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Topic: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Shawn Kandelac
Location: Muskegon, MI
Date: 12/30/2009

Mr Bear,

My name is Shawn Kandelac, and I understand you'll be the author of the next trilogy of Halo novels. Ive known about this for months (though it feels like forever), and I was just wondering if you had an estimate at a release date for the first.

I truly, madly hope that you'll be able to get it out on the market before the end of the first quarter this next year. You see, I love Halo. The games, the books, comics, etc. I eat it all up. I want a movie, but Neill Blomkamp got screwed out of it.

I hope I don't sound bitchy and annoying, I just want some more new Halo data. I crave it like a junky. :)

Thanks Mr. Bear,

ShawN
Shawn Kandelac

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2010

Thanks, ShawN! I'm about to launch the first book in the next couple of weeks. This is going to be one fascinating journey. Already working with the fine folks at HALO, coming up with fresh ideas and continuity. There will be some updates as work goes on, but no reveals...

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Keifer
Location: L-Burg, KY
Date: 01/08/2010

Due to Frankie's statement that said the new Halo novel would be wrote by Greg Bear and to "think Eon" I went and read Eon.

I've gotta say it was the best book I've read in a while. I can think of no better author to clear up the mysteries of the forerunners. (Sorry Nylund, it just doesn't seem your style.)

I too am a huge Halo fan, have religiousy played all the games and read ALL the books many times. My tastes of Sci-Fi have been focused on newer IP, but this has gotten me into reading the old school novels such as Asimov, Bear, Heinlen. It has opened up a whole new world for me.

I look forward to the first installment of the forerunner series!

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/08/2010

Thanks, Keifer. You might take a look at Eric Nylund's MORTAL COILS--which I very much enjoyed. And if you haven't already, also search out the works of Olaf Stapledon, E. E. Smith, and of course Sir Arthur Clarke for galaxy-spanning vistas which helped shape my own imagination!

halo novel release date

From: earl
Location: earl
Date: 01/23/2010

mr. Bear,

I know that you can not inform us of the relese date of your halo novel but can I at least be informed of what month I should be expect this novel?

I am a HUGE halo fan and love these novels.

Thanks,
Earl

halo novel release date

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/29/2010

Have to write them first, but likely 2011 for the first volume.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Ted
Location: Ontario
Date: 07/01/2010

Hi mr bear, I know it's been a while since ppl have postedon this thread but I have heard different things about your new halo series. One of which being that the first one is going to be released withing a matter of days. Is this true or are you still writing?

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/20/2010

Still writing! The Covenant is spreading nasty rumors. Likely pub date: late this year. Look for our 343 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where more will be revealed!

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Major Williams
Location:
Date: 07/21/2010

Thanks for the date! I've been waiting to hear some news since it was announced last April! Do you have any recommendations for me of your novels that would get me prepped for the release in the fall?

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Cory Hanks
Location: Lexington, KY
Date: 07/28/2010

Excuse me but I just saw a post from "Keifer" here from L-Burg, KY. I am from there and currently reside in Lexington. I'd love to meet up with a fellow Halo fan!

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/06/2010

I'd suggest EON and THE FORGE OF GOD/ANVIL OF STARS. As well, CITY AT THE END OF TIME has popped up in two major gaming studios here in Seattle as entertainment reading...

On our Halo panel at Comic-Con, I gave a shout-out for some exciting news about EON. More soon...

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: mark brennan
Location: framingham ma
Date: 10/11/2010

do you think in JAN the new book will come out.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/30/2010

January 4th, barring an early appearance of the Flood...

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: erik
Location: Seattle
Date: 02/25/2011

Bravo! on the first entry in your Halo trilogy, Mr. Bear. Compelling plotline that sets the stage for quite the trilogy. I can't wait for number 2. Thanks to contributions by authors such as you, the Halo universe is becoming the preeminent science-fiction creation with origins outside of literature. I hope 343 studios keeps the ball rolling in the right direction....

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2011

Thanks, erik! I think 343 is doing a terrific job. They're great fun to work with. And of course all due credit to all the original creators!

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Damian
Location: Townsville, Australia
Date: 04/04/2011

So I realise I'm being greedy here, but when do you estimate the next book will be ready for my consumption. I feel like the AI you described in Cryptum, so hungry for information...

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2011

No change from all the above answers yet. But glad you're staying interested, Damian!

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Dalton Pain
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: 05/26/2011

I've read the frist Halo Forerunner book and was impressed. I just want to know when the second book will release because i can't wait for it

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Scott
Location: Holtsville, NY
Date: 06/02/2011

Hi Mr. Bear -

I loved Halo:Cryptum... I couldn't put it down! I recommended it to my local library and they purchased it for their collection. Do you have any update regarding book 2 in the series?

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/30/2011

Looks like January 2012! Thanks, Dalton.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/30/2011

Thanks, Scott--January 2012! Last chapters being spun out even now.

Novels and Questions For the Future

From: Mitsuki Nakamura
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Date: 08/06/2011

Mr. Bear,

I have not yet read Halo: Cryptum, but before I start a trilogy of books that is incomplete I like to know what kind of wait I am looking at enduring. I know you can't say anything specific, but can I assume that since the second book should be released roughly 1 year after the first, then the third book should arrive sometime early 2013? Barring, as always, some unforeseen complications.

I look foward to reading Halo: Cryptum and the subsequent titles greatly, and I am about to buy and read Cryptum today at some point, regardless of wait time, but its easier to wait patiently when I know how long I will be waiting.

Also, another question I have to ask: what is the title of the upcoming release? On that note, is the title set on the third book yet? I think you said at SDCC, but I can't recall for certain. If not I will try to ask again closer to the release date of both books.

Lastly, I apologize for any errors/inconsistencies in my above message, I do not currently have access to a computer, so this was written using my cell phone.

Sincerely,
Mitsuki Nakamura

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Ghaz
Location: Ontario
Date: 08/25/2011

Hi Greg!

Cryptum started very slow but got very mysterious and amazing! I just wanted to know what medicant bias is for I still don't understand and also wanted to know the names of your up coming books! Thank you.

Novels and Questions For the Future

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Hello, Mitsuki! PRIMORDIUM, the second Forerunner novel, will be pubished in January 2012. No date set for the third book--still needs to be written! And no title yet.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

HALO PRIMORDIUM is due in January 2012. HULL ZERO THREE (not a Halo novel) is now in trade paper and well worth a read! And for more extensive far-future speculation, take a look at CITY AT THE END OF TIME, also in trade paper.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Peter Wone
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: 01/05/2012

Tell me something, was the notion of the Flood as a biological boobytrap left by spiteful Precursors your own invention or part of original Halo canon?

Biological weapons are a fascination for me, ever since I realised that my own nation has conducted three full-scale field deployments of engineered diseases. WHAT!? Well, kind of. Read on...

Once upon a time some Americans were smugly telling me on usenet about how everyone owes the USA for being sheltered under their nuclear umbrella, and I decided to wind them up by telling them that Australia has biological weapons. As I'm quite sure you know, a good yarn is composed largely of statements that are true, and the story I spun for them was composed of verifiable facts, with only the conclusions being my own.

The story I told is very Michael Crichton, but he's dead, and you did such a wonderful job on Cryptum that I can only hope you'll do something with it.

CSIRO (a sort of govt sponsored research lab, see wikipedia for more on that) engineered a biological control factor called Myxomatosis and deployed it to eradicate rabbit populations in Australia.

They then spent the next three decades studying disease propagation, reservoirs, vectors and the development of resistance, ways to precisely target the control factor and all the other aspects of a good biological weapon.

The reason CSIRO never seems to run out of money on a paltry govt stipend is that it gets a lot of donations from organisations interested in the fruit of the research. The part where I wandered from recorded history into speculation was asserting that the Australia military was open handed whenever research "for farmers" had direct military application. Like targeted diseases.

So there it is. While other nations have certainly engineered diseases, only one has conducted large scale trials and three full scale deployments and spent forty years studying the effects.

Our respective histories are peppered with this stuff: America builds a huge telescope, so Australians with telescope envy and small budgets invent the array telescope. America builds a satellite network, Australia gets satellite envy and invents over the horizon radar that uses the ionosphere to see past planetary curvature (incidentally enraging USAF when it transpires that their expensive stealth planes are only invisible from below and show up clearly on a technology that any tin-pot nation can build).

I hope you find something useful above. I loved what you did with the Halo universe and I would dearly love to see a writer of talent do something with the bioweapon stuff.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/20/2012

Thanks, Peter! Working so closely with 343 it's hard to tell who comes up with what any more! The blighted UK island and bio-warfare comes up in my novel QUANTICO, as well...

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Nero
Location: new york
Date: 02/23/2012

i started out reading cryptum, im on primordium(while i wait for the third forerunner book I've picked up eon and hull three zero.) when can i expect the third book? before or after the release of halo 4? I'm ready.

Re: Halo and The Forerunners

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Book Three will likely be out in January, after the release of HALO 4.

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