Sterling E. Lanier Message Board
posts on 4/10/2006 11:33:32 PM
Other authors who decided not to finish a series or who may have died before the series was finished have had their work completed by someone else. With all the great science fiction/fantasy writers out there, isn't there someone who could do this since Lanier doesn't want to?
posts on 4/8/2006 6:21:27 PM
Just reread HJ and UH back to back -- what fantastic books they are.
Given the ease of animation/quasi-real animals in cinema today (like Scooby Doo or Garfield) wouldn't the characters really be fantastic?? I mean, a visual bear or morse?? This would be the most incredible series of movies....making Lanier and his compadres filthy rich!!
But of course Lanier needs to get off his duff and close out the books! What, he's captured our imaginations, and made his buck, and now doesn't feel he owes his most dedicated fans closure???? C'mon, already -- somebody in the know make it happen!!
THIS BEATS POTTER TO DEATH! Does anyone else see the $$$$ potential here???
Anonymous posts on 4/2/2006 5:18:10 PM
I am glad to see that there are some other fans of Mr. Lanier out there still. I would hope that someday there would be an anouncement that his third book (and 4th,5th,etc) books have been written and are waiting to be published. And as I stated in the past there are many authors with well written books out of print who could certainly be bringing revenue to the publishers as well as to themselves and also be bringing much joy to the reading public.
Logan5 posts on 2/24/2006 6:06:58 PM
Yes there was no third book written. I did a fair bit of research on Hiero and Mr. Lanier a while back (not sure where my posts here are at as I do not see them). I even contacted an editor at Del Ray books who gave me some information.
I also found out that he was in an accident (I believe in Europe somewhere). Anyway like a lot of us here it would have been nice to see a third book just to see some loose ends tied up.
Thrasymachus posts on 2/2/2006 5:33:04 PM
I vaguely remember reading that Lanier had started writing the third book in the Hiero series, or at least had some notes for it, but had lost interest in fleshing the story out.
BJS posts on 2/2/2006 5:13:51 PM
I've gleaned some information from elsewhere (I don't think this board wants me to give the links)
"Sterling Edmund Lanier , born in 1927, graduated from Harvard in 1951. When he was an editor at Chilton in the '60s he published Frank Herbert's Dune, which went on to become one of the greatest bestsellers of all time. Lanier was trained as an anthropologist - archeologist. He is also a well-known sculptor whose work is on exhibit in several museums including the Smithsonian. He lives in Maryland."
"To our knowledge, he hasn't written another. Sources tell us he's pretty much given up writing fiction. We suspect he hasn't changed his mind since another Hiero book would be trumpeted around the SF world."
"I did some searching for recent news concerning Mr. Lanier and found the odd story that he'd suffered a serious head injury in a streetcar [!] accident several years ago and that he wasn't interested in continuing Hiero's story."
His middle name might be Edmund or Edward.
And finally, The Curious Quests would seem to be 1986, so my ten year estimate was only half right!
Belinda Stamford posts on 2/2/2006 4:46:23 PM
From my checking the internet I find that there was never a third book written in the Hiero series. Why? Does anyone know? My sister gave me the first two, which I read and liked, but couldn't believe Lanier would leave it unfinished. I would never have read those two if I had known that. My reading time is two valuable to me to waste it on books where the story has no ending.
Thrasymachus posts on 12/27/2005 11:53:56 AM
It appears that Sterling E. Lanier was, in fact, working on a third Hiero novel at some point, but lost interest and moved on to other projects.
My guess is that he believed the end of the Soviet Union had rendered his "Nuclear Devastation" premise obsolete, and that the world of the Death was therefore no longer topical.
The really interesting thing, though, is that Hiero really is topical once again, for a completely different reason. People may not want to read about nuclear apocalypses in science fiction, but people are now increasingly interested in reading about treatments of religion and faith in science fiction that are more subtle than Christopher Stasheff's unconditional embrace of it or Lester Del Ray's unconditional rebuke.
rc145 posts on 12/27/2005 10:13:46 AM
I bought HJ and UH years ago and have read and re read them numerous times.I recently gave them to my Bro in law, who was also loved them. when he asked me if there was ever any thought of more books in the series and i told him i've never found one. it was a great universe- not many books set in post "death" setting.will there ever be any more of Hiero?
Dave posts on 9/19/2005 2:51:28 AM
I like the idea that the evil is some sort of super-computer at WDW; however, from what I've taken from the Hiero books was the constant undertone of the political blundering and scientific exploration that led to the development of nuclear weapons and, ultimately, The Death.
It's not oppressive throughout the entire book of HJ, but the blame for The Death being placed on the governments of the world were very evident during the final conflict in the underground weapon's control center.
That said, and the idealogical world view of "science solves everything" shared by the Unclean, I think the powerful evil in the south that Solitare warned Hiero about is NOT in WDW...nor even in the United States. I think it's in Cuba which, at the time of the books' writing, was still very much a pawn of Soviet Russia, and a communist state; adherents to Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto which declared science, not God, would solve all of man's problems. Just a thought.
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