Mira wrote:Do you mean using someone else's universe?
Or writing something along the same lines as other people?
the first one, I really don't know. You may need permission of some sort...unless it's public domain. I'm not sure if Asimov is public domain yet.
the second one is almost unavoidable. There's only so many ideas, and it's all in the presentation.
Am I understanding you correctly?
polymath wrote:I presume you mean the same arena as Asimov's, the Golden Age master of science fiction. If so, there's a lot of interest in that niche. Asimov's glories are psychohistory and robotics philosophy. He doesn't dwell into metaphysics the way I assume you mean. Asimov tested his concepts out in the marketplace with short stories. The ones that stuck he followed up on. Same with Clarke, Heinlein, Bradley, Bradbury, McCaffrey, Anthony, Cherryh, and so many other popularly acclaimed science fiction writers.
Short story publication success while not especially profitable is a traditional and longstanding pathway entrée into traditional novel publishing venues. Also, short story publication of accomplished authors feeds the digest marketplace and provides platforms for new entry debuts. Also, short story publication by accomplished authors keeps them fresh in readers minds between eagerly anticipated novel releases. And short story publication is very emotionally rewarding. It is a form of proactive promotion for all parties concerned. And there's nothing more valuable for testing one's writing against the competition and for testing reader interest than short story submission.
Rosie Lane wrote:On the con side, and something that I am twitchy about at the moment, is whether stories sold and out there on the internet perhaps aren't a good advert if they come from your early career and aren't as good as the novel you intend to sell.
hektorkarl wrote:You can always take them down if you decide they are not representative work.
Even if you decide it's a mistake, it'll be far less serious than "professional suicide."
hektorkarl wrote:Ender's Game started out as an award-winning short story. Same thing with Michael Cunningham's first novel. It seems pretty common in the sci-fi and literary fiction communities. Other genres may differ.
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