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Topic: The Forge of God

From: Denyse D
Location: UK
Date: 10/07/2006

Hello Greg,
I read The Forge of God when i was 16 some years ago now, I was gripped and it's still one of my favourite books. I re read it recently Aged 32, it still had the same impact. I'm glad to hear that there's a possibility of a film, i think this story has an important message especially towards the end. I think what got me was imagining watching my home explode, um i wonder whether adding anvil of stars will give the story a typical hollywood happy ending when the collective needs stories to help us understand the consequences of not taking care of our planet.
How would it be if a thousand people had to witness what we have done to earth ourselves.
My 13yr old son is now reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it.
Thankyou so much for brilliant sci fi books

best wishes


Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/09/2006

Many thanks, Denyse! So far, the screenplays I've read (by Ken Nolan and Steve Susco) are remarkably faithful to the vision of my novels.

Re: The Forge of God

From: John Corwin
Location: Atlanta
Date: 10/09/2006

I've been reading SF for decades thanks to my late grandmother who got me hooked on it. I remember reading Forge so long ago and just recently re-read it. I also just finished re-reading Eon and am debating whether to finish re-reading the trilogy. It's amazing how far my understanding has come from the first time so many years ago.

I still get somewhat depressed reading such apocalyptic versions of what for us is now an alternate past. Good to see what so many thought might happen didn't!

It's good to hear about a possible movie. I never read Anvil but will probably get it now that I've stumbled across mention of a movie that combines the two books.

Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/09/2006

ANVIL OF STARS is in the stages of being brought back into print from Tor. The Warner paperback edition may still be available through some distributors.

Re: The Forge of God

From: John Corwin
Location: Atlanta
Date: 10/09/2006

Excellent. I do see that Amazon has new versions of the Warner Books reprint edition from Feb. of 1993. Wonder where they dug that up!

I do like your hard science approach to these books. I've read quite a bit of space opera and just got sick of so many ill-explained illogical devices that it was refreshing to hop back into something with a more plausible background.

I finished writing a ms recently and used a more hard science approach to the technology as well. I can't say how much of a blessing it is to have the Internet, Wikipedia, etc. not to mention computers.

Were you using word processors back in your early days? And did you have to do tons of reading and research to come up with some of your speculative science?

One other question, if I may: How do you come up with the name for your novels? Do you slide it into the book somewhere later when you've decided? I.e. in Eon it's near the very end, in Forge it's rather early that you mention the book name. I puzzled over the name for my ms for quite a while and still am not entirely satisfied with it.

Sorry about the shotgun blast of questions. I'm sure they're some you've answered 50^100 times already. :)

Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/10/2006

I purchased my first word processor in 1983--after more than ten years of dreaming about something similar. Never looked back! And the Web and Internet are marvels for research--though we do have to develop somewhat different instincts than if we were searching through a formal library.

Titles can linger for years without stories--the title EON is mentioned in my high school/college notebooks, describing a Stapledonian future history timeline. I don't remember when THE FORGE OF GOD came into play for that book, but sometimes it takes a while for a title to crystallize out of all the ideas and themes.

Re: The Forge of God

From: Ira Stoller
Location: Butler, NJ
Date: 11/12/2006

I hadn't heard of your Novel EON before reading this blog, and neither had my niece, a PhD in psychology who is just getting back to work after maternity leave. The reason I bring this up is that she & her husband - who also doesn't read SF - named their son, who was born in June, EON. What's in a name, right?

Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/14/2006

Good choice! Sounds like a great "live long and prosper" moniker.

Re: The Forge of God

From: Brian C McKinley
Location: Silverton, Oregon
Date: 04/05/2007

Mr. Bear,

Much like the author of this thread I found the Forge of god in my late teens and now in my 30's I have found that the book still sits on my 10 favorite shelf, #1 actually. I am eagerly awaiting the possible movies and am sure that they will be massive hits. Just a thought, I always for some reason read the book with Tom Hanks as Arthur..... Just a random thought!

Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/06/2007

Thanks, Brian! Great minds think alike. Tom Hanks is a fan of Sir Arthur Clarke, and Sir Arthur really enjoyed THE FORGE OF GOD.

Re: The Forge of God

From: Susan Caryl
Location: Clearwater Fl
Date: 08/26/2011

Forge of God is one of my all time favorite science fiction novels. Have been reading sf since my dad started me on it when I was a child....and in my mid 60's, I'm a child no longer! lol Always hoped there would be a movie and imagined Arthur Hill as Arthur....unfortunately too late now, but Tom Hanks does sound like a good choice now.

Re: The Forge of God

From: Walter Fortin
Location: Houston, TX
Date: 02/23/2012

Absolutley agree ! Love Forge of God, one of my all time favorite sci fi novels. Is their any news about this being made into a movie ? It would be fantastic to see this on the big screen.


Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Hope never dies! The project is still in the works. Thanks, Walter!

Re: The Forge of God

From: Ken Gostchock
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Date: 05/13/2013

Dear Mr. Bear,

I am 37-years-old male and have been an avid science fiction enthusiast for most of my life. In my opinion, science fiction is the new method of telling myths, in that they are fictional stories that carry a deeper, more universal message.

That being said, sadly I had not heard of you until just last year when I read 'The Forge of God' for the first time. I was then, and still am today, enthralled by the vastness of the story and all of its intricate sub-plots.

I recently got 'Anvil of Stars' and from what I understand that is the second installment of that story. The obvious first question is: will there be a third? And then the follow-up: did you intend to create a series like this from the beginning?

Thank you for you time, and I eagerly await your next books!


Ken Gostchock

Re: The Forge of God

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

Good to hear from you, Ken. No sequel to ANVIL OF STARS is currently in the works--but I'll be taking another, very different run at these themes in WAR DOGS, which is scheduled to run for three volumes.

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