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Topic: Hello from Djibouti

From: Dwayne Overby
Location: Djibouti
Date: 12/18/2006

Mr. Bear,
I took a Sci Fi literature class at NC State back in the mid 80's from John Kessel and anyway one of the stories I read was Blood Music and I've enjoyed your writing ever since. I'm deployed here in Djibouti and I found your book Darwin's Radio and it mentioned your website and so I just wanted to say hello and that I enjoy your writing.
Dwayne

Re: Hello from Djibouti

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/18/2006

Hello, Dwayne! Great to hear from our friends in sub-Saharan Africa. If you have time, I'd like to know more about your experiences there. Djibouti sounds like a fascinating place--learned to speak French yet? (And yes, I did just dip into the CIA World Factbook... I'm as ignorant as most of us about some of these far places.)

Re: Hello from Djibouti

From: Dwayne Overby
Location: Djibouti
Date: 12/19/2006

Greg,
Djibouti is hot, and it's basically a desert covered in volcanic rock. I didn't know anything about it until I came here. I signed up for a French class, but I had to be away to often to complete it. I'm part of an Anti-terrorism task force, trying to change hearts and minds, to use a worn out phrase. We are trying to increase the country and areas ability to provide it's population with medical and veterinary care.
Dwayne

Re: Hello from Djibouti

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/20/2006

Hope it goes well for you out there! Very worthy work indeed. Understanding and winning hearts and minds, long-term, is the only possible way to prevail out there. Best of luck, and please let us know how things progress.

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