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Topic: Wow

From: Donal B Buchanan
Location: Danvers, MA
Date: 05/16/2012

Dear Greg,

I've been an SF nut since the mid 30s when I was a boy in Japan (missionary parents) and met Buck Rogers in the Sunday funnies and Famous Funnies (Matsuzakaya Dept. Store got 2 comics monthly: Famous Funnies and Walt Disney Magazine). I grew up reading Verne, Burroughs' Barsoom, Heinlein's Red Planet and everything SF I could get my hands on--and of course tried my hand at writing it (never published any, thankfully (they were awful). I did manage to publish a couple of mystery novelettes and an article in a computer mag. I was distantly aware of your presence in the SF world, but hadn't ever dipped my toes into your seauntil recently. I just finished "Darwin's Children" (it was my downstairs book) and am almost through "Eon" (my upstairs book; these, to distinguish from my back pocket bookusually a western or a thriller). You are amazing. The depth of the research that must go into your books is fantastic. I congratulate you. I intend to try "Eternity" and "Forge of God" next. As an editor myself (see www.epigraphy.org) I very much appreciate good writing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

All the best,


Re: Wow

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/16/2012

My pleasure, Donal! My favorite paperback/magazine source was a liquor store near Bashan Lake Ave in San Carlos, California, near San Diego--way back in 1965-68. Back when books and magazines could be found at liquor stores, drug stores, tobaccanists, etc... Somehow the paperback racks were regularly stocked with Ace editions of ERBurroughs, Tolkien, and a wide range of other lit. Back in those days, you could buy mass market paperbacks of MOBY DICK and Dostoevsky in a grocery store!

Re: Wow

From: Jonathan Williams
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 05/18/2012

Donal -- if I may predict, you'll love Forge of God. I've rarely had a book shake me like that one did.

Re: Wow

From: Doug Dandridge
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Date: 05/19/2012

All I have to say is thank God for Amazon. It's almost impossible to find some of the older works in the bookstores, unless a movie tie in is on the way or in the theaters. I personally know some professional writers who have reacquired all their writes and self published just so their backlogs would appear in print. I have looked for your books in Barnes and Noble, Greg, and if I'm lucky there will be three novels on the shelf. Now of course I could order them through B&N, but often I will only buy it if it's actually there. Or I could go on Amazon and find almost anything. Even better in the ebook format, because then I can have it in my hands (or on my drive) in minutes. And a comment on libraries. I know my public library does not contain the words New York in it. But still, I look up Robert E Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and find two books be each of these legends. Please, give me a break. Any, I enjoy your work, and hope you keep at it.
Doug Dandridge, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer.

Re: Wow

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/22/2012

Thanks, Doug! I have thousands of books on my iPad and Kindle--but I still stop by my local Barnes and Noble and other physical stores. I was in a B&N last night, in fact--talking with a local book club group!

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