J.K. Rowling's new novel: "The Casual Vacancy":

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26 Colonial1.110th May 2012 08:52:36 AM from The Marvelous River City , Relationship Status: In season
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Sounds fun to me.
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27 TamH7010th May 2012 04:13:01 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Well, can't speak for the Medicus, but it sounds terrible to me because it sounds a helluva lot like the Dursleys go to Midsomer Mere. And I hate both the Dursleys and Midsomer Murders.
"Pagford", eh? That wouldn't happen to be anywhere near Paggleham, would it? evil grin
I notice that the book isn't being published under Bloomsbury like Harry Potter was. Instead, the publisher is "Little, Brown and Company". Do authors often publish under the same company or can they can easily go to different publishers like actors can do with film studios?

edited 2nd Jun '12 11:50:04 AM by DS9guy

Sounds interesting enough, though I had hoped her next book would be science fiction.
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Science fiction? Why would you think Rowling would go in that direction?

I expected something like this, or perhaps a crime and/or thriller novel.
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32 SKJAM2nd Jun 2012 04:46:25 PM , Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
@DS 9 Guy: It depends on the contract they've signed. If it's a one-off book contract, the author (or more likely their agent, now that they've made their first sale) is free to shop their next book around to any publisher they feel like. If the publisher feels the writer has decent potential, they might sign a multi-book contract ("You have to offer your next three books to us first, and you can't publish any other books until you've finished your work for us.") If the author's sold them on a series, then the contract will usually state that all "Tales of Troperia" books must be published through the original publisher until the contract can be dissolved.

"Work for hire" (for example, Star Trek tie-in novels) belongs to the publisher/rights holder in the first place, so the writer can leave any time they've completed their obligation to sell their own work to any publisher they feel like.

It's common for productive writers who have the speed to write three, four books a year to have one publisher for their science fiction, another for their bodice-ripper romances (under a pen name) and a third for their non-fiction children's history books.
I suppose it could still possible be science fiction, but I want far flung in the future science fiction.
34 TamH702nd Jun 2012 05:42:38 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Does J.K. Rowling have any grounding in science or has she expressed a wish to write science-fiction books? I am really not being bitchy by asking as I am actually curious as to why anyone would think that she would do the latter if she has not given any such signs in the past?
Three-Puppet Saluter
No and no. From the World Book Day interview:

zwimmey: Have you considered writing childrens' science fiction, or will you move on to a completely new genre?

JK Rowling replies -> I don't think I'd be very good at science fiction; you need to know some science! Probably a completely different genre.

edited 4th Jun '12 6:21:41 AM by DomaDoma

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36 chihuahua04th Jun 2012 10:18:02 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Rowlings probably think that her fantasy would be better than her soft sci-fi.

Hmm...Little, Brown and Company seemed to have published Twilight, I think.

Meanwhile, I'll probably get Rowlings upcoming book once it comes out. Strange enough, there doesn't seem to be a lot of hype over it, but I guess she wants a more quieter transfer to another demographic.

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Yeah, all the hype would necessarily be "BY THE AUTHOR OF HARRY POTTER", which isn't what she's going for at all. (Her way of laying the groundwork for plot twists is definitely an asset in this kind of book, but I don't see that getting on a cardboard cutout at Barnes and Noble.)
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38 TamH704th Jun 2012 02:23:16 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Ok thanks doma. I was curious is all. So folks who thought that her next book would be sci-fi had false expectations? That's nothing new.
[up][up][up]Well no one really knows what it's about. Hard to get hyped up when the description is so vague.

edited 4th Jun '12 2:27:40 PM by Moth13

40 deathpigeon4th Jun 2012 02:36:45 PM , Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Personally, the description given, coupled with what I know about JKR's writing style, strengths, and weaknesses, has me really excited for this.
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You don't need a firm grounding in science to write science fiction.

Look at Star Wars.
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There's a difference between science fiction and space opera. Space opera is more the "fantasy and adventure in space" type. But hey, she shouldn't be forced into writing something she's not comfortable with.
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I...I am okay with this. Supposedly boring premises actually ends up quite enjoyable, I have found. Downton Abbey was surprisingly good when I watched it. So small town politics would be my cup of British tea. Besides, I've been meaning to switch my genre away from ASOIAF and Warhammer 40k books to new horizons.
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44 Morven5th Jun 2012 12:00:27 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
@Freezair: yet space opera is a subgenre of science fiction, regardless. But yes, I agree, she should work on what brings her joy.
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Science fiction is generally an extension of the present. Pretty much all of the "futuristic" elements in any given sci-fi work are probably going to seem pretty outdated even a few years after the book is published since most authors don't really have any original ideas about the future (they just see the future as a linear extension of the technology they see around them in the present).

I don't necessarily see a reason why Rowling couldn't write a decent science fiction book given Clarke's Third Law.

edited 6th Jun '12 2:22:08 PM by naroinar

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True, space opera is an extension of sci-fi, but the expected tropes and the scientific rigor expected are generally kinda different.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
I don't necessarily see a reason why Rowling couldn't write a decent science fiction book given Clarke's Third Law.

Aside from not wanting to?
Space Opera is really just Space Fantasy. Let's be real here.
49 peccantis8th Jun 2012 05:44:45 AM , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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I can't decide whether I like the fact or not that she had the brass to call this new important character Barry. Kind of makes me wonder if the next one will be Larry, and the next one Garry... :P
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reads description: meh.. Seen it before. Sounds boring.

Reads description and thinks of author's track record: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

edited 8th Jun '12 6:39:14 AM by dontcallmewave

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