From: Erik Merlin
Location: Los Angeles
Dear Mr. Bear
Hello my name is Erik Merlin, thank you for the forerunner triliogy; great reads. I was curious though, was it challenging to write the backstory and expand upon the Graveminds character? Being a huge science fiction fan, I have never quite encountered a character like the Gravemind before. It does'nt seem to fit into typical character archetypes, which I imagine must have made it a challenge to write. Was there any other works or past experiences that inspired you? Also did you and 343 build off prior Halo works that had the Gravemind in it?
Sincerely and best wishes,
From: Greg Bear
The Gravemind is unique, to be sure, but harks back to a great many other giant alien mentalities, often conglomerates--hive minds, etc., at least back to H.G.Well's Grand Lunar in FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. Great fun to work with! And mysterious enough that I do not have to say I understand Graveminds to the nth degree!
In other words, Erik, 'doing alien' has been around a long time, and Greg has done A LOT of it. Like the braids.....