This is the manifestation of a series fan’s eternal fear – that a beloved author will pass away before the completion of the series. And this has happened before. Sometimes the series is discontinued, sometimes other writers take it up. When the latter happens, they might take the story in an unexpected direction or may not live up to the previous books, or may outshine the story. Whatever happens, this change of authorship defines the series, as it has done in these books. Here we have listed some famous authors who died before finishing a book series.

Frank Herbert (Dune)

Auteurs célèbres décédés avant de terminer une série de livres - Frank Herbert
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – Franck Herbert

Herbert’s magnum opus and a work that defined the genre of science fiction, Dune, isn’t written entirely by him. Post the release of the debut of the series, Frank Herbert write six more books over a period of twenty years. After this, it was his intention to write more books but he unfortunately passed away. Thirteen years later, his son Brian and sci-fi author Kevin Anderson fulfilled Herbert’s dream by materializing two more books to conclude the series.

Robert Jordan (La roue du temps)

Robert Jordan
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – Robert Jordan

Jordan a largement dépassé ses propres plans lorsqu'il a créé le chef-d'œuvre de la science-fiction, Wheel of Time. Il a étendu la série d'un volume prévu de six volumes à une série couvrant quatorze livres, à l'exception des préquelles et des romans compagnons. Cependant, il s'est vite rendu compte avec désespoir qu'il ne vivrait peut-être jamais pour terminer la série. Il a donc commencé à esquisser de nombreuses notes pour la même chose. Maintenant, le célèbre auteur de fantasy Brandon Sanderson a terminé non pas un mais trois livres à partir de ses notes.

Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Auteurs célèbres décédés avant de terminer une série de livres - Douglas Adams
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – Douglas Adams

Post finishing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams started writing another book, ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ for his Dirk Gently series. But then he changed his mind and decide to incorporate the material of that book into a sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Apparently, in this version of the series, he wanted to end on a happier and less grim note. However, unfortunately this never happened and he passed away. However, the material was then published in a collection of his unpublished works, posthumously and without editing.

JRR Tolkien (Les enfants de la ruine)

J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien

Everyone knows Tolkien for his worldbuilding and as the heralder of the epoch of fantasy (to be really dramatic). Anyway, Tolkien is the author of the most famous fantasy series ever, The Lord of the Rings. However, he was also a master fantasy author and wrote copious notes on worldbuilding, fantasy writing and more. So when he passed away without finishing the Children of the Ruin or Silmarillion. Thankfully, his son Christopher Tolkien compiled those notes and created books to keep his father’s legacy alive.

Gordon Dickson (Le cycle de Childe)

Auteurs célèbres décédés avant d'avoir terminé une série de livres - Gordon Dickson
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – Gordon Dickson

The Childe Cycle est une merveilleuse science-fiction militaire mettant en scène quatorze mondes humains qui effectuent des voyages interstellaires pour se gagner les uns les autres. Une série méticuleusement planifiée, Dickson a passé de nombreuses années à perfectionner l'histoire. Cependant, malheureusement, il est décédé juste avant de terminer le dernier livre. Personne n'est intervenu pour remplir ses chaussures géantes depuis.

L Ron Hubbard (Mission Terre)

L Ron Hubbard
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – L Ron Hubbard

The author of Mission Earth, L Ron Hubbard passed away after releasing only the first book in the series. Afterwards, Xenu continued writing the series on his behalf. This book is a sweeping science fiction that includes interstellar travel and alien invasions – and is considered a masterpiece of its genre today.

Robert Ludlum (série Jason Bourne)

Auteurs célèbres décédés avant d'avoir terminé une série de livres - Robert Ludlum
Famous Authors Who Died Before Finishing a Book Series – Robert Ludlum

This espionage thriller series about a man who wakes up with no memory of the past was Ludlum’s passion project. However, he passed away after writing the first three books. Post this, Eric Van Lustbader took up the project. Since, eight books in the series have come out. Thankfully, this is one of the series in which the quality has been maintained.

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