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November 24 2004

Two original Firefly books announced for 2006 and there's also details of Keith R.A. DeCandido's 'Serenity' novelisation as well.

Be interesting to see when these two books are set in the Firefly time line.

..and who's writing them. I never read any of the Buffy novels, was put off by a couple of the graphic novels as the writing wasn't good, poor charaterisation. Did always read the ones written by the actual writers though and they were usually very good.
The Buffy and Angel tie-ins vary in quality, from poor to decent. Apparently this is due to tight time constraints placed on the authors. To be honest, if they're not going to be true to the shows, why bother releasing these at all? Hopefully the Firefly ones will do better.
Right now, the info in the press release is all there is. (It's also not 100% accurate; the publisher didn't just "consider" the possibility of Joss writing the novelization, he had right of first refusal, and I've never written any Angel tie-ins.) All that's known for sure is that there will be two original novels following my novelization. Everything else -- who'll be writing them, when they'll be released, when they will take place -- is still in the process of being worked out.

FWIW, it's a different editor -- in fact, a different editorial department -- handling these novels than handles the Buffy and Angel books. The editor in question, however, is a complete geek, and I say that in the most affectionate manner possible. *grin* I think the novels are in very safe hands.
Thanks for letting us know that Keith. Is there any possiblity one of those books will answer anything left over from the series(like the blue hand men)? One of my dislikes for the Buffy books now is they all take place in the past and contradict characterization instead of giving us newer adventures and resolving plotlines. It'd also be great if guest characters from the 14 eps appear.

[ edited by eddy on 2004-11-24 18:30 ]
krad, we really appreciate you posting the facts as you know them. Thank you and welcome to WHEDONesque.

Seems the previous 'Buffy' and 'Angel' novels I've read have been "hit or miss" with plotlines of other authors. But, I'm looking forward to these 'Firefly' books.
I think the novels are in very safe hands.

Then I'm very much looking forward to them :)
Yes, much thanks Krad. You reassured me greatly that these should be very good books. It's nice to hear that the editor is a geek because that means that the books will most likely be done right because only a Joss geek understands how important it is!

I can't wait for the movie and your book about it and now even more to look forward two with two additional books!
Is there any possiblity one of those books will answer anything left over from the series(like the blue hand men)?

I honestly don't know whether or not the novels will be able to go into things like that. It's one of many details (read: every single frickin one) that still need to be worked out. *grin*

However, I wouldn't get too optimistic. Rarely are tie-in novels given that kind of freedom. If the Buffy and Angel books aren't resolving plotlines from the shows, it's because they've been specifically instructed not to. Tie-in novels take their cue from what's onscreen, not the other way around, and it's quite likely that Joss prefers to reserve resolving major plot points for possible future onscreen versions (whether it's the Buffyverse or the Firefly/Serenity 'verse).
and it's quite likely that Joss prefers to reserve resolving major plot points for possible future onscreen versions (whether it's the Buffyverse or the Firefly/Serenity 'verse).

Hummina hummina! I like the sound of that. :) In the meantime, geek-certified Serenity/FF novels and other expository texts will be welcome additions to the rapidly expanding 'verse, and my bookshelves.

It's one of many details (read: every single frickin one)

So, does Himself have his fingers in every one of these frickin-detail pies? What happens if he runs out of fingers? (Or is that just a silly question.)
As stated above I don't normally bother with tie-ins because of the reasons given by myself and others in this thread. However with krad's reassurance and the large shortage of Firefly stories out there already I hunger for more and so am actually considering getting all three of the aformentioned books. If the two original books were to come out before Serenity I know for sure that I'd buy them, to tide me over if nothing more :)
No one is better than an author himself to tell us how the novel tie-in work. Keith, I'll definetely be checking you Serenity novelization.

Well it's right. I think I read in a interview with Chris Golden, about these limitations in the novels, about how you can start with the characters at any point in the series, you can take them almost wherever the author would like to go, but at the end you would have to find a way to take them back to the original status quo, because nothing can really be changed.

Mutant Enemy production team and Joss himself were always more involved with the comic books, rather than the novels. That's why, when Joss started to get involved more with the Comic Books, Dark Horse were allowed to show stories that were actually covering several holes between seasons or episodes. But that did not happen with the novels.
If the two original books were to come out before Serenity I know for sure that I'd buy them, to tide me over if nothing more :)

Won't happen. They'll be out afterward.


So, does Himself have his fingers in every one of these frickin-detail pies?

It's likely he'd be more involved in this because he isn't running two or three TV shows simultaneously while these books are happening, like he was with the Buffy and Angel books. *laughs*

Again, this is all too early to talk about those kinds of details yet. The beginning of a series of licensed books is always the toughest, as stuff like what you've been asking about is still in the process of being worked out.
Again krad, thanks for sharing that indepth knowledge with us. You made us see a few behind the scene details we weren't aware the writers often face. I'll be the first in line to purchase your novel. Take care :)

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