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Topic: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: Blake Buyers
Location: Stafford, Virginia USA
Date: 07/01/2014

Hello Mr. Greg Bear, My name is Blake Buyers. After reading the Forerunner Saga you wrote, twice, I'm still bothered by a few mysteries involving who the Primordial really was and if the prehistoric humans during the time of the Forerunners actually found a cure. Even though the books were marvelously written and were a sensation to read, certain situations and events in the saga remain unclear. These are my questions:

1. Was the Primordial really a Precursor or just the first Gravemind ever to be discovered?

2. Did the Humans really find a cure, or was that an illusion the Primordial/Flood made them and the Forerunners think?

3. Why and how did you decide to make the Didact an antagonist later on in the books and also influence 343 Industries to make him the main antagonist in Halo 4?

4. Why didn't the Forerunners come up with the idea to purposefully infect planetary populations with a controllable disease so that said disease would render every organism inedible to the Flood, thus starving and killing off the Flood, or at least able to fight the Flood in hopes of exterminating all traces of it? (Though if it were that way, there would be no story and no drama...thus compromising the gaming franchise and halo lore.)

5. How come the ancient humans never tried to work with the forerunners to fight off the flood? And if they had a solution to fight the Flood, never shared it with the Forerunners? Was it just plain stubbornness and arrogance of the Humans or was it another reason?

6. Do you think it was Mendicant Bias' fault for being seduced into turning against his makers or was it his makers' fault for programming him to being susceptible to the logic plague?

7. Did Chakas die from flood infection? If not, what exactly caused him to lose the ability to continue existing in a physical state while Riser and Vinnevra survived the same exact situation? Why did he have to be Composed?

Thank you so much for your time and patience! I'm such a huge fan of your work on the Halo franchise and the Halo franchise itself. To me, there is no other better science fiction franchise or anthology better than the universe in the Halo series.

Thanks again,

Blake Buyers

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/10/2014

I'll try to answer a couple of questions, Blake, and then hope the experts weigh in to straighten me out. First, the Didact became an antagonist in HALO 4 through the plot mastery of the game creators. As for question 4--cool idea! I suspect you may be smarter than the Forerunners!

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: David Brett
Location: Bristol,UK
Date: 11/26/2014

Hi My name is David I love your work on the saga and the Halo universe as whole. As my friends say "in all it's glory". But I have a few questions my friends and I have came up with and I believe I also can get the answers many, many others are looking for. If you can help it will mean a great deal for every one so here are our questions:

1. Will the Precursors have their own trilogy where you make them the BEST SCI-FI race ever i.e no Nerfing Just your

complete freedom to decide what's best?
2. Where did the Forerunners go after the firing of the Halo arrray?
3. Where did any last Prehistoric Humans go Like the fleet that glassed it's own planet and then WE presume left the Galaxy since they thought they would be wiped out and will they have their own books?

4. Great Work Best I read in ages but I'v been wondering where their any rules you had to follow?
5. How many ships do the Forerunners have all together + what is the yeild of a Destructor beam?

Thanks for your time. Any thing you do in future halo lore will be backed by us 100+%.

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/28/2014

Many thanks, David! Halo fan support has been all-important for these books, and I'm proud of the new games. I'm off on my own series of books now (WAR DOGS is out to great reviews, and I've just finished volume two of that trilogy, KILLING TITAN, and hope to hand it in soon), and want to leave the 343 team complete freedom to develop what comes next, so I don't comment on such questions--which could be crucial!

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: David Brett
Location: Bristol,UK
Date: 12/07/2014

Thanks for your time I'll check out WAR DOGS Soon.

P.S The Precursors really could be the most powerful sci-fi race. Above Q, Timelords, Xeelee,Although perhaps not the Downstreamers.

Again thank you for your time.

Re: Questions regarding The Forerunner Saga

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/07/2014

Nor the Eddorians and Arisians in E.E. Smith's TRIPLANETARY and Lensman novels! There are quite a few powerful aliens out there in SF...

Let me know what you think of WAR DOGS!

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