Sequels are hard. Let’s just put that out there now. It’s a balancing act of old and new, what worked and what didn’t, favorites and newbies. Change it up, but don’t mess with it too much. Only recently, with The Enceladus Crisis finished and work well underway on The Venusian Gambit, did I really stop to consider all the permutations and pitfalls of sequelizing. Kind of glad it didn’t occur to me sooner.
Today I have a nifty guest post up on SF Signal, talking about one of the better sequels ever made: The Empire Strikes Back. For Star Wars fans, it’s pretty much the top choice for best of the six canonical movies. For me, reflecting on it as a writer gave me a lot to chew over as I plotted The Enceladus Crisis. (And one smart reviewer even picked up on that.)
Go check it out, and then read the rest of SF Signal, because it’s awesome.
And while I’m here, I just wanted to say thanks to all the folks who have picked up The Enceladus Crisis over the past week. As it turns out, a lot of folks picked up the first book, The Daedalus Incident, as well. I definitely appreciate it, and I hope you enjoy them both.