From: Mike D.
Location: The Big Mango, Thailand
Since last year, I was sad to see the lackluster reviews of Hull Zero Three on Amazon. Being a dedicated fan I am, I ignored the uninformed reviewers and finally bought the novel when I was back state-side a few months ago. I had a chance to crack it open over a long weekend and I'm happy to say I loved it! Such a relief. It's great to see you're back exploring the cosmos and the human condition.
One question: Were there any other titles you were working with when you wanted to name the novel? "Hull Zero Three" is a great ambiguous title.
I left a lengthy review of the novel on Amazon, as I tend to do with every book I read. I look forward to another epic space novel in the future, Mr. Bear.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Mike! I don't often read the Amazon reviews. Too many trolls hard at work. Earlier title was WOMB OF STARS but the good folks at Orbit got their heads together and worked up this one, which is indeed perfect.
Yeah, besides being rather vague, WOMB OF STARS makes me think of the titles of Benford's Galactic Center series - IN THE OCEAN OF NIGHT, ACROSS THE SEA OF SUNS, etc - that truly applied.