From: Dave Clark
Location: Renton, WA
After attending your impassioned call for science fiction authors to advocate for change, particularly social and political, at the Write on the Sound 2005 Conference I experimented with writing and revising a few short stories that are borderline science fiction but seem much more like things that if novels would be referred to as "techno-thrillers."
Two questions arise
1-Any advice on who to send those kinds of shorts to since the subject matter is a little violent/firghtening for most general fiction and not sciency (if I may coin the word) for most sci-fi outlets?
2-Have you thought about posting that speech here? I found it wonderful.
Thank you again for the few minutes talking at the book signing after word.
From: Greg Bear
Good to hear from you, Dave. SF markets take all sorts of stories, but they do have to fulfill the basic genre requirements--near future, startling tech here and there, that sort of thing. Clancy qualifies, I think--but the only way to find out is to submit your stories! Good luck!
From: James Aach
Dear Mr. Bear,
I've been a fan of yours since I first picked up Darwin's Radio. (Amazing how much information you crammed into that one - and still got it published.)
I view promoting change as also the simple act of providing education within entertainment so that the choices we all make are better informed. I'm wondering what you think of the following approach, suggested to me by Stewart Brand - an internet serial. http://RadDecision.blogspot.com .
I also have a commentary at the LabLit.com online magazine site regarding the difficulty of placing science and technology in today's novels. See
Thanks for keeping me entertained and educating me a bit in the process.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, James! I'll take a look--