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Topic: Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum

From: Jordan Bell
Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: 02/03/2013

Hey, Mr. Bear, I just wanted to say first off that I think you did an incredible job with the Forerunner books. It's not an easy task to unearth the Forerunner culture while still keeping them interesting and mysterious.

The way you build characters is great. I've connected very much with Bornstellar, Chakas, and so many other characters in your stories.

Anyway, bottom line, thank you for writing two(soon to be three) incredible stories in the Halo Universe.

The quick question I also had is this: there are many planted seeds or lines that appear like they'll have significance later on. The Composer for example, which came up in Halo 4. One that has kept my mind focused on it for years was the line on page 208 of Cryptum:

"They are about to give it powers it never had before"
"Just as they did ages ago"
"Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it."

Then Bornstellar remarks how he didn't recognize the voice in the Domain, and that it may not have even been Forerunner.

I completely understand if you're not allowed to talk about it, but what a mysterious seed it is! I guess I'm wondering whether it will be explained in Silentium, or if the reader will be left to imply/interpret it, which would be interesting, too.

Again, I think you're an excellent writer, and wish you the best of luck with whatever your next projects are.

Re: Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/05/2013

Thanks, Jordan! I think you'll be pleased with how much we've managed to fit into SILENTIUM. I hope most of your questions get answered in March!

Re: Thank you/question about a seed in Cryptum

From: Jordan Bell
Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: 02/05/2013

Sounds great, so excited for the novel. Thank you for replying!

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