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With the sad passing of Terry Pratchett today I thought how much fun we'd have had if he'd have written a Pratchettesque 40K novel!!

Which other authors would you like to come and write in the 40K universe and to help things along these don't need to be still alive.

My authors would be:

J R R Tolkein - a master of Grimdark in the Silmarilion
Robert Jordan - his complex and convoluted plots and dark characters would fit well I think
George R R Martin - Game of Thrones is Grimdark in itself
Terry Pratchett - I think his chaotic characters would fit in a story in the Eye of Terror. Come to think of it Discworld could be in the Eye of Terror :)
Frank Herbert - his ability to write sagas crossing thousands of years could fit well into 40K
Joe Abercrombie - his First Law trilogy is very Grimdark
 

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J R R Tolkein - a master of Grimdark in the Silmarilion
Robert Jordan - his complex and convoluted plots and dark characters would fit well I think
George R R Martin - Game of Thrones is Grimdark in itself
Terry Pratchett - I think his chaotic characters would fit in a story in the Eye of Terror. Come to think of it Discworld could be in the Eye of Terror
Frank Herbert - his ability to write sagas crossing thousands of years could fit well into 40K
Joe Abercrombie - his First Law trilogy is very Grimdark
Unfortunately 4 of these are dead, and a 5th (Martin) might end up doing a Jordan and dying before he finishes the series. Abercrombie I could go with though, I really like his stuff.

Mark Lawrence is another one that does good anti-heroes and grim-dark settings.

Going off his debut novel, The Left Hand of God,, Paul Hoffman would also fit right in. Religious extremists butchering everything? He has that well handled.

Steven Erikson. The Malazan books. 'Nuff said.

If we're going to include those that have died, David Gemmell has to be in there as well.
 

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Unfortunately 4 of these are dead, and a 5th (Martin) might end up doing a Jordan and dying before he finishes the series. Abercrombie I could go with though, I really like his stuff.

Mark Lawrence is another one that does good anti-heroes and grim-dark settings.

Going off his debut novel, The Left Hand of God,, Paul Hoffman would also fit right in. Religious extremists butchering everything? He has that well handled.

Steven Erikson. The Malazan books. 'Nuff said.

If we're going to include those that have died, David Gemmell has to be in there as well.
Phew, I was convinced no-one was going to offer any opinions! :grin:

Thanks and I totally agree with Steven Erikson and David Gemmell. I've not read any Mark Lawrence or Paul Hoffman, I'll have to check them out. :)
 

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I would love to see Clive Barker write a horrific short story involving a daemon cult as they silently sacrifice hundreds of people in one night, and have it slowly grow into a massive slaughter as daemons get summoned.

Wouldn't be an epicly expansive story, but would still offer a grimdark look into how not even planets away from the main fighting are still never safe.
 

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This is a Good Question.

Out side of the BL Authors I have 2 Authors that I go out of my way to read all there books.

Number 1, donst count any more. - Toby Frost He wrote the most extent Space Captain Smith books. And I was hopeing that he would one day make a slighty funny, stories about Orks and other 40K things... and then he did Straken... which is almost what I wanted

Number 2, - Ken MacLeod, Has done some of the most influential work in my life! I would love to see him work on some books based on the Unification wars, or even the time before that..
 

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Agreed about Frank Herbert, he'd fit right in with the grimdark.
 

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Granted, he couldn't write new materials, but the late great HP Lovecraft is essentially the basis for the Chaos Gods in description and function, including cultists and funky octopussy-head.
 

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+1 For G.R.R. Martin.

Walter Jon Williams. (Hardwired, Plasma and Voice of the Wirldwind.) is able to make fucking epic stories when he put his mind to it.

Glen Coook (The Black Company) can be Grim Dark Enough, even if he doesn't do well into the description...

Alastair Reynolds (The inhibitor Trilogy.), by the end of the trilogy, it's almost a Warhammer 40K world...
 

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Would love to see someone like Jim Butcher do an Inquisition type novel. I love his writing, especially The Dresden Files, though he'd obviously need to tone down his usual bits of humour to work with a 40k story. But alas, it will never happen.
 

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Hey, if we're wish listing I'd want to see a warhammer book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"So we beat on, battle barges against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the warp."
 

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Screw that, give me a Clive Barker chaos novel - Let him tackle the Emperors Children, post-Heresy and let's see what his brilliant and deprived mind can come up with, in terms of chaos, sex and twisted feelings.

For those who doesn't know Clive Barker he is the guy who wrote Hellraiser, Candyman and other horror novels. He is by far my favorite horror writer.
 

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If R.Scott Bakker writes warhammer novels, especially heresy series...I am certain the end result would be sweet. In fact, his Second Apocalypse series is, though unique and monumental its own right, extremely gritty, grimdark and depraved and quite reminiscent warhammer in many ways.

I just pray he manages to yoke his irresistible, almost pathological urge of describing degraded, depraved and depreciating sex scenes over and over again at least while writing not-of-his-world. I don't want to see blasting black serum again.

Also, I consider K.J Parker and Joe Abercrombie would be another great choice.
 

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J.K. Rowling could do a series of books about child psykers being trained in a school. Quite a dark novel with the ever present risk of perils when unlocking a door or creating a light, and the prospect of the hollow mountain for students without good enough grades in their OWLs and NEWTs
 

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Some awesome suggestions. I wish BL would ask some of the living suggestions to write short stories :)
 
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