Here’s a recent trend I can get behind: shared worldbuilding. Mur deserves credit as one of the pioneers here, with the rollout of Playing For Keeps and all the Stories of the Third Wave. Another that caught my eye was the Mongoliad, a serial novel by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and others, with lots of fan participation including artwork and stories (and nitpicking).
Even more recently, Adam Christopher and Angry Robot Books have opened up the fascinating world of Empire State. As a reader, I love this. When you get to the end of a story you love, it’s great to have more material ready and waiting. It’s such a shift from big-company-standard-procedure. (Can you imagine Paramount actively soliciting alternate Star Trek fiction?)
As a writer,
ifwhen I get a novel published, I’m totally going to stealuse this idea.