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James Cameron Taps Sci-Fi Author for ‘Avatar’ Novels

Four books by Steven Charles Gould will expand stories told in films

James Cameron has tapped sci-fi author Steven Charles Gould to pen four novels based on “Avatar” and its three sequels.

Gould is best known for his 1992 novel “Jumper,” which Fox and New Regency adapted into the 2008 film. He’s also known for “Rory,” a short story that earned a Hugo Award nomination, and novelette “Peaches for Mad Molly.” Other novels include “Wildside,” “Reflex,” a sequel to “Jumper”; and “Impulse.”

Twentieth Century Fox recently announced it had assigned screenwriters to its upcoming “Avatar” installments, which the studio plans to unspool around Christmas beginning in 2016.

“Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction, and I’ve long admired the worlds and characters he’s created in his books and stories,” Cameron said. “He is already working closely with me and the screenwriters to flesh out the expanding world of ‘Avatar.'”

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