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Topic: Blood Music themes.

From: Molly Van Roekel
Location: Memphis, TN
Date: 05/27/2013

Hi Greg! I read your story "Blood Music" for a Scifi Lit class at my college. (the short story, not the novel, though I intend on reading the novel soon.) I really enjoyed it, and I had to write a paper about one of the themes in it.

Obviously there are a lot of themes about technology getting out of control in Blood Music, but I see a lot more pregnancy images- I dont think your story is a cut and dry invasion. It seems to be about empathizing with pregnant women and the ominous, unstoppable and uncomfortable toll that biology can take on our bodies. Perhaps it is a story mostly aimed at letting men have a turn in feeling uncomfortable with a pregnancy. I thought the image of the murder in the bathtub was a lot like an abortion- I feel like I could be correct or I could be totally off course with that assessment though. :)

I know often writers do not want to discuss these things in too much detail, but I'm so dang curious! Thanks for writing such an engrossing story!

Molly Van Roekel

Re: Blood Music themes.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

Fascinating thoughts and questions, Molly. I think your interpretatio is spot on. Add evolution and any sort of bodily change into the mix--such as puberty--and biology does seem to kind of jerk us around!

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