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Topic: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 01/14/2007

Hello,

I have a few first editions and one special edition of your books. I was wondering if you do appearances where you sign books. Thanks!

GTT

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/15/2007

Hello, Greg! It hasn't been that long since I was in Sacramento--sorry to have missed you. But there will likely be some more signing events this spring as we roll out the U.S. trade hardcover of QUANTICO. I'll post the events and locations on this site.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 01/16/2007

Wonderful! Ill keep my eye on your web site for dates. I do have another question, though. I just finished a re-read of one of my favorite books, Blood Music. I realized you made a big, big mistake, sir. Glenlivet is not an Irish Whisky. And its not spelled "whiskey." I just shook my head for you when I read that near the end! ;)

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/16/2007

Absolutely, Greg! You're reading an earlier edition, I guess. I wasn't a whuskey drinker at the time, and the newer editions (I think) correct this. Now--find the other major mistake! (Actually, there are several. Plus one very unfortunate typo/misspell of a character's name, if you're reading the old Ace paperback.)

Re: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 01/20/2007

Actually, I read the Easton Press printing. The only typo I noticed was on page 120. The word "instincts" is spelled "nstincts," and the justification on the line before that is off by one character's width. After that I read closely for other typos, but noticed none.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/22/2007

Well, among other first-edition errors duplicated in the Easton press printing, the cell replication sequence in the section titles is out of whack--there's a glass spinner tube instead of acrylic (under a few hundred thousand g's of acceleration, glass would actually sink down into a little pellet, being a slow liquid) and a number of other difficulties that I think have been resolved in later editions. The additional paperback errors are a hoot. I'm reminded of the paperback of MOVING MARS, where a typographer decided to correct my obvious misspelling of causal, changing every instance to "casual". Classic. It is to sigh.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 02/21/2007

You sure dont have to post this on your web site, but I posted two amateur reviews of your books on line at a website owned by the Herbert Family Trust. Blood Music, one of my all time favorite books, and Anvil of Stars. The formats are different, as I am kind of working out how to do these kinds of things. I want to review every book I own, just as a hobby. I am going to do Heads next.

If youre interested, they are here, for Blood Music, near the bottom of the page:

http://www.dunenovels.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1131

And here for Anvil of Stars, second posting:

http://www.dunenovels.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1131&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Im still looking forward to your next appearance in Sacto!

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/21/2007

Thanks, Greg!

Re: Signings

From: Gregory Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 03/15/2007

Hello again, Mr. Bear. I was wondering if you could tell me if there are any other stories in the Heads/Moving Mars sequence? I was reading my copy of Heads the other day, and I noticed a reference to a story involving Rho about tulips, and I cant for the life of me remember what that was. Did you write another story that tells this tale? Thanks!

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/15/2007

Probably an elliptical reference, Gregory... No more stories about Rho and tulips! But other books in the historical sequence include QUEEN OF ANGELS and SLANT.

Re: Signings

From: Gregory Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 03/15/2007

Thanks for your quick response! What do you mean by "elliptical response?"

I recall a reference twice to a problem that Rho created that wound up costing Sandoval BM lots and lots of money that centered around tulips. I know its been 18 or so years since you read it. But I dont understand your response.

Thanks again!

GTT

PS. Ive always meant to pick those others up, though. Now I will for sure.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/16/2007

Unexplained within the story--a family joke, as it were--and no additional story to cover it.

Re: Signings

From: Gregory Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 04/15/2007

I cannot wait to read your new book. It sounds great! But I can't help but wonder which of the marketing people at your publishers thought it would be a good idea to call the threat, on the cover of the book no less, "silent but deadly." Around here that refers to something entirely different, and a bit more scatalogical!

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/16/2007

Hmmm... Too right. Perhaps we should have put that lead on VITALS? (Or passed it along to Mr. King for a reissue of DREAMCATCHER.) Someone in marketing thought it over, and the final cover does not have that description.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: 04/16/2007

I have taken the liberty of sending the blurb to the publisher of my son's favorite books, "Everybody Poops," and "The Gas We Pass." I hope that they can put it to better use.

Re: Signings

From: Greg Tidwell
Location: Sacramento
Date: 09/08/2007

Hello again,

I think I missed you again. My wife told me that you were coming to Sacramento, and I blew it by forgetting. Next time, I guess.

Anyway, I have a new amateur review of one of your books up. I actually like this book better than Blood Music. Moving Mars is one of my favorite books of all time. Just FYI.

Here is the link to the review.

http://z10.invisionfree.com/Dune_Forum/index.php?showtopic=1717

Re: Signings

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/18/2007

Thanks, Greg!

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