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Topic: EON/ETERNITY

From: Jason
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: 02/04/2008

Hey Greg,

Mate, I love your stuff.

I've just started re-reading Eon - blows my mind every time. I'm just up to the nuclear war on Earth and the Ruskie invasion of the Stone. You've managed to capture the feelings and vibe of what (hopefully) we can only imagine regarding such a catastrophic loss (the war).

I'm sure you've heard this before, but I can see this story making a brilliant feature length movie - as long as it wasn't too Hollywood-ified and turned into a flag-waving sanctimonious slop where everyone salutes the flag at the end :-). Hollywood does have a habit of doing that :-).

Anyway - nice work. And if you make a movie of it based on my suggestion, I want a cut :-). Or at least cast me in it somehow and/or let me get my music (yes I'm a muso) on the soundtrack :-).

Cheers, Greg,

Jason
www.myspace.com/jasonmaynardmusic

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/05/2008

Thanks, Jason! Take a look at the CGSociety Web site on the EON Challenge. I think it's still up and available. Pretty inspiring, but no one has nibbled just yet.

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 02/06/2008

Yeah, I'm skeptical either you or Dan Simmons are going to get a complete product from Hollywood. At least some are trying, though. Hell, in an article in Entertainment Weekly, there was a scathing rant about how lame hollywood SF is. We'll see.

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: John Holtom
Location: Luton (England)
Date: 02/07/2008

Dear Greg Bear

Eon is getting scary.

It had looked as though history had changed with the Berlin Wall coming down, the Soviet Union being dismantled etc. So one of the premises of Eon looked as though it was stuck in the time it was written.... but it now looks as though Russia is rebuilding a barrier between it and the West..... and the distrust, certainly between the UK and Russia, is being escalated day by day with the ex-FSB agent being poisoned, then explusions of diplomats...

We just need Thistledown (that is the name of the potato shaped thingy in the sky isn't it? - sorry not got the book with me to check this - to come back from the future and, who knows...

Is it history which is cyclical or time?

Regards

John Holtom

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/07/2008

Actually, we've had a pretty good run of decent sf films in the past thirty years. Few are perfect, but many offer rich rewards. Getting our own work onto the silver screen is a fascinating, mostly frustrating process--but hope springs eternal!

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/07/2008

It is getting kind of familiar out there, no?

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 02/11/2008

Re: russian things....

Um, I was starting to think something similar a few months ago....but there are some distinct differences, particularly economic, that I think Russia (leaders and common folk, alike) would like to keep hold of. I suppose some kind of heavy patriotism could resurge...

It's helpful to remember the following: the news is only what those controlling it want you to see. As well, even today, one has to know where to look to see other things. Further, who's correct or/and accurate? Of course, it's not necessarily easy to reconcile the various data. Lastly, there are still things you just don't know, won't find out.

I guess the best thing might be to say, don't fret. If times become truly terrible, you'llve spent the time preceeding them not enjoying what you could.

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/16/2008

Ah... The coward dies a thousand deaths. The brave dies just once. And the transhumanist... has to live a thousand lives, all of them full of misinformation!

Re: EON/ETERNITY

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 02/18/2008

And then there is the funxional, who understands contextual condition, and, while existing indefinitely, plays in the sun and breathes fresh.

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