Cover to Cover #323A: Franchises, Tie-Ins, and Zombies, oh my!

The Living DeadVoicemail: Tim Low adds to Laurell K. Hamilton's comments on sex; Lejon wonders if authors can trademark themselves in order to prevent publishers from continuing stories in their universes after they've shuffled off this mortal coil; Jordan wonders what the difference between authors writing in a franchise and authors who continue stories in another author's creations; Matt Selznick takes Stackpole to task over his stance on "zombie" novels, given the Conan novels that he'd written.

Comment: Author Michelle M. Welch gives us a little more history and back story about Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next book, and the series it belongs to. Don't let the confusing and off-putting back cover copy dissuade you.

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The Library: New this week: The Age of Conglomerates by Thomas Nevins; Bitten to Death by Jennifer Rardin; The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfield; Flight: Volume 5 by Kazu Kibuishi; City at the End of Time by Greg Bear; The Living Dead edited by John Joseph Adams; The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas.

Promo: The Babylon Podcast
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Link: Charles Stross