By the early 1980s, Ron had written two feature-length screenplays, including detailed notes with diagrams on direction, characterization, sets, and sound.
In accordance with his lifelong commitment to aspiring authors, he granted the novelizations of the screenplays to two others—a golden opportunity to collaborate with L. Ron Hubbard. Kevin J. Anderson co-authored Ai! Pedrito! and Dave Wolverton served that function with A Very Strange Trip.
Anderson had been an entrant in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest (17 entries) before he became a professional, disqualifying him from further participation. He attributed much of his initial success as an author to the Contest.
Dave Wolverton was a grand-prize winner of the Writers of the Future Contest. He won in the third year of the Contest and his career skyrocketed immediately after.
The art of adapting a tale from one medium to another often requires innovation. Ron’s stories couldn’t be translated word for word. Unlike a screenplay, a novel allows one to explore a character’s thoughts. The co-authors Anderson and Wolverton took some literary latitude, getting into the heads of Ron’s characters.
Both authors hope the results are as fun for you to read as they were for them to write.