There are many great authors that have penned exceptional stories over the years. However, it takes an extraordinary talented, creative and determined mind to create a good book series. Here’s a list of ten series authors that I’d most love to see write an addition to their epic book series.
J. R. R. Tolkien
As the author behind The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, Tolkien is world-famous for his ability to compose a brilliantly realistic fantasy series. Many fantasy authors consider his series to be the best series of fantasy works ever written. His secret is due mainly to his attention to detail on the setting behind the series; Arda’s Middle-earth is replete with well-documented maps, notes on linguistic dialects, geographic descriptions, and lineages of characters not even explored in his writings. The Lord of the Rings is good as a story, but it has something more in that exists in a very real imagined world. We’d love to see Tolkien write another episode on the world of Arda, possibly showing what happened to Gandalf and the elves after they left Middle-earth, but unfortunately, it will never happen. Tolkien died in 1973.
Few series writers ever receive an award titled “Best All-Time Series”, but Asimov did just that when he won the only Hugo Award ever given in that category for his Foundation series. As such, his series is often touted as the greatest science fiction series ever written, and this title is rarely disputed. His world of over 1,500,000 words crosses a time span of over 20,000 years, following major events in human civilization throughout this entire length of time. Asimov’s series is unique in that each set of books, though interconnected both by plot and setting, nonetheless focuses on different aspects in each book. Early short stories in the series are really just sci-fi detective stories, while later books deal with interstellar politics tens of thousands of years later on; yet somehow the events of both are deeply connected in a way that just can’t be explained unless you read them for yourself. It would be great to see what happens to the galactic civilization after the events of Foundation played out.
Alexander McCall Smith
The Sunday Philosophy Club is the start of one of Smith’s series of books, and is a form of detective novel that integrates ethics and philosophy into a story that reads like a morality tale. What he accomplished in writing this is nothing short of amazing when you consider his first series, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Rarely does real philosophy make its way into genuinely interesting fiction, and less often does it do so in a great detective novel series. That’s why it would be great to see Isabel Dalhousie in a new story, possibly in a more academic, philosophy-oriented mystery.
Considered by many to be the greatest historical fiction romance series of all time is Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Her ability to write a romance novel series that is unlike any other romance novel written previously is what really makes her stand out as a series author. Personally, I’d love to see how Claire Randall deals with more of the historical milestones that are coming up chronologically after the events of Gabaldon’s latest book.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Few authors are as beloved as Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canada’s famous authoress from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is famous for the fictional tales she set on her very own home of Prince Edward Island. Her book, “Anne of Green Gables,” ended up leading to a series of books about Anne, which have inspired feature films, an internationally successful mini series and series. Her other books that also took place in Anne’s fictitious town of Avonlea led to the long-running successful Disney/CBC television series of the 1990s, “Avonlea.” Although she passed away–making any more books from her impossible–I’d love to see a book series found that she had written that brings together two beloved heroines of hers–Sara Stanley and Anne Shirley. The two unforgettable characters that she created would have gotten along well enough to expand into an entire series of just the two of them.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Everyone knows about Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s Holmes series was so popular that it spawned a number of other authors that continue the series to this day. Doyle’s other major series started with The Lost World, which is still recognizable a hundred years later as an awesomely powerful adventure story. It is unfortunate that Doyle never got a chance to start another series in his lifetime.
James Brian Jacques
Jacques Redwall series, although aimed at children, is a fantastic read for all ages. Its description of anthropomorphic animals in and around the Mossflower Woods is a long line of fantastic adventures that many readers enjoy immensely. One part of Mossflower and the Abbey of his books that has yet to be explored is what happens to the surrounding area years after everyone has moved on. It would be interesting to see how the area will change over longer periods of time.
Orson Scott Card
The Ender’s Game series of books is by far one of the best science fiction series ever made. What makes it all the much better is that almost every aspect of the events in the series have already been explored by Card in various ways. But one thing that has yet to be explained is the background previous to the events on Earth, before the original war. It would be very interesting to see how Earth dealt with things before even Mazer Rackham was around.
L. Frank Baum
The Oz series of books, established first by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a literary masterpiece that remains under-appreciated despite its relative popularity today. Unfortunately, many of the adaptations of the original novel made for film and theater concentrated on the part of the series that appeals most to children. But Baum’s genius lied in his ability to write a series that works on multiple levels; even while being entertaining for children, it explores paradoxical ideas quite rigorously, making each book in his series another example of how logic applies in fantasy worlds. In this respect, Baum resembles Lewis Carroll greatly; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland also does this well, though not in a long continued book series like Baum. Since Baum’s time, many new paradoxes have been discovered in logic and mathematics. It would be interesting to see how Baum would write them into one of his sequels.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
As the website LittleHoused.com explains, Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the most recognized authors in the world. Her series of books based upon her own life and adventures as a child pioneer have inspired young readers for years. In the 1970’s, Michael Landon even introduced the books to a lot of children who wouldn’t have otherwise read them with the successful “Little House on the Prairie” series. I would love to see another series of books discovered that she had written before she passed. I would love a new series about more of what happened to her as a child, perhaps a bit more about her sisters as well. What lover of the books wouldn’t like to know the further adventures of the Ingalls?
International Wizard of Oz Club [ http://www.ozclub.org/The_International_Wizard_of_Oz_Club.html ]
Tolkien [ http://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-Biography-Humphrey-Carpenter/dp/0618057021 ]
Little Housed: Laura Ingalls Wilder [ http://www.littlehoused.com/lauraingallswilder ]