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PerfectDayForDying said: I would like to think that folks who have the intellectual capacity to read also have that capacity to tell the difference between an author's original work and follow-on books that are "based on" the original... which is really just a fancy name for fanfic. I would like to think that those readers will judge the work in that light.
For example, Ian Fleming's 007 books have a particular style and tone, and as good as some of the later Bond books written by other authors are, it's still fairly obvious that they aren't "the real thing", kinda like how the cheap Best Value Cola at the grocery store is similar to, but definitely not the same as CocaCola. And when you buy that cheap-ass crap, you know exactly what you're getting, you know that you're settling for second best, and you don't hold it against the CocaCola folks for the difference.
At then end of the day though, everything comes back around to money, we all know this. As long as the Sigler estate is getting a fair piece of the action from the publisher, I don't see an issue with it. I don't think that follow-on works by other authors necessarily damages the integrity of the originals or their author's memory, because reasonable people will recognize them as someone else's interpretation of the where the story might have gone.
I guess my point is that as long as people know that "NOCTURNAL, the sequel! Based on the novel INFECTED" didn't actually come directly from the twisted mind and fingers of the FDO himself, they will regard it as such. If it is a good story, they'll say "hey, Scott would be pretty proud of this, but it still doesn't really count as canon." If it is a sucky story, real fans will say "wow, Scott will probably drag himself up from whatever realm he wound up in after Hell kicked him out for being too much of a badass and tear the still-beating heart out of the chest of whatever hack wrote that garbage... oh and it definitely does not count as canon."
Not that it really matters, because we all know that the powers of absolute darkness the FDO possesses renders him effectively immortal anyway.