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Topic: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Rolando Ray
Location: Sterling, VA
Date: 03/17/2011

I am in the middle of Darwin's Children and while I have no idea how you wrap it up, I hope you will consider a sequel. Maybe when Stella is 21?

My main curiosity is how you think the story would continue to play out as the younger generations begin to have children, how the older one might mellow toward the virus children (a la Augustine), basically how the socio-political and ethical issues would "mature."

You never mention race (or I haven't picked-up on it) but wondered if you considered those angles and chose not to explore?

BTW, when is Darwin's Radio set?

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2011

Thanks, Rolando! There does indeed seem to be another part of the story to be told. No book scheduled yet, however. DARWIN'S RADIO was originally set a few years in the future--no date specified! I learned that much from setting specific years in near-future stories like EON and THE FORGE OF GOD.

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Anne
Location: Brussels
Date: 04/12/2011

I have just finished Darwin's Children (I had read Darwin's radio a few years ago).

I love the evolution topic and I am very impressed by the way it is handled in the book. It's exciting, credible, realistic and sad at the same time.

I particularly like the way the new children are genetically adapted to the challenging environment and actually tackling "issues" such as social isolation (vs. demes), the competition culture (vs. a cooperation culture), oral communication limitations (vs. the many ways the children use to communicate), the repression of natural feelings (vs. expression of them in the open through the freckling thing), etc.

A sequel would probably need to go into a full invention of new ways of living, so it might be more "SF-like". In my view this story stops at the exact right time, the closure is perfect.

Just one thing i did not understand : the role or purpose of Kay's epiphany experiences in the storytelling.

Anne

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

Many thanks, Anne. The "epiphany" scenes are there to stir the pot. Long ago, I realized that even a complete understanding of biological systems and evolutions wouldn't begin to answer some of the most important questions we face in our daily lives. As well, dramatically speaking, such a moment in Kaye's life definitely causes her problems that could actually be reflected in the life of a working scientist today.

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Bruce Rockwood
Location: Maine
Date: 07/14/2011

I would be interested in seeing how you develop this further. I am assigning Darwin's Radio along with Inherit the Wind and the PBS "Judgment Day" program about the Dover, Pa. school board ID trial, in a course on law and literature, and then using it and K.S. Robinson's Forty Signs of Rain to get the class talking about how fear of science is undermining rational political decision-making in our country these days. I think Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children do an excellent job in laying out how things could go wrong, and would be interested in seeing you explore this further. Take care. Bruce

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/07/2011

Thanks, Bruce! DARWIN'S RADIO has been taught at both Brigham Young University and now Notre Dame.

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: ebhdoc
Location:
Date: 06/19/2013

Wondering if you've started any work on book 3?

Thanks!

Re: Sequel to Darwin's Children? PLEASE!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/25/2013

No work yet on book three.

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