I read a lot of writer-blogs. One of my favorite is Genreality. Author Diane Peterfreund has a short post about The Tragedy of Unifinished [book] Series (in general) and her unfinished series (in particular) – and why those sometimes happen (unicorns? I love unicorns. Definitely going to have to look up her work…) but for me, the true tragedies are when the author dies.
I’ll be rereading the Wheel of Time in preparation for A Memory of Light to come out in January – I am so glad that circumstances were such that his wife was able to see that Robert Jordan’s masterpiece could be completed – and in such style. But my oldest son, my 17-year-old, regularly asks about his most-wished-for book – Pondicherry, the next in the Redwall series, that Brian Jacques was working on when he passed away. It doesn’t appear that it will be finished.
It may be foolish of me to think this way – but I believe in heaven, the words are never blocked, and the stories always flow, and there WILL be more to read from our favorite authors… because I’m not so sure it *could* be heaven without books.