Posted By SandChigger on February 24, 2011
A while back I saw a new, upcoming book by John Scalzi listed among my recommendations on Amazon: Fuzzy Nation. I had a quick look at the blurb and added it to my wish list, because differences in opinion on his friend & best-selling McDune hack Kevin J. Anderson notwithstanding, I really did enjoy his Old Man’s War trilogy and think he’s an excellent [read: REAL] writer. As opposed to dictahiking-gimmick man Anderson, who’s as close to talent-free as you can get and still have a modicum of the stuff. (Anderson’s one talent, by the way, besides untiring self-promotion … and always being able to stick his foot in it on Twitter … is his uncanny ability to almost always have an adjective ready to modify any noun he meets!)
Anyway, I was trawling around the Amazon discussion threads last night (well, early this morning, actually) and I noticed a new one on the book in question (which is due out in May) entitled “fuzzy nation ? who gets credit?”
I’m not familiar with H. Beam Piper and his Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens books. But I was rather disappointed to see a writer like Scalzi following in the footprints of Anderson and “rebooting” another writer’s universe. (One of the commenters in the thread quotes Scalzi as having said, “I took the original plot and characters of Little Fuzzy and wrote an entirely new story from and with them. The novel doesn’t follow on from the events of Little Fuzzy; it’s a new interpretation of that first story and a break from the continuity that H. Beam Piper established in Little Fuzzy and its sequels.” [Unsourced in the thread, it's from his blog here.])
Taking the setting and characters of another author and writing a completely new story full of new interpretation that breaks from the continuity established in the original works, all with the blessing of the author’s estate… isn’t that the essence of the bullshit hackwork that is Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert’s McDune?
Bully for you, John Scalzi!Tweet