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Topic: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Tony Hanmer
Location: mostly Ushguli, Republic of Georgia
Date: 07/29/2008

I found a copy, somewhat unexpectedly, in an SF-themed bookshop in Liverpool, UK, about 2 weeks ago. (Given release dates of August 5, is my copy from the near future, or merely the UK edition, released early?) Thoroughly enjoyed it. Greg, you're in top form here. Some of your books are mostly *science* fiction, others mostly fantasy, others what I would call "science fantasy", somehow bridging the gap. These latter are the best, I think, certainly my favourites: the Eon set, Blood Music, Queen of Angels. "City" also reminds me of your short story about Olmy in the Way - "The Way of all Ghosts", wasn't it? - with its Night Land homage, also referred to in this new book. And, of course, that strange FAR-future piece of yours which was first published in Japanese - I don't have your collected stories on hand to confirm its title.
Beautiful writing, passion, fascinating characters and settings in this new book, long awaited. Thank you very much.

Tony Hanmer
www.geosynchronicity.blogspot.com

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/29/2008

Thanks for the kind words, Tony! CATEOT's UK edition has been out for a couple of weeks now and is already in its second pressing. Both the UK and US editions have great covers. Take a look at our website, www.cityattheendoftime.com, for more revelations!

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 07/30/2008

Well $@%&!!, the Brits already have it in their hot little hands? Dang.
*sigh*.
Be thankful I am a man of "honor" and did not boost that display copy you had at ComicCon; like you kidded me about.
And, actually, I would have felt "inauthentic" doing that.
But I can wait...a few more daze.
Still getting postive bounce backs from those in my contact list who have shown an aptitude for "Stapledonian Vistas" that watched the link to the "Seattle at the End of Time" slide show; and am encouraging those local to me to go to your San Diego signing later in August.

Isn't that on your Birthday, too? The Signing that is...

Cheers

Mike

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/31/2008

Boxes just arrived. The book is in warehouses. In less than a week, it will probably be on display! And within a week after that, signings begin.

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Richard King
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: 08/04/2008

Greg,

I've not had the opportunity to see, much less read your new work. But... the title reminded me of one of my favorite poems written by Archibald Lampkin (a Canadian poet from the late 19th century) "The City at the End of Things". Here's a link to an online version of it if you're interested.

http://www.bartleby.com/246/1241.html

Sincerely,

Richard King

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/04/2008

This is a fantastic find, Richard! I feel I know the poem already--perhaps Hodgson read it before writing THE NIGHT LAND. Lampman is spinning his vision straight out of a steel mill, or one of Blake's Dark Satanic Mills, perhaps, with touches of Dis. (Though I see on the web that Blake was likely referring to the universities of England, rather than factories...) Some of Lampden's verses seem to point directly to descriptions in my own CITY, particularly,

And at the city gate a fourth,
Gigantic and with dreadful eyes,
Sits looking toward the lightless north,
Beyond the reach of memories:
Fast-rooted to the lurid floor,
A bulk that never moves a jot,
In his pale body dwells no more
Or mind or soul,an idiot!
.

Many thanks!

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Sue
Location: Wisconsin USA
Date: 08/19/2008

Hi Greg,
I love all your books that I have read, especially Blood Music and the Darwin series. I was unable to follow this book at all, it was too fractured and the various plots went unconnected for so long. The Kalpa references just didn't give me enough to understand what the heck you were getting at. I read the first 150 pages and gave up. Not a complaint; just wanted you to know I still love your writing but this one was not for me.
Sue in Wisconsin

Re: City at the End of Time - great Science Fantasy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/26/2008

Glad to have a dissenting vote! All those good reviews were starting to look a bit eerie. One of these days I'll write a book that EVERYONE likes... And vanish in a puff of smoke!

Re: City at the End of Time - Book Tour ??

From: Patrick
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Date: 09/01/2008

I have been a fan of yours for many years and would like to know if you are planning on a book tour. If you do plan on a book tour for your new book The City at the End of Time or any future books, can you add a link on your home page labeled APPEARENCES?

Re: City at the End of Time - Book Tour ??

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

Good to hear from you, Patrick! One more signing coming up here in Seattle... at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Sunday the 7th of September at 5:30 pm. The signings list is on the opening page of our web site, and we try to keep it timely--so we'll be posting that one on UPCOMING APPEARANCES AND SIGNINGS shortly.

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