cool - thanks! I'll totally check Mr. Teg's info out. I've always looked on L. Ron with fascination - the fact that he talked to other SF writers about the 'real' way to get rich, via starting a religion, then actually doing it years later! Crazy like a fox. And maybe a little bit more crazy besides
, but still, the man really steamrolled over society and created something that's stuck around, however questionable it may be... unreal. Kinda like KJA coming out of nowhere and making bank on another dude's legacy... and creating another kind of (more specialized) societal steamroller - imagine if these guys had used their powers for good, rather than evil? GMC drifts into reverie, and an alternate history unfolds in his mind's eye... A man reads a stunning literary classic, an unfinished but fully realized series, brimming with potential. He contacts (is contacted by?) the family of the original author and agrees to help conclude the epic storyline, but realizes that he needs to step up his game to really do credit to the legacy of the literary great, in whose footsteps he dares tread... taking a few years to read, write, eat, sleep, breathe and subsume himself into the storyline, and working closely with a number of scholars of the original works, he works to understand all of the myriad subtle nuances in the characters, the settings, the multiple plot devices; to grasp the overall scientific, environmental, societal and philosophical concepts; to match the quality of writing present in the original literary classics. As he works closely with the estate of the original author and the many fans, some of whom have studied - in great depth, at great length and with intense fervor - the original works for decades, he releases snippets to the general public, to garner feedback and to reconcile his attempts with the critique that inevitably follows. Multiple rewrites ensue. Many debates, discussions and outright arguments are welcomed, leading to an increased ability in the man, greater connection with the fans, a more refined storytelling technique, and higher and higher quality snippets appear... the family, and fans the world over, grow increasingly confident in the ability of the man to do justice to the legacy of the original author.
A few years after the initial decision to work within this intense literary framework, the long-awaited sequel to the epic storyline is released. It receives praise and critique in equal proportions, but the high quality of the writing and the internal cohesiveness and consistency with the original works is readily apparent, to all and sundry. The masterpiece complete, the man politely refuses requests by younger and/or literarily ignorant fans to continue writing in this universe, citing his desire to move onto other projects, out of humility and a desire to leave, as much as possible, the epic story in as pristine a condition as he found it.
...and then the sounds of multiple cats passing gas startles the GMC back to reality - he rubs his eyes and realizes that it was all just a pipe dream. Without further ado he