I did like the allusions to The Final Reflection
in Marco Palmieri's story in the Vanguard anthology, but there can never be more than that, I guess. The use of the characters, perhaps, but they would be different - and probably poorer for their use in Ford-imitation. TFR is very much a piece of 1980s genre literature with its doses of dystopia and energy worries and its treatment of unreliable authorship; it also fits into that phase of books about games such as Iain Bank's The Player of Games - and like that book, it hasn't quite
dated, rather matured.
I'd really recommend reading Fredric Jameson's Archaeologies of the Future
, it helps place books like TFR
in their late Modernist context.