Interesting similarities i noticed.
MASSIVE SPOILERS UP TO BOOK 7 !!
Don’t have much time for anything else but reading Expanse books at the moment.
And at the beginning of book 7 it occurred to me.
I have seen something like this before.
Yeah our mind love to look for similarities and familiar patterns…but still i wonder if it played a some small role as inspiration.
Or is it just basic story structure that is repeated in so many works of fictions?
I gather most of you played Freespace series right ?
Lets see what we have :
Two groups beating each other until third, way more advanced party, arrives on stage.
At which time the two former enemies join up to face the greater threat.
(inner planets vs belters + protomolecule / Human vs Vesudans + Shivans)
Raise of rebel faction opposing the new forged alliance.
Free Navy / NTF + Hammer of light
Gates created by 3rd faction or ancient race. Connecting various worlds to a hub space.
Ring gate + Slow zone / Knossos Device + “Into the Lion’s Den” hub space
Looming threat of advanced faction that far exceeds even the third faction
That something in Expanse Miller construct talked about / Ancients in FS universe
Rebellious faction trying to forge alliance or use the 3rd/4th party tech for their own benefit.
Laconia system rebels + Duarte / NTF + Admiral Aken H. Bosch
But of course we could find similarities in all kinds of things if we look hard enough.
But it is interesting that something like freespace sequel wasn’t considered to be lucrative enough endeavour at the time.
Now look at how beloved by fans of this genera is something like Expanse, which has plenty of similarities to story of old Freespace.
In you face Interplay/Volition or whoever has the licence. I think nobody even knows anymore