Looking forward to reading this when I get done with the Sand omnibus. Thanks to Peter Cawdron for sharing his thoughts on Peace in Amber by Hugh Howey.
In 2013, Amazon launched Kindle Worlds, which enabled a commercial avenue for what has been disdainfully called fan-fiction.
Critics attacked the idea.
Readers attacked the idea, saying “it’s a stupid move,” and “it will never last.”
Even such stalwarts of science fiction as io9 attacked the idea, saying, “Kurt Vonnegut? F*CK AND NO. The man is one of America’s literary icons. To allow fan fiction based on his work is a disgrace.”
Is there the possibility for fan-fiction to be a poor imitation of the original? Yes. But to assume that Kindle Worlds will “tarnish… America’s greatest authors,” is short-sighted. Rather than tarnishing Slaughterhouse Five, Hugh Howey has produced a story that is undoubtedly one of the greatest science fiction sequels ever penned.
There are a handful of stories that are iconic: Old Man and the Sea…
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