From: Patrick Pierce
Location: albuquerque, New Mexico
Dear Mr. Bear,
The internet is evolving in a way remarkably similar to the way you forsee it in the boooks Eon and Eternity.
The use of Avatars is becoming increasingly popular. Software like Lotus Sametime allows you to make any type of avatar you want and use it in chat, while I believe MySpace pages are rudimentary avatars, expressing whatever aspect of personality that person wants to portray, or multiple aspects, just like the Hindu avatars of old.
I believe the internet is in fact another dimension. Time is different online, emotions are stronger. We are the pioneers of our race, forging this new frontier with out Pentium-covered wagons. Is the 7th chamber somehow symbolic of the dimensionality of the internet?
Thank you so much for your work. I believe time will show how prescient you are.
From: Greg Bear
Some years ago, Linda Stone brought me into Microsoft to show me some of their research on future chat room avatars, etc., and David Brin lectured at the MS Campus on HIS views of how that would evolve. Still don't see much sign of picting between Blackberries and such, but there were a lot of predecessors in this arena before me--and let's not forget Bill Gibson and Bruce Sterling! (And in the 1970s, the REALLY visionary work of Vernor Vinge and John Varley.)