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Posted by Robert Estlinbaum on 02/08/2017

Hello Mr. Bear! Love your work! While reading an article; https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-02-08/serial-killers-should-fear-this-algorithm, I thought of you and Slant, per se, and thought you'd like to either read, "crowdsource murder" software cases being solved in a novel way. Tnen, I put this headline, "Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces" and, too, in a strange tangent, thought it connected. What's your opinion on the convergence of our technology, and sociological application (sic) of 'crowdsource' methods reaching aspects of your fictional brilliance? BTW, I swore you attend Hard Physics Lectures during Anvil of Stars, and Forge of God. Have you attended? Or do aspects of your quantum usages purely come from your creative mind?

Re: TidBits I'd thought you'd find interesting

Posted by Greg Bear on 02/08/2017

Hello, Robert--Thanks for the kind words. SF and tech prognostication can lead to some fascinating confluences! Who does what, or mentions what first involves both interpretation and mood--but it's clear that people who read SF are deeply involved in helping shape and maneuver our futures! I attended a number of physics classes in college and high school, but not while writing ANVIL. However, I have kept up with both scientists and science journals...

Re: TidBits I'd thought you'd find interesting

Posted by ROBERT ESTLINBAUM on 02/13/2017

That is totally fascinating Mr. Bear. Would you ever mix your time-lines, per se, Patricia Vazquez, or, Olmy from Eon with the aliens that the kids destroyed in Anvil of Stars? Have you ever considered a hybrid, cross-weaving mixture of heroes and villains? Not that I don't already enjoy your mastery in woven threads, but, I just fell in love with the mysterious aliens in Anvil of Stars, and figured them just a mere portal away in the singularity of "The Way"!

Re: TidBits I'd thought you'd find interesting

Posted by Greg Bear on 03/05/2017

I've done this sort of thing once, crossing the snakes in "Scattershot" into ANVIL OF STARS... but not since. It's hard enough keeping all the facts straight without stirring the soup in two pots!

Re: TidBits I'd thought you'd find interesting

Posted by Robert Estlinbaum on 03/06/2017

Thank you for your response. I'll have to look into "Scattershot" now. I hear you, keeping facts straight, an all time importance in keeping continuity. Kudos and thanks for being such a marvel! :D

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