkably difficult to classify, since I've combined within nine hundred pages or so of manuscript all of my favorite forms of literature. Is it science fiction? Absolutely. Does it feel like fantasy? A lot. Does it make fun of modern physics? Well... Scary fun, yes.

Re: blood music and hegira

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 01/20/2008

A side comment, here: I've always found your fiction to be illuminating and uplifting, even the 'bad' parts, cos of the scope and imagination involved. (Although, a girlfriend of years ago had some fairly serious psychological trauma from reading The Forge of God that I'd turned her onto. The destruction of earth was really upsetting to her. I was fascinated, though, cos her imagination was obviously so strong and affecting. A preciousness.) Axis city, etc, that stuff just made my MIND water.

My favorite in this vein of farsight is Judgement Engine. It's so abstract it's simply sublime. Um, yeah.

I haven't read Hegira, though. Actually, I haven't read anything published before Blood Music. Yet. I will, eventually.

Re: blood music and hegira

From: Chris Danvers
Location: Australia
Date: 01/21/2008

Thanks for the response Greg... I didnt think HEGIRA was rough!... when ever i watch/read something i hope it sits with me for a while, as all good things do... Things that get the reader to question it or situations... and of course this did too... I just wish i had others to discuss it with... unlike a show, books are often left to self interpretation...

CITY will be fun... cant wait...

on another note... way off topic... what type of music do you like Greg?... Do you listen to music when you work?...

Re: blood music and hegira

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/21/2008

I used to listen to music when I wrote, but haven't for years. My favorite music--film music, classical/baroque, jazz, avante-garde... and a lot of different kinds of rock.

Re: blood music and hegira

From: Chris Danvers
Location:
Date: 01/22/2008

I can see how film music would be good for writing... not too distracting and great at setting moods... I am currently obsessed with James Newton Howards score to the village... its amazing (and inspiring)...

Thanks again Greg!

Re: blood music and hegira

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 01/23/2008

Chris, it really depends on the person. Up through, say, my first semester of music in college, I could listen to anything while reading, though preferred 'classical'. Into my second semester, I found out it was that popculture had provided an environment of largely 'romantic' sources, which I further noticed I enjoyed, or would notice more often, during reading than actual classical period stuff. Into my third semester of music I experienced a dramatic personality change, and since then I prefer nothing on when reading or seriously thinking about anything having to do with words. It's too distracting, otherwise. I actually very rarely listen to music now because of this.

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