George R.R. Martin, creator of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, was recently asked on his blog if he would allow other writers to contribute to ASOIAF universe. This is what he had to say:
OneFairfax: “Do you think Daniel and Tyler could eventually write stories in the ASOIAF universe?”
George R.R. Martin: “Uh… no.”
OneFairfax: “Do you see anyone? Or will ASOIAF books forever remain your work alone?”
George R.R. Martin: “I don’t see anyone else ever writing (legally) in that universe.”
Daniel Abraham and Tyler (Ty) Franck are the authors of The Expanse book series, which GRRM was discussing on his blog. Daniel collaborates regularly with Martin and Franck was his personal assistant for some time.
Fans of the ASOIAF series are worried that Martin, 67, may not live long enough to complete the books and have often wondered whether someone else will be allowed to complete his work, if he passes away. Martin, however, has openly opposed to the process of other people finishing his work. He was also asked this question back in 2013 to which he replied – “Not while I’m alive.” He added:
“I don’t think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendants, or people who didn’t actually know the writer and don’t care about his wishes. It’s just a cash cow to them. And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”
GRRM also cited Lord of the Rings Universe as an example of what he hopes happens to his legacy and is glad that J.R.R Tolkien’s son Christopher finished his father’s work but didn’t allow anyone else to write in that universe.
“I’m sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say ‘yes, go ahead, let’s write Sauron Strikes Back. I hope I never see Sauron Strikes Back written by some third rate writer who leaps at the opportunity.”
Martin has also openly spoken against fanfiction in the past and thinks that it’s disrespectful to an author if he doesn’t want others to use his world and characters.
“Consent, for me, is the heart of this issue. If a writer wants to allow or even encourage others to use their worlds and characters, that’s fine. Their call. If a writer would prefer not to allow that… well, I think their wishes should be respected.”