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Topic: Alien Encounter

From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA
Date: 04/09/2011

Hey, Greg, I just watched a 1997 Learning Channel show called "Alien Encounter," in which you said a few words. One of the things they said in introducing you was that you were "...adviser on space policy to two U.S. presidents." I must admit that was a new one on me. Is this in fact the case?

Re: Alien Encounter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2011

Sort of. I've been told Ronald Reagan read the papers submitted by the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, of which I was a text-contributing member; George H.W. Bush may have also paid attention, and we held meetings during the Clinton administration. The last time we met it was at the request of NASA director Dan Goldin. All kudos to Jerry Pournelle, mastermind of the group, and Larry Niven, at whose house in Tarzana the meetings generally took place.

Re: Alien Encounter

From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA
Date: 04/10/2011

I suspected it was a bit of media hype. However, no fault of yours, and the reality is quite an accomplishment, nonetheless. Kudos to you. The vast majority of us will never write even a sentence that will be read by any president.

By the way, I loved your comment that was something to the effect of (if the aliens landed or contacted us) the governments would call the scientists, and the scientists would in turn call the science fiction writers. Brilliant, and I sincerely hope it is true.

Re: Alien Encounter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

That might have been Larry and Jerry's assertion, in FOOTFALL as I recall!

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