From: Jake Gonzales
Location: Perth, Western Australia
I've just finished reading the second in your Forerunner trilogy. I'm a long time Halo fan and also a huge fan of your book Blood Music. I couldn't help but draw similarities between the the Flood's ultimate goal of unifying all organisms and the assimilation of organisms by the noocytes. Both forms apparently leading to an intellectual gestalt.
I internally felt quite happy to imagine that these two forms were perhaps the same entity and within the same universe; making both texts seem far more exciting.
Did you draw from your ideas or feel a certain connection to your previous work when you were learning and writing about the flood?
Your concepts for higher levels of thought inspire me endlessly. Thankyou for all that you have written.
From: Greg Bear
There are similarities, which I'm having fun with. But we have to look back at past "assimilators" in SF, including THE BLOB and Thomas and Wilhelm's THE CLONE--one of my favorites on the topic.