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Topic: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Robin
Location: Lakewood Washington
Date: 07/29/2008

I just wanted to say I am a big fan! I saw you respond in a comment about how Darwin's Radio wasn't dated and I completely agree! I just re-read the book and was thinking myself how it could fit right into the times today. It also makes me feel special when you describe some places in Seattle and I can see them in my head. Good job!
Thanks for all you do!

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/31/2008

Thanks, Robin! CITY AT THE END OF TIME is also set in part in Seattle, as you'll see on the website slideshow. A few familiar places, somewhat altered...

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Robin
Location: Lakewood Washington
Date: 07/31/2008

Way to "Pimp" the new book! I will definitely check that out!

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/01/2008

Hmmm... I'll have to get into some rapper rhymes to pump the book, prime the pump, bump the pimp, pinup the art we know and love... stick it to the future, stick it to the power, badness in the hood, chaos on the brain, have to be insane...

Better stick to my day job, no?

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 08/04/2008

That thang just ain' in ya blood, yo.

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/04/2008

Awww... I'll just have to keep writing books now.

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: looking for some academic papers on "sudden evolution"
Location: hamilton square nj
Date: 09/07/2008

Hi - was thinking about your fantastic book today and began to search the net for some academic or summary papers on the concept of suddent evolution. I found some material about how environmental stress can cause massize speciation, but nothing really definitive about how that stress information gets parsed and stored and acted upon. Meaning, say that there is over crowding in our society, how does the genetic system determine a remedy for that?

How does it actually know what to do about it? I was thinking the remedy could be to grow a horn in the middle of the forhead, for all we know. That was the one thing I was not able to pick up from your book. Maybe I should read it again.

PS - maybe you should start with the Beastie Boys if you wants to get into the Hip-Hop. I always thought of them as what would happed if Jerry Lewis started rapping.

Re: Darwin's Radio in this day and time

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/08/2008

These's a still fairly current bibliography in the back of DARWIN'S CHILDREN which can get you started. Microbial response to stress is fairly well understood, but the long-term response of large social animals to environmental stress, and the effect on their reproduction and genetics, is still only in the early stages of study.

Beastie Boys evolved from Jerry Lewis? Hm...

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