Update: June 10
Seeing Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (Movies blog, June 8) and seeing how Scott fit the pieces of his "Alien" sequence together, does raise some questions for me.
First, it's true that the DADT screenplay, through the "true" flashbacks, gives me a chance to tell the deep stories behind some personal incidents and explore their "meaning". And the "angelic" characters in the ashram have every motive to care, because they have to wonder how they will really turn out in an world that will contract -- so they could wonder why Bill was "selected" and what that can say about their own futures as Bill's "friends" (outside of Facebook). I know, of course, that you can say that Earth's civilization may actually have occurred early in the game of civilizations that may follow in the Galaxy -- or they could be there already.
A more relevant point is, should there exist a sequential relationship between the Novel and the screenplays, at least the DADT screenplay? Right now, at the end of the DADT screenplay, "Bill" is returned to Earth for a while, and discovers it's undergoing a great calamity. For one thing, people have to do without electricity and global communications when he returns. There's no mention in the screenplay of a "virus". But in the book, a "virus" is the vector, bringing about the transformation at home while the "angels" land (intermittently throughout the book, and then at the end). One way to connect them would be to suggest that there had been a power loss period before the novel starts, and show that as a backstory in Bill's writings. Maybe the backstory is simply embedded as "Bill's screenplay". The way it's set up now: the DADT screenplay explores the possibility of EMP (so does "Titanium"), the book explores the idea of a virus. Two different perils. Take your pick.