When I first heard about this show months ago, I saw it presented in at least one place/article/whatever (can't remember where) as a direct Emberverse adaptation. I bought Dies the Fire
and I'm about halfway through it. But anyway, now whenever I look at any material having to do with this show, there is absolutely no mention of Stirling or the Emberverse anywhere.
I guess Kripke (who, by the way, is the actual creator for this, not
Abrams, I describe it to people as a Kripke creation rather than "the next J.J. Abrams show" or whatever) decided to mess with the Change a bit. Perhaps the whole idea of not even having gunpowder didn't go over well with someone making the decisions. But I'm telling you, I'm pretty sure what I saw back earlier in the summer is accurate: This is an Emberverse adaptation with changes, not some sort of rip-off or copy. I mean, don't you think Stirling would take legal action against NBC and Kripke if they were copying his basic premise without asking him first? Having gunpowder work is not enough of a change to make something lawsuit-proof, IMO.
So that said, I have no idea why they're not crediting him. But now the Wikipedia article is namedropping other series/books, including one called Ariel
that predates the Emberverse by about 20 years, went out of print, and his since been reprinted several times. It too involves a "Change" (yes, exact same name) basically identical to Stirling's, except it also creates supernatural creatures and is set in the southeast instead of the northwest. I'd never heard of it, and now I'm wondering how Stirling could have written something so similar without anyone seeming to notice, or without getting himself sued!
Needless to say this is all very confusing...but I'm still very excited for this show.