aaroi wrote:And if you are inspired enough to write a series of books set in a particular world with particular characters, then all the more power to you. After all, the hardest thing about writing a story, is writing a story.
As for myself, there are some characters/ideas/settings that only compel one story, others that have inspired many,
Having two novels of a series published, I have a particular interest in this topic. Quite apart from the present market dynamic that series are more successful that separate stories, I'd suggest if a writer has an otherworld scenario and characters strongly enough in mind to build an SF novel from them, then they are too substantial to quickly let go. Even if writer isn't immediately moved to follow up with a sequel, there is a great deal of speculative possibility still unwritten that it seems almost inevitable to burst forth eventually. In literary fiction, where the characters and scenario are picked merely to act out a theme, the situation is different.
I tend to question the process when groups of writers, or hired hacks, produce formula stories based on a popular series. The motive is purely financial and the writers need to be particularly inventive if the average reader is to keep following stories with progressively less creative fire for an extended period.
Would I want someone to pick up my stories after I'm dead and keep them going? Not sure -- where does he mail the royalty cheques?