From: Diane Leeman
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Dear Mr Bear
I have just finished re-reading your wonderful and inspiring book, "Songs of Earth and Power", for perhaps the seventh or eighth time. I am writing for two reasons. The first is to thank you for sharing your gift with others (I have several of your other books also). The second is to ask your permission to use two paragraphs from "Songs" as a quote in one of my own books - with full accreditation of course. The passage is on page 526 and commences with: "We are eternal..." and ends with: "...never repeating, always improving." It illustrates, perfectly, the subject matter of the book which I am currently writing. I would be more than happy to send you a synopsis of the book, if you wish. I look forward to your reply.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Diane! Feel free to use the quote.
A great book indeed, I read it when I was about 16 and very few books I have read since have come close.