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A "prequel" (the opposite of a sequel) is a story referring to another story, set before the original but published or produced later.
In fandom terms, the most famous prequel is Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, a trilogy of Star Wars movies set before the original trilogy, providing awkward explanations for the Jedi, the Empire, and especially, The Force.
Much fanwork is imagined as prequels to the original work.