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Topic: Have you worked with...

From: Eric Fowkes
Location: Reilingen, Germany
Date: 10/28/2010


I was just wondering if you had ever worked with Robert Forward before he passed away. Your writing style is not the same but there are similarities there. His books were generally much more hard science than most scifi writers but they have a certain "rhythm" that seems similar to some of your books. The differences between your 2 styles would seem to compliment each other similar to the works of Niven and Pournelle.

On another note, when is your new book coming out and has there been any progress on a "Forge of God" movie?

A huge fan,
Eric

Re: Have you worked with...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/30/2010

Hello, Eric! I did indeed spend quality time with Robert Forward back in the seventies and eighties. He was a brilliant mind, and helped me work through some conceptual and physics problems for EON among others. His books are wonders of speculation and scientific vision. His daughter, Eve Forward, is also an author of note!

Re: Have you worked with...

From: Eric Fowkes
Location: Reilingen, Germany
Date: 11/05/2010


I didn't know his daughter was a writer as well. I'll make a point to look up her books. My 3 favorite authors have always been Heinlein, You, and Forward. Vastly differing styles but incredible stories from each.

My wife and I still quote lines from "Dragons Egg" even though we both read it many years ago. The conceptual leap made by one of the "Cheelas" when she realized that seeds could represent pods was wonderful reading. That moment is what teachers live for and Mr. Forward captured it as well as anyone I've read.

Thanks again,
Eric

PS We also both still quote "Forge of God" using the wonderfully laconic line, "I'm sorry, but there is bad news."

Re: Have you worked with...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2010

You're both great examples of why writers write! Thanks, Eric.

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