From: Jon Allen
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Hi Greg, great job on "Hull Zero-Three", which I am looking forward to re-reading.
I was wondering if you'd had a chance to see "Prometheus" yet. It had a few (coincidental) resonances with "Hull Zero-Three", particularly the idea of interstellar travelers with formidable genetic engineering skills capable of creating life, both wonderful and horrible. In the movie, these capabilities are perceived by the characters as being not much more than icky weapons of mass destruction - anthrax and VX with teeth and slime, but with your novel in the back of my mind the concept seemed more perhaps even more sinister than the filmmakers intended.
Or, perhaps, Ridley Scott was finally demonstrating why what in its individual iterations could easily be killed with flamethrowers and firearms is so dangerous and so appealing to the powers that be.
Anyhow, thanks for the decades of great stuff, and best wishes.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Jon! I have not yet seen PROMETHEUS but will doubtless revel in the Blu-Ray disc.