From: Paul Weaver
Location: Near Ft Drum, NY, USA
Dear Mr. Bear,
While I was deployed to Iraq last year, I enrolled in a website called "Books For Soldiers". This site was designed to provide deployed US Servicemen with reading materiel - and far exceded my expectations.
One poster mentioned she would be attending a book-signing by you, for your then-new book "City at the End of Time". She asked if anyone would be interested in receiving a copy signed by you, and I affirmed that, as a fan of your previous books, I would be grateful.
The book I received was far above my expectations. I was extremely surprised to see that the book I was given was a first edition - but even more so, I was amazed to see that you took the time to personalize your encription.
The writing reads "To Paul, who's working hard so that I can write my book in peace! With thanks - GBear".
Mr Bear, my thanks for your support of a deployed Soldier, and for your generosity in providing a personalized message to an unknown, unpresent stranger. Receiving this book was one of the highlights of my 14+ month deployment to Iraq, and I will treasure it among the most special of books in my library.
Sincerely and gratefully,
From: Greg Bear
Hello, Paul! This was the least I could do for someone who's actually put boots on the ground and done the real work. You guys are awesome. Thanks again, and stay in touch!
From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Paul & Greg:
I had to set back and let the "mistiness" subside for a couple of minutes after reading this exchange: 1 that the Books for Soliders effort was working and 2: that at least one copy of CITY was involved. And hearing that it was received and read in Iraq during one of our Soldiers' off hours...wow.