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Topic: Questions about Cryptum

From: Phil Robbins
Location: Connecticut
Date: 02/27/2013

Hello,

The Forerunner Saga is my favorite contribution to the Halo universe. The Forerunners and what they represent have always fascinated me, and I'm thrilled with the direction you took them in and how their history has been fleshed out. I greatly look forward to Silentium to see how the story concludes (though I'm sad that this is the end of your contribution to Halo).

My first question is about the concept of world lines within Forerunner society mentioned in Cryptum. What are they? Family or individual histories? Life stories? I was a little confused.

The second question I have is about the Flood infection that affects the humans and San'Shyuum as described in Cryptum. In the book, it is described as infecting both species through the Pheru by making physical changes to their bodies (and causing them to discard limbs) but then is later said to not yet show outward signs of infection which confused me. Later, the San'Shyuum are said to have shown no signs of infection and were quarantined for their part in the war. Can you clarify this for me?

Re: Questions about Cryptum

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2013

The quarantined San'Shyuum were not infected. The Flood doesn't really become a galaxy-wide pandemic until SILENTIUM, which includes a few other surprises!

Thanks, Phil!

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