Corey "manic" White (email@example.com) writes:
One thing that always stunned me was the neutron bomb. It's along the lines of the Atom bomb, but instead of a massive explosion that vaporises everything, it emits radiation that only effects living things. For example, drop a neutron bomb on a city, kill it's occupants, but keep all the building and all the goodies instead of having to rebuild everything. Doesn't this sound a little like "this galaxy will be quite devoid of life, or at least any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the flood." Maybe the Halo is like a giant neutron bomb explosion.
Now if this were the case then anyone still on the installation at the time of the detonation would die (which has been a point in question for some time), and I would specualte that the flood warriors and carriers would be susceptible to the radiation caused by the explosion, but the spores themselves may have some sort of natural resistance.
Whilst there may have been immense amounts of radiation throughout the galaxy, there has been many millenia since the detonation, and thus this may no longer me an issue. And whose to say if the radiation would necessarily have any adverse effects on any evolving micro-organisms. It might affect their evolution, but you could not really be sure how.