I'm reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It's a western novel (not SF&F-related). Although the writing, setting and characters are excellent and
I'm working on a novel that is about that right now. A coalition of six nations travels to another planet and sets up their own cities, then loses contact
**Situation for the author right before you come along:
Author has sold and got royalties from X number of physical copies
The Foundation series for sure.
This was already touched on a little bit, but the idea of death being a bad thing that needs to be avoided at all costs. Even talking about death seems