Arkobla Conn said:2. What is the criteria for writing an acceptable story in this world? Will any of us ever be content with anyone other than REH?
I can certainly be content with other authors. I have a fairly large library at home and I enjoy a rather wide selection of authors. As for criteria, I do like to begin with proper punctuation. Then we can go onto an interesting cast of characters who impact the storyline (as opposed to just a large list of names without a lot of personality to them), and an interesting story that does not get bogged down in too many details about mundane issues or that runs around in seemingly endless circles without resolution.
I enjoyed a lot of the Roy Thomas comics and a lot of the new Dark Horse comics, so authorship is not the issue so much as quality of authorship. I also like the Andrew Offut pastiches.
Actually, if he had written his Kern novels in first person, I wouldn't have been bothered so much by the fragments, as we would be inside his head.