posts on 7/17/2009 3:47:42 PM
Hi all - this from Wikipedia. "As of 2008[update], Gerrold is nearing completion on book five, A Method For Madness, announced date of delivery to publisher(Tor) in October; with estimated release date of July 1, 2011(ISBN 0765340380). The last few chapters of A Case for Courage have already been written." Sounds encouraging. However, I called Tor and they would not confirm.
posts on 7/6/2009 12:57:46 AM
Like so many of you who have waited so patiently for another addition to the "worm" series to arrive I too feel that it will probably never happen. As for re-releasing the series again for a "new" generation it could fail and we who are waiting are regretfully getting older and older.
posts on 6/26/2009 10:44:34 AM
I tried a couple of times to post, but there seemed to be a problem. Judging by the recent posts, this problem seems to be fixed. I generally check out the David Gerrold situation every couple of months just to see what's going on. Although I really don't have a lot of hope anymore. Anyway, I did a quick bit of internet research again this month and found nothing new. Book 5 is not scheduled to be on sale from any of the major bookseller's websites any time soon. I'd assume that means that the manuscript did not get turned in in October. The search turned up the same aging links/interviews, w/o any sign of new information. Gerrold.com is still up, but no updates in over a year. Ironically, the front page still claims that the blog will start back in July. Perhaps DG was referring to 2009 instead of 2008. That would be great. At any rate, I'll probably do the search thing again in late July or August and report back then. If any of you guys stumbles across new information, I'd surely like to hear about it here.
posts on 6/25/2009 2:11:31 PM
Steve Chase, thanks SO MUCH for the insight and update! I am a BIG fan of David's and he got me back into writing so I will pray for him and his family.
posts on 6/22/2009 5:05:06 PM
I have spent the last couple of months reading several works by D.G. I am more convinced than ever that he had a cowriter or collaborator writing the Chtoor series. Nothing he has written since even begins to come close. Sadly, I don't think we will ever see a Book 5.
posts on 3/6/2009 10:49:39 AM
Jim B. - I'll do just that, and thanks for the suggestion.
posts on 3/5/2009 3:31:30 PM
I agree with Frank here. The Star Wolf series was never a favorite of mine, and frankly I didn't think they were in the same league as his Chtorr books. However, I've never doubted that DG wrote them. If you doubt me Jim, I'd suggest reading 'The Far Side of the Sky' (3 novels in one). I think you'll agree that the same guy who wrote the Chtorr books wrote these.
posts on 3/3/2009 5:38:57 PM
Jim, I have NEVER noticed any discontinuities of style in the Chtorr series, and I see elements of the same style and voice in other books by DG. No more difference than I've encountered between Dune books by F. Herbert and some of the shorter F. Herbert novels. I suggested the Kzin Universe method to DG once as a way to accelerate the completion of the series and it was rather politely and firmly rebuffed (dare I say laughed off) as an idea. Chtorr is his, as are the others. I still think the collaborative approach might yield some interesting story arcs though, even if not as a way to finish the series.
posts on 3/3/2009 5:11:17 PM
I'd like to throw something out there for comment that I have been curious about for a very long time. Has anyone read the HALO series? These are great books penned by different authors. As one reads each succeeding novel, it is easy (at least for me) to discern distinct writing styles, along with dissimilar methods of character and plot development. This is because they were written by different authors. I sense the same dissimilarities with the Chtoor series compared with the Star Wolf and Child of Grass series. The Star Wolf and Child of Grass series simply lack the sophistication and intricate command of detail and intelligence that the Chtoor series has. Star Wolf and Child of Grass seem to be more callow than Chtoor. Could it be that the reason DG has not delivered on his promise to submit AMFM is because it is not written. And it is not written because he was not alone in writing the first four Chtoor books. As we all know, ghost writers are not unheard of. I don't know is such is the case, but I am curious and invite your comments.
posts on 3/3/2009 4:56:05 PM
There are ISBNs and 'tentative' pub dates for one or two of the next Chtorr books, but that doesn't mean anything. Nailing down an ISBN in advance doesn't guarantee the book is written, or nearing completion.
As for productivity, DG has done/been doing a LOT of other stuff. If he's not got his head into Chtorr regularly, starting/ stopping/ restarting something of that scope and detail is (to put it mildly) a chore.
Be that as it may, while I'd like to see Method, Time, and Case in print to DG's standards asap, I'm not holding my breath nor carping at him to hurry up. Neither does a lot of good, and the universe (and DG) don't owe me anything anyway.
Lots of other good sciFi writers out there to keep one's self amused: Scalzi, KS Robinson, Ringo (Oh, No!), or you could read DG's older or newer stuff if you need a fix. Having said that, Harlie and all the drug references are wee bit dated...
Me, I've got a life, and I'm hoping that the lag does NOT mean DG is unwell, nor unhappy, and may someday finish Method and the others. If not, maybe someday he'll sell the rights to some other aspiring author who thinks they can do it as well, and faster.
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