The media-tie-in post
Some of my greatest memories of high school were reading my way through whatever Doctor Who books I could get my hands on. Before that it was Star Trek and after Dr. Who I moved on to Star Wars. I also read plenty books that weren’t media-tie-ins, but there’s something comfortable about returning to my favorite characters from TV and the movies. The following are some of my recent encounters with media-tie-in novels.
The Horus Heresy
Let me start by saying that I have no idea what the Horus Heresy is. However, I was browsing through the bookstore Monday, and came across books that were part of this series. I liked the covers, and since I was browsing the SFF section to write down a list of publishers (I like to make sure I know what imprints are getting the shelf time), I took note of Black Library. I’d not heard of them and was surprised to learn that they’re the publishers of the Warhammer 40k tie in novels.
Basically, by restricting the Warhammer 40k labeling to a small section on the back of the book and shelving these by author with the rest of the of the SFF, they piqued my interest. I may very well have to read one of these at some point.
I don’t recall what led me down this particular tube on the interwebs, but there’s an award for media-tie-in work given out by the International Association of Media Tie In Writers. Of course, the first thing i did update the Scribe Award data on LibraryThing … because I do that kind of thing.
If I played more first person shooter games, I probably would have devoured all the novels by now. I probably will in any case. I enjoyed a handful of Eric S. Nylund’s books before he wrote his Halo novels, so I’ll probably like those. I’ve read and reviewed Tobias Buckell’s novels, Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose. So I’m pretty sure I’ll like The Cole Protocol. The final bit of news is really the reason for this post. According to Locus, Greg Bear has been tapped to write a trilogy set before the events of the games. That’s exciting. Thanks to Tim for pointing that out and thanks to Locus for generally being awesome.