Which famous sci-fi author wrote the worst book he could on a bet?
March 21, 2006 7:49 AM Subscribe
Which famous sci-fi author bet another author that if he wrote the worst book he could, it would become a hit?
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Long ago, I read a science fiction novel (don't recall which one), where, in the foreword (or afterword), the author told the following story:
Two famous science fiction authors were arguing about just how awful the public's taste was. One author proposed a bet: He would write the cheesiest, most cliched book he could possibly write, and it would become a hit. He wrote such a book, and it became such a big hit that the public demanded several sequels.
The author telling the story said that he wouldn't print the names of these authors, but that it was a very well-known story, and you could ask around at any sci fi convention to get the names. It's been almost 20 years and I still haven't been to a sci fi convention. Does anyone know any more about this story? I'm starting to wonder if it's a trick played on conventiongoers or something.