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Topic: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose
Date: 12/27/2010

Mr. Bear,

Thank you for another thoroughly entertaining mind blower.

- When I read Sanjay's and Kim's journey through Mother's realm in the chapter "New Worlds Aft," I had the feeling that the experience of the journey was in someway inspired by what an organic molecule might experience floating in the soup of its cell. Any connection there, or was it just a personal reaction?

- The book felt like a parable of unintended consequences. I'm curious if this was a combination of thought about where our current genomics are taking us, and where are our 'wars of choice' in the middle east have led us.

Am I off base on both of these?

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/27/2010

That's a good comparison, Steven. Biology is always about maximizing success with the systems that already exist, and that's certainly the dilemma/choice/design that creates most of the situations in HULL ZERO THREE. Thanks!

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 12/30/2010

I just finished this, and instead of starting a new thread, I'll piggy-back this one.

I have a few issues with the premise:

- such solid state and genetic technologies would suggest no reason to go to the trouble of sending a ship to another star. Much easier it would be to use the planets around Jupiter and Saturn - let alone assuming non-humanoid/non-oxygen-breathing forms in alternative environments....which brings me to the next one...

- why replicate earth, when you can morph to the place you go?

- what about just hailing the indigenous folks and making parley??

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Craig J. Brain
Location: Australia
Date: 01/01/2011

Based on the recommendation of a friend on my forums, I am purchasing this book :)

The premise of the book sounds a lot like "Metamorphosis Alpha", of which I am very fond. I look forward to receiving the book.

Regards,

Craig

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2011

Check out the cool forum that Craig runs at www.metamorphosisalpha.net

Starships forever! (And another tip of the hat to Brian Aldiss and Robert Heinlein...)

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2011

Aw, what's the fun in that? Manifest destiny has never been about reasonableness. Or rationality. Big question becomes: does Earth have a yen to replicate itself elsewhere? Or will we all be content just to sit around and sip cocoa?

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 01/02/2011

My question is often analogous to this question: In a twelve-tone spelling, what set is actually the prime set?

I think the answer to yours is yes. Will it be the same answer when the opportunity arises? Dunno. A book to look back onto in this regard is Brin and Benford's HEART OF THE COMET. Ta-stae.

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/02/2011

One star, one basket.

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/04/2011

As in eggs.

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/05/2011

You could put the whites in one basket and the yolks in another. But that would be eggregation.

It's been a wet and weary winter, and Hull Zero Three a welcome retreat! (Somehow the environmental challenges faced by the characters put roof leaks in perspective.) Yet before it can be properly digested, along comes Halo: Cryptum...

Morph worlds or morph ourselves, send humans or send robots, heal the Earth or colonize the universe...I resent these choices.

The bothersome thing is forgetfulness. Thousands of years to achieve a thing, and the next generation takes it for granted. Humanity can't seem to decide what it's doing. The meaning of life used to be a matter for poets...now it's a critical issue. And people seldom think about that, and that scares me.

Where we are is where we're not. In the extremity of space lies the center of the heart. And so on.

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Chris
Location: Bothell, Wa
Date: 01/17/2011

I just finished Hull Zero Three, and I'd like to thank you for putting together a wonderfully bizarre and thought-provoking story. As an artist, designer, and model builder, I found the prose to be visually exciting, and the implications of advanced genetic manipulation frightening (in a good way). Well done.

Re: Hull Zero Three: Wow! & two questions

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/18/2011

Aw, and I was going for a safe, cozy read! Many thanks, Chris.

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