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Topic: About "Blood Music"

From: Sotirios Birbas
Location: Lititz, PA
Date: 10/31/2008

Hello Mr. Bear,

My name is Sotirios Birbas. I am currently a student at DeVry University pursuing a Bachelors Degree of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology. When I finish my degree I would like to obtain my masters in some sort of nanofabrication field.

During my Science Fiction Criticisms and Analysis class, I was thrown into this unknown genre of literature with a predisposed prejudice. I did not want to be a part of the subculture that obsess over Star Wars and Star Trek. However, after reading the short story "Blood Music," my thoughts on the genre as a whole changed from night to day. I went out and purchased the novel, and I must say it truly is a great work. I am compelled as a soon to be graduate to uphold an ethical responsibility for the future projects and assignments I will participate in. Machines built, whether on a cellular or gigantic level, must be given very restricted intelligence and attributes so as to never aid in or cause humanities destruction. Your noocytes gave me chills as they were able to take over everything.

If you don't mind me asking, did you write this book hoping that it may enlighten future researchers to be aware of scientific boundaries? I understand that science gone wrong is one of the themes in your novel but was it used to warn people directly?

Thank you for your time,


Re: About

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/07/2008

Thanks for writing, Sotirios! BLOOD MUSIC was written to play off the emotions caused by big changes outside one's control--a kind of metaphor for both evolution and the stages of bodily growth and development. While I'm certainly happy to have it taken as a warning, it's a little more subversive... Not that I believe we should follow Vergil's example. He is a bit out of control. I look forward to hearing your thoughts as you explore other science fiction--perhaps BRAVE NEW WORLD, then on to my later books on biological themes?

Re: About

From: patrick
Date: 11/08/2008

Gone wrong?

Subversive: yeah. I find it mildly amusing that others don't pick up on this - though I'm not surprised they don't embrace the idea.

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