From: Burcu G￼ler
Dear Greg Bear
This mail is about your book "Darwin's Radio" which was published in 1999. I'm studying biology in " The University of Ege" in Turkey. My name is Burcu G￼ler. First of all I'd like to thank you for this beautiful novel.
Last month in Turkey an article about Charles Darwin was banned by the Institude Of Science and Research. Because of the pressure cames from the scientists and non-conservative people, the institude stepped back.
An other important thing is a book called "Evolution Delussion" which was published in the 90s. This book claims, as it is understood from the title, Evolution is a big lie. And this book is delivered in almost every school in Turkey free of change. With these propagandas a conservative political party rised and came to the government.
But still the evolution teory is in the biology books of high schools and in the universities students can specialize in Evolution biology.
But the same time the internet site of Richard Dawkins is banned only in Turkey in the world. His books are in the book stores but his site is banned. Funny but true.
As a result the athmosphere about this matter is nothing but a caos in our country. There is still hope and we're still fighting.
It was always a dream for us to be a publishing company and we were working on this for a long time.
Our aim is to show people that science fiction is not only space ships and light sabers but another way of looking to the world. In addition to that our goal is to look in todays world with the spectacles of science fiction. We chose a name parallel to this view which is "D￼nyaya Seyahat" that means "Travel to Earth"
We want to publish your book in Turkish as our first book.
We're waiting for your answer on this matter and we'd apriciate if you could answer us.
From: Greg Bear
Many thanks! This is fascinating news--I had not heard about conflicts regarding evolutionary theory in Turkey, but it sounds even more hardline than the problems we've had in the United States. I will pass along your information to my agents, and sincerely hope that we can work out a deal for publication.
From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Greatings to Burcu in Turkey.
While it sounds like the powers that be are fixated on a great denial of Evolutionary processes in Biology for keeping a hegemony of theological constructs their very behavior may infact be a manifestation of Devolution, a mental stepping back from what may be to some an unpleasant truth and in the long run undermining their own cultural survival.
This mental draggging backwards into what may be outmoded ways of human being has been keeping the futures dreamed about fifty years ago from happening in the last quarter century.