From: Christopher B. Black
Location: Manchester England
First of all, you're probably wondering what I'm thanking you for. Well, it's just a general thank you for being my favourite ever author and giving me so many hours of pleasure. Not just the hours I've spent actually reading the books, but even now thinking back about the stories still gives me much pleasure.
I'm not even sure why I'm telling you this, I've never wrote a fan letter to anyone before. It's just, I wanted you to know how much pleasure you bring. And I thought if I was a writer would I want to know if people appreciated and enjoyed what I was doing, and the answer was probably, yes. So here I am, wondering how to put into words what I would like to say.
First, I will tell you my favourite ever book is Eon. That's not just favourite book by you. I mean favourite book by anyone, anywhere ever. In fact I love all The Way books.
I was trying to think what it is, for me, that makes your stories stand out. I think it's the fact that they're idea driven as much as character driven. As much as I love your characters, it's the ideas that give it that wow factor for me. Nothing can blow my mind like a well thought out big idea. One that you've gone to the trouble of putting some flesh on its bones too. I big meaty idea to get your teeth into. I'm probably doing you an injustice calling it an "idea". It may start off as an idea but by the time it's fleshed out it's so much more.
One thing I do like about your characters is that you get into the head of strong female characters. It's an angle that intrigues me muchly as a male reader.
I'm sure there's so much more I could say about why love your books but I wouldn't want to embarrass you by fawning over you any more than I already have, so I think I'll leave it at that, for now.
Thank you again for all the good work. Looking forward to reading your latest book. I loved City at the End of Time, by the way.
From: Greg Bear
Many thanks, Christopher! I blush at all this praise--but it energizes me to get more work done today. Back to describing the Forerunners!