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Topic: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Lyra Loring
Location: Bradenton FL
Date: 09/18/2008

Dear Greg Bear,

The first book I've read written by you is "Moving Mars." I picked it up because if we ever started a colonize effort on the planet I would volunteer. Although I realize now I'll be far too old by the time we are ready to do this. So I read what others think it will be like. I so love the characters in your book. Charles Franklin is my favorite. I've read it too many times to count. It is my favorite novel about Mars.

The next book I seen of yours was Darwin's Radio. Your premise is very interesting and I loved it immensely. Especially Kaye and how she chooses to become her own experiment. Unlike the Mars thing this is something I would not want to do myself.

When I was in the bookstore and saw Darwin's Children in hardcover no less I bought it right away. Poor Will, he so wanted to belong and he finally found his own kind and he couldn't fit in. It made me cry. Oh yes, my question about Darwin's Children is this, What happened with Christopher Dicken and the girl who was impregnated by her step-father? I know they were just allowed to leave the experimental labs and they walked off into the sunset but what happened to them after that? Is there a third book in the series and I just haven't seen it yet?

I just writing to let you know I really love your work and will look for more of it at the bookstore next time I go. It is such an inspiration for my own writing.

Your fan,
Lyra Loring

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2008

Thanks for the kind words, Lyra! The possible follow-on novel is unlikely for the time being. The first two novels had a difficult publishing history here in the United States, and their publication was separated by a number of unnecessary years. During that time period, political crap here in the U.S. helped start a right-wing campaign against DARWIN'S CHILDREN on Amazon.com and elsewhere, which reduced sales. (Interestingly, by the time QUANTICO came out, two years later, that storm had passed--and QUANTICO received some quite good reviews from the right wing!) The third book may have to wait a while, and whether it's time will ever come remains to be seen.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville, La
Date: 09/26/2008

Greg,
How does it work when your doing Follow ups(sequels)do you own the rights?

Also the right wing attempt of banning of books reminds me of Gov. Sarah Palin and here relations with so-called christian groups wanting to ban books in Alaskan library's. We had the same issues in the 90's in Ohio with Christian Political groups wanting protect their children by banning books like "A Wrinkle In Time" or Mark Twain's books. What is ironic is these are the same people who hate Muslim run states for the same attitudes and control over freedom of Speech.

I hope you able to write more of these books for no other reason than we need more independent voices/thought and less mind speak (Dragons and Vampires).

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: 09/29/2008

I'm really horrified to hear that getting your material published is influenced by this kind of inappropriately politicized garbage. I believe you are an artist of the highest order, and your works should be free of this sort of thing. And, oh yeah, I'm clearly a naive moron.

Best regards

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: 09/29/2008

I'm really horrified to hear that getting your material published is influenced by this kind of inappropriately politicized garbage. I believe you are an artist of the highest order, and your works should be free of this sort of thing. And, oh yeah, I'm clearly a naive moron.

Best regards

P.S. Not sure what blog system you are using, but it appears to have a compatibility problem with Safari. It appears to accept Safari postings, but they do not show up on the site after.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: ryan
Location: cleveland, ohio
Date: 10/01/2008

I didn't realize there was a right wing campaign against the two Darwin books. Too bad that doesn't help sell more copies. Like with music CDs.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/06/2008

The rights are mine for all sequels. As a kid, I attended some Pentecostal church services in Kodiak, Alaska... before Mrs. Palin was born! Nice people, great family, but far out of the mainstream with regard to first amendment rights and libraries.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/06/2008

All this was back when a lot of science fiction readers (and friends and relatives) went over to the Dark Side and Bush/Cheney. It's hard to believe, but bullying comments and anti-liberal hate mail filled my inbox and the web back then... Not so much now! I blame Grover Norquist for reaching out to so many libertarians. The culmination of this crap was when the National Review read my very conservative friend Jerry Pournelle out of the Republican party because of his opposition to both Gulf Wars. Jerry's rationale--the money spent on going to war would have been far better spent in research to make us energy independent... Sounds pretty savvy to me.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/06/2008

Well, nobody actually tried to ban my books. By and large, those so inclined rarely read science fiction! Though they've gone after Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and Madeline L'Engle often enough.

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Terran
Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: 10/06/2008

Steven - The messages you posted are getting through just fine. There is a delay before they are posted because Greg reads and approves them first.

Best,
Terran (webmaster@gregbear.com)

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/06/2008

And sometimes none too quickly! In the middle of committing novel...

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/17/2008

Hey! How about having Darwin's Children live through the events in Blood Music. Same world. Call it "DARWIN'S LASER."

Re: A Question about Darwin's Children.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/18/2008

Poor Mr. Darwin! He has so many interesting contraptions in his attic--and no idea what they are, except perhaps the bicycle...

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