Over at Whateveresque, they’re having a conversation on literary “One Hit Wonders” — folks who had one interesting/impressive book, and then just sort of dropped off the face of the earth. I myself offered up as an example Barry Hughart, who wrote the absolutely wonderful and World Fantasy Award-winning Bridge of Birds, but then had bad luck on the next two books in the series and then more or less dropped out of publishing, as far as I can tell. My paperback copy of Bridge of Birds went missing long ago, but I bought the omnibus edition of the series when it came out, which I suspect is now out of print, which is a shame. I hope one day Hughart is able to get back to the writing; I’d like to read more of his stuff.
If you’re a Whateveresque member, you can add your own favorite “one-hit lit” pick there; if you’re not, share in this thread the authors who you think wrote too little, and should write more.