The “Star Wars” opening crawl would read something like this:
The Search For The New Heinlein, Part XXVII: MELANCHOLY ELEPHANTS
It is a dark time for the Galaxy of Heinlein Wannabes and Heinlein Fans.
For the longest time, they have searched far and wide for a new writer who
would be like Robert Heinlein: Creative, through-provoking, original — but
exactly like Heinlein, so they won’t have to be surprised or challenged.
Now, a new contender enters the Galaxy and the fans hold their breath:
Can this be their promised savior? The new would-be-Heinlein approaches…
I’m trying to think of a cover that would make sense for a story about the effects of overreaching copyright/patent terms. Perhaps a library, its doors chained shut, its contents visibly crumbling… it would be a lot more *depressing* than this cover, but then that’s the story for you.
However it would require the artist to actually read the story, which is obviously an intolerable constraint on artistic freedom.