Something that has been taken more or less for granted by most Star Wars fans is the setting. We take the opening text on face value; the story being set in the distant past of a remote galaxy, separate from ours. This literal interpretation, which one would expect to be of some interest, hasn't really been explored by the SW universe (even when including the EU), even though the premise raises some questions, for me the most prominent being 'Why are there humans in a far off galaxy that predate us by "a long time"?' Of course, it could be some artistic license on Lucas' part, eschewing the logical problems with the presence of humanity in such a remote point in space and time for the sake of having characters more accessible than aliens, though it still causes one to wonder, if this is the case, why there should be a need to place the story in the past when it might not have lost any of its merit or charm by placing it in the future? I am aware that in early drafts of the first Star Wars (IV), the story was set in the very far future of our own galaxy (33rd century). The explicit mention of this was dropped, though I hesitate to say that it's actual placement in time was moved; it still could be set in the future without any mention of it. An idea I've come across (which I've accepted in my own personal canon) is that the opening text isn't a literal statement. Rather, it is the "space" equivalent to the common introduction to fairy tales; 'Long ago, in a far away kingdom, there lived a princess etc.' So, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" is the cliche opening to fables in the SW galaxy, thereby displacing Star Wars from its commonly accepted point in the past to anywhere in the future. It isn't as direct of an interpretation as having it literally in the past, but to me, it is more sensible than taking it literally. Perhaps it is the past to the "Whills", who GL has said (in at least some early drafts) were observing and recording events for their "Journal of the Whills". The opening line of text may be meant as an extract from said journal. Regardless of whether SW is set in the past or the future or if the line is meant to have been written by the Whills, the question I mean to pose with this thread is this: Will the sequels touch at all on the time and place of the saga in relation to our "present" day?