Hunchback Jack wrote:Is Tracy Hickman the pulp fantasy guy from the 80s/90s? Coauthored with Margaret Weis?
Never read any; name just rang a bell.
Yup, him and Weis made the Dragonlance series, which while very YA pulp has a place in my heart because DL was a huge part of my reading experience from an early age.
They co-authored one really quite good series in a different universe called the Death Gate books. Those are actually some of my favourite fantasy ever, I recently re-read them.
I think Hickman would be KJA's hero because he's the opposite of KJA. He's what KJA imagines himself to be one day - not the person writing in the expanded universe series, not the person who is constantly adding books to other people's universes, no - Hickman is the person who created a universe that dozens and dozens of authors have jioned in on, a universe with somewhere around or over 200 books.
That's KJA's wet dream right there. To stop being the guy who has to ride the coat tails of others and to start being the guy that has wrote something, anything, that another author would be even remotely interested in expanding upon.
Not going to happen buddy.
EDIT: I'm not saying the DL people are good at writing, though Weis and Hickman are probably the best authors in that Universe by far. They are capable of writing decent stuff though, and it's all orders of magnitude less moronic than what KJA writes.
EDIT: It's also KJA's wet dream because he loves numbers. And for numbers you just cannot beat DL, the sales of the series have got to be 10s of times what KJA's total book sales have been, even including the Dune stuff.