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George Slusser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038228

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.001.0001

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(p.173) Conclusion
Gregory Benford

George Slusser

University of Illinois Press

This conclusion considers one particular aspect of Gregory Benford's science fiction, an open process of creation, which means not only his interest in collaborating with other writers, but in actually writing sequels to their work, in which he continues a story they started, and in the manner of a creative dialogue, blends his vision skillfully with theirs. One notable example is Beyond the Fall of Night (1990), a rewrite of Arthur C. Clarke's Against the Fall of Night (1953). Writing this novel seems to have spurred Benford, in turn, to write a sequel to his own sequel, the novel Beyond Infinity (2004). This chapter looks at Benford's collaborations with authors such as Gordon Eklund, William Rotsler, and David Brin, as well as his participation in the project known as the Second Foundation Trilogy, a series of novels that proposed to fill in gaps in Isaac Asimov's original Foundation cycle.

Keywords:   science fiction, Gregory Benford, sequels, Beyond the Fall of Night, Arthur C. Clarke, Against the Fall of Night, Beyond Infinity, collaboration, Second Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov

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