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The Problem With Prequels

2017/05/27 Leave a comment

Prequels have a fundamental problem.

Much like sequels, they have a dependence on the world and character that already exist.  But, because the existing story is in the future, you’ve got bigger constraints.  Main characters who show up later can’t be killed off, reducing some of the tension in the story.  The same is true for major landmarks or planets or whatever being threatened by doom — we already know how it’s going to end.  If you want to play with that ending, you’re at risk of serious continuity errors and perhaps retconning, with the associated angry fans.

So, how to do a prequel well, and maintain the illusion that the heroes could fail?  There are some options…

These are both prequels that were pretty good movies, although they used different approaches to getting there.  Above: Star Trek (2009). Below: Rogue One.

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Science Fiction Round 72: Cosmic Powers

2017/05/14 Leave a comment

I recently read the Cosmic Powers anthology, which is a wild ride.  It’s a collection of stories from a delightful variety of authors, including a prequel story to The Stars Are Legion.  I have a couple of thoughts to share.

I’m not sure what these spaceships are on the cover, but they are colorful.

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