From: Adam Browne
Just to say I made a false start on this book a while ago - judged it harshly because of the term 'Keeper'; thought it was high fantasy, sprinkled with - but jeez, it's WONDERFUL - the writing is so deft, how lightly you weave, for instance, the Victorian London backstory into Glaucouse's current doings - really, really mature and literary and non-show-offy writing. (It refers, doesn't it, to that crazy early 20th Century book set at the end of time? the love story, with the pathetic fallacy all over the place - objects with emotions etc etc? - can't remember what it's called...)
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Adam! My chief influences here were CITY AND THE STARS by Clarke and THE NIGHT LAND by Hodgson. But there's a tip of the hat to a lot of British visionaries over the past few centuries.
From: Carl Rosenberg
Location: Vancouver, BC
Any guesses as to why so much science fiction envisioning the far future is by British writers--Wells, Stapledon, Hodgson, Clarke, Aldiss, etc.? Not that other writers don't write about this as well (such as works by you and other authors of the stories collected in the anthology Far Futures, edited by Gregory Benford), but it nevertheless seems to be a British tradition.
From: Greg Bear
Good question! In the English language, likely it's the influence of both Wells and Stapledon. They cast a pretty long shadow over UK intellects and writers through the 1940s. U.S. writers touch often enough on the long future, but with a different approach, certainly different from Stapledon. Still, the community of writers using English is difficult to break down into this or that tradition. The cross pollination is strong.