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Old 02-15-2017, 12:41 PM   #1
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Philip Pullman announces new His Dark Materials Trilogy

Philip Pullman has announced that a new Dust trilogy about Lyra that he is calling an "equel" (as in not prequel, not sequel) will be released starting in October. Folowers of the MobileRead Book Club will remember that we read the first book in the original trilogy, Golden Compass (UK: Northern Lights) in January, 2015. Having waited 17 years for more about Lyra, I figure this qualifies as news.

The original BBC article announcing the upcoming publication is here.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:03 PM   #2
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1- Either he found something new to say with those characters or...
2- ...he's been suffering the worst case of writers block in recent times, or...
3- ...the publisher pulled an Asimov on him and threw enough money at him he had no choice...
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I vote for #3
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I think it's more a bit of 1 and 2.

From the Wikipedia article about it:

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In a message on his website in April 2005, Pullman wrote that The Book of Dust was "under way".
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1- Either he found something new to say with those characters or...
2- ...he's been suffering the worst case of writers block in recent times, or...
3- ...the publisher pulled an Asimov on him and threw enough money at him he had no choice...
Reading this I thought of the stereotypical cop show informant:

"Yeah, my memory is a little hazy. Maybe $20 would help me remember"
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Reading this I thought of the stereotypical cop show informant:

"Yeah, my memory is a little hazy. Maybe $20 would help me remember"
With Asimov it was that Doubleday kept asking for more FOUNDATION and he kept saying that story was done, he had nothing to say, wasn't sure he could get back into that frame of mind...

He wasn't asking for more money, he just wanted to write other things.

They showed him a (relatively) big check and essentially guilted him into going back to the series. The classic deal you can't refuse.

(I don't remember the actual sum but in today's money it was around $80-100k. For a SF book circa 1980 that was unheard of.)
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With Asimov it was that Doubleday kept asking for more FOUNDATION and he kept saying that story was done, he had nothing to say, wasn't sure he could get back into that frame of mind...

He wasn't asking for more money, he just wanted to write other things.

They showed him a (relatively) big check and essentially guilted him into going back to the series. The classic deal you can't refuse.

(I don't remember the actual sum but in today's money it was around $80-100k. For a SF book circa 1980 that was unheard of.)
A more positive offer than say ---

The Godfather: Don Corleone
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

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