Books you wish had been written, but weren’t

Paul Raven @ 28-08-2009

Wired‘s GeekDad blog has a post by Corrina Lawson in which she lists five books she wishes had been written, but which were not. They’re mostly continuations of a much-loved series or character, but none of the ones there particularly flick my switches.

So, I thought “why not throw that one open to the Futurismic gang over the coming long weekend?” Drop into the comments at the bottom of this post and call out the unwritten book (or books) you’d most love to have on your shelves.

I’ll start us off: I’d love for Bruce Sterling to write a sequel to Schismatrix (though I’m very certain he won’t), as I can’t think of another stand-alone novel that paints suuch a broad canvas of universe behind the action, and I’d quite like David Zindell to put aside the fantasy epics he’s doing currently for a return to the Requiem for Homo Sapiens universe – anything that combines deep metaphysical weirdness, galaxy spanning space-opera and subliminal references to the Illuminati is a guaranteed winner in this household.

What about you – if you could cause one unwritten book to be published, what would it be, and why?

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11 Responses to “Books you wish had been written, but weren’t”

  1. docduke says:

    How to grow your own nation, from within another

  2. Mark Dykeman says:

    I wish someone had written the true story of how we had a permanent manned settlement on our Moon ten years ago (1999). Of course, that never actually happened, but it would be a cool book to read if it had.

  3. Screen Sleuth says:

    Maybe a follow-up to Harry Potter…resurrecting him as an evil undead wizard, with a new young wizard set to stop him! hahahaha Now that’s genius!

  4. Dominic says:

    A third volume in the Darwin’s Radio/Darwin’s Children series by Greg Bear. C’mon Greg…it’s never too late for this one.

  5. Rick York says:


    I just want to add my wish that Zindell would get back to the Neverness Universe. He’s an extraordinary writer and ides guy. And, his fantasy stuff, all of which I’ve read, doesn’t stand up to the Neverness books.

    I’m really frustrated because all but “Neverness” were published as low end paperbacks, and I’ve read the whole series so often that they’re falling apart.

    Rick York

  6. Rick York says:

    That should have been “ideas” not “ides”.

  7. Jesse says:

    Ian McDonald’s third Chaga book. Please?

    Another Eight Worlds book by John Varley.

    Another Dying Earth book by Jack Vance, written from the perspective of an old man who has seen what the world can be.

  8. Dave from Wichita says:

    I’ve always wanted a sequel to “The Shining”. To see Danny Torance as a grown man, a superpsychic and still a caring individual.

    Steve, if yer listening, that would be my xmas wish.

  9. Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) says:

    Please let Barry Hughart write another book in the chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.

  10. Adam Roberts says:

    I’d like a version of Lord of the Rings as written by Marcel Proust.

    I’m not kidding; I’d really like that.

  11. TomMarcinko says:

    A better final volume to CHUNG KUO by David Wingrove. After 7 (?) volumes, the exhaustion showed.