A work set in the future will often take elements of the present day and refer to them as a way to show that it is our future and not a fictional place. One form this can take is for there to be a reference to a contemporary Long Runner
, and show that it is still going strong.
The chosen long runner is usually one that is well known for having several Numbered Sequels
, which means all you need do is bump the number up by a few dozen.
Usually a throwaway gag, or incidental background detail
for the eagle eyed.
But as nothing dates quite as fast as science fiction, the reference might pass a later audience by altogether.
Distinct from Oddly Named Sequel
, which is where the work itself
has a title which plays with the Numbered Sequels
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would be a potential page image.