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Subject: Roger Elwood
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:03 AM ET
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I have a question about Mr. Elwood's books, Sorry if this is not in the right place, but he was primarily a Sci-Fi writer.

I just finished Ashes in Paradise Book 1 of the Plantation Society Trilogy and have been trying to locate the other 2 books in this trilogy.  Does anyone know if he ever wrote the other two books?

 

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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 6/26/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I have not hear of those books...I looked on Fantasticfiction.com and  Ashes in Paradise is not listed as part of any series.  Here's the link to the page: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/e/roger-elwood/



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Date Posted: 6/26/2009 5:37 PM ET
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According to Amazon.com ISBN-13: 978-0849933905 Ashes of Paradise (Plantation Letters, Book 1). From the 2 reviews for this book ('99 & '01) it dosen't appear that he's written the other 2 yet.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 6/26/2009 7:43 PM ET
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If he hasn't written them "yet" it's too late, since he died in 2007.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 2:21 PM ET
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That may put a hamper on finding the last 2 then....

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 10:33 AM ET
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Apparently, Elwood wasn't so much a SF writer as he was a SF anthologist. As a sidenote, various critics accuse him of singlehandedly ruining the SF anthology market.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 1:41 PM ET
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Interesting.  I have an old anthology he edited that I think is pretty good.  Future City.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 3:23 PM ET
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The problem was that he flooded the market with them during a two-year period, and the quality was uneven. He frequently featured unpublished authors for financial reasons. Some consumers were turned off of anthologies in general.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Whatever.  I have no respect for "purists" who can't handle a shift in markets...like Bram Stoker fans in the post-Twilight era.  Change happens; deal with it.  Elwood edited 61 anthologies in a 14-year period, and also wrote 40 novels.  Martin H. Greenberg has edited over a thousand anthologies in the last 35 years, and still does almost one a month for DAW.  These contain stories by little known authors, and I personally like the flavor this adds.  Critics can say whatever they want, but to complain about what people want and are buying...out of touch and stupid.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 1:14 PM ET
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Looking at what is said on Wikipedia about Roger Elwood, I suspect that the reason there is so much bad feeling about Elwood is that he was an outsider to the field. That is what raised doubts about his motives in flooding the anthology market. He came in, for 3-4 years was putting out 25% of all the anthologies in the SF market (all with quite a few different publishers who probably didn't know that he was working on so many projects) then when the market collapsed (I won't venture an opinion as to why that happened) he left for greener pastures. He probably also made quite a profit if the Wikipedia page is correct, as apparently the usual practice was to pay the anthologist the entire budget for the anthology, then the anthologist paid out of pocket to the writers he commissioned. As most of Elwood's anthologies were predominantly (or even entirely) unpublished writers, he would have had to pay much less out of pocket to them than he would have to seasoned authors.