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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FANTASY DUO WEIS AND HICKMAN TO FORGE NEW… 
19th-May-2005 01:55 pm
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FANTASY DUO WEIS AND HICKMAN TO FORGE NEW TRILOGY

Authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, co-creators of the DRAGONLANCE® world, will pen new adventures

May 19, 2005 (RENTON, Wash.) — Two of the premiere voices in American fantasy fiction have just agreed to write a new hardcover fantasy trilogy titled The Dark Chronicles for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. In this new venture, longtime masters of the fantasy genre Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman will return to Dragonlance, the sprawling magical world they first wrote together over two decades ago. This marks the first time Weis and Hickman have collaborated on a project since the 2002 release of Dragons of a Vanished Moon, the final book in The New York Times best-selling War of Souls trilogy.

The Dark Chronicles trilogy will return to the period of the original Dragonlance Chronicles and will feature some of the more popular heroes and villains from that era. The first book in The Dark Chronicles is currently planned for release in summer 2006.

"The Dark Chronicles tells the tales that took place between the chapters of the original Dragonlance Chronicles," said Hickman. "It is intended to mesh smoothly with the established story millions have come to know and love."

Added Weis, "Many of the characters whom fans have come to know intimately over the last twenty years will again come to life in the new series. You can expect to see all the original Heroes of the Lance—especially Flint, Tanis, Kitiara, Lord Soth, Tasslehoff, and, of course, the brothers Caramon and Raistlin Majere."

"We're very excited about Margaret and Tracy's newest collaboration. They're a dynamic writing team, and their energy and imagination has earned them a tremendously popular following, both collectively and independently. You don't have to be a Dragonlance fan to like their books, since they know how to deliver a great adventure story," said Peter Archer, Associate Publisher at Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

In addition to the new series, Margaret and Tracy will collaborate on a Dragonlance novella, which will feature several characters from their new trilogy. The novella will appear in Here Be Dragons, an oversize trade book scheduled to release in June 2006. That book will also include stories set in different fantasy-themed universes by New York Times best-selling novelist R.A. Salvatore, and by authors Keith Baker and Scott McGough
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19th-May-2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
That is some of the best news I have heard in a long time :D
19th-May-2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Just what the world of fantasy literature needs. Another rehash. We need more Dragonlance fiction like we need another American Idol.
If you like this, have at, but does the same story really need to be rewritten from yet another perspective? Dragonlance has become such a dead horse, someone needs to just let it be what it was almost twenty years ago; a prime example of how game-based fiction could be entertaining and well written.
Margaret, Tracy, if you love something, set it free.
19th-May-2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
i'm stealing your icon. it rules.
19th-May-2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Heh! No stealing the icon I fairly stole from someone else! Uh, well, OK, hae fun with it;)
The evil monkey is my favorite Family Guy character.
19th-May-2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of in agreement. The War of Souls trilogy went from mazing. This unhashed world with SOOO much potential. To crap where everything is destroyed and you basically have to wait for EVEN MORE METAPLOT!!!! Let it go. Let it some to a time when metaplot will not dictate adventures.

The end of the War iof the Lance did this phenominally. After The battle of Palanthas too.

The end of the Chaos war did this...yet again. (although the 5th age system sucked monkey balls). No gods, 30 years after discovering them. SO much potential!

5th Age with the dragons. Also did this. Wonderfully. I lovedf that wonderfully oppresive system where dragons ruled everything and it truly was the Age of Mortals.

The end of the Souls trilogy... *sigh* I hated it, and promptly ran a game set in the end of the Age of Istar. With a bunch of Istarian inquisitors and Solomnic knights as PCs.
19th-May-2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
I am becoming a big fan of the age of mrtals stuff myself. I thin the Wizards Conclave, and minotaur trilogies really help shine new light on the Dragonlance world.

I very much look as Dragonlance from a gamers pov as being been there, done that.

I don't think any of us should judge something until we have read it.
19th-May-2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not judging the books. I am judging the fact that they are being written at all. This kind of action does a disservice to fantasy fiction readers, by feeding them constant rehashes that in no way challenge them to think.
The point behind speculative fiction, like sci-fi and fantasy, is to spark imagination. Constant rehashes do not do that. They lead to stagnation and a degradation of the quality of the entire genre. People that could be reading original, creative, adn thought provoking materials like the Song of Fire and Ice seris by George Martin are instead going to travel the same, dusty, rut ridden path that's been laid out before them for 20 years.
Why was LotR so special? It ended when it needed to (not counting Christopher Tolkien's constant publication of the Professor's notes). Dragonlance needed to be retired years ago. Now, it's the Rolling Stones of fantasy fiction.
19th-May-2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
"Oh no! Drizzt has to fight a skilled and deadly swordsman who wants his head! I guess . . . he'll win or something"
19th-May-2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
oh good. yay. etc.
19th-May-2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
It is intended to mesh smoothly with the established story millions have come to know and love.

How is that possible when the story doesn't even mesh with itself??

And I agree with thathatedguy. While I absolutely love Dragonlance, I think the series needs to be left as done (or should have been a long time ago).
19th-May-2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
If I wasn't already on the floor, I would be. What about the Amber and Ashes set, she should be finishing up on those (the first book is awesome, waiting for the second.)
Dragonlance was the fantasy series that got me heavily into the category, before I even knew exactly what D&D was. After reading the books for about 6 years, I played my first D&D game, and now I'm running a D/L campaign (well, of sorts).
Oh such joyous news.
19th-May-2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm rather jazzed about that.

Though dear Ms. Weis made a bit of mistake in her plug:
"Many of the characters whom fans have come to know intimately over the last twenty years will again come to life in the new series. You can expect to see all the original Heroes of the Lance—especially Flint, Tanis, Kitiara, Lord Soth, Tasslehoff, and, of course, the brothers Caramon and Raistlin Majere."


Um....much as she might like them, Kitiara and Soth are not Heroes of the Lance.

I still wonder why Kit is even mentioned in "The Song of the Nine Heroes" >
20th-May-2005 08:40 am (UTC)
15 years ago the books were great and I loved them dearly. I re-read them 5 years ago and I found the characters shallow and the writing insipid.

I wish people would leave my childhood dreams alone.
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