Sunday, December 18, 2016

"The Ultimate Guide to 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'" from Entertainment Weekly (sold in supermarkets)

Supermarkets are selling “The Ultimate Guide to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’”, 96 pages, glossy paper, published by Entertainment Weekly as a “Collector’s Edition”.

The booklet has a preface (“A childhood dream, realized”) by director Gareth Edwards, but most of the content is authored by Anthony Breznican.

On pp 24-29 there is a detailed “Star Wars” franchise timeline, which places “Rogue One” just before the time of the original 1977 movie. The “rebellion” has a female general Jyn (Felicity Jones), who is described as the kind of revolutionary young woman that might have been in the People’s Party back in 1972 when I collided with that group.  Earlier, the federation had become militarized, first with conscription and then by creating clone or robot soldiers. 

On p. 70 there is a “Cosmic Cartography” map of the “Galaxy” with the Key Planets (about 20 of them) without a clear indication of what stars the revolve around. There are galactic regions like “The Core”, “The Colonies”, the “Inner Rim”, “Expansion Region”, and “Mid Rim”.   There are routes on the diagram that make it look like a board game template (like “Global Pursuit”).  Planet seem to have single ecosystems (some may be tidally locked).  Much of this new movie happens on a newly introduced “tropical paradise” planet called “Scarif”.  On p. 68 there are typical scenes from some of the planets, starting with the richer “core worlds”.

Of course, there’s no way you could develop a political organization among different worlds in a “Hyperspace” (around different stars) without breaking the speed of light barrier, with warp drives or wormholes (or The Alcubierre Drive ).

The timeline is helpful in my contemplation of my own novel manuscripts, as what is now “Angel’s Brother” is a contracted story (from the viewpoint of two particular characters, Randy and Sal), extracted from a much longer narrative originally called “Brothers”.  At one time (in 2004) I had designed a “Hauge screenplay analysis” (here ) from the viewpoint of each of the major characters and place them on one Access database.  The “Star Wars” story line seems to have been developed along a similar technique.

I had strung together narratives called “Brothers Prequel”, “Rain on the Snow”, and “Tribunal and Rapture” (all on one Access database), from which I extracted my current 27-chapter novel manuscript. 

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