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Congratulations to the New Horizons team for the fantastic unveiling of Pluto!
Posted: 07/14/2015
[New Horizons Link]
As we explore the cold, dusty reaches that stretch far beyond Neptune, there are likely to be many surprises--and Pluto has already proven to be a fascinating object. I still like to think of it as a planet, but that may be because of the legend of Clyde Tombaugh, some of whose ashes are now out there on the spacecraft. We met Mr. Tombaugh at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the Voyager missions in 1980, (photo of Mr. Tombaugh in Von Karman auditorium, credit Astrid Anderson) and the story of his close scrutiny of star plates at the Lowell observatory, of Percival Lowells suggestion that there might be another world out there, and Tombaugh;s subsequent discovery of a wandering star--the last planet!--sticks with me as one of the great science stories of our time. He was twenty-three at the time. So heres a look back, and a look ahead--to the Kuiper belt, the Oort cloud, dwarf planets, distant comets, and all the wonders of interstellar space!

(Discovery of Pluto set H.P. Lovecrafts imagination soaring, and he identified his fictional planet Yuggoth (in The Whisperer in Darkness) with this new outer world There, the Mi Go mine a mysterious mineral called Tokl, and avoid a hideous entity that sometimes rises out of a pit... none of which has yet been confirmed by New Horizons! Stanton A. Coblentz was the first writer to publish a story incorporating Pluto, and he was soon followed by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Edward E. Doc Smith, Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, and Kim Stanley Robinson--among many others.) [Pluto In Fiction]
Noting Christopher Lee
Posted: 06/11/2015
"Very sad to hear about the passing of Christopher Lee--one of our favorite and truly towering presences in film--and Ron Moody, whose wit and panache made many movies memorable. Watching grand old movies--and in particular grand old British movies--will not be the same hereafter." - Greg Bear
Dattoos and Biostamps
Posted: 06/09/2015
"Cool to know we'll remember all our passwords by asking our dattoos! Don't want to think about what it means to be hacked, however..." - Greg Bear
[A Temporary Tattoo That Senses Through Your Skin]
Bradbury on Boing Boing
Posted: 04/29/2015
Takes me back to Ray's lectures in colleges and high schools all over California! Lovely animation.
[Watch on Boing Boing]
Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
Posted: 04/01/2015
Open Road Integrated Media is running a special on Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction e-books through the month of April. Get Greg Bear's STRENGTH OF STONES for 50% off the regular price!
[Browse Selections Now]
Mechanism for Methane-Based Life Forms
Posted: 03/01/2015
Congratulations to a team of chemists/exobiologists at Cornell University led by Professor Paulette Clancy and grad student James Stevenson for their working out of a possible mechanism for methane-based life forms on Titan.
[Continue Reading]
Posted: 02/27/2015
Leonard Nimoy was so much a part of my youth, and such a presence on screen as actor and director. He will be missed.

Herewith: a couple of pictures from a trove of STAR TREK clips provided decades ago by Bjo Trimble.
Interview with Straylight
Posted: 02/16/2015
Straylight Literary Magazine has posted an audio interview with Greg Bear! [Listen Now]
2389 Time Capsule
Posted: 02/13/2015
Greg Bear is participating in the creation of a time capsule being sealed today in Washington State. A copy of Darwin's Radio is included, along with books by other Washington authors.
[Read More]
The Star Trek Concordance
Posted: 12/21/2014
Way back in the 1960s, Bjo Trimble scoped me out as a possible illustrator for THE STAR TREK CONCORDANCE, the first fan encyclopedia based on the show. I was sixteen. She sent me an envelope filled with clippings from the cutting room floor at Desilu, a treasure trove of edits, in-betweens during set-ups, tests for special effects and actor lighting--to use as references for illustrations. I supplied a number of illos for the project--mostly spaceship and exterior scenes. Among my first publications!
[Continue Reading and See Photos]
Arthur Machen Collection At Risk
Posted: 12/14/2014
While libraries around the world face challenges, to be the holder of record for a collection of one of the most interesting writers of the 19th and 20th centuries--Arthur Machen--adds additional weight to the fate of Newport library services. Arthur Machen was a highly influential writer of fantasy and horror, a predecessor to H.P. Lovecraft, much beloved of writers and film-makers throughout the last century, and renowned to this day for his potent mix of Victorian criticism and extraordinary imagination. Many of our bestselling horror writers--including Stephen King and Peter Straub--owe him a debt of gratitude. As well, his translation of the Memoirs of Casanova is regarded as the finest available in English.

I can only hope this collection will remain in a good home, or, if the city council decides to rearrange its libraries, that the Machen collection will be donated to a local university or other facility capable of making the materials available for viewing and reading and scholarship.

Greg Bear

[Read More in Wormwoodiana]
[Machen Books in Project Gutenberg]
Congratulations to NASA!
Posted: 12/05/2014
Congratulations to NASA and the Orion vehicle launch team for their successful unmanned test flight of the new Orion spacecraft. Long awaited! Heres to the next thirty years in space.
[Read More About the Launch]
Eon Soundtrack
Posted: 11/17/2014
John Gracey in Glasgow, Scotland has created lovely music inspired by EON!
[Listen Now]
Comet Landing
Posted: 11/13/2014
"Congratulations to Philae and the Rosetta team for landing on a comet! Phenomenal mission with an amazing outcome. Looking forward to the science and expanding our knowledge of these "hairy" visitors!"
[Read Bloomberg's Article]
Posted: 11/10/2014
The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC is preparing to create a model of the giant asteroid starship Thistledown from EON.
[Watch the Video]
Posted: 11/08/2014
Here's the most comprehensive overview I've seen of traditional New York publishing and how Amazon has created new markets and shifted the fences and goal posts on the playing field. Kudos to Nina Shapiro and SEATTLE WEEKLY for their extensive research and coverage. [Read Now]
Our Deepest Condolences
Posted: 11/02/2014
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Michael Alsbury. And our wishes for strong recovery to Peter Siebold. As well, we want to support the amazing team at Virgin Galactic in their efforts to make the edge of space familiar to humans. Doing new things is hard. Sometimes it is heartbreaking. But the best tribute to lost friends is to go on and accomplish shared dreams. This is how they live again--with each successful flight, each new venture.
Black Hole Renderings
Posted: 10/29/2014
Way back in the 1970s, I bought and carefully read Misner, Thorne, and Wheelers monumental text book, GRAVITATION. The math was way beyond me in most instances, but I persisted... [Continue Reading]
Video: Reading of 'War Dogs'
Posted: 10/23/2014
Greg Bear visited the University Bookstore in Seattle, WA on October 20, 2014 in support of his new science fiction novel, War Dogs.
[Watch Video Now]
Greg's Health
Posted: 09/25/2014
Greg is in the hospital in Seattle recovering from emergency open heart surgery on September 23. His prognosis is good for a full recovery. He and Astrid extend their profound thanks to the Snohomish County EMT team that responded so quickly, the emergency room staff at Swedish Edmonds Hospital, and the cardiac surgical team at Swedish Seattle Medical Center - Cherry Hill. Without all their help and skills, he would not still be alive. Thanks also to all who have sent good wishes, healing thoughts, prayers, virtual hugs, and warm fuzzies. They are all much appreciated.
Deep Sea Ancients
Posted: 09/03/2014
Its been an interesting year for VITALS. Not only have scientists affirmed that our gut bacteria can affect our moods, and perhaps even direct our appetites, now theres news almost equally startling...
[Continue Reading]
Ice Bucket Challenge
Posted: 08/28/2014
Greg and Astrid accept the ALS ice bucket challenge!
[Watch Now]
Science Book a Day
Posted: 08/20/2014
Science Book a Day Interviews Greg Bear: [Read Now]
Deceptive Hummer
Posted: 08/04/2014
As Astrid will confirm, I've been spending many summer mornings photographing dragonflies in our garden and around the lake--and on occasion I catch some sweet little hummingbirds going about their flowery business. Recently, a particularly deceptive hummer fooled me for a time into thinking I had witnessed something phenomenal--a hummingbird 180 degree head turn! [Continue]
Humble Bundle Charities
Posted: 07/09/2014
Humble Bundle is not just for games anymore! You set the price, support charity, and get 13 amazing ebooks:
[See the Humble Bundle Collection]

The charities this Humble Bundle supports are First Book and the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children in need. By making new, high-quality books and resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education.
[Visit FirstBook.org]

The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses. Active SFWA members are eligible to request assistance from the Fund.
Frank Robinson
Posted: 07/01/2014
Here's a call to toast a fine man at the beginning of a new journey. Frank Robinson's passing reminds me of his many excellent books and films, his influence on San Francisco politics... [Continue Reading]
Dinosaur Summer
Posted: 06/17/2014
Scientists do the heavy lifting--and I'm always happy when they confirm my suspicions. Especially about dinosaurs! [Continue Reading]
A Fictional History of Violence to Come
Posted: 06/16/2014
In QUANTICO (first edition 2005 - ebook available from Open Road Media) I postulated that Iraq would fall apart into sectarian violence soon after the U.S. withdrawal. [Continue Reading]
War Dogs: Coming October 21, 2014
Posted: 02/26/2014
They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun to sun, planet to planet, across the cosmos. Pundits have taken to calling them the Antagonists-or Antags-and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. For all they've done for us, the Gurus would now like our help. [War Dogs]
Museum of Science Fiction Update
Posted: 11/11/2013
The campaign to launch the Museum of Science Fiction has started off strong with over $20,000 raised and over 600 Facebook followers so far! [More Information]
Museum of Science Fiction
Posted: 11/05/2013
You can help bring the Museum of Science Fiction to Washington, DC! [Learn More]
Frederik Pohl 1919-2013
Posted: 09/02/2013
"Fred Pohl was a writer who, in my mind, defined what it means to be a science fiction writer. He was ever changing, ever inventive, tough, opinionated--and more often than not, he was worth reading, and surprisingly often, he was right. He did not predict the future, but he helped make it--and by example, he helped make me the writer I am to day." ~ Greg Bear
SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series
Posted: 08/23/2013
Tuesday, October 15 at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub in Kirkland, Washington - Greg Bear will be appearing with Peter Orullian and Brent Weeks to read from their latest works, and to interpret and explain their concepts and vision.
Apollo Day 1
Posted: 08/08/2013
Read Greg's Apollo ruminations... [Apollo Day 1]
Richard Matheson: 1926-2013
Posted: 06/24/2013
Richard Matheson consistently tapped into the American subconscious, both the dreams and the nightmares, and created so many iconic stories, novels, and screenplays, that an immediate count is going to take a while. Creating many of the finest Twilight Zone episodes, he was one Rod Serlings stalwarts, along with Charles Beaumont and George Clayton Johnson. With William F. Nolan, they were all prime members of the Ray Bradbury circle. [Continue Reading]
Well Read
Posted: 06/11/2013
Greg Bear's interview on KCTS's "Well Read" is now available for viewing. [Watch It Now]
JACK VANCE: 1916-2013
Posted: 05/30/2013
An amazing writer, a true creative spirit, and the last of the original Houseboat Gang. Let's break out some fine Dixieland and copies of our favorite Vance books, and toast the passage of yet another of our greats.
Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013
Posted: 05/07/2013
Master, storyteller, mentor--friend.

Ray Harryhausen inspired me to write and paint and seek a life in creating fantasy and science fiction.

A wonderful man with a fabulous talent.

Here are some of my favorite photos.

Never to be forgotten.

Greg Bear
Dale F. "Ted" Bear 1925-2013
Posted: 03/27/2013
Beloved father, grandfather and partner Dale F. Bear passed away peacefully on February 21 in Rancho Bernardo at the age of 87. Born on a small farm in South Dakota, as a young man, he worked as a logger in Iowa, a private detective in Los Angeles, and enlisted in the Navy during WW 2, going on to serve twenty-three years as a meteorologist, a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. His final shipboard assignment was on the USS Oriskany off Vietnam. He retired with the rank of Lt. Commander. His postings took him and his family to Japan, the Philippines, and Alaska, exposing all to cultures and sights not common for American kids in the 1950s and 60s. Predeceased by his wife Wilma and stepdaughter Barbara, he is survived by partner Dolores Fazekas, step-granddaughter Cathey Kelley and her son Erik, son Greg, and grandchildren Erik and Alexandra. He was an amazing and gentle man, a wandering soul now off on his next duty assignment. We will all miss him.
Seattle - Tuesday, March 19
Posted: 03/19/2013
Greg will be signing HALO: SILENTIUM tonight at 7pm at the University Bookstore in Seattle.
San Diego - Friday, March 22nd
Posted: 03/18/2013
Greg will be guest speaker at San Diego State University's Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities at 2pm, and then will do a HALO: SILENTIUM signing at Mysterious Galaxy at 7pm.
Apophis: The Complete Text
Posted: 02/13/2013
Read the unedited 'Apophis and 2012 DA 14' piece along with an excerpt from J.A. Enever: [Read It Now]
Don't count 'doomsday asteroid' out yet!
Posted: 01/24/2013
Greg Bear's piece on Apophis published on CNN is now available online: [Read the Article]
Reading/Signing in Seattle Tonight!
Posted: 12/04/2012
Tonight - December 4, 2012 at 7pm at the University Bookstore: Mark Teppo, Cooper Moo, Nicole Galland, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson will be on hand to read from and discuss part two of their collaboratively written book, The Mongoliad!
Posted: 12/03/2012
Now available in e-book format: THE INFINITY CONCERTO and THE SERPENT MAGE (comprising SONGS OF EARTH AND POWER.

Greg Bear's classic YA urban fantasies are back in print-on-demand and available as e-books through E-Reads! [Order Now]
HALO 4 Is Here!
Posted: 11/08/2012
After two and a half years of collaborating with the 343 team, and looking forward to HALO 4--the game is here! And its fantastic. Not that I'm prejudiced! (I am, but the reviews are also terrific.)

Heartfelt congratulations to 343!

We've also just wrapped the text of HALO: SILENTIUM, coming from Tor in March. Fans of both novels and the games will find a superabundance of surprises... So many that Tor could not, until Very Soon Now, release the actual, final cover!

[Review from Penny Arcade]
Mars and the Heart of Humanity
Posted: 09/26/2012
I'll be apprearing on a panel called "Mars and the Heart of Humanity: Ray Bradbury's Million-Year Picnic" at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica this Saturday, 4pm. Howard Hendrix and Charles J Baker are also on it, and William Goodwin is moderating.
Northwest Book Fest
Posted: 09/21/2012
I'll be appearing at the Northwest Book Fest in Kirkland tomorrow, hope to see some of you there! The panel is 1-2:30 in the Kirkland Teen Union Building. It's called "To Infinity and Beyond: Writing Science Fiction" and Daniel H. Wilson is joining me.
Harry Harrison
Posted: 08/15/2012
A life well lived. [Greg Bear on Harry Harrison]
Why I Love Mars
Posted: 08/09/2012
[Read Greg's Essay on CNN]
Posted: 08/06/2012
Wow! The most complicated Mars landing ever--and NASA/Caltech/JPL nailed it. Once more, all Earthlings become Martians--ready to head out and start exploring--and hearty congratulations to all the brothers and sisters of our new heroine, Curiosity! ~ Greg Bear
Ray Bradbury
Posted: 06/06/2012
With much love and glorious memories: Ray Bradbury: Mentor, friend for 45 years, Master Storyteller. [Continued]
Mongoliad and io9
Posted: 05/31/2012
io9 has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the Mongoliad crew: [Sword Fighting with Neal Stephenson and his Mongoliad Co-Authors]
Hearty Congratulations to SpaceX for a terrific launch! The dream of space is reborn, and the best is yet to come.
Posted: 05/22/2012
SpaceX.com: [Success! Falcon 9 Delivers Dragon to Orbit]

Washington Post article: [SpaceX Launches Vehicle to Dock at International Space Station]
Mongoliad Video Chat Today!
Posted: 05/17/2012
Today, May 17, 2012 at 3pm Pacific - live video chat with the Mongoliad authors!
This Is Your Crisis!
Posted: 05/15/2012
Greg Bear will be reading Kate Wilhelm's short story Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Your Crisis! as a fundraiser for Infinity Box Theatre Project on Wednesday, May 23 in Seattle.
Mongoliad Signing May 17 in Seattle
Posted: 05/14/2012
The University Bookstore in Seattle is hosting a gathering of Mongoliad writers for a signing: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo! Thursday, May 17 at 7pm.
Near Asteroid Mining
Posted: 04/27/2012
Very exciting news this week about the near-Earth asteroid mining venture that Planetary Resources has announced. Frank Catalano talked to several of the local SF writers about it, including Greg - [Science Fiction Writers Inspired as Asteroid Miners Make Fiction Fact]
Posted: 04/27/2012
Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large's take on Planetary Resources' asteroid mining venture: [Space-Mining Mission Can Do World of Good]
The Mongoliad: Book One Now Available!
Posted: 04/25/2012
Read Erik Bear and Joseph Brassey's excellent post on 'Five Ways to Die in a Medieval Battle'
LA Tiimes Festival of Books
Posted: 04/06/2012
Greg Bear will be participating in a panel discussion with Raymond E. Feist and Boyd Morrison, and moderated by Rob Latham, at the LA Times Festival of Books.
John Carter's Greatest Challenge
Posted: 03/13/2012
Greg Bear's thoughts on Burroughs and the new film. [Read Complete Review]
Tour Schedule
Posted: 01/05/2012
Seattle - Thursday, January 5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way Northeast
Seattle, WA
Beaverton - Friday, January 6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Powell's Books - Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
Redondo Beach - Saturday, Jan. 7
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA
San Diego - Sunday, January 8
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA
Albuquerque - Monday, January 9
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Page One Bookstore
11018 Montgomery Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM
From The Lone Oak
Posted: 12/20/2011
Good friend David Clark -- whom I've known for over forty years -- has been studying zen and writing some fascinating poetry and essays for a number of years now. Highly recommend you take a look. [From The Lone Oak]
Four Peaks TV Show/Salon taping at the Pacific Science Center
Posted: 10/13/2011
Reserve your ticket now for a special taping of the special, "Crossing the Road: How is the pursuit of curiosity vital to innovation in the Pacific Northwest?" with special guest Greg Bear on October 24, 2011.
Halo: Primordium
Posted: 10/12/2011
The script for HALO: PRIMORDIUM has been turned in and is due out January 3rd. [See Page 1]
Posted: 03/12/2011
"I have been watching with shock and dismay the news of the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with the nation and its brave people. The recovery and grief will obviously be long and hard, but the Japanese are more than up to the task. Japan has always been a favorite in my heart. My first memories as a young child are of the Daibutsu and its guardians at Kamakura. The Daibutsu, built in the 13th century, has survived many quakes with dignity, solidity, and lasting beauty. It stands as a symbol of the resilience and strength of the Japanese nation." ~ Greg Bear
Signing on Sunday
Posted: 03/04/2011
"Cover artist Sparth and I will be signing HALO: CRYPTUM at the Emerald City Comic Con Sunday at noon." - Greg
New Interview with Apex Book Company
Posted: 02/21/2011
Another good interview up, this time done via email with Jennifer Brozek of Apex Book Company. [Read It Here]
Greg Bear Interviewed by Author Magazine
Posted: 02/16/2011
A discussion of science, science fiction, and the importance of a writer staying young. [Watch Video of the Interview Now]
Tor Books Announces Monthly SFF Twitter Chat Series
Posted: 02/12/2011
The first episode will be on Wednesday, February 16th from 4-5 PM EST, and will feature Greg Bear, Steven Gould, and M.J. Locke!
HALO: CRYPTUM debuts at #16 on the New York Times best seller list!
Posted: 01/19/2011
Reading Tonight
Posted: 01/05/2011
From Greg: "I'll be doing a reading and signing tonight at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park tonight at 7pm. It's a HULL ZERO THREE event, but I'll be happy to sign HALO: CRYPTUM as well!"
From NPR: Wolves Among The Stars
Posted: 01/04/2011
THE FORGE OF GOD and ANVIL OF STARS discussed on NPR's 'Cosmos and Culture' blog posting by Adam Frank: Wolves Among The Stars: Rethinking Who On Earth Controls Interstellar Policy
HALO: CRYPTUM Signing Jan 6 in San Diego
Posted: 12/30/2010
Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #302, San Diego, CA 92111) on Thursday, January 6, at 7:00 PM. [Mysterious Galaxy's Site]
January 4 Reading
Posted: 12/27/2010
"I'll be doing a reading and signing for HALO: CRYPTUM at the main University Books in Seattle on January 4, 7pm." - Greg
HALO: CRYPTUM due out on January 4!
Posted: 12/22/2010
Greg has received his box already:
HALO Excerpt
Posted: 12/22/2010
Available on the official Halo site: [Read Now]
Reading Tonight in Seattle
Posted: 12/14/2010
"I'll be doing a reading and signing for HULL ZERO THREE at the main University Book Store in Seattle tonight (12/14) at 7pm." ~ Greg
Triple Honors
Posted: 12/13/2010
HULL ZERO THREE is garnering some great online reviews and has made the iTunes/iBooks "Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy" list for 2010! [Read more at OrbitBooks.net]
NPR selects HULL ZERO THREE as one of year's best
Posted: 12/13/2010
HULL ZERO THREE has been selected as one of NPR's "Year's Most Transporting Books!" [Read the Article]
HULL ZERO THREE reviewed by Paul di Filippo
Posted: 12/13/2010
Paul di Filippo features HULL ZERO THREE in his column, "Beyond the Horizon: 21st-Century SF" for [barnesandnoble.com]
Greg Bear Interviewed on StarShipSofa
Posted: 12/09/2010
Greg talks about hard science fiction, nanotechnology, Blood Music, working with Gregory Benford and David Brin, The Mongoliad, being part of a family of writers, Hull Zero Three, and more. [Listen Now!]
Greg Bear Interviewed on The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
Posted: 12/05/2010
Listen as Greg discusses Hull Zero Three, Quantico, The Mongoliad, sword fighting, appearing on The Daily Show, and more with John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.
Pheromones, Science Fiction, and Evolution
Posted: 11/23/2010
Scientist Jim Kohl writes about the science behind Darwin's Radio in his article, Epigenetics, science fiction, and scientific fact.
Cold, Wet and Naked on a Strange World
Posted: 11/22/2010
Read the review of Hull Zero Three on [ereads.com]
Hull Zero Three Promotional Video
Posted: 11/22/2010
[Watch the Video!]
Hull Zero Three Excerpt
Posted: 11/22/2010
Read the excerpt at Orbit Books - [hullzerothree.com]
Read Hull Zero Three for FREE at Starbucks!
Posted: 11/19/2010
US readers! From November 23 to December 7, the full text of Greg Bear's HULL ZERO THREE will be available for free on the just-launched Starbucks Digital Network, in partnership with Yahoo!
Greg Bear's classic science fiction novel, Forge of God, now available as e-book!
Posted: 11/15/2010
From the press release: "On July 26th, Arthur Gordon learns that Europa, the sixth moon of Jupiter, has disappeared. Not hiding, not turned black, but gone.

On September 28th, Edward Shaw finds an error in the geological records of Death Valley. A cinder cone was left off the map. Could it be new? Or, stranger yet, could it be artificial? The answer may be lying beside it--a dying Guest who brings devastating news for Edward and for Planet Earth."
[Read More]
The Cover of Greg Bear's First Halo Novel
Posted: 10/26/2010
See it over at the io9 blog.
On the Radio Friday Morning
Posted: 10/21/2010
Greg will be on KUOW's Weekday show sometime in the 9-10am hour tomorrow (10/22), along with Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, talking about The Mongoliad. [Listen Online]
Coming Soon: Mariposa (Mass Market)
Posted: 10/11/2010
The mass market edition of Mariposa is due out November 2! [More on Mariposa]
The Mongoliad in USA Today
Posted: 09/30/2010
"Best-selling authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear are looking back to the future. This month, they launched a story The Mongoliad using a 175-year-old publishing model..."
[Read the Full Article]
King County Book Club
Posted: 09/29/2010
Greg will be the special guest speaker at King County Library System's 2010 Book Group Gathering on October 16!
The 13th Century is Alive and Well!
Posted: 09/01/2010
The Mongoliad's website went live today!
Little Brother is Watching (Future Tense)
Posted: 08/30/2010
"In a world of technology and fear, the public gets to know what it wants to know . . . and more than it can possibly digest." Greg Bear has a new article published in Communications of the ACM, September 2010.
[Click here for Abstract]
Posted: 07/19/2010
Greg is heading to Comic-Con! He'll be moderating a Tribute to Ken Krueger (Friday, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 3) and appearing with Frank O'Connor for the Halo Universe panel (Sunday, 11am-Noon, Sunday, Room 32AB).
Mongoliad Video
Posted: 06/08/2010
New video of Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear discussing the historical scope of the world in which The Mongoliad is based!
[Watch the Video]
The Mongoliad
Posted: 05/20/2010
"I'm excited to pull away the veil of secrecy that's been covering my latest project: THE MONGOLIAD. This is a multi-media, collaborative, serialized story I've been working on with Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland and host of talented others. There will be a demo of an alpha version at the SF App show on May 25!" ~ GB
[See Demo Details]
[See the Facebook Page]
Washington Innovation Summit
Posted: 05/04/2010
Video has been posted of Greg Bear at the Washington Innovation Summit along with Ted Coates, Steve Ashby, Bonnie Dunbar, and Frank Catalano. [Watch Video]
Sneak Peek at Hull Zero Three
Posted: 05/03/2010
This just in - cover art for HULL ZERO THREE, due out in November! More info coming soon.
Interview: Science Fiction and Other ODDysses
Posted: 05/03/2010
Greg Bear's interview with Ann Wilkes of the Science Fiction and Other ODDysses blog is now online. [Read the Interview]
Greg at University of Oklahoma on 4/21
Posted: 04/19/2010
Greg Bear will be on the panel, "Technology and Society" this Wednesday (4/21 at 1pm) at the University of Oklahoma Centennial Symposium.
The Vast Social Brain
Posted: 04/17/2010
Greg's talk at TEDx in Seattle was a hit!
[Read about it here]
Greg Bear on Facebook
Posted: 01/07/2010
Become of a fan of Greg's on Facebook for additional updates on appearances, shared articles, and random thoughts!
[Greg Bear's Facebook Page]
A Tribute to Ken Krueger
Posted: 01/07/2010
Why is Ken important? Because in the late 1960s he reached out to a scattered neighborhood of green youngsters and introduced them to professional publishing, cheap collector's items, fan and pro history.
[Read Complete Tribute]
Posted: 11/10/2009
Greg Bear will join the San Diego State University Library's ongoing celebration of Charles Darwin when he delivers a talk titled, "What Would Darwin Do? Fundamentalism in science and religion vs. the search for scientific truth on Wednesday, November 18, at 2 p.m. The free lecture will be held in Room LL430 of the library.
Posted: 11/09/2009

7:00 PM
Talk & Signing

4326 University Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98105
12:00 NOON
Stock Signing

2925 El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403

2:00 PM
Book Signing
86 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
5:00 PM
Talk & Signing
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00 PM
Talk & Signing

Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Crossing Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
7:00 PM
Talk & Signing
810 West Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
7:00 PM
Talk & Signing
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111
7:00 PM
Book Signing
With Alan Jacobson and Martin Limon
1036-C Broxton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Marriott Irvine
18000 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612

2:00 PM
Talk & Signing
4213 West Burbank
Burbank, CA 91505
12:00 NOON
Book Signing
117 Cherry Street in Pioneer Square
Seattle, WA 98104
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Book Signing
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Book Signing
Building 5280
Ft. Lewis, WA 98433
6:30 PM
Book Signing
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Mariposa: Second Printing Before Publication
Posted: 11/05/2009
Vanguard Press has already gone to press for a second printing of MARIPOSA - and it hasn't even been released yet!

The release date is November 10, and you can order your copy from your favorite local bookseller or online store.
Greg Bear on Facebook
Posted: 10/20/2009
If you're on Facebook, be sure to become a fan of Greg Bear's! [Facebook Page]
MARIPOSA - November 2009
Posted: 09/23/2009
MARIPOSA is scheduled to be released in November - for now, here's a sneak peek at the cover art!
[View Cover Art]

You can also preorder now from your favorite local bookseller or online store.

Just back from the HALO 3 ODST blowout...
Posted: 09/22/2009
HALOJust back from the HALO 3 ODST blowout at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle. A huge, energy-filled event! For the last year, I've been talking and meeting and emailing with many of the creative folks behind HALO's games, novels and upcoming videos--and as soon as I finish my new novel, around the first of the year, I'll embark on an odyssey of my own--creating the origin story for the entire HALO universe.
"The Forerunner Trilogy" will be published over a span of at least a year and a half, and will reveal for the first time, in depth, the enigmatic builders of the Arks, the Forerunners. The series is currently set to begin about a hundred thousand years B.P.E., and will involve human origins, the struggle to avert the first appearance of the Flood, and many other Big Events only lightly sketched out in the Halo games. HALO fans are devoted, detail-oriented, curious, and--I hope--patient! Getting this right will take some time, but it's likely to be great fun. Expect epic adventure, many surprises, and interlinks with MYSTERIOUS FUTURE PROJECTS... -- Greg Bear
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Personalize Your Books
Posted: 07/02/2009
A new feature from E-Reads allows you to picture-personalize your own copies of your favorite books... [Click through for more information!]
U.S. Mission for Sci-Fi Writers: Imagine That
Posted: 05/22/2009
Washington Post article covering the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference - with Greg Bear as Master of Ceremonies! [Read Complete Article]
New Greg Bear Blog
Posted: 02/27/2009
Greg Bear has started a new blog! The old messaging area has been renamed the Discussion Board and will be kept going, so keep your questions and comments coming, but be sure to check out the new blog as well!
Greg Bear Interviewed in Locus
Posted: 12/15/2008
Order the issue containing Greg Bear's full interview in Locus postage free (save $3.00) or completely free with a subscription! To receive this special deal, go to https://secure.locusmag.com/About/SubscribeSpecialOffer.html

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Forry Ackerman
Posted: 12/05/2008

"Forrest J Ackerman was an old and dear friend, the first fan I met at a convention - and one of the most influential people in my life. My cousin Dan Garrett and I visited the Ackermansion on Glendower avenue in the mid 1960s, when I was fifteen or sixteenand that esteemed house/museum, filled with books and art and memorabilia, became the site of frequent visits with other friends, including David Clark and Phil Tippett. There, we met such luminaries as Ray Harryhausenwatched classic films like The Most Dangerous Game--and attended the famed Don Glut Intergalactic Film Festival. Forry traded books from his collection for my early artworkand helped me expand my collection of Olaf Stapledon, including a much-prized autographed copy of A Man Divided. In later years, wed meet at Comic-Con in San Diego, various conventions around the world, and at the 65th Anniversary of King Kong in Omaha, Nebraskawhere I shot two of these pictures, with friends Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Diana Harryhausen. In 2003, a group from the nascent Science Fiction Museum in Seattle visited Forry and told him one of his lifelong dreams was about to be fulfilled. It was my pleasure to show Forry around the museum when it was completed. Forry was a lifelong enthusiast, devoted to science fiction and films, and there will never be anyone like him again. Lift a glass of your favorite soft drink in toastroot beer will do fine. Here's to Forry and all of his friends and fans, world-wide and across the decades!" -- Greg Bear

Upcoming Appearance
Posted: 09/02/2008
September 7 (Sunday) 5:30 pm
Reading and Signing
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
(206) 366-3333
CITY Slideshow Selected for BoingBoing
Posted: 08/06/2008
The CITY AT THE END OF TIME [slideshow] has been featured on [BoingBoing]!
CITY Released!
Posted: 08/05/2008
CITY AT THE END OF TIME is now available!
CITY Web Site is Now Live
Posted: 07/05/2008
Visit www.cityattheendoftime.com to share your dreams of the City at the End of Time, and begin unravelling the mysteries.
CITY Cover Art Posted
Posted: 05/31/2008
The US and UK cover art for CITY AT THE END OF TIME has been posted on the site. Check back soon for new developments! [View Art]
Posted: 05/25/2008
CITY will be released August 5, 2008. [more info]
To Sir Arthur Clarke, with thanks
Posted: 03/19/2008
Here's to a fantastic career, a fantastic artist, and a fantastic mind, now truly gone cosmic.
QUANTICO in Paperback
Posted: 03/19/2008
The mass market paperback edition of QUANTICO, with new material and an additional chapter deleted from the original text, is now available from Perseus/Vanguard. [Click Here to see the Cover]
A magnificent and timely reminder from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize
Posted: 12/09/2007
[Click here to read]
New Podcast: Greg Bear on Quantico
Posted: 11/12/2007
The Perseus Books Group has posted a new podcast of Greg Bear discussing his political thriller Quantico. Also available are another audio interview with Greg Bear, as well as a video interview. [Go to the Perseus Books Group]
QUANTICO Now Available as eBook!
Posted: 08/28/2007
QUANTICO has been released in eBook format and is available from fictionwise.com. [Go to Fictionwise eBooks]
Astrid Anderson Bear's Blog
Posted: 06/29/2007
Astrid chronicled the Bears' trip to New York and Greg's appearance on The Daily Show in June 2007 on her blog, Moominmama's Memoirs.
Greg Bear's Appearance on The Daily Show
Posted: 06/22/2007
If you missed the interview on The Daily Show on June 21st, 2007, you can see it online on Comedy Central's website.
Greg Bear on The Daily Show!
Posted: 06/18/2007
I'll be promoting QUANTICO on THE DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart this Thursday, 21 June, airing at 11 pm. They've already posted the news on their web site!
Upcoming Readings & Signings
Posted: 04/30/2007

May 3, 2007
I'll be doing a reading at Richard Hugo House, May 3rd from 7 to 9pm in the Hugo House cabaret. Address:

Richard Hugo House
1634 Eleventh Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

May 8, 2007
I'll also be doing a signing at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop on May 8 at noon. Address and phone number for updates, or to place your order early:

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98104

June 30, 2007
On June 30, I'll be signing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 7 pm. Address:

17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Eon Challenge Results
Posted: 03/22/2007
The CGSociety Eon Challenge is finished, with absolutely spectacular results! Congratulations to all who participated -- and heartfelt thanks for your time and creative energy. The trailers competition resulted in astonishing works, practically requiring movie-scale productions in themselves, complete with live actors, music, and wonderful CG effects. The illustrations and 3D categories are breathtaking, proving that artists around the world are stepping up to the professional plate with major talent and drive. Needless to say, I'm jazzed.
[View Final Results]
Eon Challenge Update
Posted: 02/04/2007
The 'Eon Challenge' computer graphics challenge put on by CGSociety has reached its deadline and judging will take place soon. Go to the official Eon Challenge Website to view the contest entries, and check back soon for updates!
QUANTICO Available in Germany
Posted: 11/29/2006
QUANTICO is now available in Germany, and Heyne has done an exceptional job -- including creating a glossary of terms that might not be familiar to German readers. Rather in the tradition of DARWIN'S RADIO and DARWIN'S CHILDREN, but this glossary covers political, historical, espionage, and a few scientific words and phrases. Outstanding! Now -- since I don't read much German, I'm hoping my German readers will kindly send in any corrections that might be necessary. Thanks in advance! [Read more about QUANTICO]
Autographed Book Giveaway
Posted: 11/21/2006
SciFiDimensions is giving away autographed copies of DARWIN'S RADIO and DARWIN'S CHILDREN on November 30th! [Click Here For Details]
Quantico US Edition Coming Soon
Posted: 10/25/2006
The US hardcover edition will be available soon and you can view the cover image and text from the back cover now: QUANTICO
Dr. Virus and Mr. Hyde
Posted: 10/19/2006
"Dr. Virus and Mr. Hyde," a documentary on the potentially beneficial effects of viruses by Jean Crepu and Ali Saib and featuring Yours Truly (bracketed by many distinguished American and European scientists), has won the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film Scientifique, PARISCIENCE. The first scheduled air date, for French viewers, will be November 8, at 9:35 p.m., on FRANCE 5 Chanel. An English version is in the works! Congratulations to all involved!
Posted: 10/04/2006
CGSociety issues a challenge to visualize Greg Bear's classic science fiction novel EON in CG. A major contest sponsored by many software companies and by the prestigious CGSociety gives artists and film designers a chance to stretch their wings and soar!

Contest judges include David Brin and Greg Bear.

The impressive and often spectacular works created during previous CGSociety challenges are also available for viewing through this web site:
'Eon Challenge' CGChallenge
Greg Bear to Kick Off New Science Writing Program
Posted: 08/18/2006
Corrected: Greg Bear will appear at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 25th and 26th. Greg will meet with faculty and students each day, and a public event with reception and book signing will be held Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00 PM. Registration is requested. Visit the University Website for More Information
New Web Site
Posted: 08/17/2006
GregBear.com has been rebuilt and moved to a new host. You'll notice a few changes here and there throughout the site, and a major upgrade to the Blog. If you were signed up to receive the RSS feed, please update your URL as it has changed. If you encounter any errors, please e-mail webmaster@gregbear.com with a detailed description.
Posted: 07/19/2006
QUANTICO will be published in U.S. trade hardcover and mass market paperback by CDS Books, in a deal negotiated by Richard Curtis and CDS's Roger Cooper. More details soon!
Heinlein Award
Posted: 07/19/2006
Greg Bear is co-recipient with Jack Williamson for this year's Heinlein Award, presented by the Heinlein Society. Greg will receive the award at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, California.
Now Available in U.S. : QUANTICO
Posted: 06/01/2006
Greg Bear's latest book, QUANTICO, is now available in the U.S.! [More Info...]
Greg Bear wins the Monty Award
Posted: 04/20/2006
Greg Bear is a 2006 recipient of the Monty Award for distinguished alumni from San Diego State University. [More Info...]
New From Greg Bear: QUANTICO
Posted: 03/01/2006
Greg Bear's latest book, QUANTICO, is now available from HarperCollins UK! More information about the forthcoming US edition will be posted soon! [More Info..]
Posted: 03/01/2006
DARWIN'S RADIO and DARWIN'S CHILDREN have been released by the Sci Fi Channel and will not be developed by them for a cable miniseries. Executives had changed the tone and emphasis on these books substantially—rendering the New Children into vicious mutant aliens with elf ears, blue blood, and telekinetic powers, something of a mix of "Village of the Damned" and "It's Alive." Eventually, creative differences became insurmountable. Producers Michael DeLuca, Howard Braunstein, and Created By's Vince Gerardis are now free to take the properties to other networks, or develop them as a feature film.

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