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Topic: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Jim Golden
Location: Connecticut
Date: 09/26/2006

Just got done re-reading Songs of Earth and Power for the 3rd time. I've read the books (together and seperate) once every decade or so since they came out and its a real thrill to read it in ones 20s, 30s and 40s and get a different emotional response each time. This is just a fan note - Its one of the best fantasy epics (or any kind of epic) I've ever read; and as I get older my interest in fantasy has really declined. You want to know more and more about each character as they evolve, transitions between scenes were great and nothing about it got tiresome. Even the really intense scenes were always just enough and never over the top. Phenomenally well written. The afterwords was just icing on the cake. I've got Mahler's 10th on my computer in the background and I've got to get on Amazon and see if I can find any Waltiri...

Thanks for a superb novel. Please revisit this world(s) again. Cheers,

Jim

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/28/2006

Thanks, Jim! Arno Waltiri is a figment, of course, but you might look around for Korngold, Max Steiner, Newman, and others I used to shape his character. There's a real renaissance in recorded film scores!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Roy
Location: Japan
Date: 02/06/2007

I finally read this novel about a year ago and it absolutely floored me. I'd picked it up because I enjoyed all of your SF novels (the one's I've gotten around to reading so far anyway) but something about this book was actually far more satisfying-it was actually a very emotionally powerful piece of work.

I would like to echo the sentiment of the above poster, that I would love to see this world or these characters revisited, but I would also worry that a sequel would lack the intensity of the original. If you have any ideas for a followup, I would love to see you pursue them, but I wonder if it would be possible for you to get back to whatever it was that made the writing at that time feel so personal.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/06/2007

Probably difficult to recover those days--so I advance to new topics, new subjects!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Aniruddh
Location: India
Date: 02/15/2007

I've read a host of science fiction and fantasy novels. Songs of earth and power transcend both these genres and is something else altogether. The mysticism associated with fantasy novels is derived from Michael's experiences in the realm, and does not conform to established standards. Like all good books, the message(couldn't find a better word here) is applicable to society as it exists, as it had existed, and as it will, in a tantalising glimpse of the future.

Recovering this series will no doubt be wonderful, yet, if nothing more were to be published, then it's just as well. This is a wonderful work of art, and it is without doubt among the finest books i've ever read. Just had to let you know that this book means so much to me. Thanks for this.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/15/2007

Thank you very much, Aniruddh! SONGS contains ideas (and a few passages) that date back to my high school days. It's special to me, as well.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Mike
Location: UK
Date: 02/27/2007

Gorgeous Book, thankyou :)Loved Eon too!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/06/2007

My pleasure, Mike.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Jesse Gordon
Location: California
Date: 03/15/2007

I have to echo everyone else's comments here. This was the first of your books that I read, and to this day it's my favorite. I tend to pull out old favorites once a year or so and re-read them, and Songs of Earth and Power never loses its magic. In fact, this was one of the books that made me want to be a writer, so I guess I owe you a double thank-you. ;)

Take care, Greg.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/15/2007

Much appreciated, Jesse!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Tamiko
Location: Nashville
Date: 07/14/2007

First off, your book was brilliant! It's the first of yours I've read, & I've already read it twice (in less than a year). I read at least one book every week and a half.

I never even considered myself a science fiction reader, but when I read this book and a series by Octavia Butler I was floored!

I know none of what I experience in the world of pages will ever be the same.

Thanks for capturing me!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/14/2007

To be in the company of Octavia Butler is high praise indeed! Thanks, Tamiko.

Songs of Earth and Power

From: Maria
Location: Isle of Skye
Date: 07/23/2007

Have just been introduced to the above by my housemate. I'm not a big fantasy fan (LOTR and HP aside) and I can't say I was really enthralled by the first of the books, but it interested me enough to tackle the second and I'm very pleased that I did. It really is amazing. Being an ex student of Celtic Studies with an interest in music it hit all the right notes. Thanks!

Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/25/2007

You're most welcome, Maria. And you're in the right place for reading fantasy!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Larry
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 08/08/2007

I'm not a big fantasy reader...if anything, I usually avoid it. But, there are two books that I will constantly go back to because of how enjoyable they are - Heinlein's "Glory Road" and Bear's "Songs of Earth and Power". I've read the latter twice, and each time, it's almost impossible to put down.

I just sent my copy to my brother-in-law, who is a big Harry Potter fan. I think he'll find this more engrossing than that.

Big Bear fan since Eon, and will continue reading as long as he keeps on writing.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/09/2007

Thanks, Larry!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Marshall Ireland
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 11/24/2007

There are few of the oh so many books I have read over my lifetime stayed with me long after I have put it down. This is truly one of those books and I am very happy to have found a place to thank you.

As a teen, I had two methods of escape, cycling and reading. And over the next several decades, many authors have taken me on many incredible journeys, though few I revisit. The Infinity Concerto has that rare magic though, and even now barely holds together from the many times I have reread its pages to myself and aloud to my family.

A thought though, I would love to see this animated by one of the greats like Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli. Any thoughts?

Anyway, thank you again for taking us all to such a wondrous world, and for the other worlds as well!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/02/2007

Ah, that would be wonderful, wouldn't it? I feel the same way about SPIRITED AWAY, TOTORO, and so many others from Studio Ghibli. (We own a number of Cat Buses.) Always a delight.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Michael Loveless
Location: Lewisville, TX
Date: 12/21/2007

I, too, just finished reading it for the second time, but it was like reading it for the first time. There were so many events I didn't remember, or struck me in a different manner.

Of course, being a musician/composer/aspiring film composer named Michael kind of attracts me to the story.

You mentioned in the afterword being a painter. I'd love to see some of the locales you described so well on paper or canvas.

Thanks for a great story!
Michael Loveless

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/24/2007

I only did a few sketches for these books, and I'm not sure where I put them... Ah, I'll have to get back to painting some day soon! But there's always that next novel to get working on...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Ian Hocking
Location: Canberra Australia
Date: 02/10/2008

Hi Greg, Thanks so much for this fantastic book, I am recovering from a paragliding accident and have been house- bound for some time with a broken leg. Both this book and Eon have been a great way to pass the time over the past several months, and I can't thankyou enough for helping me escape the confines of my house sending me on a trip that is far beyond anything my humble imagination could ever produce.

Thanks again
Ian.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/16/2008

Thanks, Ian! At least you get out and go paragliding... Here's to a swift recovery and more, safer adventures.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Alan Boffey
Location: Australia
Date: 03/09/2008

Hello Greg
I have read EON Eternity and Legacy about 3 times now and they are amazing. I keep rereading them much to my partners annoyance but each time I feel I connect a little more with the characters. Songs of Earth and Power although being around for some time is a recent read and I am just reading the second half which is The Serpent Mage. Again a great read and makes me look outside myself an consider the world around me.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/11/2008

Many thanks, Alan!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Hazel Collier
Location: Scotland
Date: 08/21/2008

This is my 'hospital book'. I go in and out more frequently than the average person and it is always my first choice, like a best friend. The story has sustained me for years and I'm going to have to replace my copy now because the pages are coming loose. Every time I read it I am happy. Thanks for a wonderful story that never loses anything from repeat readings.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

Many thanks for your kind words, Hazel. Here's hoping your hospital stays are shorter and fewer, and the reading experiences more idyllic! Let me know how it goes.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Will Duquette
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 02/17/2009

I love these as well, but the detail I like best is the building on Sunset Boulevard with the rubbish tube going down the front. I used to drive by it regularly, back when it was still there.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/24/2009

And it's still there now--reburbished once again as a luxury hotel! It's now called the Sunset Tower Hotel; it used to be the St. James Club and Hotel (built in 1929), and for a time was known as the Argyle--after I wrote THE SERPENT MAGE.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Megan
Location: Ft. Stewart GA
Date: 03/02/2009

I just read this book again for the second time. I believe I first read it in 98 or 99, around my freshman year of high school. It is the only book of yours that I have read, but I once again found it enjoyable. I just sent it to a friend of mine serving prison time, I hope he can enjoy it (sometimes people do very stupid things out of desperation and pay the price long after).

All in all a very good read, full of emotion and curiosities, just as any novel in this genre should be....but many fall short of the mark. Thank you for an intriguing story that grows with the reader.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/02/2009

Thanks, Megan.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Steve
Location: California
Date: 04/29/2009

I saw after googling that this had been touched on a couple of years ago, so thought I'd ask. Has Songs of Earth and Power been released as an audio book yet? Would love to enjoy this on my commute as this is still one of my all time favorites. Many thanks for your reply!

-Steve

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/30/2009

Actually, I don't believe it has been made into an audiobook. Seems to have missed out on that particular trend.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Alex
Location: Canada
Date: 09/11/2009

I read The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage (they were separate books then) quite a while ago. Recently I wanted to recommend them to an acquaintance and, searching for an online reference, stumbled upon this forum.

First, I'd like to say that I am impressed by the open dialogue between the author and the readers. Every single comment posted on this topic was answered, even if by a simple "thank you". Kudos to Mr. Bear.

Now, since I'm already here, a few words about the book. It's been a while and I don't remember a lot of the details, so I'll concentrate on the impression it left on me.

I really liked the Infinity Concerto, for multiple reasons. First, it was different. The protagonist wasn't some kind of epic hero off to save the world from a peril only he can combat, for the most part, he had trouble just staying alive. The fantasy land was not a beautiful utopia, it was dark, brutal, deadly and unfair. The magic had a sense of boundaries and was not used as "deus ex machina". The characters were not stereotypical good/evil but had a depth that made them believable.

Come to think of it, "believable" is the operative word here. Greg Bear managed to create world that, on one hand is very alien but on the other hand, is self-consistent and thus feels "real".

All in all, one of my favourite speculative fiction books.

That said, I was somewhat disappointed by the sequel. Don't get me wrong, I do not consider The Serpent Mage a bad book, it's just that it wasn't, in my humble opinion, as good as the first one, mainly because I felt that it compromised on some of the qualities that made The Infinity Concerto so enjoyable to me.

I'd also like to comment on the idea of making an animation film based on the novel. Unfortunately, not every work translates well from print to screen and I suspect that "Songs" may lose a lot of it's appeal if the transition is not treated extremely carefully. Also, while I enjoy Myazaki's work, I am not sure that he is the right person for the job. If I have to pick an animation film that's close in feel to The Infinity Concerto, it would probably be Hiroyuki Okiura's Jin-Roh.

Sorry for rambling...

Best regards,
Alex.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/23/2009

I'll happily entertain proposals from any of the masters of anime! Thanks, Alex.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Joost Lommers
Location: The Netherlands
Date: 10/10/2009

I just finished rereading the first part, The Infinity Concerto, and again I am overwhelmed. I read both book from Songs of Earth and Power back in the eighties. As separate books, and in the Dutch translations. I love music and the role it plays in these books always felt close to how I relate to music. The first time I read the books, I went out the buy some Mahler. Now I was looking for some Waltiri, and was somewhat disappointed to find out in this discussion he isn't real.

On the other hand, it is quite magical to be able to find out on this site that Waltiri is fictitious, to be able to reread the books in English, bought second handed on Amazon.com, and have the writer of these great books respond to a message from someone from the other side of the earth.

After some twenty five years, Songs of Earth and Power are still greatly written, inspiring books. Thanks for sharing these stories with us.

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From: Brenda White
Location: Cheshire, England
Date: 10/11/2009

Dear Mr Bear,
Someone lent me a hardback copy of your books - (Infinity Concerto, & the Serpent Mage) about 5 years ago. It didn't look like the sort of book I would usually read, but I'm very glad I did. What a wonderful (and very believable) story. I could really feel the eerie atmosphere at the beginning, when Michael goes into the Clarkham house with Arno's key. Your skill is such that for the rest of the book, I felt like I was watching the whole proceedings myself. I had to return the book of course, but then spent many months trying to get hold of my own copy, which was out of print here in the UK. I did eventually manage to buy them both, & since then I've re-read both books many times. On the strength of how I liked those stories, I bought a copy of Eon, (which is also not the type of book I would normally choose) & discovered what a truly gifted author you are. Mr Bear, your books are modern classics in the making. Thank you so much, & please please, carry on scribbling. Kind Regards
Brenda

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/14/2009

Thanks, Joost! If you want a dose of Waltiri, just listen to the works of Korngold and Steiner...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/14/2009

Many thanks, Brenda. Got to get these books back in print!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Art
Location: Seattle
Date: 11/04/2009

Dearest Mr. Greg Bear, Sir....

I'm a fan and Songs Of Earth And Power possibly ranks as my all time favorite piece of fiction; right up there with Slaughter House 5, Mother Night, the collected works of Tolkien and Tim Powers. I have purchased this story numerous times and gifted it always. I own the audio version of City At The End Of Time(I love it) and I would dearly love to see Songs Of Earth And Power receive a very similar treatment in the audio format. And yes, while you're at it, please option it to film or animation studio who is contractually obligated to not screw it up.

Will audio ever happen? I would happily re-purchase Songs as well as Eon, Eternity, Queen Of Angels, Slant, etc. I'm sure I'm not alone.

Sincerely,

Art Behrman

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/05/2009

Thanks, Art! No audio books yet for many of these titles. Queen of Angels was recorded on tape many years ago and might still be available.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Melissa Dryden
Location: New Zealand
Date: 12/16/2009

Hi Greg,
I just want to say THANK YOU for giving me so much joy and pleasure from reading Songs of Earth and Power - my all time favorite book. I just hope that one day Songs of Earth and Power is transformed onto the big screen (I am sure Peter Jackson could do it justice) Once again thank you &for sharing such a majestic journey of wonderment and adventure.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/17/2009

Thanks, Melissa! I'm scanning some film negatives from a 1993 visit to New Zealand... Actually revised Songs of Earth and Power while on tour in Australia and New Zealand in 1992. Beautiful place to live!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Stephan Crabtree
Location: Florida, USA
Date: 01/06/2010

Never thought I'd get to reply to the author of this book. I got it in my early teens...had to have been 10-15 years ago. In that time I have no idea how many times I have read it, but each time it is always a pleasure. Thank you for your work.

I know you've said you didn't intend a sequel, but I'd be interested to see the world later. Perhaps a repeat of the first war brewing? Anyway, thanks again.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/29/2010

Thanks, Stephan! I did use similar elements in CITY AT THE END OF TIME, but with a very different result...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Alan Sturdivant
Location: Ft Hood, TX
Date: 02/28/2010

Thank you for such a great read. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time and I look forward to buying it again...for the third time.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/04/2010

Thanks for the triple, Alan!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Mike Bernhardt
Location: SF Bay Area
Date: 06/30/2010

I was just looking to see if Arno Waltiri was real and came across this site- how great! I just finished reading Songs of Earth and Power for the 2nd time. The first time was in the mid-90s. I never forgot it and recently managed to find it used on Amazon so that I could read it again. I read a lot of other stories by you since then but this one will always be my favorite (followed by Queen of Angels and Slant). It's just a beautiful story with a rich universe, riveting characters-- and it's wonderfully looong. Thanks for writing it!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/20/2010

I thank you, Mike, and Arno thanks you! (In his third incarnation, he's currently writing music for the video game WOLFLANDS OF THE DARK SIDHE...)

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From: Andy Dawson
Location: Ash Green, Surrey, England
Date: 08/17/2010

Just bought these books (book) again to read on holiday in Sardinia, as I couldn't find my original copies after moving house. It must be 25 years since I last read them, but they made a great impression on me at the time and something about them has always remained in the back of my mind. Very powerful and thought provoking writing.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/19/2010

Thanks, Andy! Which edition did you find in Sardinia?

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From: David Idrogo
Location: Houston, TX
Date: 09/15/2010

I am eager to share your "finishing" of "Kubla Khan" with my sophomore lit class tonight. Most of my students do not see any relevance in such "old" literatre as the British Romantics.

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From: Adrian Jowett
Location: Isle of Man, UK
Date: 10/02/2010

A big fan of much of your stuff, but an especial lover of these two stories. I have pretty much read my copy to death over the years and was wondering if there were any plans to release an electronic version? Just received a Kindle and would love to have it available there!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/02/2010

I love Coleridge! Who could not love "Kubla Khan"? And have them check out THE MONGOLIAD, as well (online at www.Mongoliad.com), about Kubla's ancestors thirty or forty years before the Pleasure Dome.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/02/2010

Another in the queue! I'll check, Adrian.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Hazel Collier
Location: Scotland
Date: 11/16/2010

I'm still taking Songs of Earth and Power into hospital with me and would like an ebook version for my iPad. I can't find one anywhere.
Can you tell me where I can buy one? I'd hate to leave it out of my iPad library.
I have four hospital stays coming up in the next twelve months so it's a bit urgent.
Having had a stroke since my last illness I am aiming to have enough to keep my mind occupied in case the next stroke leaves me unable to talk.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/19/2010

Funny you should mention that! I've just yesterday sent a long file to Richard Curtis for publication in the e-reads program. Might take a month or more to get it into the proper form, but it's coming!

And let me know how the hospital stay works out.

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From: Marian
Location: Miami, FL, USA
Date: 11/24/2010

What does one say about a book they still own in its original form for the last 25 years- bought when I was 13 and learning to play the cello... sadly I didnt continue playing nor did I have the self discipline or drive to keep me playing. I bought it simply because it sounded interesting and had to do with music... Little did I know it would become one of my all time favorites- visited many times over the years. I've even managed to rescue it at least twice from the give-away stack and more recently about 6-8 yrs ago from the trash pile due to it's poor condition- my mom just figured it was time to go to its eternal rest... Yeah ok, it can go to its eternal rest scotch tape and all forever on my book shelf until I die... This is one of my all time favorite books and baring natural disaster intend to keep it!!! Thank you for this cherished novel... I have to agree with sooo many of the posts on here through out the years...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/26/2010

Worn out books are like the Velveteen Rabbit! Much loved, imbued with our own spirit, carrying history and thought.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Tom Elmer
Location: Westmont, IL
Date: 01/28/2011

I'm glad to hear that Songs of Earth and Power in e-book format is coming! I bought myself a Nook for Christmas. Eon was the first book I bought for it (still my favorite book of all time). In the publication notes it mentions that SoEaP was available, but I couldn't find it anywhere (legally). It being another of my oft-read top 10 books, I can't wait for an e-book version.

(I think it's actually my most re-read book. I tend to read it when I'm feeling low and need a boost of self-confidence. This is rare for a fantasy novel. Often you'll read fantasy books and want to stay in the universe with a sequel or something. However, I always feel like /doing/ something after reading this one. Thank you!)

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/02/2011

I hope to see SONGS available soon, Tom. I'll keep on the e-Reads publisher about this! (He's also my agent, so he listens...)

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Wes Tower
Location: Penn.
Date: 03/29/2011

I have always enjoyed this duology, just because of how orginal the material is. I believe I read in a forward or comment by Mr Bear about the story, how he was inspired by his father in law 's take on elfs in Broken Sword, about how alien Poul Anderson made the elfs and trolls feel. I think that is what captured me. It takes the elements of celtic myth and enriches them in whole new ways.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2011

Thanks, Wes. Poul's take on the Nordic myths was quiet faithful to the originals.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Andrew
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Date: 05/06/2011

One of a select few books I have not donated to charity after reading! Have lost count of the number of times I have read this book and love how battered it now looks from many years of thumbing through it.
Thanks for all the happy hours lost in all your works.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/25/2011

Good to hear, Andrew! Nothing reveals the life of a story like a well-thumbed book.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Bob Huffer
Location: Orlando, Fl
Date: 08/03/2011

I was glad to see the discussion on this site about an e-book version of this work. It's one of those I keep going back to again and again. It's like visiting an old friend. I check about once a month, but still no sign of it. Any update on its availability?

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Marcy
Location: Oregon
Date: 09/13/2011

Wow, it's so great to see how many people love these books the way I do! I read them for the first time in or just after high school (80s or early 90s) and have re-read them so many times that I can pick either up, start anywhere in the book, and know exactly what's going on. Quotes from them pop into my head often. And I thought I was the only one. The only book on my shelf more battered than these two is "American Gods," by Neil Gaiman.

I almost hope there ISN'T ever a movie; it won't compare to the one in my head.

Thank you, Mr. Bear, for these wonderful books. I'm looking forward to when my kids are old enough to enjoy them with me... it won't be long now!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

It's being prepared for ereads now. I'll check up on its status!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Many thanks, Marcy--good to be on a shelf of well-worn favorites!

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: George Michaelson
Location: Australia
Date: 02/18/2012

I was struck by how hard it seems to find 'the serpent mage' now that a revised 'songs of earth and power' exists.

I have no deep rooted objection to authors revising: Michael Moorcock reworked 'warlords of the air' to cast some real people as minor characters and I think improved the books, so its even-stephens on the concept.

But, despite a number of 'disappointed by the sequel' responses here, and, if I can project, a suspicion the author also felt the second work didn't gel, I want to say that I LIKED IT. So, I see the revision as not neccessarily a net "win" compared to the original two volume set.

Can I also say that Alongside the pub of stale beer for book thieves, there is a sandwich shop of stale bread and tired lettuce for publishers and authors agents who negotiated crap e-publishing deals.

I wish more of the older work was available. It is sad that neither of the originals of the songs of power are available legally as e-pub and I can only imagine this is because somebody snuck out of a time-warp, and made the youthful author sign the contract-from-hell which made it impossible to get them uploaded legally at any fair return.

Sad

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/22/2012

Both books are coming from EReads shortly, set from my own files, so let me know if you find any problems!

Thanks, George.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: George Michaelson
Location: Australia
Date: 06/20/2012

quotes: "From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/22/2012

Both books are coming from EReads shortly, set from my own files, so let me know if you find any problems!"

any news? still not visible at EReads. Desperately waiting to give author money...



Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Jason
Location: Pennsylvania
Date: 07/12/2012

Mr. Bear,

I first read Songs of Earth and Power about twenty years ago and I just wanted to say thanks for creating such a beautiful and vivid world for the rest of us to experience. The Realm is one of my favorite fantasy worlds to revisit, and the speech by Tonn/Adonna about the nature of the universe and music still strikes a chord (haha) in me every time I read it. Thanks much!

P.S. Way to mess with my head with Hull Zero Three. I had wonky dreams for weeks afterward. haha

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/23/2012

Good to have you on board both for the fantasy and the science fiction! Thanks, Jason.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Bob
Location: Orlando
Date: 09/19/2012

I keep checking about once a month, but I still can't find an e-book available. Any update on the status?

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

No pub date yet! But I'll stay on it.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/31/2012

Check in with E-Reads and remind them you're waiting! Thanks, Bob.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Richard
Location: Bedfordshire
Date: 01/21/2013

Hi Greg,

This morning, I finished listening to Eon narrated by Stefan Rudnicki & started listening Eternity this evening! I will also get Forge of God & Anvil of Stars on audio.

Will Songs of Earth and Power become available too on audio?

Thank you for transporting me to many different worlds. I first started reading your works with Eon in late 1980s.



Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/03/2013

Thanks, Richard! I do believe SONGS will be coming out in audio as well, but I do not know when.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: M. Azurin
Location: Philippines
Date: 05/28/2013

Hi Greg,

I read The Infinity Concerto as a teenager, but could never find a copy of The Serpent Mage in my country. Maybe 15-20 years later, I picked up a copy of Songs and finally got to read the whole thing.

That was a few years ago. Yesterday I finished re-reading it for the second time and it passed the test of all great books: it rewards the rereader with things he never noticed the first time around :)

I especially liked the idea of our living in worlds that we created for ourselves, and the line "those who stand in the final sunlight and final rainstorms in the weather beyond the world ... perhaps they understand souls" -- this is now my favorite line in the book. Sums up my worldview perfectly.

Thank you so much!

Mike

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

Many thanks for the kind words, Mike! SONGS has themes that I later developed in my science fiction novels. Interesting back and forth between fantasy and science...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Richard Steinberg
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: 07/24/2013

I am becoming an increasing fan of your work. Still a few pages from the end of this one, so the specific compliments have yet to completely gel, but you sent me to the web trying to figure out which completion of Mahler's 10th comes closest to the one in your book. Of course I can only hear snippets from the free samples online, but of those I could find,the version by Rudolph Barshai (Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Rudolph Barshai) seems the most like your very detailed writings of Michael Perrin's perception of the performance.

A few preliminary comments -- one of my other favorite authors, A.A. Attanasio, has taken a similar approach to novels with both f and sf elements. In Radix, he emphasized the sf side, but in his later Arthurian series (where I first learned about the Sidhe) vibratory nodes and electromagnetic life forms are more prominent as a hint of an explanation for magic. Both of you are highly original, but I wonder whether either of you influenced the other or spoke about this since publication.

Back to those last pages, and thank you for your works.

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/31/2013

Thanks, Richard! The version of Mahler's 10th that I'm familiar with is Deryck Cooke's. I'll have to listen to the others! I do enjoy Attanasio's work. No other cross-currents I'm aware of, however! We just swim in the same seas...

Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Jake walters
Location: Poplarville Mississippi
Date: 04/13/2014

Mr Bear I must say songs of earth and power was one of your greatest works, I must truly admit great masterpiece and while I think the story could be continued on in his daughter I believe you did the story justice by ending where you did. its been in my home for nearly 10 years now and I don't plan on letting it go anywhere soon. PS just so you know that book got me through a lot of hard times, can't wait to read your new book. shout out from the last nerd in the south.( whispers) I think they killed the rest of us off already lol


Re: Songs of Earth and Power

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/15/2014

Many thanks, Jake! I'm very touched by your response. And they'll never get rid of us nerds! We abide north, south, east and west.

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