Series…you either love them or hate them. It seems that more often than not a new book will either start a series or continue one, forcing fans to have to wait months, if not years (George R.R. Martin/David Gerrold, I’m looking at you), for new installments.
On this week’s SFFaudio Podcast with our own John DeNardo, they were talking about series of books and their discussion lead me (probably directly but I don’t remember the particular spark for the thought) to ponder this question:
Q: Which book series do you want to end?
Now this could be because you think the series in question has worn out its welcome with newer installments being pale imitations of earlier works, or perhaps you think it has reached a natural conclusion and you don’t want any further books to muck it up. The choice is yours.
In thinking about my answer here two things struck me. First, it seems that Fantasy has quite a few more 3+ series than SF. That’s not a scientific result based on research, just a feeling. The Wheel Of Time, Song of Fire and Ice, Wizard’s First Rule, and on and on. The only SF series that comes to mind is Bank’s Culture novels, and being a series based on society spread out over interstellar distances there seems no end to the possibilities, so no, don’t end. Second, if I were to actually name some they would be fantasy series but then again, I’m not a fan of fantasy; I don’t read it as much, and so I stop reading when I get tired of a particular series. That is to say, I’m not going to give an answer, I’d rather hear yours.
So let us know!