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When does Legacy happen?

A couple of people have asked me about when Legacy happens, as it seems like the series isn't in "the present."

Yes, and no. TV shows tend to run in real time, ie the airdates are the dates that what is on the show "happens." Of course there are some exceptions -- a two part episode that takes place in one day, and obviously there's not a week between when the first part of the episode happens and the second part, but usually a season is a year, more or less.

Legacy was conceived as the sixth season of Stargate Atlantis, so therefore it takes place like a single season, like the season that would have aired in 2009. Therefore, the main action of Legacy takes place between July 9, 2009 (when Atlantis leaves Earth) and early December, 2009. In other words, in the amount of time it would roughly take to air twenty episodes.

However, because these are books, they're not coming out one a week, or one a month! So the 2009 season is actually taking three years to tell.

Homecoming begins in January, 2009 right after the end of Enemy at the Gate. So Woolsey in Washington and the politics that ensue are against the backdrop of the presidential inauguration and the global economic collapse. The Big Four automakers are going bankrupt, everything is in immediate turmoil, and foreclosures are skyrocketing. Arab Spring hasn't happened yet. Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal isn't yet before Congress. This is a moment in time, spring three years ago. It's a historical moment, just as every moment is, a snapshot.

The Lost begins in August, 2009 right after Rodney's kidnapping. Allegiance begins in late September. Remember September, 2009? It wasn't that long ago. But there are changes. Bin Laden hadn't been killed yet. Sam Carter might be stationed in Iraq, not aboard the Hammond. Mel Hocken doesn't think she'll ever be able to serve openly. And the IOA is meeting in the context of what's happening in Europe at that moment -- Gordon Brown is the Prime Minister, not David Cameron, and Aurelia Dixon-Smythe works for him, not Cameron. It's a historical moment, only two and a half years ago, but already seeming distant.



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Jan. 20th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
I have just gotten around to reading Death Game and wanted to tell you how much i loved it. Brillant, I loved the past stories that appeared throughout. Also now the appearance of Mel Hocken in Allegiance makes more sense :)

Are you planning to write more SGA novels once the Legacy series is complete? I really hope you will :)
Jan. 20th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate it!

Mel was originally just in Death Game, but my editor Sally loved her so much she asked if Mel could come back in the Legacy series -- and so she did.

I hope there will be more SGA books, but of course that depends on how these do!
Jan. 20th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
I think Mel was one of my favorite parts of Death Game (which I LOVED, btw) and I really like that she got a chance to come back with Legacy. And, I sure hope there's more SGA books from you ladies! Heck, I'd even settle for some awesome canon fan fiction if MGM approved books weren't an option :)

Jan. 20th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Death Game! It was huge fun to write, and I loved being able to explore the back stories some.

We've certainly written our share of fanfic too, only without MGM approval....
Jan. 20th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
;) yeah, I think I stumbled upon it the other day while I was bored waiting for my girls to be done school for the day. You have a very distinct style of writing and I'd be shocked if it wasn't yours.
Jan. 20th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Heh! Drop me an email at jo_graham at livejournal dot com and I'll tell you if you're right! :)
Jan. 20th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I figured this much, but I'm so happy you clarified.

I'm going to pass this along in Beya. :)


Hope you had a good Xmas and a good New Year's love. *smooch*
Jan. 20th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate it!

I had a couple of people asking about why they were acting like they didn't know about things that have happened recently, and I'm like, "Because they haven't happened yet in the fall of 2009!"
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