From: Gray Area
I wanted to say 'shit', but the title thing, eh.....
Anyways, it's because your stories are plausible. So many authors it seems are [falling back on] older themes, in some cases societies that, however technological, are in some state of feudalism or something.
Another thing is that the threads are never remotely good-guy, bad-guy. Or even, 'he/she was/is the best - and now they're in trouble'. Or whatever. Very...provincial. You know?
Looking forward to the new trilogy, yo. (pressure, pressure)
From: Greg Bear
Just finished polished draft on WAR DOGS, volume one. Looks pretty good so far! (Pressure appreciated--keeps me focused...)
Greg Bear's earlier stories (Queen of Angels, Moving Mars) are cool because they depict realistic technological advances with realistic social developments. The problems that bedevil societies in 2047 and late 22nd century are different than those today. That takes a certain measure of extrapolation that most people seem incapable of.