The Long Earth Series Continues · 10:44am
I mentioned in my last blog post that I was curious about the status of the Long Earth series with Terry Pratchett gone. Eventually, I broke down and sent an email to Stephen Baxter's contact to ask.
To: Christopher Schelling
Subject: The Long Earth Series
With a release date of this summer, I assume that The Long Utopia is basically done, and will be largely unaffected by the passing of Terry Pratchett. However, as I understand it, there is a contract for 5 books in the series. How will Terry Pratchett's death affect the final book in the series? Will Stephen Baxter complete the series on his own, have the pair already done significant work on the 5th book, or will it be canceled?
From: Christopher Schelling
Subject: Re: The Long Earth Series
Hi Lithl. Thanks for getting in touch. Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett spent most of the time at their first meetings mapping out all five books, and Terry left behind a good amount of his part of the final manuscript. Baxter has a couple other commitments in the meantime but the fifth book will definitely be published.
So, while the news last month was definitely sad, fans of the series can look forward to its completion. There's always a silver lining.