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Topic: Where is Lamarckia

From: Jenny Moore
Location: Plant City, FL
Date: 02/16/2009

Dear Mr. Bear:

I LOVE your books. I have read "Eon", "Legacy" and "Eternity" over and over. At the end of "Eternity" there was a small paragrah stating that you were working on a book entitled "Lamarckia" which (I assume) would continue the story of Olmy.

Did you decide not to continue the story? I really enjoyed the stories of Olmy and the cities within the chambers of Thistledown. I would also like to see another book about The Way or even Thistledown...I have done numerous searches on the internet and I have not been able to locate the book "Lamarckia". I hope some day you decide to take up the tale again.

Kind regards,

Jenny Moore

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/24/2009

I still think that LAMARCKIA might have been the better title for the novel published as LEGACY--but that solves the mystery, Jenny! They're one and the same.

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: France
Date: 03/28/2009

Where is Lamarkia?

Its in my back yard!!!...Spiders who attack you and dont run away..horse flys who cut a disc out of your skin which never heal up! bind weed that traps your feet and makes you fall flat on your face..these are surely scions designed for the downfall of mankind..well me at least! God help me!!

Andrew

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/01/2009

Sounds like you've stumbled into a John Wyndham novel! Tell us more.

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, France
Date: 04/21/2009

Hi Greg,

As per my previous post, Scions definately dwell in the French Pyrenees where I live! Being a total "townie" I knew I needed to be prepared for wilderness and wildlife; but I never would have believed how a whole mountainside could represent your book so clearly (with obvious exceptions)

Attacking spiders? sure...disc cutting flys? every day! but also blonde boars, black marmots the odd black bear and leaping black sqirrels ( I suppose its cos of the shade or disguise)..I,ve never seen anything like it!

The strangest scion of all are the locals! Cagots and Toys..(Google it) Unutterably kind but totally alien folk...Wyndham must have been here! as was Hugo, Georges Sand, Edward VII..Why dont you come?

Best Regards Greg...I'm waiting for one of your books from Amazon..its taken five weeks so far!

Andrew

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/25/2009

Sounds lovely, Andrew! Those flies are no doubt secretly sampling your DNA to include you in the mix!

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets France
Date: 04/29/2009

Dear greg..its hardly a glowing add for my place is it?

However if one sprays the usual "Buzz Off" kind of stuff...the disc cutting 'samplers' tend to lay off. The Adders and Vipers (they differ here) tend to just rest on hot rocks and flick their tongues at you.

Andrew

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/30/2009

Sounds like paradise! Hot rocks and lots of sun... I might lie doggo (snake-o?) and flick my tongue out, too, basking after a long Seattle winter. ("Lying doggo" means remaining motionless and quiet to escape detection...)

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, Haute Pyrenees
Date: 05/01/2009

Hi Greg,

I like the sun too..in fact the older I get, the more I like it.! I'd be quite happy growing into old age rather like Picasso; sitting by his pool getting browner and browner..thinner and thinner day by day..having a load of kids having fun running and sunning about the place.

I think after another year here I might move on..North Africa draws me in..Not as far as Rimbaud..Steamer Point in Aden holds no charm for me.. Maybe a Riyadh in Marrakesh.

P.s I've asked your views on litarary subjects before...so I ask again. Do you have a view on"poetry? If so, who are your favourites? For my part, Rimbaud,"Bateau Ivre" ,"Voyelles", J.Keats "Ode to Autmn" and the war poets, Brooke, Owen etc. I ask out of pure curiosity.

In the meantime..enjoy your summer! you're sure to have some nice days.

Best Regards

Andrew

Re: Where is Lamarckia

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/12/2009

Lots of favorite poets, including Dylan Thomas, Yeats, Coleridge, Cavafi, Eliot, on and on--and of course Rimbaud, though my French is mediocre at best!

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