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Subject: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 05:39 PM

Remember author Terry Brooks and his
world-building fantasy series, Shannara?

Bookstores both brick-and-mortar and virtual
have been graced with
Book 3 in the current series-within-a-series,
The Fall of Shannara.
This penultimate title is
The Stiehl Assassin.

I have lost count of how many Shannara books there are;
most of them I have read at least once.

Brooks, who has books on other topics,
says that with Book 4, the last,
he will no longer write about Shannara.

Those of us who read these authors and their series:
it's a unique experience, isn't it?

Brooks' latest release is nicely timed,
with the television adaptation of
George R R Martin's Game of Thrones
just ending in front of untold quantities of viewers.

Is this like going down a rabbit hole?
Or is it more than that?
Is it merely entertaining,
and is it pretentious to presume anything more than entertainment?

Think of other series that were a long time finishing.
Isaac Asimov with his Foundation, Empire, Robot braiding of three strands into one enormous series.

Stephen R. Donaldson taking decades
to finish the Thomas Covenant series.

Robert Jordan dying, and having to leave it to
Brandon Sanderson to finish The Wheel of Time series.

The Malazan Empire series, ... others?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 08:20 PM

My father was a great fan of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Full of puns. He sent me a number of those volumes, then he and a fellow fan went to a public event where Anthony was reading and they were underimpressed by the man himself. Quite a boor. The books stopped coming. :-/


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:04 PM

The Lord Darcy series by Randall Garrett.
The Vidosus series by Harry Turtledove.

To name but two.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:20 PM

Heinlein's Future History


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:52 PM

Game of Thrones!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 10:15 PM

C J Cherryh has several series, some tied together, some standalone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 10:17 PM

Niven


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: michaelr
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 10:27 PM

Donaldson's Covenant series became hugely tedious long before he got finished. I recommend Tad Williams' "Otherland" tetralogy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 01:52 AM

David Gemmel. Multiple books in multiple series. Pretty good at historical stuff too. Sadly died before finishing his Troy series but there was enough material for his wife to get the last book to press.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 05:33 AM

James Branch Cabell was probably the first writer to do that in English. Unlike his successors he could actually write, and he didn't have an overspecified word processor encouraging him to write a paragraph when a phrase would do.

Working in a second hand bookshop I get to see how well these things have stayed the course. Of all the SF/fantasy genre, by far the best sellers are the Golden Age books written as one-offs; I can sell all the Ray Bradbury or Stanislaw Lem I get. Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan and the other shelf-footage-mongers are dead meat and I usually send them for pulping now.

There is a layer even further down in the primordial slime of unsaleabity. Percy Jacson, the Beast Quest books, another couple of early-teen-oriented interminably mass produced hackwork series. Pulp is too good for them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 08:03 AM

Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea series)
Marion Zimmer Bradle (Darkover series, "Mists of Avalon" series)
Anne McCaffrey (Pern series, "The Tower and the Hive" series, "Crystal Singer" series) From the Pern series I particularly enjoyed/recommend Dragonsinger & Dragonsong.
TERRY PRATCHETT* (Discworld)


*can't mention him without a footnote!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 08:57 AM

Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series was one of the earliest I read through almost without stop. And Tolkien of course - my Dad read The Hobbit out loud to us kids and we read the LOTR series ourselves. Several times. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 07:20 PM

Thanks, Jack, for the tip about James Branch Cabell.
Funny, I had read a detailed
biography of author Elinor Wylie, who is mentioned in
everything I have just read about Cabell …
but Cabell left no impression on me in her life story.

I'm going to look up
Cabell's The White Robe which sounds like juicy stuff,
even if it is not part of his Poictesme series.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 09:37 AM

I strongly recommend Guy Gavriel Kay, a Toronto writer who clearly doesn't sleep much as he also practises law. He calls his stuff "historical fantasy" because he builds his worlds within the semi-familiar framework of history, using elements of ancient and medieval cultures. It's fun figuring out what he's riffing on while you read.

He has major cred in the genre. Check out his Wikipedia entry here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Monique
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 12:35 PM

I remember reading Ian Irvine's The View from the Mirror Quartet, David Edding's Belgariad, Malloreon, Rivan Codex, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, 3 by Abraham Merritt and I don't remember what else that haven't been already mentioned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 12:54 PM

Jack Campin's remarks about pulp have sense in more ways than one,
as some serial authors
put food on the table writing for pulp magazines.

One of those wrote under the pseudonym Talbot Mundy,
and he is the author of
King of the Khyber Rifles.

He cranked out books with recurring characters.
I looked at some of them; the writing is pulpy, all right.



'OM: the Secret of Ahbor Valley' is a cut above most of them,
although some people will hate it as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 02:42 PM

For a musical link:
'OM: the Secret of Ahbor Valley'

Don't I recall a song about the Abhor valley P.T.A.?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 03:21 PM

White's "Sector General" series.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 03:58 PM

Much of C J Cherryh's work


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 04:30 PM

There is a tendency among the better SF authors to create a "Future Universe" and write stories in a common reference frame. CJ Cherryh has several intersecting frames, with some interaction between them, but each stands on its own as well.

I think that this is true of many of the writers brought up here.

David Drake and Steven Weber are additional examples.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 06:30 PM

I'm not sure if Octavia Butler wrote series, she's an author I've meant to look into.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 06:45 PM

Books by Octavia Butler:

Publication Order of Patternists Books

Wild Seed (1980)
Mind of My Mind (1977)   
Clay's Ark (1984)   
Survivor (1978)
Patternmaster (1976)


Publication Order of Xenogenesis Books

Dawn (1987)   
Adulthood Rites (1988)   
Imago (1989)   


Publication Order of Parable Books

Parable of the Sower (1993)
Parable of the Talents (1998)   


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Kindred (1979)   
Fledgling (2005)   


Publication Order of Collections

Bloodchild (1995)   
Unexpected Stories (2014)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 06:54 PM

Books by C J Cherryh


Publication Order of Morgaine Books

Gate of Ivrel (1976)   
Well of Shiuan (1978)   
Fires of Azeroth (1979)   
Exile's Gate (1988)   


Publication Order of Hanan Rebellion Books

Brothers of Earth (1976)   
Hunter of Worlds (1977)   


Publication Order of Faded Sun Books

Kesrith (1978)   
Shon'Jir (1979)   
Kutath (1980)   


Publication Order of Alliance-Union Books

Serpent's Reach (1980)   
Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983)   


Publication Order of Hinder Stars Books

Alliance Stars (2019)   


Publication Order of Chanur Books

The Pride of Chanur (1981)   
Chanur's Venture (1984)   
The Kif Strike Back (1985)   
Chanur's Homecoming (1986)   
Chanur's Legacy (1992)   


Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Books

Downbelow Station (1981)   
Merchanter's Luck (1982)
Rimrunners (1989)   
Heavy Time (1991)   
Hellburner (1992)   
Tripoint (1994)   
Finity's End (1997)   


Chronological Order of Company Wars Books

The novels Heavy Time and Hellburner are the first two novels in the series in chronological order. The rest are the same as the publication order.

Publication Order of Age Of Exploration Books

Port Eternity (1982)   
Voyager in Night (1984)   
Cuckoo's Egg (1985)   


Publication Order of Arafel/Ealdwood Books

The Dreamstone (1983)   
The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983)   


Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

The Gates of Hell (1986)   
Rebels in Hell (1986)   
Masters in Hell (1987)   
Kings in Hell (1987)   
Legions of Hell (1987)   


Publication Order of Merovingen Nights Books

Festival Moon (1987)   
Fever Season (1987)   
Troubled Waters (1988)   
Smuggler's Gold (1988)   
Divine Right (1989)   
Flood Tide (1990)   
Endgame (1991)   


Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Cyteen Books

The Betrayal (1989)   
The Rebirth (1989)   
The Vindiction (1989)   
Regenesis (2009)   


Publication Order of Rusalka Books

Rusalka (1989)   
Chernevog (1990)   
Yvgenie (1991)   


Publication Order of Sword Of Knowledge Books

A Dirge for Sabis (1989)   
Wizard Spawn (1989)   
Reap the Whirlwind (1989)   


Publication Order of Foreigner Books

Foreigner (1994)   
Invader (1995)   
Inheritor (1996)   
Precursor (1999)   
Defender (2001)   
Explorer (2002)   
Destroyer (2005)   
Pretender (2006)   
Deliverer (2007)   
Conspirator (2009)   
Deceiver (2010)   
Betrayer (2011)   
Intruder (2012)   
Protector (2013)   
Peacemaker (2014)   
Tracker (2015)   
Visitor (2016)   
Convergence (2017)   
Emergence (2018)   


Publication Order of Finisterre Books

Rider at the Gate (1995)
Cloud's Rider (1996)


Publication Order of Fortress Books

Fortress in the Eye of Time (1995)   
Fortress of Eagles (1998)   
Fortress of Owls (1998)   
Fortress of Dragons (2000)   
Fortress of Ice (2006)


Publication Order of Gene Wars Books

Hammerfall (2001)   
Forge of Heaven (2004)   


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hestia (1979) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Wave Without a Shore (1981)
Glass and Amber (1987)   
The Paladin (1988)   
The Goblin Mirror (1992)   
Faery in Shadow (1993)   
Lois and Clark (1996)   


Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Sunfall (1981)
Alien Stars (1985)   
Visible Light (1986)   
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (2004)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 06:59 PM

Lois McMaster Bujold Books
   

Publication Order of Cordelia Naismith Books

Shards of Honor (1986)

Barrayar (1991)   


Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Books

The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)   
Ethan of Athos (1986)   
Falling Free (1988)   
Brothers in Arms (1989)
The Vor Game (1990)   
Mirror Dance (1994)   
Cetaganda (1995)   
Memory (1996)   
Komarr (1998)   
A Civil Campaign (1999)   
Diplomatic Immunity (2002)   
Cryoburn (2010)   
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2012)   
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2016)   


Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Short Stories

The Mountains of Mourning (1989)   
Labyrinth (1989)   
Winterfair Gifts (2008)
Weatherman (2011)   
The Flowers of Vashnoi (2018)   


Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Collections

The Borders of Infinity (1989)   


Chronological Order Miles Vorkosigan Books

The official chronological/suggested reading order of all Miles Vorkosigan-related fiction is: Falling Free; Shards of Honor; Barrayar; The Warrior’s Apprentice; The Mountains of Mourning; Weatherman; The Vor Game; Cetaganda; Ethan of Athos; The Borders of Infinity; Brothers in Arms; Mirror Dance; Memory; Komarr; A Civil Campaign; Winterfair Gifts; Diplomatic Immunity; Cryoburn; Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.

Publication Order of Curse Of Chalion Books

The Curse of Chalion (2001)   
Paladin of Souls (2003)   
The Hallowed Hunt (2005)   


Publication Order of Sharing Knife Books

Beguilement (2006)   
Legacy (2007)   
Passage (2008)
Horizon (2009)   
Knife Children (2019)


Publication Order of Penric and Desdemona Books

Penric's Demon (2015)   
Penric and the Shaman (2016)   
Penric's Mission (2016)   
Mira's Last Dance (2017)   
Penric's Fox (2017)   
The Prisoner of Limnos (2017)   


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Spirit Ring (1992)   


Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Dreamweaver's Dilemma: Short Stories and Essays (1995)
Proto Zoa (2012)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 07:06 PM

and Larry Niven Books In Order
   

Publication Order of Known Space Books

World of Ptavvs (1966)
A Gift from Earth (1968)   
Protector (1973)
The Patchwork Girl (1980)   


Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel Books

Fleet of Worlds (2007)   
Juggler of Worlds (2008)   
Destroyer of Worlds (2009)   
Betrayer of Worlds (2010)   


Publication Order of Ringworld Books

Ringworld (1970)   
The Ringworld Engineers (1980)   
The Ringworld Throne (1996)   
Ringworld's Children (2004)   
Fate of Worlds (2012)   


Publication Order of Heorot Books

The Legacy of Heorot (1987)   
Beowulf's Children (1995)   
Destiny's Road (1997)   


Publication Order of Moties Books

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)   
The Gripping Hand (1993)   


Publication Order of Golden Road Books

The Burning City (2000)   
Burning Tower (2005)   


Publication Order of Dream Park Books

Dream Park (1981)   
The Barsoom Project (1989)   
The California Voodoo Game (1992)
The Moon Maze Game (2011)   


Publication Order of The State Books

A World Out of Time (1976)   
The Integral Trees (1984)   
The Smoke Ring (1987)   


Publication Order of Bowl of Heaven Books

Bowl of Heaven (2012)   
Shipstar (2014)   


Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

Red Tide (2014)   


Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Seascape Tattoo (2016)   


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Flying Sorcerers (1971)   
Inferno (1976)   
Lucifer's Hammer (1977)   
Oath of Fealty (1982)   
The Descent of Anansi (1982)   
Footfall (1985)
Fallen Angels (1991)   
Achilles' Choice (1991)   
Rainbow Mars (1999)
Saturn's Race (2001)
Building Harlequin's Moon (2005)   
Escape from Hell (2009)
The Goliath Stone (2013)   


Publication Order of Man-Kzin Anthologies

The Man-Kzin Wars (1988)   
Man-Kzin Wars II (1989)   
Man-Kzin Wars III (1990)   
Man-Kzin Wars IV (1991)   
Man-Kzin Wars V (1992)   
Man-Kzin Wars VI (1994)   
Man-Kzin Wars VII (1995)   
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names (1998)   
Man-Kzin Wars IX (2001)
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (2003)   
Man-Kzin Wars XI (2005)   
Man-Kzin Wars XII (2008)   
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (2012)   
Man-Kzin Wars XIV (2013)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 07:15 PM

Terrific! I love
to watch Mudcatters grab the ball and run with it.


I am partial
to Lois McMaster Bujold's
Curse of Chalion series
(although Number 3 is terribly grim stuff)

and C. J. Cherryh's
Rusalka trilogy is rich and gorgeous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 07:17 PM

Agreed.

On all points.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jun 19 - 10:07 PM

It looks like BB has discovered one of my favorite sites: Fantastic Fiction. I go there when I'm trying to figure out what order to listen to my various audio books if they're in a series. I recently tracked down some police procedural mystery dates by Lawrence Block (most of his I've listened to are the Matthew Scudder protagonist, but he is prolific and has several interesting series.) And the Preston and Child "Pendergast" series, I came late to them but wanted to listen (or read, if the audio book wasn't easily available) in order.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: michaelr
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 02:54 AM

Keb, you don't have to listen - or respond - to me, but Tad Williams is among the best fantasy/SF writers on wheels these days. And he's got all sorts of flavors: The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is straight Tolkien-plus fantasy. The above-mentioned Otherland tetralogy concerns an AI world becoming too real for comfort. He also has single-volume tales: Tailchaser's Song stars a cat, and The War of the Flowers is about a social clash between long-established fairy dynasties.

A little more far out is the Shadowmarch series, where one can feel the writer stretching and coming into his own. Highly recommended.

Then there are the Bobby Dollar novels: The Dirty Streets of Heaven, Happy Hour in Hell, Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, which feature a low-level angel sent to California (and farther down) for record-keeping, who finds himself having to protect ladies and fight nasty demons. All written quite hilariously in a Chandler-type first-person noir style.

Tad Williams is an exceptional writer of 'real fiction with important issues being discussed.' Any of his books will reward the reader with intelligent, quality entertainment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 10:32 AM

In my list I missed Roger Zelazny's "Amber" series (in fact both of those serieses)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: beardedbruce
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 11:54 AM

Sorry, it was https://www.bookseriesinorder.com

Found it when trying to answer "I'm not sure if Octavia Butler wrote series, she's an author I've meant to look into."

The other authors were because it is easier to copy than type. And probably a better chance at the correct spellings.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 05:39 PM

I was still fairly young when
Clive Barker started selling lots of books and
getting on bestseller lists.
Probably my first Clive Barker book was Imajica.

The "Hellraiser" films are based on his serial work;
the last Barker title I read, The Scarlet Gospels,
finally confronted Pinhead with Lucifer, and not before time;
you can guess how that confrontation ended.


I looked up Barker's fantasy novels for a few years.
They seemed for a time to be
the same novel written again and again.
Galilee was a little different.

But I fear Clive Barker's fifteen minutes may be over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 06:04 PM

Take a look at Fantastic Fiction - it has been around for a long time and has all sorts of wonderful stuff. I used it years ago when I was working on books in my Dad's estate - I didn't need to keep them all so I organized them in lots and sold them on eBay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 04:05 PM

And as to the pioneers of pulp fantasy:

One time, it is reported,
one of Talbot Mundy's Jimgrim books,
The Devil's Guard (1926),

fell into the hands of Marion Zimmer Bradley,
at the time deep into her Darkover series.
And she looked at the book's premise, and thought:
What if I redid this exact story,
replacing all the men with women?

The result was City of Sorcery (1984).


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Jun 19 - 07:41 PM

It happens all the time. Apparently Roddenberry even described the basis of "Star Trek" as a "wagon train" to the stars.


Also, anyone who has read Heinlein's "Citizen of the galaxy" (1957) is likely to recognise much of Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" (1901). And more recently may spot the same source material in Anne McCaffrey's "Sassinak" (1990)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 11:37 AM

Just been to a local gala where they had a used book stall and I spotted Julian May's "Many coloured land". I remember enjoying that series but can't remember the details.

Wish I had bought it now!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Jack Campin
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 01:09 PM

I was in a bookshop today that had a special display of books less than 200 pages. Great idea. Has there ever been a fantasy novel that short?

The book that has stuck in my mind most among all I've read recently is Denis Johnson's "Train Dreams". Nothing like fantasy though there is a mythological angle. If it belongs to a genre it's the same one as Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping"; a kind of book you can only read very slowly.

If it takes you 2000 pages to tell a story: what's WRONG with you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Helen
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 04:02 PM

I've read some of the books/series mentioned here and I enjoyed them, but one author not mentioned is Louise Cooper.

I have read this series a few times since first discovering them at a SciFi bookshop in Sydney back in probably 1987.

    Time Master trilogy (1986):

    The Initiate
    The Outcast
    The Master

The bookshop assistant told me that if I bought the first book and not the second one I would regret it. The third book was not yet published, I think. It was good advice, especially since I lived 100 miles north of Sydney and would not go back to the big smoke very often and it was pre-online book ordering days. The books were "un-put-downable".

I also loved CJ Cherryh's Morgaine series, but I couldn't get into other books of hers. I didn't realise she wrote so many.

I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series, and also read as many of the Darkover series as I could get my hands on.

On the same theme, I loved Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series and also T H White's Once & Future King series.

Pratchett of course. I read so many over the years that I reached my limit and overdosed. Good Omen was the first one I read and it is still a favourite because it opened my eyes to a new fictional world, the inner world of the workings of Pratchett's amazing mind. I can't wait to see the movie. I loved his Truckers series for kids too.

I read lots of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonworld series.

Ursula LeGuin has always been a favourite author of mine. I reread her books sometimes. I love the Earthsea series.

John Crowley's Engine Summer is different to anything else I have read, but doesn't count in this thread because it is not in a series.

Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam trilogy is dark and strange. But not as dark and strange and disturbing as the dreadful and interminable TV version of The Handmaid's Tale, which thankfully Ms Atwood is going to rectify by writing her own sequel.

I'm sure I can mention more. I used to devour Fantasy & SciFi until a couple of decades ago and then I just ran out of motivation to keep reading it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books: Fantasy multi-book series authors
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Jun 19 - 06:01 PM

I'm in countdown mode.
It is now only two months until the "Worldcon" (world science fiction convention) opens in Dublin.
Dublin Worldcon


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