Greetings Mr. Bear,
First off, I want to thank you for the Forerunner Saga in its entirety, but I'm sure you've gotten plenty of love for your work over the years. On to my point, I was wondering if there are any references you can point me to or information you can provide that helped you form the cluster of concepts of ancient human folklore described briefly in Halo: Primordium. The duties of Abada the Rhinoceros, the Great Elephant and the Hyenas to name a few, the Sun and Mud and their Worm/human offspring and the First Human who keeps all the souls of man in his giant forefingers all sound so interesting to me, but we don't get much of it. However, I think there is a story there and I would love to investigate it.
So in brief, is there any information you can spill on those concepts outlined in Primordium and/or are there any books or references you can recommend that helped shape your imagination of these concepts that I can read to better understand the mythology of the ancient humans in Halo?
Thank you for your time,
From: Greg Bear
A lot of it is instinct, some is from wide reading--Abada, for example, you will find in Yule's dictionary of Anglo-Indian words, HOBSON JOBSON, available as a PDF from Google Books Scans, or through antiquarian booksellers, or as a paperback published about ten years ago. For the rest, I'd investigate books on mythology, and a good place to begin is Joseph Campbell's THE MASKS OF GOD and his multi-volume sets on mythology. From there--go forth and discover! And recreate your own past.
Thank you very much, Mr. Bear.