Hi Mr. Bear,
I'm re-reading Infinity Concerto for the umpteenth time.
It's truly a classic.
I'm always struck by how rife with symbolism the story is.
Reading your book (this time around) makes me connect with the theme of advancing on the human journey.
As Michael moves forward in the story, I can hover over and see how humankind moves in much the same way.
It's just a timeless theme...after 20 years of re-reading it, I thought it high-time to thank you for dispensing such perennial wisdom (& symbolism) in an immensely enjoyable story.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Avenefica! The basic themes of fantasy all point to the inner journey, and I had a little help from not only great fantasy and science fiction writers (I took the inspiration for my Sidhe from Poul Anderson's THE BROKEN SWORD) but philosophers such as Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Oh, and of course, Robert Graves' THE WHITE GODDESS. The influence of Jorge Luis Borges is apparent, as well, and I revisit his ideas in CITY AT THE END OF TIME.
Location: San Diego, CA
I too, just reread my (autographed!) 1984 printing of The Infinity Concerto. Surprised to discover our local library (La Mesa) lacks the Songs of Earth and Power within their Greg Bear selection. I'll have to correct that.
Here's to the good friends and great writers which accompany our journey.