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Topic: Primordial Gravemind

From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan
Date: 05/04/2012

First I wanted to say that the Forerunner saga so far has been a delight and I am enjoying them more and more with multiple readings. However I am curious to know, if it is not too spoiler-ish, if the Primordial at the end of Primordium was indeed an ancient form of Gravemind as stated by both the Lord of Admirals and the Didact. There seems to be a little confusion amongst some of the fans if this is true and I am hoping you can shed some light on the matter. Thank you in advance and keep up the fantastic work.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/08/2012

More light will indeed be cast on this topic in HALO: SILENTIUM. Still writing madly!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Emilio
Location: NY
Date: 05/10/2012

Well first of all I think you are the best sci-fi author out there, but I came here to ask you these two questions:
First, in Halo Silentium are you going to tell us the size of the greater ark, and second did it survive all this years like Installation 00 or it no longer exists?

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Eduardo Andr←s
Location:
Date: 05/10/2012

Hello Mr Greg BearI am very glad to have found your website at the endI love all his books of halo, I am a person who thinks importantly though books are very important for the world, but what is more important is to know the author know as thought, as it takes its decisions with regard to his current work, as it has been forged their way.When does planned more or less the third book in the forerunner silentium which goes on sale?I leave greetings from monterrey, Nuevo Leon; Mexico

Re: HALO: SILENTIUM

From: walter
Location: munich/germany
Date: 05/12/2012

*halo silentium* !? oh yes ! ^^)

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/16/2012

Writing about this even now, Emilio. And the 343 team just sent me a cover proof for SILENTIUM. It's fantastic. Hope to post soon!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/16/2012

Hello, Eduardo! Greetings from far Seattle. SILENTIUM is currently scheduled for January 13 next year.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Thomas E.
Location: Michigan
Date: 05/16/2012

Excellent. It is a shame we must wait until after Halo 4's release to read it however I have a feeling there is a very good story related reason for this arrangement. I do have another quick question. Will we ever learn the name of the ancient Human civilization? Were they simply known as the Human-San 'Shyuum Alliance or did they have a real name like the Forerunner's Ecumene?

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: jesse
Location: South Carolina
Date: 05/20/2012

Hello Mr. Bear I for one was blown by the content of both of the Halo books and await the last book of the series. I had never hear of you in till I read Cryptum and I feel in love with your writing style!!! I have been a Halo fan since day one and my devotion to the series has not wavered one bit and I feel like you have done it every justice it deserves!!!! I will start reading you other books shortly..

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/22/2012

Thanks, Jesse!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Allen
Location: Georgia
Date: 05/24/2012

Hello Mr. Bear, I have read Cryptum and Primordium and I'm a big fan! I would just like to know, is there any bit of information that you can tell us about Silentium? Also, can you tell us when we should expect more info on the book? Thanks!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: David
Location: Rochester
Date: 05/25/2012

Hello! Love your books about the forerunners so far, you make them truly seem alien, compared to some other ancient species I have seen in the sci-fi genre. It's refreshing and it's awesome to see the ancient history! Can't wait to get Silentium on January 13th! :D

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Emilio
Location: NY
Date: 05/27/2012

Well hello itᄡs me again! Well I forgot to ask you this in my last post, sorry, but well this fact has been around my mind for a long time since I read primordium: how could the Forerunners destroy the Precursors if the Precursors were the most powerful race in the universe? Are we going to have an answer to that in Silentium or it will remain a mistery?
Well I want to thank you for answering my last question and for listening to your fans!!
PS: I swear that this will be my last question and thanks again!!!! :)

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/28/2012

SILENTIUM and HALO 4 will contain a lot of surprises! And other than that, I can say no more.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/28/2012

And that means I have to finish it! Back to work. Thanks, David!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/28/2012

There's power, and there's power! No more can be revealed for now! Thanks, Emilio.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: JuanCarlos Bravo
Location: United States
Date: 06/01/2012

I will stare at you now.

*Stares. Intently.*

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Andres
Location: Puebla
Date: 06/03/2012

Greetings from Puebla Mr Bear!!! Well I loved primordium and crytum, but after finishing cryptum i had a lot of curiosity about the Organon the precursor artifact that could activate all precursor technology, then i read primordium thinking that you would answer all our questions about the Organon, but you didnt, will you show us what the organon truly is and can you tell us if it will be explained in the third book??? And thank you very much for your time, keep that way Mr Bear!!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: tj
Location: N.S.
Date: 06/07/2012

i was wondering if you were going to focus on 07-343GS and his hunt for the librarian,in the last novel you made spark say the following (i know were to find her)and that is a big spoiler alert for some reader i think.

Re:halo silentium

From: Caspian
Location: France
Date: 06/18/2012

In halo primordium guilty spark takes over a ship at the end of the book so I wonder if he takes over the UNSC infinity sInce it has "every piece of forerunner technology "from the war and he says he knows where to find the libraryen which is possibly Reqiuem but on the didact gets there first and on the end of the E3 demo we can see the forerunner symbole for the didact In red up side down and he says "I have waited a long time for this day reclaimer" and only the forerunners call the humans reclaimers and we know from halo cryptium that the didact lost his children in the forerunner human war so he isn't too keen on humans but also the enemy's on the E3 demo the promethien knight us kowing that promethens are a social class in forerunner life being higher in rank then the normal warriors or in a manner of speech being the "elite force" the forerunner equivalent to the UNSC high comm (high command)

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: jason
Location: canada
Date: 06/26/2012

two questions im sure you cant answer but hope will be addressed in the upcoming novel, first i have heard it suggested that the primordial is both precursor and flood and that becoming a gravemind was in fact a technological advancement for the species is this true?

and second if the precursors were just some kind of super graveminds how did the flood ever come into existence without a sentient life form to create them or sustain them what is there true origin?

thank you for your novels and i look forward to the next one ~jason

The Forerunner Saga.

From: Austin
Location: Mississippi
Date: 06/28/2012

Hello Mr. Bear, and may I say what a very vivid and intriguing series you have given the Halo Community thus far. Your writing style is by far the one of the best I have encountered and hope to read more of your novels both on the Halo Univerese and in other projects. Almost ever question I have to ask would result in a spoiler if you were to answer so I will hold on to those questions for the time being. However, there is one question that I would be very happy to have answered. In your writing process, do you have a certain....hobbie or perhaps something else that inspires your work? For example, my friend and I our working on our own sci-fi series and we both have different ways of inspiration, for me its music, for him its visualization.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Luke
Location: AZ
Date: 07/06/2012

I have been following the forerunner saga with more intent then any of the other halo universe books (I've read all of them minus Evolutions, which I am starting today) and greatly admire your work! When beginning Primordium, I was very confused as to whose point of view I was viewing from, but you made that clear later on, so, my question is, whose point of view is next? I would like to know if it will be Bornstellar/The Didact, 343 Guilty Spark (or his former self), or possibly even the Primordial? Thanks for writing such great books, I look forward to your reply.

True Halo Fan,
Luke S.
(No Star Wars pun intended!)

343 is back.

From: Alex
Location: "Forge World," Installation 04
Date: 07/11/2012

Mr. Bear, you are an amazing author, your work in the Halo series has captivated me and shown many new perspectives. So for that I must thank you. I must also thank you for bringing back one of my all time favorite characters even in the heart-tearing way that you did. So, thank you!

343 is back.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/23/2012

My pleasure, Alex! Finishing up rough draft on SILENTIUM now.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/23/2012

A new and interesting POV will supply many of the perspectives of SILENTIUM. Finishing the book very soon now!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Dan
Location:
Date: 08/20/2012

Hello Mr. Bear, your books are an inspiration to the Halo fan base. It's fantastic to read (and re-read) your compelling and fascinating prequels to the Halo video game storyline. Thank you for bringing alive the story of the Forerunners and being so patient to directly tie it all in to the Halo cannon. I look forward to reading your third installment to this story on 13Jan13!!!

A loyal fan,
Dan

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/25/2012

Thanks, Dan! Book is complete and in revision now.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Austin Douglas Ford
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Date: 08/26/2012

This is great news! I am looking forward to both Halo 4 and Siletium, early next year. I do have a question for you, though. I was wondering how much of an impact you made on the flow or general structure of the Halo 4 campaign. I was also wondering how much of a role The Composer will play in your next book.
Thanks in advance for getting back to me!

The Forerunner Saga.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/26/2012

Thanks, Austin!

Among my hobbies are playing vinyl records (and all other forms of music) and doing the occasional sketch. So I suppose I'm both visual and musical!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/26/2012

Great questions, Jason! All will be revealed (well, a lot of it, anyway) in SILENTIUM. Thanks for your interest and patience!

Greg

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

Stare received! Book rushing forward. Thanks, JuanCarlos.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

We're in the final stages of SILENTIUM. Big mysteries prove to be big problems for Forerunners. 'Nuff said!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

343 has many lives and many situations. SILENTIUM adds to the biography, but does not come near to completing it!

Re:halo silentium

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

343 does get around! As to his future adventures--well, SILENTIUM only does a bit of filling in for the past.

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

The collaboration has been particularly fruitful, Austin! And great fun. You be the judge! HALO 4 is awesome. I'm proud to have contributed even a little.

Character Development.

From: Tucker
Location: Washington
Date: 10/23/2012

Hello Mr. Bear.
I have greatly enjoyed your first two novels regarding the halo universe. I am really enjoyed learning of the Didact and his story in the universe. From the terminals in Halo 3, and from references about the Didact in the Halo: Anniversary terminals, the community has learned about his character, that he certainly has an emotional drive. Every character in every story ticks, and due to some teaser trailers around many think the Didact will be an anatogonist in the upcoming games. If I were to adopt this idea I would fail to explain why he would go from having some respect for humanity to "I hate them all and I am going to be a villian." I rather doubt that you will be able to share a lot of info regarding this but I was wondering if you would be able to explain what makes him tick as a character, what makes him happy, sad, angry, etc... I am aware that Guily Spark suggests that he has a massive temper in Terminal 10 of Anniversary. Again I doubt that you can shed some light but if you can great, and if not is this going to be one of those "stay tuned" type of things. Sorry about the lengths of his and thanks for your time.

Character Development.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/31/2012

All will be addressed in some detail in SILENTIUM. Sorry--can't leak the essentials until March! But in the meantime, you'll learn a lot more about the Didact in HALO 4 in November. If your personna in the game survives! Lots of startling challenges ahead, Tucker.

The Didact.

From: Diana D.
Location: San Diego, California
Date: 12/16/2012

Greetings Mr. Bear. I followed your novels Cryptum and Primordial which are remarkable novels of science-fiction and I appreciate your work. I know you might not be able to answer my question until Silentium is reseased, but I will still post my question.
It is a little hard for me to follow both novels and books about who is The Didact in Halo 4 Ur-didact or Bornstellar-Didact?
I cannot wait for Silentium. Keep up the good work and Happy Holidays!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: faraz
Location:
Date: 12/17/2012

Hello Mr.Bear
I loved the books enjoyed them alot but there is this question that i have been asking is that why did the forerunners did not index themselves for repopulation like other species and chose humans as their successors when they could have carried on themselves wil silentium shed light on it?

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Andy
Location: Hampshire, UK
Date: 12/21/2012

Hi Greg,

I would first like to say I absolutely loved both forerunner saga books so far, I've read them both twice.

I have a question, are we ever going to learn what the Primordial said to the humans that made them commit suicide?

P.S, when are we going to learn which Didact was in Halo 4? Was it Bornsteller, or the original?

Are we going to learn anything more about the precursors and why they are willing to put the galaxy through so much death (the flood) just to find the right inheritor of the mantle

Future With 343 Industries

From: PINKe
Location: Brampton, Canada
Date: 01/21/2013

Living in the 'Haloverse', is your future with 343 Industries more like the destiny of the forerunners or the humans? Great Story. Great writing. I can't wait for March.

The Didact.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

It is all revealed! The Ur-Didact is in the game, and his transformation is recorded in SILENTIUM. Thanks, Diana!

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

Fascinating question, faraz! Let me know what you think after you read Silentium...

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

All in Silentium, Andy! Thanks for your questions. (And just to reveal one fact, the Ur-Didact is in HALO 4.)

Future With 343 Industries

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/03/2013

Thanks! We're also working on a little surprise for those who study SILENTIUM closely...

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Brandon
Location: Shreveport Louisiana
Date: 03/19/2013

Greetings Mr. Bear. Sorry if I'm necroing an old discussion but this is the only place I've seen where fans can communicate.

Anyway, I would just like to say I adore your novels. I'm not ashamed to admit that they have helped me out during some bad personal times. My question though is regarding Silentium:

In the book the Precursors/Key Mind describes their total knowedge measuring around 100 billion years. What I'm confused on is does that mean they have litterally been around for 100 billion years, thus predating the universe, which has some interesting implications, or their sum total of knowedge would equal 100 billion years of collective experience?

Re: Primordial Gravemind

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2013

Good to hear from you, Brandon! Indeed, the big question is, were they around all that time, or did they inherit wisdom and knowledge from THEIR creators--and how far back does that go? How far back do this universe and all other universes go?

Forerunner Rates

From: Wes
Location:
Date: 10/10/2013

Hello Mr. Bear,

First of all I would like to say how much I've enjoyed the Forerunner Saga. It is great to see those mysterious beings finally fleshed out. So much fan speculation (which was fun!) before now. Seeing the Ur-Didact and Librarian in Halo was spectacular! The Domain videos was a great bonus as well.

I found the idea of Forerunners having various rates and going through specialized mutations to be very interesting.

My question is....do you think we will ever see some official concept art/images from you or 343 showing the various rates/mutations? It would be great to see some pictures of Manipulars, Miners, Builders, Catalog, etc.

Thanks!

Forerunner Rates

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/15/2013

Thanks, Wes--

That's all in the capable hands of 343 right now! I'd enjoy seeing those realizations as well.

Greg

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