From: Blake Buyers
Location: Stafford, Virginia USA
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.
From: Greg Bear
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!