Hyperion books is announcing today a new novel in the beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. The new novel is to be written by the author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer. The title of the new book is And Another Thing… The project is endorsed by Adams’ widow, Jane Belson.
The new book is scheduled for release in October of 2009, so we have a year of debate ahead of us if this is a good idea or not.
A point that’s often made when arguing the merits of media tie-in novels is that they bring additional readers to the science fiction/fantasy genre. My own experience runs completely counter to this: Star Wars didn’t get me into SF/F; SF/F got me into Star Wars. Granted, I grew up in a family of readers, and Heir to the Empire was not the first genre novel I borrowed from my parent’s bookshelves before I was old enough to drive. So, I admit, I get a little miffed at the notion that reading these things makes us knuckle-draggers. (What’s wrong with an intelligent reader enjoying a little melodramatic space trash, huh? Wait, don’t answer that.) So, for the sake of
science random internet polling: Continue reading “Poll: Did Star Wars novels get you started on genre?”
I had no idea when SF Signal asked me to participate in their latest Mind Meld on tie-ins that they’d get so many actual writers who had written Star Wars (Sean Williams, William C. Dietz, Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Walter Jon Williams.) Plus many other names familiar to genre readers and the blogosphere. And me. It’s a little unsettling. Really cool, but unsettling.
Bibliophile and (former?) Stargate Atlantis producer Joe Mallozzi recently convinced Lois McMaster Bujold to come answer questions on his blog after her book Cordelia’s Honor was selected as one of his Books of the Month. (A large percentage of CJers are rather insane for this woman’s writing.)
Interesting insights into the Vorkosigan and Chalion sagas. And she confirmed, again, that she’s working on another Vorkosigan book for 2010. Yays!
The most surprising thing about Entertainment Weekly’s list of 17 sci-fi misfires? None of the Star Wars films are on it – although Blade Runner is. Huh.