Author: Todd

Copyright Question from Rebecca

Copyright Question from Rebecca

I wish to ask about the dragons of Pern because I begin to fully flesh out my novel about my own dragons. I got an idea about a young woman from our world falling into a world of dragons and other flying creatures, realizing she has the ability to hear all dragons when they speak through telepathy to their riders. Since this is based on similar characters from the Pern series, I would like to ask permission to write this into my story before I start. I am seeking to become published so that is why I ask permission. I have another, completed work unrelated to this that also plan to continue, but this idea has been in my mind for a long time since I first read the Harper Hall Trilogy.


Hi Rebecca,

Gosh, I am really glad you thought to ask.  It shows a lot of respect for Mum and her Pern.

I’m not an expert on this stuff.  My opinion has no bearing on the Anne McCaffrey Literary Trust.  You cannot use this response as a justifiation for your acts, e.g.: “Well, I asked Todd…” 

I am NO expert on copyright. Also, I am NOT a lawyer. That said, I can offer you some suggestions.

As a potential author you should make it your business to know copyright law. Check out the U.S. Copyright Office. Gain an understanding of what copyright is and entails.

You might want to read Mum’s Fan Fiction Rules. What you’re talking about is NOT fan fiction as you’re hoping to get published (and get paid).

If you’re new to writing, consider writing shorter works. The skills you’ll gain are easily applicable to longer works. In fact, Weyr Search which is the first part of Dragonflight was published as a noveltte in Analog and Mum did this with a lot of her stuff (The Ship Who Sang,To Ride Pegasus… the list goes on).

Mum was a judge of L. Ron Hubbard’s The Writers of the Future, it’s a great place to submit short work for first time authors.

You may want to consider Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series which, I’m told, has many similarities to Mum’s works.  George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones has “dragons” in it (really, as they’ve only got two legs, not four, they’re technically wyverns), so do plenty of other fantasy stories.  Also note that publishers will be familiar with The Dragonriders of Pern® and will shy away from anything that’s clearly too derivative.

Cheers,

Todd

The New Dragonholder

The New Dragonholder

I’ve been working on a new release of Dragonholder, the scrapbook of Mum’s life.

I’m getting quite close but still have to place pictures, add captions and get everything just right.

I’ve also added a few sections to bring things up to the end of Mum’s life.

But while I was working on it, I decided to add this very last piece to the book and I wanted to share it with you now:

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Lament from Dale

Lament from Dale

Its 2018; is there any hope of a Pern movie being made in my lifetime? (By the way, I am 65 years old, so please hurry with it….)


Dale,

I guarantee you that if all that was required was a snap of the fingers, a Pern movie would have been made ages ago! Mum would have loved to have seen it.

But we live with the golden rule: “He who has the gold makes the rules.”

In Hollywood, that’s the studios, not authors.

Studios have been interested and optioned the rights to Pern for the past 34 years.

So far none has ever come to fruition.

Maybe some day…!

Question from Holly

Question from Holly

I had a question about ‘The Girl Who Heard Dragons’. What was up with that book? It was like it switched to an entirely different story part way through. Love the series. I started with ‘Dragon Song’ when I was 12 and have read every book since. But was rather confused by that one particular book. Would you be willing give some insight please?


Hi Holly,

The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a collection of short stories, not a novel.

Cheers,

Todd