Interview with Greg Bear

Can you tell us a bit about your current projects?

I’ve finishing final revisions on ROGUE PLANET, my Star Wars novel, set three years after Episode One (and the only novel between Episode One and the forthcoming Episode Two). But I know nothing about Episode Two!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From all around me. Life, family, friends, people, books, newspapers, magazines, music!

What where the major challenges taking on Asimov’s vision with Foundation and Chaos?

Working in Isaac’s universe was more of a treat than a challenge. Some coordination with Benford and Brin was necessary, to fit our books together, but for my part, setting my story on Trantor–one of my favorite Asimovian creations–and using characters like Daneel made it a real pleasure, and a privilege.

Is it ever possible to write the future?

To predict it? No. To guess at it? Of course! To guess using informed critical faculties–well, that’s what we like to think science fiction does.  But we rarely peg the details.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

To keep writing! Persistence and self-education are the keys. Nobody can teach you how to write–you have to teach yourself, using the examples of others for inspiration. And when you’re writing, stay away from garbage–read and view only those works that inspire. Otherwise your own work could feel tainted!

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Hang out with friends and family, listen to music, watch movies, read… the usual.

What has the Internet meant for you as an author?

It’s been a great place to get in touch with what people are really thinking. And to make contact with readers and other writers. Egalitarian, wide open, like the Wild West!



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