From: Stig Bull
I was just wondering what your favourite sci-fi writer and books are? Also, do you draw inspiration from other writers; or what kind of things inspires you to write stories? I just finished reading Legacy and Darwin's Radio, I am currently reading The Forge Of God which is *phenomenal*, Darwin's Children is next in my stack of books, and I'll have to go to the local fantasy/sci-fi book store tomorrow to pick up Anvil Of Stars and some other of your books. Keep up the good work, you are truly one of the most talented of the bunch!
From: Greg Bear
Hello, Stig! Thanks for your kind words. I have so many influences and favorites they would be tough to list--I kind of do a rotating list on this site now and then. Over my lifetime, I've been influenced not only by the obvious names--Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Sturgeon, Dick, Wells, Stapledon, and so on--but by Richard McKenna, William Hope Hodgson, Fred Pohl, Shirley Jackson, Jack Vance, Jack Williamson...see what I mean?