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Topic: Questions about Librarian Character/Forerunner Series

From: Joseph Sanchez
Location: United States
Date: 11/27/2012

Hi Greg

I am an academic librarian/technologist, a gamer, and a reader who only picked up the Forerunner Saga because you are the author. Thank you for not disappointing me. The series has been thoroughly engaging and thought provoking. I was not sure how you could spin a good story out of material as linear as the halo game series, but you have done just that.

But enough fanboy stuff. As an academic, and well known speaker/writer on tech, I would like to write an article about your use of the archetype of "Librarian" for one of your major characters. I have been searching the web for most of the day looking for previous interviews or comments from you, and cannot find anything, hence this email.

I was wondering if you could point me to any commentary or interviews that address your reasoning and use of the librarian archetype for such a critical character? If not would you be willing to answer a few questions about her through email? I am fascinated by your development of the character as well as your reasoning for crafting her.

Thank you for your time
Joseph Sanchez
Auraria Library

Re: Questions about Librarian Character/Forerunner Series

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

Hello, Joseph! Thanks for writing. The Librarian is an original character in the Halo universe, her presence and some of her story made known on the "terminal dialogs" in the various games. There is an interesting point of comparison, however, since in CITY AT THE END OF TIME, not related to the Halo universe, and written before I began the Forerunner Saga, I also have a character called the Librarian... Have you read that book? Very different approach!

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