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Topic: Darwin's children

From: Terri
Location: Austin Texas
Date: 07/23/2008

Hello Mr. Bear,

My neighbor and I enjoyed both Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children. We had a question about Darwin's Children. We were wondering if there will be another book to follow. There were a few things left such as the girl who was pregnant by a "regular" human whom Christopher released and the placenta that was taken by the doctor. It seemed to both of us to be left as if there may be another book. We would love to have another one to read as we read both of these very quickly. There was also no real detail as to what was found if anything when they found the laboratory filled with "virus children" who were killed or died.

Thank you for your time. We really did enjoy your novels.

Terri and Val

Re: Darwin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/28/2008

For the time being, I don't have plans for a third book. But some of these things spin out over decades, so who can say for sure?

Re: Darwin's children

From: Jim
Location: Prairieville
Date: 07/28/2008

Just curious why you have not wrote a third book or have no plans to do so? Is it at a point that you are pleased with this series? Are their too many other books/ideas in the works?

The reason I ask is it seems to be your most popular and most requested series. I'm guessing you already know it would make a good amount of money. Could you let us in on your mind set?

I had a hard time understanding Rowling's mindset to let Harry Potter go, Writers dream of having that one book or series that crosses barriers and people seem to get something different out of it from reader to reader.

Then again I still listen to the same 70's music I did when I was in my youth so what do I know.


Re: Darwin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/29/2008

70s music is great! Publishing--especially sf publishing--is going through a very difficult time now, and after that shakes out, it's possible a third book will be welcomed.

Re: Darwin's children

From: Stuart
Location: Lakewood, WA
Date: 08/21/2008

Just finished reading Darwin's Children - read Darwins Radio five years ago. My favorite book of yours is still EON.
I'm at an age where I sometimes buy a Sci-fi book only to find I have read it!..........
Was a Buddhist monk for a decade and love how you merge hard science and spirituality. However, consider spiritual experience are egoless and a merging with non difference(the one/ whole)- lose yourself.
I enjoy Chuang Tsu. A taste- http://www.edepot.com/taochuang2.html

Re: Darwin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

That's certainly the tradition within Buddhism, to extinguish self and desire and merge with an egoless eternity. The traditional epiphany is more of a top-down feeling than bottom-up, and outside of one's control. Interesting to know how they might complement each other!

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