You know how A Bug’s Life and Galaxy Quest share the same plot? (Naive representative of downtrodden civilization mistakes a troupe of down-at-luck actors/performers for the heroic characters they play, and hires them to fight off the oppressors. The troupe finds courage and strength within to succeed against hopeless odds.)

Well, it recently struck me that the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film The World’s End and Robert Charles Wilson’s novel Burning Paradise both tell the same story, just with differently-coloured goo. In Burning Paradise the simulacra bleed green; in The World’s End they explode in chunks of blue goo. But it’s the same mostly peaceful oppression-for-the-greater-good secret alien invasion scenario.