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Topic: Queen of Angels

From: lisa
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/04/2009

I just wanted to pass along my appreciation for your book Queen of Angels, which I just reread after about a decade-long gap. This amazing novel opened my eyes in many ways, and I remain in awe of it all these years later. A great book. I've read many of your other works, but this one is perhaps the most personal to me. So, thank you. Besides Slant, which I plan on rereading next, have you followed up on Jill or the other characters in this book, or do you plan to? Thanks.


Re: Queen of Angels

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/05/2009

Thanks for the kind words, Lisa! In fact, I'm putting the last chapters into order for a follow-on to QUANTICO which will link that novel with the QUEEN OF ANGELS timeline. The confluence of our real timeline with QOA and SLANT etc. is surprising even to me.

Re: Queen of Angels

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 01/06/2009

OK...I'm going to have to give Queen of Angels another chance...as the novel I finally read in, what was it, 1990? was not quite the same novel you discussed at a writer's workshop in '87...where you talking mostly about FORGE OF GOD, which not only lived up to what you talked about, but exceeded it.

What was it that did not live up to expection? You'd changed the details of the crime commited...which original made it sound like something one wound find in your novels EON and ETERNITY.

But don't fret about it too much, as I was going thru a period where I wasn't reading much Science Fiction at that time...and I went on to read MOVING MARS, but some how missed the Darwin books until the last three years.

Still need to read SLANT. MOVING MARS though, not only the premis got me, which also reminded me abit of the indepenance move in Clarke's THE SANDS OF MARS...but more so...but I will be haunted to my last day by the discription of a rare rain storm on Mars and the martian life BLOOMING agressively in the aftermath. That was worth the price of admission on its own.


Re: Queen of Angels

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/13/2009

MOVING MARS actually refers more to THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, thematically. But there's also a touch of RED PLANET, of course... and likely SANDS OF MARS, just for balance.

Re: Queen of Angels

From: chris pickens
Location: fairfax, ca
Date: 01/23/2009

Hi Lisa,

I have to agree with you: of all of Mr. Bear's books, Queen of Angels becomes more and more of a masterpiece with each passing year. I first read it in 1993 or 94 and was perhaps not old enough to appreciate it. I re-read it again after grad school and after I starting teaching physics and loved it. It seems to relieve a new layer with each reading. I now am the proud owner of a signed hard copy.
As it stands, Queen of Angels for me gives me the same feel of depth and texture as DUNE! It is an amazing feat of the imagination. I can SEE and HEAR the society Bear created in that novel.


A Clockwork Orange,

Re: Queen of Angels

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/23/2009

Many thanks, Chris! Great to know the books are still connecting.

Re: Queen of Angels

From: Lisa
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 01/26/2009

I agree completely with what you express in your post. I could live forever in that world, as long as those characters were around me. I loved QOA so much that I did attend Greg's signing for Slant at the Dangerous Visions book store back when it was still around.

Thanks for your response. I just finished rereading Slant and taking in Quantico for the first time, scary book. I connected the most with Fouad's narrative and found him to be a deeply compelling character. Really looking forward to discovering how you link these two streams.

Thanks again for your wonderful works!


Re: Queen of Angels

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/29/2009

Linking away right now...!

Re: Queen of Angels

From: Chris Pickens
Location: Fairfax, CA
Date: 03/26/2009


Thanks for the response about Queen of Angels. I am sure you and I are not the only people who are BIG fans of that book. I wonder if there are Queen of Angels CULTS... I have not found any on the web.

Mr Bear,
Thanks again for Queen. It takes a bold, intelligent and hard-working person to write such a fantastic book. I am in the middle of writing my own hard-sf novel and can appreciate the amount of effort required to create an
intelligent, and entertaining and original piece.
Every time I read Queen, I just shake my head in denial: I would have gone CRAZY writing it! Excellent!

On a more specific note, do you think the time have come for a great THINKER spin-off of these novels --- perhaps
a reunion between AXIS and Roger and Jill or a homecoming for AXIS. . . . I have dreams of it, 50 chapters under your name.


Re: Queen of Angels

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/01/2009

Thanks, Chris--I highly recommend you take a look at John Brunner's STAND ON ZANZIBAR, which in part helped inspire QOA. (If you haven't already...)

Some of the early history of the "thinkers" will be arriving in MARIPOSA, which I'm editing now.

Re: Queen of Angels

From: chris pickens
Location: fairfax, CA
Date: 04/03/2009

Hi Mr. Bear,

Thanks for the reading tip. I heard of the story but never
read it. I'll give it go.
As for the thinker story ---- very exciting!

Have a great one!


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