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Topic: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, France
Date: 03/05/2009

Hi,
Forgive me if you've already answered this question, but have you ever been approached to make the above series into a movie or movies? I read once that you had, but that you thought CGI wasn't up to it yet (this was some years ago)

For my own part, although I would love to see a GOOD adaption on screen...your writing is so superbly descriptive that when I read any of your books..the movie is already in my mind!

Thankyou for the many many hours of enjoyment that you have given me over the years...at some very bad moments in my life, your stories have whisked me away to places where all is ok with the word!..Thankyou Greg.

Andrew

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/06/2009

Other than the CGSociety EON challenge (mentioned elsewhere here), there have been no options or adaptations of the Eon novels. Patience is a virtue...

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Dan
Location: San Diego
Date: 03/06/2009

Greg, have you ever been tempted to write a movie script? Or one of those scripts pretending to be a book?

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 03/06/2009

I actually think those two novels would make a great MINI Series for some Cable Channel. They are BIG BOOKS and trying to condense either of them down to two or so hours might result in a Cinematic Train Wreck.

Or let's be ambitious here: maybe even a long running series like LOST.

Gonna have to put those two into the re-read list...it's been a while...though a lot of scenes from ETERNITY are perm burned into my imagination.

But what I'd REALLY LIKE TO SEE is PSYCHLONE brought to the Big Screen. Read that upon first publication as a teenager one rainy Saturday night and had my self scared and horrified so hard that I didn't sleep until Sunday.

The effects of a Nuclear Blast on the Soul were even read by none other than William S. Burroughs...who makes mention of that in passing in THE WESTERN LANDS if memory serves correctly. Even Wild Bill Burroughs was reading your SF.

And as I was reading QUANTICO two summers ago I saw that as easily filmable.

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/17/2009

I've written several scripts--and even been paid for one--but none have yet been produced.

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/17/2009

I wonder if Bill Burroughs was actually reading James Blish, whose novel, BLACK EASTER, first proposed this bizarre notion...

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 03/17/2009

What?!?!? The Nuked Souls thing wasn't your original idea? All this time...I know, good writers borrow, great writers steal.

Hard to say where Bill incorporated the idea...but it's highly probably that he may have been reading your work in the 1980s when he was down in Lawrence, Kansas. Spent part of Friday night trying to find the passage in THE WESTERN LANDS, but couldn't. Another book I have to wait on, as I was reading that and THE LAST MUSEUM shortly after my Dad's death...with refernce to both "Books of the Dead" those novels are based on/in.

The description though, which was just one paragraph, sounded a LOT like your descriptive passages on the formation of the Pyschlone

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/21/2009

Very possibly Burroughs did read PSYCHLONE, but credit where credit is due. GHOSTBUSTERS came out after both BLACK EASTER and PSYCHLONE--a lovely film that takes these ideas into a whole new realm. And I have to credit Richard Matheson's LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE for advancing a few ideas about ghosts and physics--and strongly influencing my take on spooky tales.

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, France
Date: 03/22/2009

Hi Greg,

I wonder if you've looked into the project Camelot/Aavelon websites..I've been researching them for a while and it occurs to me that the likes of Bob Lear have been reading your books!..especially with regard to the drive system he found on the dark side of the moon.

I withhold judgement cos they just look like shadows to me..but as everyone is talking about 2012, I wonder what your "take" on that is. I live in the French Pyrenees, supposedly right next to where the Annunaki (sic) are supposed to dwell...well I can report nothing so far!..I keep looking though.

Cheers Greg, Loved the City book..a bit lost at the end but am trying to solve 1298..not a date for sure...not a metalic compound either I'm sure...Do I come close if I mention a Chinese Sage?

Cant wait for your next installment

Andrew

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/22/2009

You do come close, Andrew. (Not sure what's on the dark side of the moon, since there is no dark side--only a far side! Where no doubt great cartoons go to live.)

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Todd Gustafson
Location: Portland, OR
Date: 03/24/2009

I completely agree with your assessment of making a mini-series rather than trying a feature out of Eon/Eternity. Look what happened to Stephen King's "Christine". A decent movie, but if kept to the original context of the book - it would have been a 4-5 hour movie itself. They really had to butcher a few of the major plot points to cut it to script.

I should make some calls to Hollywood ;-)

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: The Spoon
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: 04/13/2009

Re 1298: Wang Zhen? Very apt if so, otherwise stumped!

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/15/2009

You've got it!

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Andrew
Location: France
Date: 04/23/2009

I had it first!!! aaargh! I just didn't name the name...remember I asked "is it a chinese (oriental) sage? Blast! Well done spoon! you pipped me to the post!

Greg the penalty is that you must come and stay with Astrid in my Chambre D'Hotes in the French Pyrenees the next time you're over this way! enjoy my food and sign my books ok?

Cheers Greg...Cheers Spoon ( I wish I could have remotely knackered your google search!..well done anyway)

Andrew

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/25/2009

As long as we can be introduced to those lovely creatures you describe... How far are you from the Pic du Midi?

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: andrew
Location: Cauterets, France
Date: 04/26/2009

Hi Greg,
I must stop commenting on your site after too many glasses of "Bearne" Rose! Its very hard to do so living with these French mountain folk who roast a hog (at least I hope its a hog), at the drop of a hat! and pump their local booze into one!

To answer your question, my place is about an hour away from the Pic du Midi and about thirty five minutes away from the " Circe de Gavarnie" and about the same to the "Ponte de Espagne"..Its an awesome area. with near extinct species hanging around my front terrace almost every day.

I am a city guy Greg and country living is a shock..but apart from those disc cutting flys I mentioned..where else would a marmot come down and pinch my sanwich? (while I'm holding it!) At the moment we're fighting the mouse sized slugs off of my vegetable patch...they're relentless!

Greg if you're ever this way with you Astrid; please come as my guest..it'd be a pleasure (I promise I wont be a bore ). I'll leave my website addy below so you can have a look if you would like to...I'm not advertising so delete it if you like.

Best Regards,

Your fan and friend

Andrew

website as follows:- www.lesruisseaux.com

Re: Eon, Eternity etc

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/29/2009

We know from mouse-sized slugs here in the Northwest! We call some of them "banana slugs." I'm waiting for a novel set in Forks dealing with vampire banana slugs...

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