Hello, thanks for taking the time to read this.
My question is simple: How much of what you created in cryptum was already part of the halo encyclopedia and how much was your imagination? Halo fans have known some very basic knowledge of the forerunners and you expanded that 10 fold. Did the basis for that expansion already exist via 343 studios, or was it mostly you?
From: Greg Bear
The good folks at 343 gave me a lot of freedom to fill in and create. We met often to talk, and I used the encylopedia, web sites, and internal docs to keep abreast of history and continuity, but by and large, most of what I came up with (often assisted by my son Erik) was accepted with enthusiasm. We all ran with it from there. My Tor editor Eric Raab ran a thorough fact and logic check before the pub date. As for actually helping create canonical history in the Halo universe - a terrific responsibility, and great fun!
I too applaud you! The haloverse has bloomed to massive size in recent years, many of the offerings being rather infantile imho.
You managed all of the elements and lore with amazing skill, and wove them into a terrific tapestry! Being a fan of the universe I was delighted and constantly take offguard by how events played out.
My only question is this, answer as crypticly as you will: Have we seen the forerunners of the Elite species in the narrative already?
From: Greg Bear
Not yet, Zachary. Thanks for the kind words!
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