March 05, 2013

Which science fiction series should be opened up?

As I mentioned in this post about Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation universe and Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe, these authors have allowed other authors to "play" in what they've created (Asimov posthumously). Which leads me to ask the title of this post. I can think of one right off the bat: Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers universe. As far as I know, there was a comicbook series based on the film by the same name, and there is at least one [role-playing] book that utilizes the novel's background. But no new stories in either novel or short story form.

Then again, maybe it's a good thing. After all, look at what Paul Verhoeven did with his 1998 film adaptation. The Terran Federation was turned into a semi-competent quasi-fascistic regime with minimal concentration on how the Federation came about in the first place (and why it worked). To continue the novel's philosophy, it'd take an author that would be truly dedicated to Heinlein's vision. in other words, no "progressives." Off the top of my head, I could see the aforementioned Niven or his sometimes writing partner Jerry Pournelle playing the Troopers-verse.

What are some others?

Posted by Hube at March 5, 2013 08:06 PM | TrackBack

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There was also the Roughnecks cartoon. I didn't get to see all of it yet but what I saw was pretty good.

Posted by: ShadowWing Tronix at March 5, 2013 09:09 PM

I doubt you would get Pournelle or Niven to do anything with the Starship Troopers universe. If anybody did, I would probably prefer Roland Green (who co-authored two of the Jannissaries books with Pournelle and wrote the Peace Company series) or John Dalmas, who wrote The Regiment.

But to be honest, while I loved Troopers, it is far more a polemic than a piece of serious world-building. If I were going to pick one of Heinlein's worlds to open up for other writers it would either be the Luna The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or the parallel fantasy world of Magic Incorporated (originally published as The Devil Makes the Law).

Posted by: Steve Newton at March 5, 2013 09:23 PM

I can think of a few: Firefly universe would be good. Battlestar Galactica perhaps? Ringworld was a great idea but I found the books to be boring.

Posted by: Duffy at March 6, 2013 09:03 AM

BSG would be boring b/c we already know the ultimate outcome. (At least the re-imagined BSG.)

Ringworld has been played in -- a lot. It's part of the Known Space universe mentioned in the post.

Posted by: Hube at March 6, 2013 10:05 AM

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