From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville La
Greg, I just Finished Darwin's Radio and I'm now reading Forge of God. I really liked Darwin's Radio and made me think of Terry Nation's Survivors for some reason. As I was looking for that I noticed that they were remaking the Mini Series and was wondering if you seen the 1974 original or read his book and what you thought of that idea. Knowing what we know today about bio-warfare, the fear of pandemic and how far removed we are from basic survival skills how would we fare today vs 1974?
In Survivors only 1 in 5000 survives the virus.
I know I wonder too much.
From: Greg Bear
I haven't seen Survivors. Wonder if it's out on DVD?
Location: Prairieville la
The 70's version has been on DVD (PAL) for sometime. I seen it on PBS years ago and read the Book about 8 years ago. The idea of all civilization coming to screeching halt and no one to repair or build from scrap was a scary thought. All of the cities became diseased (due to bodies and no one to bury them) and food was a problem. Most survivor children under five didn't survive the first week alone.
I thought of a world without a generation children and that's what made me think of Darwin's Radio and Survivor. In Darwin's Radio I took it as most if not all normal pregnancies stopped. What would that effect even for just a short time have on society. Schools would close, business would have to deal with labor problems, baby boomer's need taken care of but if generation is missing what happens, etc.
From: Greg Bear
There's been a long tradition in UK SF of this sort of story--many of them classics. NO BLADE OF GRASS by John Christopher was made into an effective movie back in the seventies, and of course there's THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS by John Wyndham, which became the classic film VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. I was very conscious of Wyndham and Christopher when writing the DARWIN'S books.