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September 17, 2008

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Alan Cranis

I completely agree! While I personally feel that Adams enjoyed the popularity that the late Robert Sheckly deserved, I enjoyed the Hitchiker series. But such postumous works by other authors are never as good as the originals. Worse, they often turn readers off who never experienced the originals.

I.J.Parker

I'm not familiar with either author, but I've never seen any revival of a dead author's works be successful or produce anything but mediocre writing.

In any case, this isn't really so different from writing to formula. A number of living authors of best-selling novels have others produce their series and take a cut. How can Colfer write good books when he has nothing at stake but advance and royalties? This is about money.

Guyot


Adams' series was some of the first fiction I ever read, and got me turned onto books.

This type of thing has nothing to do with anything but making money.

No, thanks.

Marcus Sakey

"In any case, this isn't really so different from writing to formula."

The problem with that supposition is that, especially in the case of Douglas Adams, it's not about formula. It's about a single person, the original author, sharing their weird, wonderful, irreplaceable view of the world.

Cameron Hughes

Oh, this is never ever a good idea, even with good writers at the height of their powers(like when Parker did those Marlowe novels or the upcoming Maltese Falcon prequel by Joe Gores...)

You can't replicate genius

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