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Halo Cryptum: The Forerunner Saga

Date: 06/25/2013 From: Avery Mullis
Location: Arizona

Dear mr. Bear, I would like to congratulate you on what I feel is a tremendous success. You have started something great with this book, I eagerly await the next chapters in The Forerunner Saga! You have done an excellent job capturing the Halo "feel" of things. Again I cannot wait for the next installment.
 

Re: Halo Cryptum: The Forerunner Saga
Date: 06/26/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Avery! You won't have to wait long. Vols 2 and 3--PRIMORDIUM and SILENTIUM--are out now. Let me know what you think!

Thanks

Date: 06/25/2013 From: Chris Rowlstone
Location: UK

Just a quick message to say thank you so much for the pleasure your books have given me over the years and the continued joy in picking up a Greg Bear title.
Again, many thanks
Chris
 

Re: Thanks
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Greg Bear

Lovely to hear! And more in the works. Thanks, Chris.
 

Re: Thanks
Date: 10/13/2013
From: David Pendery
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Mr Bear.
I too say thank you for your great work, and I just want to say that you are one of the most important authors of our (or perhaps any) generation. Great work, brilliant, fantastic and intelligent research. I hope to write you a longer note sometime--maybe with the hope of getting a handwritten reply from you! I am reading "Darwin's Radio" right now.

David Pendery
Taipei, Taiwan
 

Re: Thanks
Date: 10/15/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, David! Good to hear as I hand in a new novel and start another...

Thank you for your time and effort.

Date: 06/22/2013 From: Patrick Ibrahim
Location: San Bernardino California

Mr. Bear, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for putting so much effort into all of your books, namely, the Halo Forerunner Saga. I grew up with Halo, and have always loved the series, now close to 12 years later, I still am fascinated by the amount of work that goes into creating this experience. Thank you so much for writing these novels, and taking the time to help sculpt an amazing universe.

With respect,
Patrick Ibrahim
 

Re: Thank you for your time and effort.
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Patrick! I had a lot of fun working with the 343 team, and interacting with Halo aficianados. A terrific group!
 

good to hear!
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Patrick
Location: Sunny California

Great to hear that you had a great time working on it! I hope you will continue to work with the Halo series, if you feel compelled to.

Respectfully,
Patrick Ibrahim

eBook availablity

Date: 06/20/2013 From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose, CA

Dear Mr. Bear,

I'm trying to find your books in a device-neutral ebook format. I don't mind DRM such as Adobe's epub format, I just care about device neutrality.

Are you selling your books from any dealer in a neutral format?

Thank you
 

Re: eBook availablity
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Greg Bear

All my books published through EReads, as well as the Del Rey e-editions, are available for the major devices and platforms. As far as I know, they cannot be transferred from one platform to another. Would be interesting to arrange for licensed sales to be so movable, however. Not sure the means exist at the moment, but it's a good idea.
 

Re: eBook availablity
Date: 07/04/2013
From: Steven Becker
Location: San Jose

Thank you

I ended up using Diesel, which worked out well.

The Biological Domain and Gaia

Date: 06/18/2013 From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

Dear Mr. Bear,

First off, congratulations are in order for Halo: Silentium. It is my second favorite Halo novel, my apologies but First Strike still holds a special place in my heart. But Silentium really fleshed out the Halo universe is ways I didn't think possible and kept me guessing the whole way through.

More to the point, however. Were you inspired by Isaac Asimov's Gaia planetary super-consciousnesses when crafting the Domain in the Forerunner Saga, more specifically the organic Domain found on Path Kethona? Reading Foundation and Earth, I personally see a lot of similarities, memories being kept in the minds of sentient beings, microorganisms and nature itself.

I know you wrote for the Foundation series yourself, so I am genuinely curious.

Thank you,

DecepticonCobra
 

Re: The Biological Domain and Gaia
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

I believe Isaac, like me, spun off his notions of Gaia from the core idea discussed early on by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis--well worth going back to look at their ideas and influence. As for the Domain, it's a little more metaphysical even than Gaia!

The Culture

Date: 06/17/2013 From: Onepunch-Man
Location: California

Hello there Mr. Bear!

I'm a great fan of your work on the Halo novels.
So recently, I was wondering: What if the Culture, a galactic entity from the Culture series by Iain M. Banks, were to pit itself against the Forerunners? Who do you think would win based on what you wrote? If you're unfamiliar with his, work, I'm sorry for troubling you.

Thanks!
 

Re: The Culture
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

Interesting contest! And we could throw in the Borg just to make it really interesting.

A Revival of Ray Bradbury's Plays

Date: 06/17/2013 From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA

Dear Greg:

Ian Duckett, Whom you meat in my wife's Entourage at ComicFest (the Red & Black PVC Marie Antoinette) last year is putting together a revival of Ray BradBury's Plays.

The Project started over 13 years ago but was side tracked until just last year...with the passing of Ray Bradbury being the trigger for Ian to finally bring this about as he had promised Ray he would.

There was correspondence back and forth between Ian and Ray at Century's end.

I was consulted regarding the scripts and source stories last summer and early fall. As Winter approached I thought the project had stalled once again, due as before to funding and venue.

But as of the last few months it is ON again, with target dates of either August or October...if October around the time of ComicFest...as this might appeal more to a seasoned ComicFest audience.

Ian has asked me to pass this along to you, as someone who was a not only knew Ray, was influenced by him, but also a friend.

Below is the link for the Kick Starter Campaign to make this happen. My wife may be involved in this in some capacity either costuming or stage lighting or something additional

In asking me to share this with you

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1767087584/san-diego-science-fiction-play-festival-project

Ian had also asked if you had any stories converted to Play format that were looking for a manifestation in live Theater. Why I thought not, at most maybe, I promised I would ask if you had any plays based on your stories.

How ever this plays out (pun intended) I will keep you updated as to how the production finally comes to fruition.

Mike Glosson
 

Re: A Revival of Ray Bradbury's Plays
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear, Mike! Some of my fondest memories of Ray come from attending his plays in LA and elsewhere--usually with him there watching over the production with a big grin on his face. He loved the whole process. Last time we sat together during a performance, it was Fahrenheit 451.

Your review of JOHN CARTER

Date: 06/17/2013 From: Carl Rosenberg
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

I liked your review of JOHN CARTER, which my wife and I saw and enjoyed last night. I haven't read the original "Barsoom" books by Burroughs (although I might now), but I rather enjoyed this movie (whatever the critics may say), even if it wasn't up there with classic SF movies like 2001 or PLANET OF THE APES.

Complete Works of Poul Anderson

Date: 06/12/2013 From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

Apologies if this is way too far off topic, but are there any plans by the literary executors of your father in law's estate for a COMPLETE COLLECTED WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON? As of now, fans of Anderson have to track down his works in a rather chaotic miahmash of magazines, hardbacks, and paperbacks. I think a COMPLETE WORKS collecting everything written by Mr. Anderson from 1947 to his death in 2001 a very good idea. I propose as models for this both the Vance Integral Edition and the Virginia Edition of the works of Jack Vance and Robert Heinlein.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

No plans for a unified set of collected works; those are rather rare nowadays. But the lovely NESFA Press editions, and the Baen themed collections, help keep Poul's work readily available.
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

Oh, I agree, Baen Books and NESFA Press are doing excellent yeoman work in keeping much of the best of Poul Anderson's works available. But, even so, this is still incomplete and partial. And many short stories (SF, fantasy, and mysteries) have never been collected and republished since their first appearances in magazines. To say nothing of the difficulty readers have tracking down Anderson's non fiction essays. So, I still think a good argument can be made for a COMPLETE COLLECTED WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON along the lines of the Vance and Heinlein models.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Carl Rosenberg
Location:

However, I think someone has issued a multi-volume collected short stories--this may be one of the editions which Mr. Bear refers to above.
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

I'd love to see one. The Heinlein and Vance projects were paid for by foundation and by private donor.
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

You're probably thinking of the NESFA collections.
 

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Rosenberg:

You probably had either or both the Baen Books and NESFA Press reprints in mind. Problem is, they are mostly republishings of Anderson's better known works. Baen and NESFA have been focusing, as they should, on the better known works of Anderson. But, many lesser known short stories and non fictional essays have never been reprinted since their first appearances in magazines. And I would be glad to contribute some money for a COMPLETE WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON if a project like that is ever started.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Epigenetic memory?

Date: 06/11/2013 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA


Can the subjective experience of one generation affect the genetic expression of the next?

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/may/13-grandmas-experiences-leave-epigenetic-mark-on-your-genes#.Ubes6djyZDT

~B.
 

Re: Epigenetic memory?
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

We've known about similar effects for over a hundred years now. Epigenetics seem to be a major player in adaptation!

A fantastic journey, not to be forgotten

Date: 06/10/2013 From: Mike
Location: Vancouver, BC

Dear Greg,

Thank you so much for the wonderful work you did on the Forerunner trilogy. I didn't think anyone would be able to surpass Nylund in Halo lore but you sure have. Although it's hard scifi vs. soft, I felt your trilogy was the most engrossing of any I have read and gave me goosebumps multiple times. By the end of Silentium I just had to sit and think for a while.

What masterful storytelling--the concepts you brought to life are invaluable contributions to a great universe. The Organon/Domain, the concept of geas and imprinting, neuro-genetic programming, the relativistic nature of the passage of time (in Forerunner terms, being able to age to the thousands of years), the multidimensional combat tactics and world/life-building... somehow you were able to overcome the paradox of describing a singularity. The way you describe Forerunner society and thinking truly resonated with me, living currently in what some may call an emerging "post-humanist" technocratic society.

Silentium isn't just the best Halo book or the best scifi I've read, it's one of the best works of literature I've had the pleasure of reading--period. You truly brought life and sophistication to Halo. One might say you inherited the Mantle quite well. I can't wait to dive into Forge of God and the EON series too.

If there was just one thing I could ask, it's about the Domain--exactly how it works across time and space, communicates with ancillas, Haruspis' role, how it interacts with the Juridical network and works throughout the ecumene. I thought the molds in Path Kethona gave some insight to this but I was curious for a more in-depth explanation, if that's even possible.

Also--coming from someone who probably won't be able to make the trips down to Seattle or CA--is there any chance of a mail-in signing? I'd love to have your signature on the 3 covers.

Again, thank you so much for such profound and sublime storytelling. I believe I'll be revisiting Bornstellar and Chakas many times over the years.

-Mike

 

Re: A fantastic journey, not to be forgotten
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

High praise indeed! Thanks, Mike. The Domain's nature is left open for future development by the Halo team, should they so choose.

star roads

Date: 06/08/2013 From: ben
Location: usa

Mr. Bear,
the star road are depicted as being virtually invincible many time in the trilogy but theres one quote that creates quite a controversy throughout a forum i actively participate in.
when the librarian stumbles upon a system covered in star roads she notes that the network had crumbled where automatic deletions and adjustments had not sufficed.

could you clarify if you meant that the tidal forces working on the network for millions of years had broke the star roads or if there had been so many automatic deletions that the network had effectively crumbled, your clarification would be much appreciated.
thanks,
Ben
 

Re: star roads
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

As I recall, I was trying to take into account the problem of mathematically predicting an orbital system over long stretches of time. Such complex systems tend to chaos or worse over thousands of years. Not even the star roads could avoid accumulated errors! And without adjustments from dedicated engineers, they would suffer damage.
 

Re: star roads
Date: 06/17/2013
From: ben
Location: usa

so, still confused.. can star roads be destroyed by things other than the halo effect. i think i remember them being described as indestructible in cryptum.

anyway, thanks for clarifications
 

Re: star roads
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Maybe they simply give up... I'll ask a few Precursor theorists what the solution could be!

Distances in Halo Novels, particularly, Silentium

Date: 05/31/2013 From: Scott Ogden
Location: NYC

I am reading Silentium, which I am loving, but notice the distances that Forerunners travel within the Milky Way cannot be true. Maybe you have already addressed this in corrections, but the Galaxy is only about 48 thousand light years in diameter. The ships in this book repeatedly go much longer distances and stay in or near the galaxy. The large magellenic cloud (Path Kethona) is about 160K light years. You have some ships going dozens of millions of light years to get there. The Andromeda Galaxy is within 3 million light years. The entire supercluster of galaxies is only 110 million light years wide, so the distances in these books is clearly inconsistent with facts. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the book is almost entire intra-galactic, with the exception of the Flood. Thanks and I hope there are more books on the way!
 

Re: Distances in Halo Novels, particularly, Silentium
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Actually, the galaxy is about a hundred million light years in diameter, perhaps as much as 120 million--the figure I was working with. The distance to Path Kethona, or the greater Magellanic cloud, a satellite galaxy, is about 160 million light years--from Earth. Big enough to boggle my mind, Scott! Glad you're enjoying the books.

Hi Greg...just me regularly scheduled check-in on F.O.G / A.O.S film adaptation.

Date: 05/30/2013 From: John S
Location: Western MA

Any new news or progress to report?

Also, I am excited about reading (on this Discussion Board) about a new trilogy you have in the works. Can you provide any general details at this point? I don't suppose it happens to take place in the FOG/AOS universe? Don't hate me for asking, lol. In any event, as a die-hard fan of your writing, I look forward to this new series...especially because it is something new, and coming 100% from your sandbox. While I can appreciate the popularity of the HALO franchise...it is not my cup of tea. I much prefer your original work. Cheers, best wishes, and good health to you and yours.

John S
 

Re: Hi Greg...just me regularly scheduled check-in on F.O.G / A.O.S film adaptation.
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

The new trilogy takes on some of the themes from FORGE OF GOD, but in a very different light and context. A severe new look at our relationship to the stars!
 

Re: Hi Greg...just me regularly scheduled check-in on F.O.G / A.O.S film adaptation.
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Tritium
Location: Western MA

Thanks, Greg. Can't wait for your new Trilogy! Any (new) news regarding F.O.G./A.O.S film adaptation?
 

Re: Hi Greg...just me regularly scheduled check-in on F.O.G / A.O.S film adaptation.
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

Nothing new on that front...

Blood Music themes.

Date: 05/27/2013 From: Molly Van Roekel
Location: Memphis, TN

Hi Greg! I read your story "Blood Music" for a Scifi Lit class at my college. (the short story, not the novel, though I intend on reading the novel soon.) I really enjoyed it, and I had to write a paper about one of the themes in it.

Obviously there are a lot of themes about technology getting out of control in Blood Music, but I see a lot more pregnancy images- I dont think your story is a cut and dry invasion. It seems to be about empathizing with pregnant women and the ominous, unstoppable and uncomfortable toll that biology can take on our bodies. Perhaps it is a story mostly aimed at letting men have a turn in feeling uncomfortable with a pregnancy. I thought the image of the murder in the bathtub was a lot like an abortion- I feel like I could be correct or I could be totally off course with that assessment though. :)

I know often writers do not want to discuss these things in too much detail, but I'm so dang curious! Thanks for writing such an engrossing story!

Molly Van Roekel
 

Re: Blood Music themes.
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Fascinating thoughts and questions, Molly. I think your interpretatio is spot on. Add evolution and any sort of bodily change into the mix--such as puberty--and biology does seem to kind of jerk us around!

Loved City at the End of Time!!! and Thanks!!!

Date: 05/24/2013 From: David
Location: Minnesota

Greg,

I really enjoyed reading City at the End of Time. Far future sci-fi is a great passion of mine and this is one of my favorites (along with some of Olaf Stapledon's works). I must admit I had to read this book twice to even begin to understand the complexities. I think I have a handle on it, but would like a clarification to help me understand more.

It has to do with the sum-runners...so Ishanaxade ("daughter" of Polybiblios and wife of Sangmer) sent the sum-runners back to the beginning of time, waiting for the fates to be cut and/or coalesce (near Terminus) and the sum-runners to come together. Following the connection of the sum-runners to the box that the epitome of the Librarian gave to Jebrassy, this is what ends time? or begins a new universe? So the sum-runners are sort of a key (or a Babel with all possible fates)?

In any case, thanks for the great read!!

Dave
 

Re: Loved City at the End of Time!!! and Thanks!!!
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Sounds like you have a solid view of the function of the sum-runners! Thanks, David.

Nature of the Logic Plague

Date: 05/24/2013 From: Sean Meade
Location: United States

It seems a little vague as to what it does exactly? Is it more than a simple machine code? You have Catalog become infected with the Gravemind's corruption and it then transmits a digital form of the Flood through it's speech. People also seem to be confused about how it affected Mendicant Bias. The Book describes him as the first victim, but he made a choice to join the Flood. Is the Logic Plague the conversation that allowed him to make that choice? Librarian calls it a philosophical corruption, so I assume you meant to to be both?

So my question is, is the Logic Plague simply the Forerunner term for the fact that the Gravemind can corrupt anything it has a discussion/contact with? Can it affect organics? Catalog is part organic. The Didact is clearly subverted. Faber also seems to be twisted into playing against the Forerunner in his own way. Belief in the cure leads to Civil War.

Hopefully this isn't too vague of a question. But many people seem to dumb it down as an A.I. hack. Whereas I view it as the ability for the Gravemind to corrupt all intelligence towards its own ends.
 

Re: Nature of the Logic Plague
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Cool questions, Sean! But I think you've nicely provided the answers in the questions themselves. The nature of conversation and "knowledge" can be predatory as well as cooperative, no?
 

Re: Nature of the Logic Plague
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Sean Meade
Location: United States

Thank you for your response! I guess the old adage holds true when it comes to the Gravemind, "Curiosity kills the cat."

Spielberg Producing Halo TV Series

Date: 05/22/2013 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Zowie!

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/steven-spielberg-producing-halo-tv-series-190405471.html

The Master Builder

Date: 05/20/2013 From: Ryan S.
Location: Seattle

Dear Mr. Bear,

Let me just start off by saying I greatly enjoyed your Forerunner trilogy, and now plan on purchasing either Forge of God or Darwin's Radio to continue my sci-fi bender. But I have a question (or several connected questions, rather) concerning the Master Builder in Silentium.

When he is testifying to Catalog, Faber claims that he has been actively fighting the Flood. Catalog concedes this, but claims he was giving badly quarantined ships to Warrior-Servants and that his losses to the Flood were much heavier than usual. The implication seemed to be that Builder Security under Faber was deliberately wiping out Warrior-Servant crews, and that Faber was an incompetent commander. The first accusation I could understand, since Faber was quite a power-hungry villain before his change of heart at the Ark. But how do you mesh these heavy losses with his proven reputation as a cunning strategist? Is there something I'm missing?

And does this tie in to why he decided to rescue the Ur-Didact?
 

Re: The Master Builder
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Faber is a very mixed character, no? He's both corrupt and powerful, but not utterly beyond redemption. And when he turns out to have been correct on a number of issues, he handles it rather well, for being such a bastard!
 

Re: The Master Builder
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Gerasimos Tzivras
Location: Greece

Dear Mr. Bear,
I would like to tell you that the Master Builder is (at least for me) the guy who stole the show in Halo: Silentium. I would also like to thank you for handling his personallity excellentely, in a way that justifys him been a person of infinite complexity. Every time that he appears it is like he is behaving like another person which although respects the very single priciple upon which he was created.
Aside from that I would like to ask you a few questions about him and the Builders.
1. Is it possible for him to have survived the battle of the Greater Ark like the Isodidact did? I mean if the ring was destroyed pretty fast it would stop rotating thus not generating gravity. So Faber and the other commanders would not crashland.
2. Is there a possibility that at least one of his children survived and was not absorbed by the flood (, judging by the fact that he had many wives)?
3.Could also other Forerunners, especially Builders have survived into a shield world? I mean we do not know what happened to strategos and the grammarian. They could have saved some forerunners if they knew the location of at least one shield world?
4. Was he entirely your creation or did 343 provide the title Master Builder for you, like the librarian or the Ur-Didact (perhaps?)?
5. Did he want to wipe out the Warrior servants because of personal issues or was it connected to them killing the precursors?
6. Finally I would like to ask your permission about writting a fan-fic about him after the battle of the greater ark, which I would like to include a few quotes from halo silentium?

Coming to a close, I would like to thank you for your amazing work on the forerunner Saga. It was an unforgettable read. Cyptum was awe, Primordium was the "book of madness" :) ,but Silentium was beyond anything I have ever read (even compared to ancient greek tragedies -I am not overreacting-). Not only did it make me care for all characters, but also has and will continue to have a long effect on me. The story is a merciless slaughter from the begging to the end. It has emotion, action, mystery, drama/tragedy and it made me think about such situations for months. Finally it is cleverly written and when I read it and played the Covenant trilogy again i saw a different meaning in everything, without it replacing my old interpretation of the lore.
I really want to go deeper into your other sci-fi novels, but until I get my hand on another of your books I wish you the best.
-Gerasimos

PS: I would like to apologise for bombarding you with so many questions and bring things out so fast, but I am really suoer excited about the Forerunner Saga. Keep up the good work.
 

Re: The Master Builder
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Very kind words indeed! I have to leave these excellent questions to the real Master Builders at 343... I'm sure they have ideas of their own they wish to explore. And I look forward to XBox 1 and Halo 5!

question on a name in Queen of Angels

Date: 05/18/2013 From: Shevin
Location: Canton

Does Hrom Vizhniak refer to Roman Vishniac They had anything in common I am look forward to your reply. thx.
 

Re: question on a name in Queen of Angels
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Definitely a reference! Roman Vishniac also pioneered film and photography through the microscope, which is how I first discovered his work.

Stargate Universe Novels

Date: 05/13/2013 From: Travis Gilliam
Location: Garland, TX

Has anyone associated with the Stargate franchise approached you about writing novels based on Stargate Universe?

 

Re: Stargate Universe Novels
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

No approaches, and I'm definitely back to working solo, Travis.

Sequel to the Darwin books

Date: 05/10/2013 From: C´┐ęsar
Location: Santiago, Spain

Hi Greg,

I've read the two Darwin books twice already, and I think they tell an amazing, powerful story. Are you considering a third book in the series at all? That would be so good.

Many thanks in any case for the excellent writing.

Best wishes from Spain.
 

Re: Sequel to the Darwin books
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

Nothing in the works for the moment, Cesar, but definitely in the background of my thoughts. Thanks!

Can you take a look at my draft for a halo story.

Date: 05/04/2013 From: David
Location: BC, Canada

I took a High school class for writing but I didn't go into college or university for a writing diploma. But all my life I've been told I have a good imagination and good stories and I have a love for Halo, to work for Halo has always been a dream for me since I was twelve but there is to many hurdles and I'm going down a different career path. But I'd like to try for this on the side. Basically I'd like to be told from a professional don't quit your day Job. Can I send you a link to what I have already? Also I'm almost done Silentium and it seems like a good end to things, will you do more Halo?

- Thank you, David.
 

Re: Can you take a look at my draft for a halo story.
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, David!

Unfortunately, I'm fully involved writing a new original trilogy and can't put aside the time or the brainpower to look at your work. But good luck--and remember, the publisher and 343 make all the decisions regarding Halo fiction. I'm handing off further Halo creativity to 343 for the time being!

life imitates art

Date: 05/03/2013 From: harri
Location: ohio

I read the story "blood music" years ago and found it so disturbing, yet ringing true of something, somewhere. could I have been remembering "forward." then I came across this article. notice the mention of the "hive mind". how did you know, how could I have "remembered?"

http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/environment/humans/chemtrails/news.php?q=1224550828

Second Trilogy Saga?

Date: 04/30/2013 From: Warren Cotten
Location: Canada

Hello Mr. Bear!
Love the Forerunner Saga!
Really caught up in the history of the story -
Would you ever write another book/s possibly about the centuries before where the Ancient Humans and Forerunners fought and where the Forerunners fought the primordials? Would be really cool to learn more about ancient humans and there technology...maybe have The Lord of Admirals make an appearance near the end to tie it back into the Foreunner Saga...? Maybe learn more about the time lock as well as the ship the humans found with the powder...?
 

Re: Second Trilogy Saga?
Date: 05/02/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Warren! For the moment, I'm off on another trilogy of my own, but these are all cool ideas, and I hope others will continue the saga and fill in these details.
 

Re: Second Trilogy Saga?
Date: 05/15/2013
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Short answer: it's conceivable he might if the money's right, and the wind is in his sails.
 

Re: Second Trilogy Saga?
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Alas, no more Halo novels for the duration! It's been terrific fun working with the team, but they are now off on more amazing adventures.

Darwin's Children

Date: 04/29/2013 From: Louise Sharp
Location: Katoomba, Australia

P. 284-5
I am trying to come to terms with your description of Australoids and their mode of migration to the Americas. Surely they migrated via a land bridge from northern Europe down to northern America and perhaps to southern America?

Our Australian Aboriginals certainly came here from Asia around 60,000 years ago and have never been linked to South America and Tierra del Fuego to my knowledge.

I enjoy your books immensely along with the posed social dilemmas. I do take exception to calling your characters Australians, however. 'In the end, the Australians had all but vanished' ... We are a prosperous nation of diverse peoples and proud of our combined histories.
 

Re: Darwin's Children
Date: 04/29/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for writing, Louise!

The migrations posited in DARWIN'S CHILDREN are of course mostly speculative, but there have been tentative linkages of Australians/Australoids with the Tierra Del Fuegans.(Australoid means "like Australians," whereas these were genuinely Australians... just older!)

Sixty thousand years is a very long time, and humans are an exceptionally ingenious and mobile species. The recent surprises on Flores Island and elsewhere should teach us that we don't have the entire story. So my linkage is just an attempt to suggest how surprising future discoveries might be.

When the book was published, suggesting that Homo Erectus might have survived until twenty thousand years ago was pretty speculative as well. I was not nearly so bold as to suggest they would also be three feet tall! But that appears to be the case with the Flores Islanders--and I've inserted one as a character into my Forerunner novels in the HALO universe.

Halo

Date: 04/26/2013 From: David Nelson
Location: Australia

Just a quicky Greg. I'm not up with this whole Halo thing. If I decided to give it a go, could I just read yours? Or just read others? I don't want to get caught up in another series that goes on forever!
Cheers
Dave
 

Re: Halo
Date: 04/29/2013
From: Greg Bear

The Forerunner novels stand alone, and should be easy enough to slip into for a well-read science fiction fan!

Your tribute to J.G. Ballard

Date: 04/23/2013 From: Carl Rosenberg
Location:

I liked your tribute to J.G. Ballard on his passing. I realize he died four years ago now, but I somehow missed seeing your piece when it first appeared.

I liked Ballard's haunting, surrealistic stories such as "The Voices of Time," "The Cage of Sand," "Memories of the Space Age," etc. The fact that I liked these stories just as much as the American "Golden Age" stories (Asimov, Heinlein) indicates to me that, as different as these writers may be in outlook and ideology, their attitudes toward technology, space travel, etc., there may still be hidden affinities, as if they were somehow in dialogue with each other, for all their differences.
 

Re: Your tribute to J.G. Ballard
Date: 04/23/2013
From: Greg Bear

Indeed. Re-reading the best of fifties and sixties SF is something of a rebirth of enthusiasm for what drew me into SF in the first place. Ballard blew us all away!

Sci-Fi writer's workshop?

Date: 04/20/2013 From: Angela Prettie
Location: Canada

Dear Mr. Bear,

Do you give writer's workshops at all? If so, would you conduct one at Comic-Con in San Diego this summer?

I would attend just for that, or even just to hear you speak, for goodness sakes! :)
 

Re: Sci-Fi writer's workshop?
Date: 04/23/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Angela! Alas, we won't make it to San Diego Comic-Con this year. But Comic-Fest in October is on our calendar.

appreciations

Date: 04/20/2013 From: Roald Laurenson
Location: north of the border, east of the sea, but not so much either

Greg, in coming to make a small post I read your note for your father. I'm very glad to learn about him, for his influence on you, and much appreciated how you wrote, as someone who also has had the going on this way.

Here I just wanted you to know I finally put up the promised Amazon review of Hull Zero Three. That is for me a quite special book, and I finally had to just let it come out that way; I hope to your advantage.

I know you'll appreciate the issues, and I'm glad you find time to be as generous as you often are, even so.

It is a fine piece of work and one that sneaks up on you, so I hope many more people will find it and appreciate it.

Regards,
Clive


 

Re: appreciations
Date: 04/23/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Clive!

The Silentium Standard

Date: 04/19/2013 From: Kenny
Location: Texas

Mr. Bear, thank you for writing such an amazingly good trilogy! I've been a Halo fan for as long as the game has been around, and I'm so glad that you were the one to write the Forerunner trilogy.

The only problem I'm having with these books is that I'm finding it difficult to enjoy reading other books, especially after reading Silentium. Silentium certainly has set the standard, in my opinion. Now I haven't read any of your non-Halo books yet, but I'm wanting to. I'm just not sure where to start.

That being said, have you written any books that are similar to the Forerunner trilogy, especially any that explore mysteries of origins (such as the precursors and their relation to the humans and forerunners)? Thanks for your time, and thanks for writing such great books! Very inspiring stuff!

Kenny
 

Re: The Silentium Standard
Date: 04/23/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Kenny! Likely you'll enjoy the EON trilogy (EON, ETERNITY, LEGACY) and THE FORGE OF GOD and its sequel, ANVIL OF STARS, all of which deal with various forms of interstellar travel and conflict.

Other stories with high-tech future conflict include MOVING MARS and the novella HARDFOUGHT. HULL ZERO THREE is a fresh take on generation starships, one of my favorite areas of science fiction!

And I'm currently working on a new trilogy called WAR DOGS, about which more shortly...
 

Re: The Silentium Standard
Date: 04/25/2013
From: Kenny
Location: Texas

Thank you very much for the recommendations! I had started reading and enjoying THE FORGE OF GOD already, but now I'm wondering if the EON trilogy might be a little more similar to that of Silentium. Oh well, I'll probably end up reading all of them at some point anyway... lol

Follow up to Primordium?

Date: 04/15/2013 From: Ross Donald
Location: England

Fantastic work on the saga, once I picked up Cryptum I couldn't put it down and once I did I ordered Primordium straight away! All three books are equally extrodinary and I thank you for a collection of books i will read for many years.

My question relates to the ending of Primodium; Chakas monitor (343 Guilty Spark) is now on a mission to locate the Librian. Will you be writing any kind of following story?

Chakas' journey is truly epic and I would love to read any more you could add to it, as I'm sure many more would!

Thank you, Ross
 

Re: Follow up to Primordium?
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Ross! I'm sure there are a lot of fine folks at 343 waiting to pick up on Guilty Spark's odyssey. It was my pleasure helping launch Chakas into those adventures.

Praise and thanks.

Date: 04/11/2013 From: Faide
Location: Australia

Over the last few years I have been anxiously following the development of the new Halo franchise both with a mixture of joy and dread.
I was ecstatic when I learned of this new series, even more so when I learned of the forerunners story to be revealed.
I dreaded the possibility of this new untried studio contaminating a series with the goals of individuals rather than staying loyal to a universe with such depth and diverse mysteries,hopes and visual wonders.
I was also curious about this new writer that had been chosen to present the story of the forerunners, I had never read another of your books before and I admit I was slightly worried what an author who had little connection to the Halo universe before hand might create but I was hopeful, I did my research, I found your background and I was relieved with the work I saw and the snippets I read. So I endured the waiting of each month for the releases.

As I picked up Cryptum the first thing I am greeted with is a narrative style that was.. new to me, it took time for me to adjust to the way you presented a story in the first person but when I adjusted the pictures your words painted in my imagination were as worthy of any Halo story.
I must admit, the presentation of Humanity as a galactic power at the same time of the Forerunners is a point that I, like the Didact himself, will have two personalities on.
There is the side which heeds the descriptions of the terminals and the original presumption of humanity only being tribal at the time of the flood war and had no spacefaring history whatsoever.
Then there's the side that revels in the lust of power that I get when I imagine Humanity challenging the Forerunners themselves and all the histories and stories that can be drawn from those facts alone.

Even when Halo 4 came out I maintain two opinions on the matter one favoring it and the changes, the other critical and judging where there are discrepancies to the lore, the narrative style & the visual language that Halo has maintained & been recognized for for over a decade.

(As resolute as a promethean to the Mantle perhaps?)

I guess this letter may come off as the ramblings of a fan more dedicated to a story than is healthy but Halo is something that I have grown up with, when times were hard Halo and its stories were something I could lose myself in imagination and action, when times were good it was again a place for friends and I to discuss, challenge each other and teabag the losers haha.

There is something else it has given me though, Every person who has contributed to the story since Bungie brought Halo to the world has also helped my own imagination grow and learn and hope for a future of civilization in space.

It has also influenced my path in life, I wish to now help build universes such as Halo with the art skills I developed to draw and design what I saw in its books, maybe one day I can contribute my own work to Halo.

All of that has been made possible by you and those who have helped construct this world.

Silentium was the magnum opus of the forerunner trilogy and areas which had been put in place which were obscure on their own, pleasantly clicked into place like a well oiled machine.

Thank you for working on the Forerunners, thank you for building and establishing their own history, as hubristic as it has been revealed.

I do hope that it won't be the last time you contribute to Halo and finally thankyou again for not only maintaining the spirit of Halo but for Expanding it further!

(also thankyou for reading this book of a mail! It is appreciated)

Also, I worked on a quickly done illustration at the moment of the battle of the greater ark. If you have some spare time on an occasion it would be wonderful for you to see it.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=565366193496093&set=a.557962647569781.1073741828.502941819738531&type=3&theater

 

Re: Praise and thanks.
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Faide--

Good luck with the terrific visual skills!

OH, The web you weave.

Date: 04/11/2013 From: Tom
Location: Freeland, Pa.

Greg,

As an aspiring writer but lacking dicipline, I must say it is always a pleasure to devour your books with enthusiasm and a dictionary. I love the part where you write beyond my imagination and vocabulary. That is the most fun.
It's always so easy finding good books to read, I just look to see what you're doing. Keep up the good work and thanks.

Your father seemed a wonderful man, God bless You.
I look forward to checking out the works of the rest of your family.

Tom
 

Re: OH, The web you weave.
Date: 04/11/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Tom--

I do like reading e-books because of the easy availability of dictionary and other resources, including Wikipedia--makes going through an eighteenth century novel a LOT easier and faster!
 

Re: OH, The web you weave.
Date: 05/15/2013
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Indeed. Card catalogue, good christ.

Dear Greg Bear, what were the challenges of writing the Gravemind?

Date: 04/10/2013 From: Erik Merlin
Location: Los Angeles

Dear Mr. Bear

Hello my name is Erik Merlin, thank you for the forerunner triliogy; great reads. I was curious though, was it challenging to write the backstory and expand upon the Graveminds character? Being a huge science fiction fan, I have never quite encountered a character like the Gravemind before. It does'nt seem to fit into typical character archetypes, which I imagine must have made it a challenge to write. Was there any other works or past experiences that inspired you? Also did you and 343 build off prior Halo works that had the Gravemind in it?

Sincerely and best wishes,

Erik Merlin
 

Re: Dear Greg Bear, what were the challenges of writing the Gravemind?
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

The Gravemind is unique, to be sure, but harks back to a great many other giant alien mentalities, often conglomerates--hive minds, etc., at least back to H.G.Well's Grand Lunar in FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. Great fun to work with! And mysterious enough that I do not have to say I understand Graveminds to the nth degree!
 

Re: Dear Greg Bear, what were the challenges of writing the Gravemind?
Date: 05/15/2013
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

In other words, Erik, 'doing alien' has been around a long time, and Greg has done A LOT of it. Like the braids.....

Primordial is a Gravemind after all?

Date: 04/02/2013 From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan

In Halo Primordium we learned that the Ancient Tier 1 humans believed the Primordial was a life form made up of multiple other life forms and they classified it as a Gravemind. The IsoDidact also refers to the Primordial as a Gravemind when he confronts it on Installation 07. However there is still some confusion as to whether or not the Primordial was in fact a Gravemind.

When the Ur-Didact first hears the voice of the Gravemind in his head he immediately attributes it to the Primordial and the Gravemind itself even mentions that he and the Primordial are the same when he explains their history. The Master Juridical on the other hand mentions the IsoDidact killed a Primordial, as apposed to killing the Primordial, and then said that the Gravemind was just the nearest equivalent to the Primordial.

Personally to me it seems like the Primordial was a a precursor, (pun intended), to the Gravemind. Based on the definition of Primordial, which means "original or first formed" it would seem that the Primordial was an original form of what we come to call the Gravemind. The Flood Gravemind which formed after the Primordial's demise is a new form created by the Precursors who formed the Flood.

I am just curious to know if my interpretation was accurate or am I completely wrong?
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

The Graveminds have certainly expanded and become more complex since the last Precursor. But yes, they're all related.
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan

I would say complex is an understatement after 100 billion years of evolution. Was the Primordial truly the last Precursor though? The Primordial had only said it was the last of "this" kind and the Gravemind mentioned that some Precursors were spared and chose to go dormant, while the others became the Powder. It was never said what happened to those who went dormant.

I wonder if they are the ones who were said to have gone beyond the Forerunner's reach and continued to create? Unless of course that was supposed to be a reference to Path Kethona? Path Kethona however was within the Forerunner's reach since they went there to continue their assault.

So are there more Precursors hidden throughout the universe? Or is the Flood truly the last of the Precursors? The more I learn about the Precursors the more questions I have.
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 06/18/2013
From: Nicholas
Location:

Interesting. Since the Primordial is a Gravemind, does this mean that he is the "darker source of command" that Chakas felt in his mind while saving Installation 07 from destruction?
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 06/25/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hmmm... Could be!
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 06/26/2013
From: Tyler
Location:

In other interpretations on the flood, graveminds, precursor relationships in Halo: Silentium. Some believe that the gravemind and flood are just lesser forms of a precursor, and once a gravemind reaches a peak biomass, it returns to a precurser newly evolved.

It did state in Halo: Silentium that the fine powder is a lesser precursor. But also states that ancient humans tampered with it on organisms thus creating flood forms. Which corrupted the fine powder.

So my question is whether a precurser can be reborn per say from enough gravemind biomass or is this theory completely ludercrus and insane.
 

Re: Primordial is a Gravemind after all?
Date: 06/26/2013
From: Greg Bear

Given the creativity and perverse ingenuity of the Precursors, I'd say anything is possible!

Condolances.

Date: 04/01/2013 From: Daniel McHugh
Location: Orillia, Ontario Canada

Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My families thoughts go out to yours.
 

Re: Condolances.
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Daniel! We've post a good group of photos of my dad on Facebook.

Silentium

Date: 04/01/2013 From: Chris
Location:

Greg,

THANK YOU for this book. I've been fascinated with the Forerunners since the terminal dialogue, and was mortified that Bungie and later 343 would destroy such a promising premise, but you have created a far greater story than I had imagined. Thank you for not destroying my dreams!

I wanted to ask a few questions, I hope they're answerable. The first is, what exactly is Haruspis? Is it an ancilla, and are its associates Forerunner, comparable to catalog?

Do Precursors remain besides those reconstituted in flood form? And does the domain remain? I get the feeling Cortana is in it, but was it actually housed in Precursor artifacts? And were the plants on the other-Forerunner world previously Forerunner?

And finally, if the Librarian died on Earth, is the Librarian we see on Requiem in SpartanOps actually another Forerunner with her imprint?

Thank you for bringing this universe to life and for clearing up my confusion, at LEAST about Haruspis!

Chris
 

Re: Silentium
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Chris! I'll leave the answers to most of these questions to future 343 projects. As for Haruspis, I quote from the book itself: "Not even Haruspis, entrusted with studying the Domain, could access those memories."

Haruspis is an elevated Forerunner, involved not just with Domain and the Juridical functions, but with overseeing important Forerunner rituals. I don't believe the actual physical nature of the Haruspices has been made clear in any of the relations we have access to.

Follow-up to Hull Zero Three

Date: 04/01/2013 From: patrick
Location:

Greg, you are one of the authors I follow religiously. I was really impressed with the Halo series; IMHO it takes somebody special to turn a game into a great story. Anyway, your ending to hull zero three seemed (to me) to set up a sequel. Any chance of that happening? I apologize if this has been asked before...

regards,
patrick
 

Re: Follow-up to Hull Zero Three
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

No sequel plans for HULL. But a new trilogy of my own devising is in the works! About two-thirds finished with rough draft of volume 1.
 

Re: Follow-up to Hull Zero Three
Date: 04/10/2013
From: patrick
Location: usa

Outstanding, and can't wait.
 

Re: Follow-up to Hull Zero Three
Date: 04/15/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: north of the border

Absolutely wonderful news, to hear about the new work, Greg.

A pause for thought about the idea up-front of a trilogy. In fact I've often been quite interested in the ways you arrive at entirely fresh points of view and even writing style for each book of a series. Very much appreciated ;)

Take care up there in the land of the more-often gloom. I miss it in fact, and am liking that we have some again for a few days down here.

Guilty Spark

Date: 03/29/2013 From: Daniel Faulconbridge
Location:

Hi Mr Bear,

I was just thinking about the end of Primordium and was hoping the 343 Guilty Spark storyline was going to be continued in Silentium. Silentium was an awesome book I read it in under a day but found that it was not continued. Will we ever get to see how this storyline ends or was it left open ended for us to decide what happens?

Thanks,

Daniel
 

Re: Guilty Spark
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

I suspect 343 has some possibilities in mind!

Precursor question

Date: 03/29/2013 From: JuanCarlos Bravo
Location: New York

The only reason I'm asking this is because its the source of a lot of debate on a forum I'm part of. And it's amazing at how much people can argue over the littlest of things.

Silentium states that the Domain/Precursor knowledge reserve has "The life-patterns and living wisdom of a hundred billion years."

Does that mean that the Precursors are older than the universe, or that it is the cumulative knowledge of all the races the Precursors encountered or created/destroyed before the Forerunner rebelled?



And... did Ur-Didact ever deploy his Promethean Knights before he was locked up or did he not get a chance to use them?
 

Re: Precursor question
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

All good questions, JuanCarlos. I'll leave them to future novelists and games to answer!
 

Re: Precursor question
Date: 04/10/2013
From: JuanCarlos Bravo
Location:

Why must you tease me?

Schrodingers Plague

Date: 03/28/2013 From: Lloyd Cowles
Location: Racine WI. U.S.A.

I don't get the puzzle in the introduction contained in "Collected Short Stories" What makes the physics bogus? I can't find an answer in Bells' theorem. (No post-secondary education)
 

Re: Schrodingers Plague
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

That's what the experts tell me. But physics is in real ferment right now, and it looks as if Black Hole physics is really heating up--literally! So maybe there's more to come.

Halo Silentium was a Great read!

Date: 03/26/2013 From: Reuben
Location: New Zealand

Well I have to say that the revelations that were made In Silentium were really dramatic, The Flood being a reanimated form of the Precursors was a great Idea, And I like how you also created a few more new mysteries aswell!, And I wander If any of the plot Points In the book hint at possible future plot points In the Halo universe post halo 4?, well I suppose time will let us know. All In all I think It was a great conclusion anyway so thanks to you and the team at 343 Industries:)
 

Re: Halo Silentium was a Great read!
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Reuben! Definitely more to come from 343 on all these matters!

Halo: Silentium and beyond

Date: 03/24/2013 From: Eric Hedrick
Location: Virginia

Thankyou for investing your energies into the three book line of Halo. I greatly enjoyed Silentium as it tied many ends together in ways I didn't predict and sent the story to places I was pleased with. Unfortunately I read two-thirds of it in one afternoon because I couldn't stop so I guess that is a good thing.

My question is whether or not you believe there will be future novels about the forerunners, ancient humans and/or the precursors? I was fascinated by them and feel there are great avenues to create some wonderful stories with.

Thank you again,

Eric
 

Re: Halo: Silentium and beyond
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Eric--

I don't know of any specific plans at 343, but they worked very hard to hold some things in reserve for future game/fiction development. Interesting to see where they take it all next!

Halo: Silentium Signing.

Date: 03/24/2013 From: Benjamin Browning
Location: United States

Hello Greg Bear,

My name is Benjamin. I have emailed you in the pasted about a book signing before, and had realized I missed you at San Diego. My question now is when and where will the next booking and or Q & A? You caught you in San Diego last January for Primoridium signing and Q & A.

Now, my goal is to get your amazing trilogy of The Halo Universe (my favorite universe). It would make me so happy if I had a copy of Silentium signed. Reason being, reading has gotten me through tough obstacles in life.

I have quite enjoyed your Forerunner addition to Halo. No has written one, officially at least, and you came in new to the Universe and did well with it all. That is not easy to do. Very impressive.

Please inform me on your adventures for the Silentium signing.

Sincerely, your fan, Ben.
 

Re: Halo: Silentium Signing.
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Benjamin! Check out the University Book Store in Seattle and see if they have a trio of signed copies! They ship.

Darwin's Radio study guide

Date: 03/22/2013 From: Becky Campbell
Location: Champaign, IL

Mr. Bear,

I absolutely love your Darwin books. This is my pick for our book club this month. I have been looking for a discussion guide, but cannot find one online. Do you have a discussion guide you can email me? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Becky Campbell
 

Re: Darwin's Radio study guide
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Becky! I am not aware of any online discussion guides, but let's ask the Mass Mind if they know of any?

I can certainly answer a few bookclub questions, if your group has any!
 

Re: Darwin's Radio study guide
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Crystal Beyers
Location: Urbana, IL

Mr. Bear,

Coincidentally, I am the head of Becky's book club, Novel Idea, and I was searching for the same thing. When I saw the link to the direct site I thought this might be gold! If you are willing to answer some questions after our meeting, I will certainly ask on 4/18/13.

However, if you could give me something to spark up conversation (besides this fantastic novel), that would also be much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Crystal Beyers
 

Re: Darwin's Radio study guide
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

I'll let the book speak for itself. If it doesn't spark debate, than try DARWIN'S CHILDREN, which should really mix it up...
 

Re: Darwin's Radio study guide
Date: 06/26/2013
From: Gregory A. Miller
Location:

In the July 2013 issue of the scientific journal, Clinical Psychological Science, a review article by Slavich & Cole on "the emerging field of human social genomics" provides material on mechanisms consistent with the hints in Darwin's Radio that social pressures can foster human evolution.
 

Re: Darwin's Radio study guide
Date: 06/27/2013
From: Greg Bear

Interesting! Where can I get an offprint?

Thanks, Gregory!

silentium questions that linger... =)

Date: 03/22/2013 From: Khiem Ta
Location: so.cal

First off, a monumental accomplishment with Silentium. not only a thrilling read, but notably excellent prose as well.

now to my questions:

1) are you done with halo books? i would be sad if that were the case.

2) the question of what happened to the ship that chakas/343 commandeered is not answered. for future fiction?

3) how aware were you of past forerunner fiction? (i.e., references in previous games, notably the terminals.) i ask because at the end, didact asks 343GS if he would fire the array. that's almost certainly a reference to the end of halo1 when 343GS references that question to the chief. does that mean at that point, 343 is mistaking the chief for didact?

4) what happens to the forerunners that survive? in the halo3 terminals the didact references a Great Journey that he must undertake post-firing; almost certainly that was the point of confusion that set the covenant off on their crusades. some of the forerunners must've survived. certainly the ones on the Ark (isodidact, the new lifeshaper, etc).

5) why did the forerunners fire the halo located at the greater ark, at the Large Magellanic Cloud? what happened to all the forerunners that manned that fleet? it seems they were victorious, and then they just vanished, leaving their pristine ships behind. why did they maroon the forerunners that survived?

that's all i got for now, but be prepared for more =D
 

Re: silentium questions that linger... =)
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Khiem! These are all excellent questions. I'll answer a few and leave the rest to future developments. Indeed, we worked very hard to incorporate past game canon into these books, and match the books up with what we see in HALO 4. I'm working on another trilogy of my own books at the moment, so no future plans for HALO novels. But this has all been a real pleasure, not least interacting with the Halo fans and readers!

Future Forerunner Books/Fate of the Forerunners

Date: 03/22/2013 From: Andrew Stevens
Location: USA

Hello Mr. Bear,

I thoroughly enjoyed your latest novel Halo: Silentium. The 40 min audio epilogue was a wonderful ending to the trilogy. I am curious, do you have any plans to write future novels about the Forerunners?

One other question I had is in reference to the epilogue. It appears that at least a remnant of Forerunners, including Bornstellar and a handful of Lifeworkers survived and had plans to leave the galaxy to rebuild the Forerunners. Aside from the Ur-Didact in Halo 4, is it possible that many more living Forerunners exist in another galaxy?

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Andy
 

Re: Future Forerunner Books/Fate of the Forerunners
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

That seems a real possibility, doesn't it?

What is the purpose of this in Silentium?

Date: 03/21/2013 From: David
Location: Minnesota

On page 57 of Silentium, the Librarian practically slaughters a few hundred thousand humans to be processed into food for the Oceans. Couldn't she have just created nutrients to deposit? Or used a different species?
 

Re: What is the purpose of this in Silentium?
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Sadly, she can't save them all--there's not enough time and ship capacity and storage capacity.

Forerunner's association with colors

Date: 03/21/2013 From: M0aHerder
Location:

Thorughout Halo Forerunners have used the color blue to accent their gray structures. However, in Halo 4 we see that Orange and Green are also used on occasion. I can assume that Orange is used by the Warrior-Servants, or at least the Ur-Didact, and Blue by the Lifeworkers and/or the Builders. But what about Green? Does each rate have a different color that represents them? If so, what are they?
 

Re: Forerunner's association with colors
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

I believe that was the thinking in HALO 4. Not sure what the Green represents, however! Any answers out there?

FOG Trilogy

Date: 03/21/2013 From: Kyle Lumsden
Location: Canada

Hi Greg I'm a huge fan. Forge of God introduced me to hard science fiction 6 years ago and I am forever indebted. I have been eagerly awaiting news that a third book in the FOG universe will be released. Do you have any new information about that? Thanks for all the great work,

Kyle
 

Re: FOG Trilogy
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Kyle--

Still up in the air as to when and how. Working on another trilogy right now that touches on similar themes, so maybe that will fill in for the time being!

Greg Bear, Thank You!

Date: 03/20/2013 From: David
Location: Minnesota

Words cannot express your quality of writing that we as Halo Fans are so glad to have encountered.

The Forerunner Trilogy not only stands as one of Halo's best Book Trilogy, but one of the greatest Sci-Fi experiences of all time.

Silentium was incredible. Filling in the gaps of past and present Halo games, and also completing the hole in the storyline of what happened to the Forerunners.

No one could have done your job any better. Thank you for fleshing out the Forerunners, Precursors (Especially them, haven't been freaked out by a book in a while. Full on Cosmic Terror is awesome), and Ancient Humanity. With the major story gaps filled in, I feel that the Halo universe can move on towards a greater purpose with the help of your writing.

Thank you for becoming such an awesome writer. I hope, and cannot wait to read, or experience your next venture into the Halo Universe.
 

Re: Greg Bear, Thank You!
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

It was fun to play around in the Halo universe! At the moment, I'm working on quite another trilogy, and I can only hope that meets your approval as well.

Post-Silentium, just wanted to say thanks

Date: 03/19/2013 From: Dan
Location: Wales

Having finished Silentium today after eagerly snatching it up almost the moment it was released, I just thought I'd send a message to say thank you.

Thank you for doing such an incredible job enriching the Halo universe, in fleshing out the mythology and the characters that have remained translucent shadows in the background of the lore for so very long.

Silentium was everything I hoped it would be, so much epic tragedy and far-reaching implication that it staggered me to read, and no doubt will inspire a lot of rereads in the future. There wasnt a single character I didnt feel some degree of empathy for, and the depth of detail surrounding the fate of the Ur-Didact in particular was incredibly well done.

You've brought the sense of mystery and awe back to the Halo universe, the very thing that attracted me so deeply to it in the very first game, and for that you have my undying gratitude. Youve been a gift to the entire franchise.

Best of luck in all your future projects, and I hope this isn't the last time you play in the Halo sandbox.
 

Re: Post-Silentium, just wanted to say thanks
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Dan! Working on a new trilogy right now that touches on a very different kind of warfare in space...

Halo: Silentium

Date: 03/19/2013 From: Scott Beetley
Location: Dallas, TX

Greg -

It's been a long time since I devoured a book like I did today. I jumped into Silentium this morning and had it finished in about 6 hours. It was absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much. As a fan of the Halo Universe, I'd enjoyed Cryptum and Primordium just on the basis that they were looks into the Forerunners that fans had kinda always wanted. You were developing a great story about interesting characters and that made them all the more enjoyable.

Silentium, however, was far beyond either of those experiences. It was intense, high stakes stuff that unfolded and unfolded and continued to unfold in the most excellent way up until the final page.

The fates of Librarian and Didact are curiosities every Halo fan has had for years since they were introduced in Halo 3. Its not often that something can live up to 6 years of anticipation, but you did it with Silentium. Your Forerunner Trilogy is definitely one of the better parts of the Halo Universe as it now stands. 343i has its work cut out for them if they think their next couple of games in the series are going to meet the level of awesome that you achieved with these books.

Again, thank you so much for an excellent read and congratulations on claiming your rightful title as the master storyteller in that universe.

-Scott
 

Re: Halo: Silentium
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Glad to help fill in the details, Scott! 343 is well up to carrying on and expanding the universe and the tradition. I look forward to seeing where they go in the next round!

Halo Silentium, Precursor question

Date: 03/19/2013 From: Matthew
Location: Revere MA

Greg let me start off by saying Halo: Silentium was a great read equal parts fascinating and thought provoking. The transformation of the Ur-Didact was well done.

My questions however stray as always to the precursors. I hope you can clarify a little bit. First example is the following passage...

"A few were spared. Some adopted new strategies for survival; they went dormant. Others became dust that could regenerate our past forms; time rendered this dust defective. It brought only disease and misery; but that was good, we saw the misery and found it good."

-pg.174

It states that some went dormant, which to me implied that not all became the flood. Are there still some Precursors lurking out there somewhere in their true forms, awaiting their chance at a return?

The second question would be does the Flood have knowledge and memory of the fact that they were/are Precursors? If so is it possible for them to ever regain their true nature?


Thanks,
Matt M


 

Re: Halo Silentium, Precursor question
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Matthew!

I'll leave those questions and answers to the next round of creativity at 343. Wouldn't want to cramp their style...
 

Re: Halo Silentium, Precursor question
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Matthew
Location: Revere MA

Thanks for the reply Greg. I love what you have brought to Halo, and hope you decide to make another foray into the Universe.

Just finished Silentium...

Date: 03/17/2013 From: Dave Evans
Location: England

I've wrote to you before, I'm fairly certain you responded here too though the link escapes me. In any case, I just finished Silentium and the last 50 pages or so really tugged at my heartstrings.

You wrote it in such a way that I could actually feel what these characters were going through, especially the IsoDidact near the end. I also enjoyed your reference to a previous line spoken by 343 Guilty Spark from Halo: Combat Evolved.

"Last time, you asked me, if it were my choice, would I do it? Having had considerable time to ponder your query, my answer has not changed."

Finally I understand what GS was referencing. I'll definitely be reading through these books again and picking up copies of your other works too.

The only complaint I can honestly give is that I am sad that this wonderful trilogy is finally at an end. Thank you for these books, I hope to see many more and I most certainly hope to see you writing for the Halo Universe again.

Dave
 

Re: Just finished Silentium...
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks for the kind words, Dave! The whole team worked very hard to incorporate major elements and solve major puzzles. And I'm sure there are quite a few left to solve!

Bears of the world unite.

Date: 03/17/2013 From: Bear Williams
Location: Jefferson City, MO

Hello Mr. Bear,

It was in a previous life (when I operated the Danville Painting Co.), that I met you briefly at Poul Anderson's house in Orinda. You won't remember me of course, but perhaps you will remember we painted the house a bright Russian blue. I fondly recall him clacking away on his IBM Selectric typewriter while painting the trim around his window. He gave me several of his and two of your books, (Eon and Strength of Stones). After hearing of Poul's passing, I brought Karen over an Amethyst.

Shortly after being a painting contractor, I changed careers to that of a wholesale colored gemstone dealer and also operate a gemological laboratory. Anyway, enough of this prattle and waffling. I wanted to virtually reconnect and say I very much enjoyed Mariposa... a lot of room for evolution and potential for the characters.

Best Regards,
Bear Williams, CG, FGA
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear from you, Bear! I do indeed remember you and that lovely shade of blue! Best wishes on the gem ventures!
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/08/2013
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

Being a zealous fan of the works of your late father in law, this note from Mr. Williams interested me. What happened to Poul Anderson's IBM Selectric? And has any publishable fragments been found in those boxes of papers I've seen mention of after he died? I mean things like essays, articles, or even a short story or two which mignt need only a little editing to make ready for publication. It seems to me you would be the obvious candidate as editor of any posthumously published literary fragments

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

We still have the Selectric. While there are a few of Poul's unpublished mss., I believe most of the fiction was finished by him, and published... But we haven't yet looked through all the archives!
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/11/2013
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

Thanks for your reply. And I was very interested to know there are a few unpublished Mss. of Poul Anderson's works which may be ready for publishing. I some editor looks thru Mr. Anderson's archives to find publishable works!

And how did your father in law write his books and stories? That is, did he use outlines or did he write from scratch off the top of his mind?

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/11/2013
From: Greg Bear

Poul usually worked out the technical details thoroughly. Whether he ever wrote from an outline or not, I actually don't know! I haven't seen any outlines per se.
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/12/2013
From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA

Dear Mr. Bear:

Oh, I knew Poul Anderson took great care in using science in his works. Both from what he himself said and what others have noticed.

I hope Mrs. Anderson gives some details on how her husband wrote in the article she contributed to MULTIVERSE (which I am not so patiently waiting for).

And I hope somebody goes thru your father in law's archives soon! I'm sure there is some material there worthy of being published. Here I have in mind Christopher Tokien's work on HIS father's papers in THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH which he edited.

Die hard fans of Poul Anderson have heard of that famously overflowing looseleaf binder containing his notes, commentaries, charts, etc., on Anderson's Technic History series. Have you ever seen that binder yourself?

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks
 

Re: Bears of the world unite.
Date: 04/16/2013
From: Greg Bear

I've seen notebooks, but not that specific binder.

Forerunner trilogy

Date: 03/15/2013 From: Ben
Location: USA

Mr bear,
I wanted to thank you for expanding upon a universe that was to me what Star Wars was to my father. You wrote the best books in the haloverse and, while I haven't read silentium yet, I'm sure it'll be the icing on the cake.

From the mighty fortress class vessels to the young and adventurous bornsteller ( before becoming the iso-didact) you have filled in a unique aspect of the haloverse, and I don't think any other author could have done it like you did. You dissected the forerunners and breathed life into the ancient and dead civilization we came to wonder about while traversing the mighty rings.

I sincerely thank you for your work in a universe I hold dear.
 

Re: Forerunner trilogy
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks much, Ben! It was a privilege to meet so many Halo fans, and to work with the Halo team--excellent people all!
 

Re: Forerunner trilogy
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Ben
Location: Usa

Thanks for the response, now I have a question. At the end when fortenchencho was talking to the librarian

When he was talking about the precursors and saying that they had been around for 100 billion years was he saying that even if they all got killed off by the rings there collective concious would be back?

Also was it that once a gravemind formed he represented that consciousness and keyminds were just the floods response to ai.

Or we're keyminds just super advanced graveminds?
 

Re: Forerunner trilogy
Date: 04/07/2013
From: Zachary Badgley
Location: Vancouver Washington

Mr. bear
Thank you for bringing us the forerunner trilogy, You wrote an outstanding set of books in the storyline was great. Only wish there was more, I hope you continue to write books from the halo Universe I enjoy reading them. Keep up the good work And let us know if you're gonna take on anymore books in this universe. Cause I need more.
 

Re: Forerunner trilogy
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hmmm...! Juicy topics for further exploration, no?

Publishing Startup

Date: 03/08/2013 From: Richard Billings
Location: United States

My name is Richard Billings, founder of Screwpulp. We are working to break down many of the barriers associated with the traditional publishing model and add value to the new trend in self-publishing. We've developed a new dynamic pricing model that is reader driven. We begin our process by giving away the initial copies of any new book in exchange for a social media mention and the promise of a star rating and/or review. After this initial offering we gradually raise the price as the book becomes more popular. By using this approach we hope to give early adopters a clear indication of the quality of any new book's content and build confidence in the book and the author's brand. This low overhead model allows the author to retain 75% of all book sales. We have also developed a process that allows authors to receive professional editing and cover design services with no upfront fees.

We have built our team and have been accepted into the Seed Hatchery 90 day startup accelerator program. We are currently doing our customer discovery and would love to speak with you and any other writers. Our goal is to make it easier than ever before for authors to publish, market, and profit from their work while at the same time allowing readers to control quality.

You can read some of our recent press below:

http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/free-press/Content?oid=3343490

This is a basic overview but, I would love to talk with you in greater detail.

Thank you for your time,

Richard Billings

Founder/Idea Geek
Screwpulp Publishing


 

Re: Publishing Startup
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good luck with the startup, Richard! I've been saying for years that the new publishing startups contain the seeds for an entirely new cycle of publishing. Maybe you'll be the ones to do it!

Silentium!

Date: 03/04/2013 From: Kirill
Location: Russia

Fyodor Tyutchev

Silentium!

Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?
Will he discern what quickens you?
A thought, once uttered, is untrue.
Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
drink at the source and speak no word.
Live in your inner self alone
within your soul a world has grown,
the magic of veiled thoughts that might
be blinded by the outer light,
drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
take in their song and speak no word.
(trans. by Vladimir Nabokov)
 

Re: Silentium!
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Lovely to read this one, Kirill! Nabokov's translation captures the entire feel of stellar vastness, no?

is the janus key going to be mentioned in halo silentium

Date: 03/03/2013 From: beacon
Location:

hello, Mr Greg I have have enjoyed the forunner saga so much, ijust wanted to know whether the Janus Key from Halo 4's spartan ops will play a vital role in Halo silentium.
 

Re: is the janus key going to be mentioned in halo silentium
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Not formally, Jamie! But with the 343 team guiding me, I can't deny the possibility there are hidden relationships.

The Bornstellar Relation

Date: 03/02/2013 From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan

Hi, I was just wondering if you could confirm whether or not the Bornstellar Relation, which is referenced in Halo: Primordium, is in fact the Narrator of Halo: Cryptum.
 

Re: The Bornstellar Relation
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Bornstellar is the narrator of HALO: CRYPTUM.

Re: can you give us of the precusors fate

Date: 03/02/2013 From: Jame
Location: Scotland

Hello, Greg Bear, I am a fan of forerunner sagas series, i just wanted to ask you if you could tell us if the precusor's will play a big part in silentium and can you also (optional) tell us (i mean give a hint) how the flood and the precusors are similar .
 

Re: Re: can you give us of the precusors fate
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good question, Jame! And now revealed... yes, indeed.

Andre Norton's Forerunners?

Date: 02/27/2013 From: Sherry Matt
Location: United States

Are your Forerunners any relation to Andre Norton's Forerunners? I have just ordered all three of your Forerunner books from my library, and I am wondering if there will be any correlation to hers.
 

Re: Andre Norton's Forerunners?
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

I love Andre Norton's books! I don't know what the HALO creators were thinking when they worked up the first games, but their Forerunners are quite different from Ms. Norton's.

CAT'S EYE is my favorite of her books, incidentally.

Questions about Cryptum

Date: 02/27/2013 From: Phil Robbins
Location: Connecticut

Hello,

The Forerunner Saga is my favorite contribution to the Halo universe. The Forerunners and what they represent have always fascinated me, and I'm thrilled with the direction you took them in and how their history has been fleshed out. I greatly look forward to Silentium to see how the story concludes (though I'm sad that this is the end of your contribution to Halo).

My first question is about the concept of world lines within Forerunner society mentioned in Cryptum. What are they? Family or individual histories? Life stories? I was a little confused.

The second question I have is about the Flood infection that affects the humans and San'Shyuum as described in Cryptum. In the book, it is described as infecting both species through the Pheru by making physical changes to their bodies (and causing them to discard limbs) but then is later said to not yet show outward signs of infection which confused me. Later, the San'Shyuum are said to have shown no signs of infection and were quarantined for their part in the war. Can you clarify this for me?
 

Re: Questions about Cryptum
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

The quarantined San'Shyuum were not infected. The Flood doesn't really become a galaxy-wide pandemic until SILENTIUM, which includes a few other surprises!

Thanks, Phil!

Dead Lines

Date: 02/26/2013 From: Lisa
Location: Los Angeles

Greg,

You're one of my favorite writers in the world. I just read Dead Lines in a single day. I love your science fiction (Queen of Angels is one of the finest novels ever written imho) and speculative thrillers like Quantico etc., but really loved what you did with Dead Lines. There was such a haunting sense of loneliness, dread and menace through the book; I couldn't put it down and didn't want to.

Anyway, my question is, do you plan on writing more horror because I would love to read more of it. I love your work. Please don't ever stop writing.

lisa
 

Re: Dead Lines
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Lisa! I love horror, but that's likely my last novel-length ghost story for a while. You might find a more complex, science fiction take on horror themes in CITY AT THE END OF TIME, which plays off of Clarke and Stapledon, but also William Hope Hodgson. Let me know what you think!

The forunner saga

Date: 02/23/2013 From: Nick McVickar
Location: collinsville,IL

I very much enjoy reading your Forunner saga. I have only read the first two books and found them very interesting.i wanted to ask how you thought of putting Chakas being inside 343 guilty spark. I loved the books. Please write more.
 

Re: The forunner saga
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Nick! One last volume out now. Then onto other worlds!

The Forerunner Saga: Silentium

Date: 02/23/2013 From: walter
Location: munich/germany

dear mr. bear,

i shocked up as i see again my forerunner saga books today and immediately i remembered and asked myself

"january is allready gone, where is part 3 of it ?"

so im asking you, when can we fans read "silentium" ? :-)

thank you

walter
 

Re: The Forerunner Saga: Silentium
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

A little delay, but here it is! And hitting the bestseller lists right off, which is gratifying.
 

Re: The Forerunner Saga: Silentium
Date: 04/04/2013
From: walter
Location: munich/germany

thank you so much, greg, i ordered it right now ^^)

Timespan of the Human-Forerunner War

Date: 02/22/2013 From: Crazyhorse
Location: New Zealand

I am a huge fan of the Halo forerunner saga. I have read both Cryptum and Primordium where it was mentioned that the final battle of Charum Hakkor took around 50 years.

I am wondering how long the entire war took? was it around a 1000 years?

Cheers
 

Re: Timespan of the Human-Forerunner War
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

A few centuries, as I recall--but Waypoint could likely answer this for sure!

Silentium: Paperback

Date: 02/19/2013 From: Todd Austin
Location: Minnesota

Greg,
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I have thoroughly enjoyed your novels and am interested in your upcoming novel, Silentium. This may be a dumb question, but do you know when the paperback version will be released? I have a thing about collecting all books of a series in a certain format... Thanks again!
 

Re: Silentium: Paperback
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Todd--

I'm not aware of when the paperback will be released, but it may be before the end of the year.

Halo Silentium

Date: 02/16/2013 From: Tom
Location: London

Hey Greg,

I really love your books and think you did a great job with them, this is regarding silentium. Do you cover more than forerunners and humans? I would love to learn more about the ancient sanghelli.

One last question, do you think you'll write more halo books after silentium?
Anyway a response would be awesome and keep up the good work

From Tom
 

Re: Halo Silentium
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Tom! No more HALO-themed books in the works. I've got a few of my own books to write now! SILENTIUM does indeed cover other races, but not so much the Sanghelli.

Faber

Date: 02/13/2013 From: John-117
Location: Earth

Hi Greg, me again! (sorry haha) i also forget i had another question; will Silentium reveal Fabers fate, (IIRC, it was unrevealed if he was still alive by Primordium) and does he have a chance to show up in the future Halo games?

Silentium

Date: 02/13/2013 From: John-117
Location: Earth

Greetings! I am a huge fan of your Halo related works, the detail into the Forerunner history was amazing! Cryptum was absolutely awesome! Honestly, Primordium was great, but left alot to be desired. mostly, the lack of Forerunner characters and too much attention on Chakas and the other humans. I'd like to know; will Bornstelar and the Didact be main characters throughout the whole book? and id also like to know; we know of 343 Guilty Sparks origins, any chance we'll see or hear from the other Installation Monitors? Also will this reveal the ultimate fate of Bornstellar? (I read that he was the one who supposedly activated the Halo Rings, but I'm unsure it it was ever confirmed if he died in the process or not. :P)
 

Re: Silentium
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, John-117...

All has been finally completed in SILENTIUM. Looking forward to hearing your reactions now that the entire trilogy is completed! And I'll be posting other inquiries, but if they regard what happens next... likely you already know! Thanks to all.

Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......

Date: 02/11/2013 From: Michael Gearon
Location: French island Australia

Eon was perhaps the best sci fi novel I've ever read. Eventually found the Asimov novel that perhaps formed the idea. No problem with that.

Now... I can't read Neil Stephenson. I can't remember all the detail to connect the dots. Perhaps this is part of what went wrong with reading The Hydrogen Sonata.

However.... I remember Orson Scott Card mentioning in one of his forewords about limiting the characters due to multiplying complexity and giving characters special features like weird eyes or something.

Can't help thinking the jumble I just read was an excuse for not having a solid story. Also, the complexity is possibly part of authors now living something like avatar lives online.

I'm off to trawl for gems like ' The Mote in Gods Eye' or whatever that wonderful book,was called.

Thanks for all the wonderful reading you've provided in the past including "Dead Air" I read this while living in Battersea and cycling past the old power station added to the experience.
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 02/11/2013
From: Greg Bear

Not sure what you're on about, Michael. Which book has put you off?

Glad you enjoyed some of my others, however. DEAD LINES may be the one you're referring to.
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 02/12/2013
From: Roald Laurenson
Location: I can hear the sea...

Greg, appreciating the transpositions here, I think the tale in question might be The Infinity Concerto.

Would that be right, Michael? If so, this is a fantasy, and is also some much earlier writing by Greg which has just been re-issued in an ebook, which might be how you found it.

I'm kind of thinking of a painter friend of mine, who made very fine works, often in specific styles according to his wish to express a site or subject. I found them wonderful, but he had his definite innings with art dealers, who wanted a 'style' to sell.

Greg is kind of like this -- his interests and imagination seem to roam across wide territories, and with them his styles or forms. I myself liked this early work,and seem to remember some characters and situations that really must be imagination from the life of a growing young man.

Michael, there are many newer interesting works of Greg's -- and if you like to center on a few characters, some of them would fit this surely. Or might mention a favorite which has some of the qualities of Eon and a very strong center in a character, which is Moving Mars.

I find myself thinking also of Ursula Le Guin who stays strongly with her central characters often, mixing in an amount of hard sci-fi sides in such early and famous novels as The Dispossessed, or The Left Hand of Darkness. Also in Four Ways of Forgiveness, particularly, which may appeal to you in other ways.

 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 02/15/2013
From: Michael Gearon
Location: French Island, Australia

Greg...... A thousand apologies!

Ian M Banks was the author of both THE HYDROGEN SONATA and DEAD AIR.

The last book I read of yours was HULL ZERO THREE. Thoroughly enjoyable and you remain my favourite author!

Wish I had a good excuse for the screw up. E Reader only shows book title and not author and I just kept thinking " why has Greg Bears style changed so much. I'll keep reading. This must get better..... Then I got to the end and was a little pissed at spending so much reading time on what I still consider to be a mess of a book.

It reviewed 4 out of 5 so obviously most people enjoyed it.


 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 02/19/2013
From: zrdb
Location: United States

If you keep writing hard core science fiction (unlike Gregory Benford who seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth) I'll keep reading them.
 

Apologies.......
Date: 03/27/2013
From: Michael Gearon
Location: French Island, Australia

Iain Banks wrote THE HYDROGEN SONATA and DEAD AIR. Ipad books don't display the authors name.

Flimsy excuse.....

On a more useful note have you ever read Sean Mc Mullen? SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE. Interesting concepts and I enjoyed the book before realizing he was a local Melbourne author.


 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 03/30/2013
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Don't know what he's on about, either, although I'm sort of waiting for something beyond the Halo books to emerge from you, Greg.
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Gregory and Larry Niven have an excellent new novel, BOWL OF HEAVEN. Take a look!
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 04/04/2013
From: John walton
Location:

Thoroughly enjoyed Hull Zero Three, scared to living day lights out of me. Best generation-seed-ship style story I've ever read.

Thx!
John
 

Apologies.......
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

I'll look up Sean's book! I was last in your neck of the woods back in the early nineties...
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Got something in the works. And there are those past thirty plus novels to dip into, if you haven't already!
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear, John--there's a terrific list of such books!
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 05/04/2013
From: Andrew Rakich
Location: Munich

Hi

I thought I'd pipe in here; unfortunately Iain M Banks who is one of my favourite Sci Fi authors of all time is dying of cancer. See his brave and pragmatic statement: http://www.iain-banks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/

So unfortunately it is most likely that the Hydrogen Sonata will be his last Culture novel.

This book was best appreciated by existing fans, already familiar with the Culture universe. Before you give up on this marvelous creation, try the first one; Consider Phlebas (or Look to Windward or Use of Weapons or Surface Detail).

Funny, I found this page on Google 'cause I was wondering if the title "The Hydrogen Sonata" was an oblique tribute to "The Infinity Concerto" cause a symbolic representation of H2 can look like the infinity symbol. Probably not though. If you're reading Greg I really enjoyed that book too and Blood Music and Eon (but not so much the sequel).
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Iain is one of our best. His books remain--and I highly recommend them all.
 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Michael Gearon
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

My words aren't good enough. Here's a quote.

British author Charles Stross wrote that "One of the giants of 20th and 21st century Scottish literature has left the building."

Just started Iain M Banks book 'Matter'


 

Re: Last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear......
Date: 07/12/2013
From: Michael Gearon
Location: Flatistan, USA and Oz

Started this thread with the embarrassingly (for me) titled "last novel I intend to read by Greg Bear" before discovering that the author was Iain Banks.

I'm now revisiting Matter by Iain Banks. Started on 17th June and now at page 343 of 481 Around 10 to pages a day. Relevant because I look forward to a small early morning escape to an alien universe then spend the rest of the day making the best of this particular universe. Left me a little annoyed when I'd devoted some 30 or so morning reads to The Hydrogen Sonata and it didn't ever leave me looking forward to the next mornings read.

Well, I couldn't be happier and I've rediscovered the novel with the wonderful little knife missile drone. Wondered where I'd read that!

I remember on the first reading being so horrified at the Kings method of demise that I'd skipped forward quite a bit. Realize now I'd missed so much!

Even missed this bit (cool how the copyright automatically gets put in. I was worried about that)

This paragraph is so subtle and at the same time conveys so much. Made the hair on the back or my neck stand up. That doesn't happen often. Really don't know why The Hydrogen Sonata didn't work for me.

Sad to lose such a magnificent author.

Her reaction to the manner of their fathers death had been expressed at first not in words but in a brief widening of her eyes, then gaze narrowing. It was so little in a way, and yet Ferbin had the impression he had just set something unstoppable, implacable in motion. She had, he realised, become formidable.

Excerpt From: Iain M. Banks. Matter. Orbit, 2009-02-10. iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

Check out this book on the iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/matter/id357669769?mt=11



The Mantle and Medieval China

Date: 02/07/2013 From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

Hey Mr. Bear,

I wondered if the concept of the Mantle of Responsibility was influenced by the Chinese Mandate of Heaven. The Mantle talks about the idea of Living Time and how it is only a temporary time for the Forerunners to rule before passing down the Mantle to another species. Likewise, the Mandate talks about how an old, aging dynasty would pass on responsibility to a new dynasty.

Sounds pretty similar.

Thanks.
 

Re: The Mantle and Medieval China
Date: 02/08/2013
From: Greg Bear

Interesting thought! Wonder what the Precursors would have to say?
 

Re: The Mantle and Medieval China
Date: 02/08/2013
From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California

They;d probably look at us and go "Copy cats".

google play has all your books!

Date: 02/05/2013 From: Lightmagi
Location: Australia

Wow fantastic I can download all your books on google play : )
 

Re: google play has all your books!
Date: 02/08/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to know! Thanks.

Greg
 

Re: google play has all your books!
Date: 03/29/2013
From: Ian Wilson
Location: Newcastle, England

Alas, unfortunately, everywhere (Amazon,Google Play) seem to have some cryptic dislike for 'Forge of God'

I assume this is some strange licensing problem.

I would really like to pay you again for this (having already bought it many years ago in dead tree format)

Any ideas when it will be back in ones and zeros ?
 

Re: google play has all your books!
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

FORGE is available through E-Reads. Order it directly at E-Reads.com!

New Novel

Date: 02/05/2013 From: John Ford
Location: Matlock, England

Hi Greg,
I have completed a dark fantasy novel, which I feel passionate about and want to share. So this leads me to now want to publish. Am keen to get any advice if you feel you can share any. Every day I am driven to write and be creative. Have written short stories and some poetry and I have another 2 novels on the way and ideas for a sequel to this one, but realise I am a total novice regarding the next steps.
Thanks for your time!
John
 

Re: New Novel
Date: 02/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, John! Congrats on finishing your book and working on more. That's the way to get things rolling. Now you need to study the market, both paper and e-book, and look at websites devoted to writers and writing, sf, fantasy, etc., then visit conventions, book events, to learn the culture and the market. There's a lot of information on line. Start with approaching the publishers of books you've read and enjoyed, and send your mss. to them for starters. It's a long, hard slog (took me four years to sell my first novel) but self-publishing, for a business-savvy fellow, is also a possibility I did not have back then. Let me know how it goes!

Best wishes--

Greg
 

Re: New Novel
Date: 02/13/2013
From: Mike
Location: United States

Check out the "Roundtable Podcast"

They have interviews with both established artists and up & coming authors. Lots of good info for new authors.

Mike

Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum

Date: 02/03/2013 From: Jordan Bell
Location: Charlotte, NC

Hey, Mr. Bear, I just wanted to say first off that I think you did an incredible job with the Forerunner books. It's not an easy task to unearth the Forerunner culture while still keeping them interesting and mysterious.

The way you build characters is great. I've connected very much with Bornstellar, Chakas, and so many other characters in your stories.

Anyway, bottom line, thank you for writing two(soon to be three) incredible stories in the Halo Universe.

The quick question I also had is this: there are many planted seeds or lines that appear like they'll have significance later on. The Composer for example, which came up in Halo 4. One that has kept my mind focused on it for years was the line on page 208 of Cryptum:

"They are about to give it powers it never had before"
"Just as they did ages ago"
"Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it."

Then Bornstellar remarks how he didn't recognize the voice in the Domain, and that it may not have even been Forerunner.

I completely understand if you're not allowed to talk about it, but what a mysterious seed it is! I guess I'm wondering whether it will be explained in Silentium, or if the reader will be left to imply/interpret it, which would be interesting, too.

Again, I think you're an excellent writer, and wish you the best of luck with whatever your next projects are.
 

Re: Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum
Date: 02/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Jordan! I think you'll be pleased with how much we've managed to fit into SILENTIUM. I hope most of your questions get answered in March!
 

Re: Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum
Date: 02/05/2013
From: Jordan Bell
Location: Charlotte, NC

Sounds great, so excited for the novel. Thank you for replying!

EON

Date: 02/03/2013 From: Marv Brilliant
Location: Littlestown, Pennsylvania

Greg: This novel is so provacative,I can't stop reading it. The characters seem so real. There may be a parallel universe,although it's theoretical. We know so little about the cosmos despite all of our space exploration.Probes to mars and beyond have taught us things we were unaware of. Your writing is superb in that although fiction,who knows if things of this nature won't actually occur.Do you plan on writing a new novel? I sure hope so. Thanks! Marv
 

Re: EON
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Working on one right now, Marv. Wish me luck!
 

Re: EON
Date: 05/31/2013
From: Matt T
Location: Boston

Here I was about to ask the same question !

You did mean a new book in the EON story right ?
 

Re: EON
Date: 06/17/2013
From: Greg Bear

Not yet, Matt--but a new novel of my own devising.

Because we all need more links...

Date: 02/02/2013 From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

I should probably be concerned that this list of "geocide" methods amused me so much. There's a good description of the murder from THE FORGE OF GOD in item #6:

http://qntm.org/destroy

And, an intriguing piece on recent indications that the genetic code is a palimpsest. I'm out of my depth, but I couldn't help feeling that the mechanism described lent genes a certain decision-making capability (?):

http://scitechdaily.com/key-differences-in-seemingly-synonymous-parts-of-the-genetic-code/

All my best!

Bill
 

Re: Because we all need more links...
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Hello, Bill! Good links are always needed. I recall a short story published in ANALOG many decades ago about the message encoded in human DNA... Anybody recall the author or the story? A bit of an O Henry conclusion!
 

Re: Because we all need more links...
Date: 02/04/2013
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA

"We'll Return, After This Message" by John Walker?
 

Re: Because we all need more links...
Date: 02/05/2013
From: Greg Bear

Is that the one? "Meet me around the corner..."

As I recall!

Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read

Date: 01/30/2013 From: Matt Morris
Location: Australia

Dear Mr Bear,

I think this is the second time I've written to you to thank you for writing a great book, but this time feels a lot more important.

I first encountered your writing in Halo: Cryptum, and really only read that as I enjoyed the video game universe it was based in when I was younger. I found the book to be amazing, and genuinely life altering - it sounds silly to write out, but reading that book made me think about things in a very different way.

I started thinking about mankind's role on Earth, and our future, and how I could help make it a good one. It feels silly to write out, but I was really inspired by your vision of this unified, transendent society, even if they were arrogant and patronising.

While looking for something new to read I came across Forge of God and really enjoyed it, but as a thriller and almost a detective story. When I found out that Anvil of Stars was not about New Mars, I was wondering if it would even be enjoyable at all.

I genuinely feel blessed that I read Anvil of Stars, and that I've experienced that book. I can't believe you were able to craft that story, to restrain from being heavy handed with message and symbolism, to inject the whole book with so much life. I never wanted it to end.

I've only just finished it, but I imagine I'll be revisiting it every year - I just can't really comprehend at the moment how it's humanly possible to write something that good, to create a world so genuinely and believably alien whilst retaining connections that make everything feel so important.

I didn't mean for this to get this long, and I feel like I could go on, but I just wanted to thank you for doing what you do. When you wrote that book, I was three years old, and 21 years later it's just added an enormous amount to my life, my world view and my aspirations. Thank you so much, I really, really appreciate the work that you do.

Sincerely,

Matt Morris
 

Re: Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Many thanks, Matt! How terrific that you reached ANVIL through our Halo books!
 

Re: Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read
Date: 02/19/2013
From: zrdb
Location: United States

Hard core science fiction is my forte-this is one of the best I've read inyears-bar none.
 

Re: Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Good to hear as well, zrdb! Working on another space epic right now... with a very different approach. Hope it works!
 

Re: Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Scott Stahl
Location: United States

I originally posted this in the old Anvil discussion board but it did not appear...closed thread? Anyway here is a re-post.....
I've just finished (Another!) re-reading of Anvil. I wrote several years ago asking about David Brin's efforts to speak out against shouting into the darkness. You were kind enough to give gracious, detailed answers to my questions. Another aspect that has held continuing fascination for me is what I would call the Liberal vs Conservative views on the enactment of the law among the characters. How much was that on your mind as you wrote? I know you may be reluctant to delve into politics (I don't blame you). I noticed Ariel's reflexive distrust, if not downright paranoia of the Mom's/Benefactors vs the strange ability to overlook the very obvious clues of the killers continued presence... The idea of blaming and distrusting the good guys while wanting to trust enemies. Liberals among us tend to be harder on ourselves than conservatives. We still see the old "Blame America" arguments crop up in our politics regularly. (On the whole I believe the US has been a force for good in the world...but not perfect for sure!) Many in the crew are guilt-ridden over "revenge". Martin at the end asking "who or what has been served?" The Brothers, most of the crew, still stuck on guilt for vengeance. Not explored by many with much depth is the concept of Justice, not just revenge. I would want to avenge the destruction of my home, but in the act of carrying out the law much more was accomplished. The finding of millions, if not billions of brand new needle ships waiting to be unleashed means that in destroying this huge civilization the crew had saved countless others (More Trillions?) from future destruction. Surely that made enactment of the law not only excusable, but absolutely necessary! Perhaps being stuck together in a tin can, no matter how big and fancy, gave the people a more Myopic view...an inability to see themselves and their actions as part of a larger whole. The perspective of the ships mind lends weight to the idea that it saw the crew as needing some growing up and perspective in times to come. Perhaps as a reader given a more god's eye view I shouldn't be too dismissive of some of the characters reactions...there are plenty of ambiguities even for us. A great read makes me want to scream at the characters- "Are You blind?!?! What the hell are you thinking?!?!" Which means you did your job very well! Hats off!
 

Re: Anvil of Stars is the best book I've ever read
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Scott. Going back over those themes makes my head spin!

Darwins children/radio

Date: 01/25/2013 From: Clare Bullas
Location: UK

Hello Mr Bear
could you tell me if there are any new plans to make a film production for the "Darwin's.." books? I really loved the premise and can see that they would make brilliant Sci Fi thrillers. They don't need a huge cast, already have great characterisation and could keep away from the scourge of CGI nonsense and keep to the essence of the plot.
I would dearly love to see them as film but please dont look to poor Ridley Scott to direct if Prometheus is anything to go by. What a shame! He must have been hog tied by the moneymen on that one!
thank you for the books!
 

Re: Darwins children/radio
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Clare--

We've gone through a number of attempts to get this placed, and have so far not succeeded. But they're still out there!

Regarding EON

Date: 01/10/2013 From: Marv Brilliant
Location: Littlestown, PA.

Where did the idea of the stone and the parellel universe originate from? So far, I am immersed in the story,and the writing is superb.Great epic,thus far! Please reply if possible. Do you hold a Ph.D? Marv Brilliant
 

Re: Regarding EON
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Marv! That's so long ago I don't recall the thinking behind the Stone and parallel universes--but I was inspired by a Syd Mead painting called "Disaster at Syntron" for some of the visuals, if not the actual Stone itself. No Ph.D--just a bachelor degree in English.
 

Re: Regarding EON
Date: 03/07/2013
From: Marv Brilliant
Location: Littlestown,PA.

I have completed the reading of Eon. Great novel! Any chance of this story being made into a movie? What is your new novel about? Marv Brilliant
 

Re: Regarding EON
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Marv! No way of knowing about movies or TV, but we're working the town. The new novel, at the moment, if about halfway done! And no more to be said until I finish it, when I'll know more myself.

Mariposa

Date: 01/09/2013 From: Martin Lara
Location: Albany, Oregon

Do you plan any follow-up to "Mariposa"? I like your character development--they do become fictional friends.
Thanks,
Martin Lara.
 

Re: Mariposa
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Martin! No sequels planned at the moment, but I, too, like where that pair is heading...
 

Re: Mariposa
Date: 03/09/2013
From: Charles
Location: Florida

No more? Say it ain't so! :)

As far as near future thrillers, I have to say Quantico and Mariposa are head and shoulders above the rest--at least those I've read.
 

Re: Mariposa
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, Charles! All available now through E-Reads.

Quick Comment

Date: 01/08/2013 From: GristlyStew721
Location:

Just on my last message: when the Didact responded to Bornsellar I took his use of the word 'animal' to be sarcastic. As someone pointed out on the Waypoint forums, he could have just been speaking literally.

If this is the case, I anticipate your reply to be very embarrassing for me haha.
 

Re: Quick Comment
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

I love all this attention to detail! You guys rock. No embarrassment at all.

Halo 4 Didact Confusion

Date: 01/08/2013 From: GristlyStew721
Location:

Hi Mr. Bear, I hope you can clarify something.
there is much discussion on whether the Didact in Halo 4 is the Bornstellar or Ur Didact. The terminals seem to imply that the Didact in-game is the same one who fought the ancient humans: the Ur Didact. Some believe the physical transformation the Didact undergoes in the terminals is evidence that Bornstellar replaced the Ur Didact. If this is the case, it would be unusual for them to imply the Didact's transformation is a result of trying to make himself immune to the Flood. Can you clarify what is the case here?

In Halo: Cryptum, pre-mutation Bornstellar compares humanity to animals. The Ur Didact rebutes this remark by citing his conflict with humanity. ""I fought those animals once,the Didact said. Believe me, theyre capable of surprising you.""
The Didact of Halo 4 cites the same conflict to make the opposite point: "They are closer now to the animals they behaved as."

Does this imply that the Halo 4 Didact and the Ur Didact are not the same and that the Halo 4 Didact is in fact the Bornstellar Didact, or that the Didact had a huge change of heart regarding humanity? Did the Didact's word comparison in the terminal intentionally parallel to Bornstellar's in Cryptum as a hint as to which Didact we were fighting, or was it just a coincidence?

While the Ur Didact wasn't particularly fond of humanity, in Cryptum he seemed to respect us and even showed Chakas and Riser some compassion. He did admit to harbouring some anger, which he kept in check. Bornstellar started out showing disgust towards humanity, believing us to be a lesser species. To your credit, he evolved as a character as he began to realise the hypocrisy of the Forerunners and came to respect and worry for Chakas and Riser. This was before he recieved the Ur Didact's memories. Neither Didact seems consistent the Didact in Halo 4, who shows open aggression towards humanity. Am I missing something here?

I'm hoping you can clarify which Didact we encountered in Halo 4. I sure hope there's not a third Didact out there!

Thanks,
GristlyStew721.
 

Re: Halo 4 Didact Confusion
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

The original Didact's transformation in SILENTIUM will explain a great deal.

Heads Up!

Date: 01/07/2013 From: Tony Hanmer
Location: currently nearEdmonton, Canada; based in Svaneti, Republic of Georgia

BELOW 0 Kelvin?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_physics_20130104
 

Re: Heads Up!
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

A little bookkeeping error, perhaps? Fascinating stuff!

Hello mr. Bear

Date: 01/04/2013 From: Matthew Castleberry
Location: Yukon, Ok

Hello sir, just a quick question from a very big fan, if you don't mind.
I was stumped on a page in halo: cryptum that reads- "They will come alive in an emergency. They can replace human commanders, if necessary." It is the "human" part I am confused on.

 

Re: Hello mr. Bear
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Wow, we all missed that one! Terrific catch. Thanks, Matthew. Should be "Forerunner," of course.

Moving Mars comes one step closer - sub-absolute zero achieved

Date: 01/04/2013 From: John Takao Collier
Location: Winfield IL

Mr. Bear:

One of the plot points in "Moving Mars" was that absolute zero was achieved, which allowed all the fantastic stuff to occur. I just read that sub-absolute zero temperatures were actually produced...

http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero-1.12146

I expect Phobos to be delivered into Earth orbit in the morning. :) Thanks.
 

Re: Moving Mars comes one step closer - sub-absolute zero achieved
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

They're getting closer, aren't they?
 

Re: Moving Mars comes one step closer - sub-absolute zero achieved
Date: 03/30/2013
From: Pear_Lover
Location:

Umm, well seems cool, but my trusty bullshit detector is saying 'until we see some techno-industrial application, it don't matter a whit'.
 

Re: Moving Mars comes one step closer - sub-absolute zero achieved
Date: 04/10/2013
From: Greg Bear

True enough. But theoretical physics is cool all by itself--no pun intended!

City at the End of Time

Date: 01/02/2013 From: Craig Finkle
Location: Seattle, Washington

Thank you for your amazing stories. This book blew me away. Rarely do I find myself staying up until 4am on a work night reading, but I couldn't put it down. You are easily one of the best Science Fiction writers out there. Keep them coming!
 

Re: City at the End of Time
Date: 02/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thank you, Craig! CITY is one of my favorites as well.
 

Re: City at the End of Time
Date: 02/19/2013
From: zrdb
Location: United States

A very logical extension and fitting conclusion to Against The Fall Of Night and it's later revision City And The Stars-btw just got around to reading Clarke's last book "The Last Theorem"-excellent book.
 

Re: City at the End of Time
Date: 04/03/2013
From: Greg Bear

Thanks, zrdb! Clarke's novels blew my brain wide open when I was a teenager! And they still do.