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Any ideas for the "sequel" of "By the Waters of Babylon"? My teacher has asked us to write a short sequel of "By the Waters of Babylon" and I'm not really creative at all, so does anyone have any good ideas? Thanks so much.

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I think mshurn is right in identifying how John transmits the knowledge he has learnt on to his people. How and when. The short story ends with John's father counselling his son to not reveal what he has learnt about the "Gods" because his people are not ready for the truth. A really interesting story would be to narrate how and when this transmission occurs, looking at how this dystopian society advances and how they greet the truth that is presented. A very bleak story would be one where John is killed because they cannot accept his truth, and his people stick to their old ways. Humanity is then left to repeat his ignorance and forget the lesson that John has learnt through his voyage. Call me pessimistic, but I don't see humanity learning from its mistakes that easily!

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You could begin a sequel with John's returning home after having been to New York. According to the story, he...

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