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Did You Know Firefly Was Inspired By The Battle of Gettysburg?

dana-fireflyI’m a huge Firefly fan. I wish the show would have continued.  If you like a bit of Sassy Steampunk Western-world mixed in with SciFi, this is a great show.  The characters are well-fleshed out, the Captain is the type of Captain you want leading an army or in charge of your vessel.  A stoic hero, if you will.  The show was cancelled after two seasons, and the movie Serenity was made several years later, but there is a large underground following of “browncoats” of this show.

That said, I had no idea that Joss Wedon, the creator of Firefly, was inspired to create the show because of the Battle of Gettysburg.  An interview on Co.Create spilled the beans on this tidbit of information:

“I read The Killer Angels. It’s a very detailed, extraordinarily compelling account of the Battle of Gettysburg from the point of view of various people in it and it’s historical. It’s historically completely accurate, and the moment I put it down I created Firefly, because I was like, ‘I need to tell this story. I need to feel this immediacy. I so connect with that era, the Western and how tactile everything is and how every decision is life or death, and how hard it is and how just rich it is, and how all the characters are just so fascinating.’ But so I should be on the Millennium Falcon. Now, if I only watched sci-fi I would have just had the Millennium Falcon part, which has already been done, but finding that historical texture, it literally, I put the book down and started writing Firefly.

I wonder if our wonderful town has inspired other unrelated films or media?  I think I will check out this Killer Angels book now 🙂

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