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It isn’t books, but if you are interested in RPG minis, or perhaps some Christmas decorations, I’ve been in the process of putting up a shop for the last month.
(hoping this is fine, otherwise the wrath of hostess may be demonstrated)
It’s great. Send it and I’ll do an additional post in the evening.
Same for anyone else with not-books.
I also have a press link for the post today that I couldn’t use because seriously, if I made it Amazon it’s like a 100 links. I’ll do it later.
I’ve bought some of your stuff, liked it but I ask you, I grew up in the era when Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy was the exception, not the rule, and why have so many sci-fi authors gone to endless serials? I get you create one world and keep remining it a la the 1632 series which I liked but got bored with it around 1640 or thereabouts. When I buy your story I want to believe I’m getting your best effort, not just more stuff you’re throwing on the wall to see if it sticks.
How do you get from “serials”, to “just more stuff you’re throwing on the wall to see if it sticks.”?
Aside from that; this has been talked about a number of times: the indie market as determined by actual buyers wants serials. The one book a year at most system is an artifact of the publishers.
Yes. Lots of people wrote 10 books a year back in the day. And now we don’t have to retype everything when you mess up a chapter, so we can do it faster.
The first thing to remember about Books is YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). IE The Series that you think “Has Gone On Too Long” can be the Series that others “Want More Of” and both you & the others “can be correct”.
Having said that, IMO there are basically two types of Series. One type is where the author has a Story that takes more than one book to tell. The other type is where the author “creates” a world/character and believes that there can be more stories to be told in that universe and/or about that character.
C. S. Forester’s Hornblower series was the second type. Forester created a character for one book but decided to tell more stories about Hornblower.
David Drake’s RCN Series is another example of that type. Drake created that universe with one book but had other stories he wanted to tell and decided to use that universe to “tell them in”.
David Weber’s Honor Harrington series is the first type. Weber had a long story that he wanted to tell that took more than one book to tell.
Having said the above, there have been series where the author continued writing after he “got tired of the Character” but readers were still interested in purchasing those books. And yes, sometimes the quality is lacking.
There are those who said that Sherlock Holmes was never really the same after Doyle “killed him off” but brought him back. 😉
But again, YMMV always applies. There are plenty of books/series that I dislike but others enjoy and that’s OK. Tastes will always vary.
Oh, Robert A. Heinlein created a “Future History” where the stories were “stand-alone” but were seen by him and others to be the Same Universe. Different characters but set in the same History.
And some of the upcoming things: like the rest of Rhodes and No Man and … all of those are actually in the same universe, but very different worlds. Thats the schrodinger universe.
L. Frank Baum tried to stop writing the Oz book several times, but had to keep coming back to them. Because that’s where the money was, and he could make a fortune, but not keep it.
excellent example…. so we aren’t likely to break out of a pattern already 2 centuries old just like that ….
This! I just finished binge re-reading TXRed’s Familiar series, all 20+ books. The whacking great stories are the main point, as always, but it’s nice seeing how both the main and the secondary characters grow/change over the years, and the subtle way some of the longer story arcs that (successfully!) come in and get dealt with over a few books.
I’m looking forward to the spinoff series (supporting characters get more of their own stories while the main characters take a background role).
At least all our owls are local…
Mr. Allison I wonder how familiar you actually are with Sci-fi/fantasy of the 50’s to early 70’s vintage that is contemporary with The Foundation Trilogy. Looking to period authors we have the following series:
Heinlein: Future History
E.E. “Doc” Smith: The Lensman series
Philip Jose Farmer: Lavalite World and Riverworld
Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and Grey Mouser
Robert E. Howard: Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane
Andre Norton: Witchworld
Anne McCaffrey: Pern and The Ship Who (blah)
Niven: Known Space
Dickson: Dorsai and the Dragon Knight
Bradley: Darkover and Arthur works
LeGuin: Hainish Cycle and Earthsea
Lewis: Space Trilogy and Narnia
There are several reasons I suspect. The first is that stories in excess of 200-300 pages were often split up to make book sizes tolerable to the publishing of the period. They also tended to need to be easily broken up to be serialized for the magazine world. Also given the effort required for world building in Sci-Fi and Fantasy the reuse of a world/universe increases the productivity of the author. And honestly the readers often LIKE more of the same, being a bit hobbitish/toddlerish and not liking change. And of course ultimately the authors are in this for a living. It’s not just a calling its a job and the authors like to eat and have minor conveniences like a roof over their head. Doing something you suspect will sell will often lead to a bit safer income. Not that our esteemed hostess plays it safe, Darkship is very different from Shifters is different from Rhodes is different from Magis, and there are hordes of shorts available as well as a couple collaborations.
Give it a try Darkship Thieves is a $1.99 right now. You can hardly get a decent cup of coffee for that these days. And as always read what you enjoy. If it’s not to your taste try others, the world of Sci-fi has a VERY broad tent with the advent of self publishing. It can be a bit hard to find things, but many authors provide some of their material free (the old free taste from the drug dealer technique 🙂 ) or at very reduced cost. Also ask around and find folks that read stuff you like and see what else they’ve found.
E.E. Smith: the Skylark series
Poul Anderson: Polesotechnic League
How many books does it take to make a series?
A.E. Van Vogt wrote 2 or 3 Slan books, 2 Weapon Shops books
E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith, 2 Subspace books
Then there is James H. Schmitz’s Federation Of The Hub stories.
There were no novels involved but there were plenty of interconnected stories which were set in a common “universe”.
Some of the stories focused on a single character but others were only connected by being in the Federation of the Hub (a region of space settled mainly by humans).
Sometimes people try to shoehorn E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Subspace books into the Lensman universe, not sure I buy that. And my copies of the subspace books got loaned out in College and never returned GRRRR, though my vague memories say it wasn’t that much of a tragedy.
D’oh! How could I forget? James Blish, ‘Cities In Flight’.
My first exposure to series was when I picked up Blish’s The Triumph of Time (AKA Book 4 in the series) while on a weekend camping trip punctuated by lousy weather. ‘Twas still better than the Mike Hammer one that came with. The Blish was a little jarring until I found the rest of the series a bit later. One high school English final was interesting since I couldn’t put down one of the books and got little sleep the night before. OTOH, I did OK on the test. 🙂
Series that didn’t work for me: Clark’s Rama. I liked the first book, disliked the second, and now I see there were several. His Space Odyssey; 2001 and 2010 worked. 2061 didn’t for me. No idea if it’s gone further.
FWIW, when book (or eBook) prices come into play. For me, hardcover series have to be really good (looks at the Heinleins in the bookcase), and eBooks are a lot easier to justify reading in series when each
dosevolume is $5 or $6 or so. It’s my beer money, and since I don’t drink any more…
ANd bringing up Mr Blish brings up an inverse category. Often a series of stories published in the magazines that are in the short story length to maybe novellette length (i.e. short enough that they would have been published in 1 magazine issue as a single story. Blish’s “The Seedling Stars”, Asimovs “I Robot”, Miller’s “A Canticle for Liebowitz” all fall into this class. In some cases (e.g. Canticle For Liebowitz) the stories are slightly jiggered and/or material is added to make a more cohesive whole.
See also: Lensmen series, which was originally published that way, and had TriPlanetary published to add “background”.
Right Triplanetary was retconned into Lensman and I think First Lensman was essentially a prequel (Galactic Patrol was first published I believe). And I think it was all serialized in various magazines before publication. That was pretty much de riguer well into the ’60s for almost everyone. Why not make money on it twice 🙂 .
Which is why books that are collections of short-story cycles are known as fix-ups.
Operation Chaos is another.
Because the readers like it best.
I will do a lot more series, though.
OF COURSE you’re getting our best effort. Series are actually very difficult for me, so they require more effort. In fact, I just had to up the game in shifters, because I was tired of the “small” world I was boxed in.
I also tend to lose patience with series, but the numbers don’t lie. People like endless series. The only one I’ve never lost patience with was Pratchett.
Note that Darkships has some with the same characters, but the “adventure” is very different, and in the middle there’s completely different characters, or I’d go nuts.
And don’t worry. I have another half dozen series and a whole different universe with….. um…. many different worlds. I just need an extra me, to write faster.
Damn it Mr. Long I KNOW we’re not supposed to use the cloning technology for that, but this is a case of the greater good. Without the additional authors these universes will never get written and will never exist in the multiverse. And like you’re one to talk with two female clones of yourself, two clones devoted to rescuing/pleasing errant AI and another clone of your best buddy sex swapped. Sheesh…
Time was that people were grousing about the trilogy and that they didn’t used to need a word to indicate a stand-alone book. . . .
“As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be…..”
“The three-volume novel is extinct.”
“Her crews are babes or madmen? Her port is all to make?
You’re manned by Truth and Science, and you steam for steaming’s sake?
Well, tinker up your engines – you know your business best –
She’s taking tired people to the Islands of the Blest!”
My favorite Kipling!
I note there was a period when the singleton was the norm in there.
And then there are books that were written as a one-off, but then decades later somebody else came along and made a series out of ’em. The Witches Of Karres, anybody?
From the Insty-reference, we get “WERE EBOOKS”.
When they are not ebooks, perhaps they disguise themselves as greeting cards?
These are ebooks. Did I misstype at insty?
I was in the middle of a protracted battle with Amazon to take the hardcover of the next DST and had got a little unhinged.
No, no, the Insty promo link was fine, I just thought the idea of ‘were ebooks’ , like ‘were wolves’, split out from ‘were ebooks on your Christmas giving list’ was an odd way to look at things, and I do kind of specialize in that.
I recall a fun typo: ‘softwere’.
Would that be programs written under a full moon? 😀
Ooh, just went shopping. Note to self: Set a reminder. Write a review when I’m done. Write a darned review, darn it. Don’t let a good book pass by without a review.
Sarah, the Reader thanks you for providing food for his habit.
Ooh, so many neat-looking books!
W00t-! Bunch of books I did not own!
Thank you Mad Genii for continually mixing out my TBR pile.
Keeping my Kindle app busy for sure!
I want to thank everyone here! Between you all, you pushed TAKE FROM HELL to #1 and EURYDICE IN TRUTH to #2 this morning on the Hot New Releases list for Greek & Roman Myths. Much appreciated. Happy reading!
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