The future of science fiction and fantasy is in the hands of a handful of writers and publishers.
One of them is Neil Gaiman, author of “Sandman,” and the creator of “American Gods,” which he co-wrote with Bryan Fuller.
Fuller, who has written for HBO and AMC, and Gaiman have collaborated on a number of projects, including “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the latter of which was a best-seller for Amazon, the streaming service.
Both Gaiman and Fuller have also written for other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired.
(Fuller declined to comment.)
In addition to “American God,” the two have co-written the second installment of their “Gaimanverse” (the term for a universe in which Gaiman’s characters exist in a parallel universe where they are not from Earth) that is set in a world that is ruled by the powerful wizard Gaiman himself.
Gaiman told The Hollywood Reporter in May that he has “never read a single book that wasn’t the same as another.”
(Fullers version of “The Hobbit” is a version of the story set on the fictional island of Rivendell.)
“Sandmen” was published by Dark Horse Comics, and “American Gaiman” is published by Image Comics.
Grafting on Fuller’s “Glimmer of Hope,” Gaiman wrote in his book, “When the World Collides,” that the only way to get “Sandmonsters” into people’s heads is to have a character of color writing the story.
“When you have an author who has been around the block a couple of times and who has this unique perspective on the world and the story that he’s telling and who is also writing the book, you’re in for a treat,” he said.
“That’s what I’ve always loved about Neil Giam.
He’s very, very good at that.
I think he just gets the story from all the angles, and he just takes it to the next level.”
The success of “Grimm,” which is set on Earth in the late 1940s, and is based on the novel by Gaiman that he coauthored with Christopher Golden, “Glamour” author of the graphic novel “Bait” (published by DC Comics) in 1996, is not to be taken lightly.
“Gimmie” was a big hit on the first day of its release, and it was followed by another four books, which grossed more than $1.5 billion at the box office, including the “American Gothic” books, “The Fall” (co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub) and “The Night Watch” (Gaiman).
“Gimp,” which was released in 2015, is set to be followed by a sixth book, titled “Sand-Monsters,” which will be out in 2017.
“Sand Monsters,” which Giam and Fuller co-created, has already won critical acclaim, with Variety saying that it is “the best science fiction book of the year, and one of the best science-fiction books ever.”
The author and his wife have also been nominated for the Nebula Awards for best novel, best short story and best short fiction.
But the best-selling science fiction series is currently in its fifth season, with “Farscape,” the current hit TV series starring George Takei and Dax Shepard, earning nearly $3 billion in its first season.
Giam, who is the co-author of “Fahrenheit 451,” the science fiction classic by Isaac Asimov and Walter Mitty, said he is looking forward to “Gimme Some Lemmings.”
“I’m excited about that because it’s a lot of fun to make fun of things,” he told The Associated Press in March.
“I like to take a funny turn with the science and make it very entertaining.”