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Topic: Darwin's Children

From: Liam Johnson
Location: http://liam-humor.blogspot.com
Date: 01/25/2007

I'm really enjoying Darwin's Children, but I have to ask whether the parallels to the current Presidential Administration are entirely coincidental, or whether their actions and some of their policies colored those of your fictional President, et al.

Either way, it's a lot of fun to read!


Re: Darwin's Children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/26/2007

Thanks for writing, Liam. I began planning the DARWIN novels back in 1995-96, and wrote DARWIN'S RADIO in 1997-98. As I plotted and wrote DARWIN'S CHILDREN 2000-2002, it seemed to me that the world was doing my research for me. A nation trending more and more conservative, facing an unparalleled crisis that threatens it on a deeply emotional level... Major screw-ups caused by ideology and blunt stupidity. I've intercepted some flak over the years for this take, but it seems to me to parallel what actually happened, and is still happening. Prophetic? No. The trends were clear back in the mid-1990s. QUANTICO, dealing with terrorism more directly, tracks the next phase in those trends--and again, the parallels are interesting.

Re: Darwin's Children

From: Tom J.
Location: Hamilton Square, NJ
Date: 01/29/2007

Greg - I am sure you get this question a lot, but is there room for another Darwin book in the world? I loved how the stories grew in scope from one family in the first book to a larger communinity in the second. I would love to see how the whole world is effected by the children and then beign to sunset humanity. REgardless - great work that I read time and again.

Re: Darwin's Children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/02/2007

Thanks, Tom. No definite plans for now, but still not impossible!

Re: Darwin's Children

From: Michael Dixon
Location: St Louis, MO
Date: 02/19/2007

Hi. I just finished reading the two "Darwin" novels, and appreciated them deeply. I'm a Protestant minister (mainline--not the type to push the Intelligent Design pseudoscience) who enjoys sci fi. Normally I don't read sci fi for theology, but I found Kaye's epiphany scenes marvelous. They were sensitive, deeply moving, and evocative, and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for them.

Re: Darwin's Children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/19/2007

And thank you for your kind words, Michael. There's actually a decent theological argument for why God does not micromanage evolution, nor make it predetermined from the start...

Perhaps nature requires freedom of will as much as you and I.

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