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Topic: Halo

From: Bruce L. Wailes
Location: Bennett, Colorado
Date: 01/26/2011

Mr. Bear,

I have read everything that I can find that you have ever written. I rank you with my favorite authors, along with Baxter, Benford, Vinge and Banks. I purchased your new novel, Halo Cryptum, at Barnes and Noble and I sat down to read it this morning. Did you really write this book? I ask because it is awful. What I have read so far sounds like a middle school pupil trying to defend his gaming addiction to his English teacher.

Are you out of money? Is that why you would whore yourself out to Microsoft?

I am taking the book back to B&N to ask for a refund.

Thank you for your previous work, and I am sorry that this book came along and tainted my regard for your skills as an author.

Bruce L. Wailes

Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/27/2011

Sorry to disappoint, Bruce.

HALO: CRYPTUM is now in its third week on the NYT Bestseller list. Extended list, to be sure, but not too shabby.

In the meantime, let me know what you think of HULL ZERO THREE!

Re: Halo

From: Jason Taylor
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Date: 01/31/2011

With all the talk of civility in the news, Mr. Wailes comes up with this Jewel of an email.

Personally, I have not read Cryptum yet Mr. Bear because I couldnt find a copy(they were sold out)at 2 of my local book stores.

Hull Zero Three reminded me of an alternative universe to Forge and Anvil and I appreciate the journey.

Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/02/2011

I'm happy to entertain a diversity of opinions, as long as the books sell! And I've long since learned that strong initial opinions can sometimes mellow and even flip over time, certainly for me. Strong reactions are what we look for in literature! Thanks, Jason. Glad you liked HULL ZERO THREE.

Re: Halo

From: Jay Gillam
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Date: 02/20/2011

Hi Greg,

My question is when can we expect the next book in the halo series to appear?

Personally I really like it so far (half way through it). I have been a fan of Halo since the first game and I really appreciate the fresh ideas you have introduced to the universe.

Keep writing them like this one and I'll keep buying them

I would really appreciate an answer soon so I know how long I'm gonna have to wait :)

Re: Halo

From: scott London
Location: Norwalk, ct
Date: 02/27/2011

I loved Cryptum! Any Idea when the next two books will be ready?

Re: Halo

From: Larry Ernest
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Date: 03/24/2011

Saying that Greg Bear is a sell out to Microsoft is uncalled for.
Greg Bear wouldn't write a Halo story if he didn't see how powerfully epic it is to the young generation. Halo is the new Star Wars, and Greg is just contributing his magic and leaving his mark. Every major epic science fiction franchise needs some of Greg's magic, like Star Wars, Star Trek, Foundation, and now Halo. Other than his own masterpieces, Greg will only add to the best.

PS. I'm in the middle of Hull Zero Three. Great stuff! I had a nightmare last night about floating around with dead Cleaners waiting to be eaten, lol...

Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2011

Thanks, Jay! First I need to finish volume two, which I hope will happen early this summer. Then--Tor has to schedule publication... More as progress continues.

Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2011

Lots of questions just like yours, Scott! Working on volume 2 now. Thanks for the good thoughts!

Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

Thanks, Larry! I appreciate readers who both love Halo and expand their range of science fiction. Especially my fiction!

Re: Halo

From: Eric Debernitz
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Date: 12/23/2012

Hi, Greg. May I ask why you chose to write in the HALO universe? It's not very often that an established writer of your caliber embraces a pre-made milieu.

I've had issues with the story (before you came on board) and wonder if maybe you have issues with the back story as well and hope to fill in some of the holes in the background texture. Please share any thoughts you might have on it.

Thank you for your efforts. I enjoy all of your work.


Re: Halo

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

Thanks, Eric--

Over the years I've actually dabbled in a lot of other universes, including STAR TREK, STAR WARS, and the Foundation series. All have been fun, but few have allowed me to play with the origin story of the whole franchise! My thoughts on the background are all contained in the novels.

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