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Finding Serenity
Finding serenity
Author Jane Espenson
Cover artist Todd Michael Bushman
Published by BenBella Books
Publication date 2004 (United States)
Media type Print Paperback
Pages 238
ISBN 1-932100-43-1

Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly is an unlicensed and unapproved collection of essays on Firefly edited by Jane Espenson with Glenn Yeffeth. The book was released in late 2004 following the cancellation of the series. Jane Espenson was a writer for the show and the book contains a series of essays that discuss the show from a variety of viewpoints, some scholarly in tone, others more humorous.

As well as offering answers to some of the shows unresolved plotlines and character arcs, the collection includes some insight into the filming of each episode with actor Jewel Staite (who played the role of Kaylee Frye on the show) providing a commentary on each of the episodes produced. Due to Firefly's early demise it left many fans with many unanswered questions and a certain sense of loss. The essays included attempt to resolve the unanswered questions brought up in the show, ranging from the origin of the Reavers, the multi-racial casting, and the use of the Chinese language. Some essays are existentialist in outlook seeking to define what freedom meant for each member of the crew, a theme that Joss Whedon seemed to be exploring. Other essays focus on the changing nature of sexual relationships in Whedon's vision of the future.

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