Full record for sharecropped adj.

Definition having the quality of a sharecrop
OED requirements antedating 1989
Earliest cite Charles N. Brown in Locus
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from the Clute/Nicholls "Encyclopedia of SF". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1989 cite from Charles N. Brown in Locus. Enoch Forrester submitted a 1998 cite from Thomas Disch's "The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1994 cite from John Kessel's review column in F&SF.

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1989 C. N. Brown in Locus Feb. 31/1 The 64 novelizations included 11 Star Trek novels, 11 from other tv series, eight movie novelizations, 14 novels based on games, and 20 sharecropped books—either set in shared universes or based on other authors' franchises.
1993 J. Clute Sharecrop in J. Clute & P. Nicholls Encycl. Sci. Fiction 1091/2 To describe a text as sharecropped is in 1992 almost certainly to disparage it as commodity fiction, designed to fit a prearranged marketing slot and written to order according to strict instructions from the owner.
1994 Interzone Mar. 69/1 Second of a sharecropped trilogy (mainly by Gentry Lee) based on Clarke's original novel Rendezvous with Rama.
1994 J. Kessel Books in Mag. of Fantasy and Sci. Fiction Apr. 28/2 And we have tons of meretricious crap, media generated and oriented fodder, sharecropped sequels to books by dead writers whose corpses are being used as brand names, endless fantasy quest series, endless militaristic wet dreams.
1998 T. M. Disch Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of 211 The Star Trek franchise has been a gold mine for almost everyone concerned—even, to a degree, for those who have written product for them. Admittedly, their slice of the pie (if any) is smaller than it would be were they to write their own books. At best, they may get a 2 percent royalty, as against standard hardcover royalties of 10 percent and paperback royalties of 6 or 8 percent. But 2 percent of a bundle is better than 10 percent of a smidgeon‥. A couple such stints of labor each year will pay the bills and still leave a lot of time for product that isn't ‘sharecropped’ in this way.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando v. 209 ‘Probably not,’ Amber says slowly, pausing for a moment to spawn spectator threads to run down the book and all three movie versions of Nineteen Eighty-Four, followed by the sharecropped series of sequel novels.