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Topic: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: David Siebert
Location: Florida
Date: 04/05/2012

Is that the end of those two series? I really would like to know more about what happens next to mankind in both of those books.

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Thanks, David. I had hoped to write three books, but a couple of nasty and uncalled-for publishing difficulties intervened, and those plans have been put aside for the time being. Still perking in my thoughts, however!

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: near western isles
Date: 04/08/2012

Well, it could be a hiatus would end up giving both of these a chance to be even better Greg, trying to look at the bright side.

I am thinking so because the world is changing about us, and so there are opportunities. Nuts to those who held you back, though, as both of these feel ripe for continuance, in their time.

I am sure it will be interesting, and as surely enjoyed by those who like your attentions.


Re: Anvil of Stars and Darwin's children

From: Greg Stewart
Location: Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Date: 05/12/2012


I'm very happy to hear you are still considering additional works in those two series. I know I'd really enjoy seeing how you'd bring additional closure to these stories.

However, I really hope you'll consider three more works for the Forge-Anvil series... one on the children finding their world and building their future... another on the those rebuilding the human race and a human-friendly biosphere in our solar system... and perhaps even a third to bring these two threads of humanity (and maybe even the children on other Ships of the Law) back together.

I'm eager to read where you'd take all of this!

Greg in Mississippi

Re: Anvil of Stars and Darwin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/16/2012

Indeed, sounds like a terrific run of stories. Thanks, Greg!

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: Eddie
Location: Florida
Date: 06/11/2012

Hi Mr. Bear,I had read Anvil of Stars many years ago and had thought this a great book.This is just my thoughts but would like them to be known.It seems like when they have done book to movies it seems like all they can do is pick out mediocre one's at best,even with all the cgi and all they offer now if the story cant carry it it is still no good and a lot of hype is put into it to feed the public garbage.
Which is why I have wondered for many years now why haven't they made at least a mini series of Anvil? it has the great story would have the effects you describe in the book and would make an awesome mini series if not a series like battlestar.Yours would have a lot more going for it though.I just wished real writers like you had their due on the big screen

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: David Siebert
Location: Forida
Date: 07/05/2012

Actually I can imagine even more books in the Anvil series.
I would love to know more about the Cords/Braids/Brothers. Maybe a back story or one about their survival or not extinction.
And of course more about the Benefactors.
I know that writing a story about such alien aliens may be impossible to do well but one can dream.
The other option I find interesting are the Ships from Anvil. I know they have a rule about any self replicating machine that reaches sentience must destroy it's self but that seems like such a waste to me.
I am a programer and right now I am trying to think like one of the humans on the ship.
This machine seems to have a hard coded directive that it can not ignore. Think of this as being like a ROM chip.
Okay so why not create an imperfect copy of it's self that has all of it's capabilities but now it is hard coded to not replicate it's self. It may self repair but not replicate.
This would allow the Ship to survive at least for a while and become part of the new human community on the planet. You could even have a sub plot of the ship trying to keep functioning while trying to stay not evil. Sort of it not wanting to live anymore but feeling obligated to help the humans that it has come to know and respect.

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/23/2012

Cool ideas, David. Your mind is humming like a Tesla on a long straight freeway!

Re: Anvil of Stars and Dawin's children

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

Thanks, Eddie! A long-running topic on this site, as you can tell. Whether Anvil of Stars or Forge of God--or a combo of the two--will ever make it to the screen remains an open question. Meanwhile, as you say, much inferior stories get made, and quickly sink out of sight. Sighing won't help, but I do it anyway!

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