Monday, April 06, 2009

More Proof Publishing is Dead: Publish the Dead!



I'm way beyond the biting the hand that feeds me worry. HarperCollins announced today that it is publishing two books by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. He's dead, recall. They are dressing up two manuscripts found in a box, no doubt. One's about pirates in Jamaica. Yes, pirates. The other's "science fiction," coming out in late 2010.

No need to be creative, or develop anything new, okay? Sheesh...

8 comments:

Chicama Vineyard said...

I am a huge fan of Crichton's, but in a general sense and certainly philosophically, you are absolutely right.

Anonymous said...

He's a product, and they will exploit it from beyond the grave rather the groom the next generation.

lincolnperry said...

There is hope in new talent, just read excert from Colson Whiteheads new novel Sag Harbour!

Christopher Chambers said...

Colson used to live there with his parents Archie and Mary Ann (Sag Harbor) when he was a kid...and before he got artsy-fartsy lol.

Pebbles Flinstone said...

Well this is sad. But remember, they do this all the time in the recording industry. How many new Tupac albums have there been since his death? I agree that they are products and will continue to be exploited.

Frank Drackman said...

Heck, they've been sellin Martin Lucifers Post-Mortem stuff for over 40 years now...

Wendy Coakley-Thompson said...

Shameless plug: I wrote about this trend in my column on Examiner.com.

http://www.examiner.com/x-6658-DC-Publishing-Industry-Examiner

I'm trying to physically hold my tongue about this practice, being an author myself.

Michael A. Gonzales said...

i doubt they found anything, but i'm sure somebody is writing them as we speak. the man may die, but branding is forever.