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Discussion: Shared World SF

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Today’s topic comes from QSFer ‘Nathan Smith:

I’d love to see a discussion of shared-world sf – sort of like Geroge R.R. Martin’s “Wild Cards” series, where multiple authors tackle the same setting and use each other’s characters, etc.

I know there are a few of these kinds of places out there – common worlds where you can build your own story in a shared world.

So my questions for today – do you know of any, and have you written for or read any of them? Does the idea of writing in someone else’s world appeal to you? Can these worlds really be cohesive, with so many writers/creators in the mix?

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  1. I’ve never tried to write for any because I feel the interest in it would be really low. Even though legally you have the freedom to do what you want with the world, it has such a strong fanfic spirit to it… I just feel like investing a lot of time and energy writing that story would have very little payoff. People wouldn’t take it seriously or would assume they needed to be familiar with the source material before reading your work. as a hobby, it might be interesting to explore, but as a serious writing project, I feel like it would be a waste of time.

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