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Topic: Halo Silentium question

From: Louie
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: 12/09/2013

Hello Mr. Bear;

First I would like to congratulate you on your excellent work penning the Forerunner trilogy. I've waited patiently from Cryptum onward for each new installment of the series, and my patience was rewarded each time. As a long time fan of your work I wish to than you.

I am writing to you because I was curious in regards to a vessel class you mention in Silentium, the Harrier-class. At one point the Didact compares it to a dreadnought and is even taken on board to commune with the Gravemind (leading me to believe they're similar in appearance or role, especially if they're hosting the core of Mendicant Bias), but the impression I get from the text is some form of light attack craft akin to a corvette or cutter, rather than a true warship such as a cruiser or dreadnought which would better protect the key personnel of the Flood war machine. Can you offer your thoughts on what you envisioned when including this vessel? Size? Appearance? Is it closer in function to a mainline vessel such as the gigantic Fortress-class or Mantle's Approach, or related more to the Didact's smaller home grown vessel seen in Cryptum (or indeed the Librarian's Audacity)?

I'm what you would call a science fiction naval buff, so the mention of this ship piqued my curiosity. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work.

Re: Halo Silentium question

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/16/2013

Thanks! You're about right on this one, Louie. Naming classes in HALO is difficult because so many ships already have classes assigned to them. For final specs, I'd refer to the Halopedia.

Re: Halo Silentium question

From: julian lane
Location: atlanta ga
Date: 02/05/2014

I was wondering where can you find all your books in Atlanta ga on halo

Re: Halo Silentium question

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/04/2014

Hello, Julian--

I'd look for an independent book store or Barnes and Noble in your area. If they aren't convenient, then try your library--and if that doesn't work, I'm sure there will be copies on Amazon.com!

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