Does a prologue help the reader get into the story? If writing a series, giving background information kick-starts the plot. In sci-fi the alien or futuristic world illustrates essential characteristics and functioning. Just plunging the reader into a foreign world can get them lost and lead to disinterest. As I am finishing the second book of my INTERVENUS futuristic series for new adults, BETRAYAL AT CRATER’S EDGE, I’ve decided to grab my readers’ attention with a scene from the first book, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS.
For a prologue a different point of view from the original scene focuses on a secret. The characters leave Ice Age Earth for a now habitable Venus. As an author I need to tell the reader of great danger the characters face when they land– evil Vito Savage brought drums of nerve agent on his shuttle.