From: andy Carlo
Location: Devon, UK
HI Mr Bear,
I've been a great fan of your work since "Songs of Power", and have loved the threads of hard bleeding-edge bio-tech from Blood Music etc. and the epic worlds in EON. But, having just started QUANTICO (upto the first hundred pages so far), I'm a little disappointed. I seem to have wondered into a Tom Clancy NetForce book, which I enjoy as a diversion but not what I expected from you.
The grander vision seems, to me, to be turned down a notch. And the basic science core has been covered before.
With the promise (hint?) of a return to EON I am sure you will continue to amaze and gather a huge audience. But now you have covered some basic Best Seller list material in DEAD LINES and QUANTICO, please stick to your own path.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks for writing, Andy! It's a common request from many readers--what we want to read is like what you've written well before. I definitely understand. But after the success of DARWIN'S RADIO, it's apparent not everyone feels that way--and no good writer does the same thing over and over. None of my favorite writers do. We'd get awfully stale.
So stick with me, let me know what you think when you finish QUANTICO--there's plenty of fresh food for serious thought therein, enough to scare, concern (and entertain) a few scientists and government employees I know--and be mindful that I'm now living a few hours each day a hundred trillion years in the future--working on a novel that, nevertheless, promises to bear little resemblance to anything I've written before...
I don't read 'horror' or 'fantasy'. Into DEADLINES, I was a little skeptical. Yet, that it could, at least vaguely, be construed in a quantum physical context assauged me. But this is my own gig - not at all a reflection of the quality of a book. As has been discussed at Dan Simmons' forum a bit: a story boils down to the craft in the writing. It appears many, if they know of, forget this.
From: Greg Bear
Like Dan, I enjoy the freedom of switching topics now and then--keeps us both limber!