From: Patrick Kearney
Dear Mr. Bear: I am researching a collection of books in the British Library that have, for a variety of reasons been suppressed and withheld from the public. The Library also tends to discourage inquiries on the collection. One of the suppressed books in the collection is your novel "Legacy", which is stated to have been published in 1995 by a company in the UK called Legend. Would it be possible to for you to let me know, briefly and as your time permits, why the book
was sealed up and concealed from the public? Two other copies, dated 1995 and 1996, also published by Legend, are catalogued by the British Library in the normal way and are freely available. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Patrick Kearney.
From: Greg Bear
I think I know the answer, and it has nothing to do with strangely mutating texts... or does it? The first pressing of the Legend edition of LEGACY is distinguished by lacking the last page of the novel. It was reviewed rather well despite the abrupt, avant garde conclusion! I'm impressed that the British Library has kept the incomplete volume in its collection, but under limited circulation. Later editions are complete.