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Topic: Bears of the world unite.

From: Bear Williams
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Date: 03/17/2013

Hello Mr. Bear,

It was in a previous life (when I operated the Danville Painting Co.), that I met you briefly at Poul Anderson's house in Orinda. You won't remember me of course, but perhaps you will remember we painted the house a bright Russian blue. I fondly recall him clacking away on his IBM Selectric typewriter while painting the trim around his window. He gave me several of his and two of your books, (Eon and Strength of Stones). After hearing of Poul's passing, I brought Karen over an Amethyst.

Shortly after being a painting contractor, I changed careers to that of a wholesale colored gemstone dealer and also operate a gemological laboratory. Anyway, enough of this prattle and waffling. I wanted to virtually reconnect and say I very much enjoyed Mariposa... a lot of room for evolution and potential for the characters.

Best Regards,
Bear Williams, CG, FGA

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2013

Good to hear from you, Bear! I do indeed remember you and that lovely shade of blue! Best wishes on the gem ventures!

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 04/08/2013

Dear Mr. Bear:

Being a zealous fan of the works of your late father in law, this note from Mr. Williams interested me. What happened to Poul Anderson's IBM Selectric? And has any publishable fragments been found in those boxes of papers I've seen mention of after he died? I mean things like essays, articles, or even a short story or two which mignt need only a little editing to make ready for publication. It seems to me you would be the obvious candidate as editor of any posthumously published literary fragments

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2013

We still have the Selectric. While there are a few of Poul's unpublished mss., I believe most of the fiction was finished by him, and published... But we haven't yet looked through all the archives!

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 04/11/2013

Dear Mr. Bear:

Thanks for your reply. And I was very interested to know there are a few unpublished Mss. of Poul Anderson's works which may be ready for publishing. I some editor looks thru Mr. Anderson's archives to find publishable works!

And how did your father in law write his books and stories? That is, did he use outlines or did he write from scratch off the top of his mind?

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/11/2013

Poul usually worked out the technical details thoroughly. Whether he ever wrote from an outline or not, I actually don't know! I haven't seen any outlines per se.

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 04/12/2013

Dear Mr. Bear:

Oh, I knew Poul Anderson took great care in using science in his works. Both from what he himself said and what others have noticed.

I hope Mrs. Anderson gives some details on how her husband wrote in the article she contributed to MULTIVERSE (which I am not so patiently waiting for).

And I hope somebody goes thru your father in law's archives soon! I'm sure there is some material there worthy of being published. Here I have in mind Christopher Tokien's work on HIS father's papers in THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH which he edited.

Die hard fans of Poul Anderson have heard of that famously overflowing looseleaf binder containing his notes, commentaries, charts, etc., on Anderson's Technic History series. Have you ever seen that binder yourself?

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Bears of the world unite.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/16/2013

I've seen notebooks, but not that specific binder.

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