From: Michael Egan
Location: West Yrokshire, England
I've been a fan of yours since The Forge of God, and have just finished, and enjoyed, Hull Zero Three. Why do you think there is such a paucity of realistic novels based on an interstellar theme? Science fiction to me now seems to be either very provincial (ie, set within our own solar system) or is of the 'operatic' variety. Surely there must be thousands of stories which could be told revolving around, say, the first expedition to Alpha Centauri or Barnard's Star? Instead of Red Mars, how about Red Stars? If I could write, I'd tackle this myself!
Regards: Michael Egan
From: Greg Bear
I like it! But interstellar fiction abounds, if you don't opt for the "realism" part. Realistic interstellar fiction is just darned hard to write, especially when the physics seems so very much against us!
From: tungsten carbide
Location: San Francisco, CA
That's very much a feature I like about Anvil, Hull03 and their relatively few literary peers: the idea that we can have fantastic technologies, for example making fake matter and / or infinite varieties of genetically tailored organisms, but still be constrained by the fundamental limits such as lightspeed and fuel. This concept that there are some physical realities that can't be overcome even in the face of tremendous advances lends a hefty sense of authenticity that makes the other elements of the stories' universes plausible.
I just finished Hull, and it's great to see another masterwork added to that all-too-small genre. And, AHEM, Greg, while we're on the subject of that genre being all too small, you know, coughing up that rumored Anvil sequel and maybe throwing in a successor to Hull Zero Three (a prequel?) would be a great way to expand that pile. I'm just sayin'.
There might be more than you think. Look round some more. As well, there is a lot of stuff from '90 onward that isn't well known to youngsters - some authors being Benford, and Baxter.
But, it seems, Scifi has become mainstream. SF is harder to find.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks! Should be adding to that pile on the next contract. More to come!