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Topic: Dumb question about City

From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose
Date: 07/14/2009

Dear Mr. Bear,
Loved "City," but for the life of me, I can't get the spiders between the lines reference. What was this about?

Thank you

Re: Dumb question about City

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/14/2009

In the Universal Library, you'll never find a spider climbing over the "page" of the variant text you're reading. Only when the universe comes alive again does the spider exist--and it doesn't really care what's on the page. It is its own text. Just so long as you don't close the book on it! (Which doesn't even work for the monks, actually...)

Spiders and cats love old bookstores, by the way.

Re: Dumb question about City

From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose
Date: 07/14/2009

Thanks for the response. Now I've got a great excuse to re-read "City" to look for this.

Best regards

Re: Dumb question about City

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/14/2009

Trade paperback coming in August!

Re: Dumb question about City

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 07/18/2009

Anything additional in the Trade PB version? Appendix? Free Sum Runner with Every Purchase?

Curiously enough I just now, before come on your site for the first time in several weeks, pulled all my "End of Time" novels and put them in one place: CITY being amongst them, naturally. Still haven't gotten around to re-reading BOOK OF THE NEW SUN as planned end of last year.

Note: the only ComicCon thing I'm scheduled to hit is the X-Sanguin party, this year it's a Zombie theme...not sure if I am even going to the pre-party at the Air Port Lounge on India Street, even though the them is "Come as your favorite super villian"...my work days are currently 4-10...that's AM to PM...though I am almost not working today...just monitoring traffic from a Hawaii roll out disaster, and babysitting a server in La Mesa.

Now if I could just stumble into a strand of probabilities where the whole work not work balance is, well, balanced.

MG

Spiders

From: Andrew Scott Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, France
Date: 07/23/2009

I'm not keen on spiders in any shape or form..even reading about them gives me the creeps!

Last year I bashed the hell out of a creature with my flipflop that to all intents and purposes looked like a big blue and white striped spider. After I killed it, I discovered that it was an extremely rare form of coleyoptarum (I cant spell that so figure beetle instead)

I felt aweful for killing any life form that is close to extinction, but bloody hell it scared the crap out of me! Yesterday there was another one..this time yellow and black..I think I want to live in an insect free bubble! So why did I move to rural France? Go figure!

Andrew.

Ps I wonder what your take on the "Project Camelot" is...should I bring my Parents here into my mountains to escape the virus? Do you believe that the Governments of this planet are planning a hollocaust like Bill and Kerry imply? I cant believe it personally..I think that they're going a bit "nuts" assuming that you've looked at their site.

Re: Dumb question about City

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/28/2009

Nothing new in the trade version, though I'll be posting an essay published in the German edition either as a blog or on the CITY website, or both...

Spiders

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/28/2009

There's nothing unnatural about swine flu. Conspiracy theories are entertaining, but not when they kill you.

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