Boy, do we need a joyful moment like that provided by NASA and the Insight probe! Congratulations and appreciation to all the engineers and team participants for putting us back on Mars. Very much looking forward to learning a lot more about the Red Planet!

Greg Bear

John Rogers

Very sad to hear. It was an honor to meet John Rogers on his home turf, the offices of San Diego Comic-Con, at the invitation of Mark Yturralde. John and his team were key in elevating a small fan convention to a major force in art and literature. As the fiftieth anniversary approaches, it’s certainly time to remember all they’ve done, and how San Diego Comic-Con International and the cultures it celebrates will endure.
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Soyuz Followup

"What it's like to fall 31 miles to Earth after your rocket fails" - NASA astronaut Nick Hague recounts his experience during last week’s harrowing Soyuz flight. Article by Loren Grush for The Verge

Paul Allen

We're very sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Allen. It was our pleasure to work with him on the Science Fiction Museum phase of MoPop, and to enjoy his other contributions to culture and technology in the Pacific Northwest—including his financing of visionary space ventures, medical research, and so much more. His art collection was phenomenal, the Flying Heritage Museum was one of our favorites, and he was beyond doubt a multi-faceted., multi-dimensional man.

Ray Harryhausen and Paul Allen
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Ray Harryhausen and Paul Allen having a good time at EMP/MoPOP in 2006. Ray H. brought along his famous skeleton puppet from Jason and the Argonauts. Photo credit: Greg Bear

Soyuz Booster

We're all very glad to hear of the safe return of astronaut/cosmonaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin after the abort of their Soyuz booster early this morning. The video footage looked quite alarming, even without an immediately up-to-date commentary—crew jerking and shaking suddenly, and very concerning scraps falling away from the ascending vehicle. Their landing was much rougher than anticipated, but both seem to have no injuries. This could have major implications of course for the space station and the crew already there. We sincerely hope this gets resolved soon.

I may have missed a story on the major U.S networks, but there seems nearly nothing.

Good coverage at CBC, where they also interviewed Chris Hadfield. [Read CBC Coverage]

Harlan Ellison

Years ago, when Alan Brennert and I visited Harlan Ellison's amazing house (and brought him a Cuban sandwich as an illicit coin of entry) I asked Harlan what he thought his greatest work was. He said, "My marriage to Susan. I finally found a woman who would put up with me."

In addition, there are books, scripts, comics, movies, TV shows, games... But my memories of Harlan extend well beyond these excellent and explosive productions. (Don’t try taking an Ellison collection through an airport!) Harlan was one of our favorite presences, a man who did not suffer fools, or many smart people, and who often exceeded the Rickles line by a considerable margin. He was an energizing presence at conventions, a guaranteed promoter of controversy, and—for me and Astrid—a lively and pleasant companion. To those who worked with him, he was a bracing challenge and an often brilliant contributor. I described him, to his face, as the flip side of Ray Bradbury, and he smiled. He understood, as did Ray, how much they were like two sides of the same coin.

And he was Susan's husband. Susan reported he died in his sleep.

Wow. Harlan went gentle into that good night. In the end, that's primal wisdom.

Greg Bear

Biblical Quote for the Month

In honor of Jeff Sessions, here's my biblical quote for the month—

"The stink of Hell will rise from all who bring pain upon the mothers and their children, and who follow the Father of Lies."

Gospel of Mary 1:1


I am furious and heartbroken over the plight of children being separated from their parents on America's border. Donald Trump and his agents should be indicted in the Hague for crimes against humanity. Anyone who remains in the Trump administration, or who votes Republican, is about to reap the whirlwind blowing around this monstrous man and his enablers. MARCH! MARCH AND VOTE!


Greg Bear

Halo Precursors Sketch

Halo sketch by Greg BearTidying up the office today, I came across this preliminary sketch I did of the Precursors, for the Halo books. - Greg

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The Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund for Clarion West

From Astrid: "Greg and I are very pleased to be able to make this commitment to Clarion West in honor of my parents, Poul and Karen Anderson. The SF/F field is getting to be more international every year, and the Clarion West students reflect this. By making funds available to help one student from outside of North America each year to get to Seattle to attend the workshop, we hope to add our support to the transformative power of diversity in SF/F literature."
[This year's recipient: Ted Mahsun from Ipoh, Malaysia]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Kids

"The powerful, motivated students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida are truly amazing. Once again I am proud to be an American. Republican legislators and NRA administrators should see this passion, this strength in youth soon to vote, as a real sign from God that they have to change their ways—or become extinct." - Greg

Twentieth Anniversary

"Celebrating twenty years (or so) of this Web Site! Many thanks to Terran Joy McCanna for designing it, and then keeping it fit and alive! And thanks to all who have contributed over those two decades. We couldn't do it without you!" - Greg Bear

SpaceX Falcon Heavy

"A huge hurrah for SpaceX and the flawless launch of its Falcon Heavy! Elon's Tesla roadster will no doubt be intercepted by an alien intelligence, and who knows where that will lead?" - Greg Bear

12 Portal Fiction Books That Will Transport You

Thank you to The Portalist for including The Infinity Concerto in this list of wonderful books:
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The Portalist - How Much Revolutionary Technology is Too Much

In Greg Bear’s technothriller Dead Lines, a man’s life is forever changed when he starts seeing the ghost of his murdered daughter...
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Ursula K Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of our truly great writers, wielding great imagination to spin wonderfully human (and feline) tales. It was my pleasure to once have edited one of those tales, and to have been selected for one of her own anthologies. No higher honors. Her stories possessed a mythic resonance that takes us deep into both dream and hope. She will be greatly missed.

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules

This amazing article capsulizes—pun intended—a grander view of life so vaguely hinted at in DARWIN’S RADIO. Utterly amazing!

[Read Full Article in The Atlantic]

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