From: Edward Hill
Location: Arlington Texas
- and damn if it didn't hit me right between the eyes once again like when I was 13 and blundered into that copy of The Wind From A Burning Woman in the 'adult' section of the library. I still think it is one of the best short stories ever.
No point in rambling on too much longer, as the work is what it is- however, I did want to ask a couple of minor things:
-I take it that the Senexi 'Cuckoos' are specifically intended to parasitize already inhabited worlds in the way that the bird of the same name drops its eggs into the nests of other birds and forces them to raise the offspring? Would a cuckoo be kind of like a horrible spider egg sac loaded down with Senexi buds? And is a Snake vastly bigger than the Glovers who fight it? I imagine Prufax darting in-between massive coils tens of meters long...
-I'm not off the rails when I figure that the action goes for hundreds of millions, if not a couple of billion years, right? Stars take time to make.
-Have you ever tried sketching out/visualizing what a Senexi ship looks like? The idea of such a monstrous thing is hard to conceptualize, which of course is part of the fun. But still...
I ask not to try and pull away the veil of mystery from the setting- but these were things that always intrigued me and thought it worth a try.
From: Greg Bear
Many thanks, Edward!
It's been thirty years since I wrote this story, and my visualizations of these things were none too precise even at the time. Words paint big pictures! Let your imagination run wild! And yes, the time scale is vast.
From: Angela Prettie
Location: Kelowna BC
Dear Mr. Bear,
Short of attending comic-con to beg in person , what can we do to get this incredible novella made into a movie ?
When I read this book as a teen , I was so angry and despondent about the futility of war that I threw the book against the wall.
We have the technology now with cgi and such. What can fans do to have your blessing on this?
You deserve to have your incredible stories immortalized !
From A fan in Canada who re-ordered Wind From a Burning Woman on eBay and has it on her nightstand !
From: Greg Bear
Many thanks, Angela! Maybe there will be a future decade in which film-makers do for space fiction what they're now doing for Philip K. Dick!