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Topic: Real-life strategists in "Anvil of Stars"

From: Marc
Location: Idaho
Date: 10/23/2006

Mr. Bear,

I just finished "Anvil of Stars," and, as a casual student of military strategy, I was very impressed with your treatment of the topic. However, in investigating some of the names mentioned (on page 45 of the U.S. hardcover edition) I ran across what I believe are some spelling errors in the text. By "Caemerrer" (the text's spelling), does the book mean Cal Tech behavioral economist Colin Camerer? By "Gilbert" does it mean Guibert, one of the great influences on Napoleon?

On a related note, did you learn of these authors and their theories before starting the "Forge" series, or did you look to them after developing your premise of interstellar war?

Also, I can't wait for a third installment in the series - which I consider to be the best saga in science fiction.

Cheers, Marc

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/23/2006

Many thanks, Marc! I suspect these names are all coincidences--unless I was being fiendishly clever. Which I doubt was the case. Military strategy in space warfare (as Heinlein, Niven, and Pournelle, among others, have pointed out) is remarkably similar to naval warfare in the age of sail...

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 10/24/2006

Marc, Forge/Anvil gets my vote as well for best saga in science fiction. Unfortunately, I don't think Greg has ever mentioned a 3rd installment. Heck, we'll be lucky if we even see "City at the End of Time" by 2008. Although if I'm wrong on either of those points Greg, PLEASE go ahead and correct me...

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/24/2006

Looks like late 2007 for CITY. Just putting some of my characters through a very strange journey...

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Marc N.
Location: Idaho
Date: 10/25/2006

Ricardo,

I could have sworn that Mr. Bear mentioned a third installment tentatively entitled "Crucible."

Mr. Bear,

While "Caemerrer" could be made up, I think that "Gilbert" is a genuine spelling error, attached as it is in the book to "and Bourcet."

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Bryan Jones
Location: Dallas
Date: 10/27/2006

Marc, I did read somewhere that Warner Bros has optioned the Anvil series for a possible movie trilogy, featuring Forge, Anvil, and an as yet unwritten third installment. I hope that doesn't mean the movies have to get made to get the third installment.

I first read Anvil at 17, and it was my first Sci-fi novel ever. Since then I try to read the book at least once a year, though about 5 years ago I read it 3 times. Guess I'm an addict.

Re: Real-life strategists in

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/27/2006

Thanks for writing, Bryan. Warner Bros. still has options on both FORGE and ANVIL, and there have been screenplays written, the most recent of which combines the two novels. No status updates on the project have been issued for some months, however.

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