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Topic: crazed fan message? (just kidding...:))

From: Jess Howe
Location: Worcester MA
Date: 04/20/2008

I discovered your writing a couple years ago, and you've become one of my favorites! Maybe it's because you've made hard sf more user-friendly, or maybe because you do a lot with bacteria - for some reason, I have an unholy obsession with bac stuff. I had a great time with how you used it in "Slant" - superb! (not to mention "Darwin's Radio"...) You seem to have read Lyn Margulis' work very thoroughly... I'm looking forward to reading the books of yours that I haven't so far!

Jess

Re: crazed fan message? (just kidding...:))

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/22/2008

Thanks, Jess! If you liked SLANT, you should take a look at VITALS, my most paranoid bacterial epic. I'm a longtime admirer of Margulis.

Re: crazed fan message? (just kidding...:))

From: Jess Howe
Location: Worcester MA
Date: 08/25/2008

*G*I read "Vitals" a couple months ago -- oh yeah, it was gorgeous. I particularly was interested in the ways you had the bacteria entering into and affecting humans, as well as the descriptions of how to survive as pure of that as possible.

It actually sparked my interest in looking again at a novel I've been working on of and on for some time now (because I'm generally a short-story writer, you see, and have found novels are harder for me to do). Nice bacteria-people work, though the harder science of it is what's caused me to delay so much there.

Seriously though? Thanks for a wonderful read AND spurring me on, if unintentionally!

Jess

Re: crazed fan message? (just kidding...:))

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

Glad to be of assistance, Jess. Now, about that local salad bar...

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