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Topic: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Robin Hogg
Location: Lichfield, UK
Date: 07/29/2009


May I just say how great a read Blood Music is. The short story got me into your books generally and then I read the full novel and I was blown away. North America turning into nano organic goo. Incredible! Some of the visuals in the book would make for awesome movie scenes, although I don't know how on earth the ending could be made to work.

Many thanks again for all your work and all you do and here's to the future!


Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/03/2009

Industrial Light and Magic, back in early to pre-CGI days, estimated the special effects cost of BLOOD MUSIC at seven million dollars. Not cheap, but not a real problem in today's film world!

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 08/05/2009

Only seven mil back then? Considering there weren't a lot of characters an all, that would've made the movie, what, thirty million, tops?

In any case, while I'm open to a movie of this, more than story quality comes to mind: that people have no concept of historical precedence, not to mention their comparison/distortion boxes they might think of as brains, causing them to not understand the significance of the whole thing.

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Rainbow Starchild
Location: London, England
Date: 08/13/2009

I'm glad you didn't give away any details about the ending Robin, I have yet to read this story. I'm about to start re-reading Eon after a couple of years, so maybe I'll hunt down a copy of Blood music, either first if I can find it, or after Eon if it takes longer. Sounds like I'm in for a good read.

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Dale Houstman
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: 09/10/2009

Hi Mr Bear. I read "Blood Music" several years ago now, so my memory of it is not precise perhaps. I found the images to be a resonant mix of horror, disgust, and (most strangely perhaps) a dawning resignation which turns to an total engulfment (with diversionary benefits) that struck me as the most compelling emotional aspect of the novel. I have heard it described elsewhere as a "cautionary tale" and while I can appreciate the sentiment, I think the reader is seduced into seeing the final result from the POV of the universal entity, and - in its way - human ethics and expectations are not so much destroyed as evolved: one can - of course - argue the pros and cons of this, but (to me at least) I was swept up in a certain sense of acceptance and difference as opposed to revulsion. Is this an eccentric reading?

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/23/2009

Thanks, Dale. Forced enlightment! Somewhat better than being drafted, but still...

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Dale Houstman
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: 10/08/2009

Oh come now - is anything really better than being drafted? That overwhelming sense of crushed freedom, and the heady brew of strict routine and deadly force.

But it strikes me (at a buffered tangent) that a lot of enlightenment is forced, if one considers that often it is victorious power that gets to define "enlightenment" to its benefit. I know that many missionaries and educators and other "benevolent" souls felt they were illuminating many dark and primeval corners when they took the "Indian problem" under hand. Strange so many of the enlightened fail to appreciate the favor, but that is probably best explained by the natural resistance to goodness of the less-civilized. Ingrates! And enlightenment need not be spiritual of course. Gandhi thanked the British empire for their technological and bureaucratic "embellishments". And so on through the dim back offices of history. And surely the Bible and its "thick" adherents don't exactly blanch at the thought of "bringing Jesus" to the less fortunate at the point of a weapon, or at least a pointed threat. If only the original communists could have absorbed and mutated the anarchists rather than "enlightening them to death". And perhaps the entire pathway toward what we see as "human consciousness" is partly a matter of viral strictures?

But - what the hey nonnie nonnie - I loved the book. Thanks...

Re: Blood Music - many thanks for a great read

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/14/2009

See how easy it is to be absorbed? Thanks for the kind words, Dale.

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