Andre Norton was mentioned in a comment somewhere . . . and in trying to trace down which book that was in . . . I wound up binge reading the Time Traders series, remembered that someone had written an extension and checking . . . whoa! Lots of more adventures with old friends.
Some authors make arrangements for their worlds and ideas to out live them, some don’t, leaving to their heirs whether or not to write themselves or let other people write in their parent’s world.
Reading the extensions of Andre Norton’s worlds was interesting. Some good, some meh, all with new takes on characters, all respectful of the original fictional tech and nomenclature, while easing in modern understanding. The Solar Queen has added alien species and women to the crew, all, I am glad to say, without getting preachy. The Time Traders have added a hint of complexity to the hitherto opaque menace of the Alien “Baldies” and “Furfaces.”
All things considered, the new authors are not as good at plotting as Andre Norton, but they all brought in some refreshing new ideas and angles of looking at issues. I am pleased.
So, what are your feelings about new writers taking over old series?
I’m off to FenCon and given my luck with hotel internet connections, may not reply until Monday. So have fun, don’t wreck the place, and don’t tell me that Steven King should write in my worlds!