28/10/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes science fiction film franchise, Hasslein Books is to publish a book called Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology, authored by Rich Handley.
Planet of the Apes, created by French writer Pierre Boulle in his novel La plančte des singes (aka The Monkey Planet), was crafted for the big screen by Rod Serling, Michael Wilson, Paul Dehn and others. In the series' first outing, Heston's Col. George Taylor found himself stranded in a madhouse of a future in which an oppressive ape civilization had inherited the Earth in the wake of mankind's evolutionary and revolutionary downfall.
This post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama made powerful statements on humanity, science and religion, as well as the revelation in its legendary final moments. But the 1968 film was just the beginning of the story. Four sequels, two television series, a 2001 film re-make, and more than a dozen novels and 120 comic books later, Planet of the Apes remains a living, breathing universe that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
To help commemorate this landmark event, Hasslein Books is to release Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology. This volume will explore how a small-scale simian rebellion grew, in so short a time, into a complete, planet-wide reversal of fates for humanity and apekind. How the apes acquired the power of speech-while man was rendered mute.
Where the plague that ravaged the planet came from, and the effects it had not only on man and ape, but on other creatures as well. The many ape and human cultures that spawned around the globe in the war's aftermath-and how the Statue of Liberty ended up in pieces on a desolate beach
Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology explores these and other questions, presenting every recorded event of the Planet of the Apes saga in its proper chronological context-from long before Caesar's birth to beyond Earth's destruction. This book covers each film, television episode, cartoon, novel, comic, short story and audio-tale produced under the Planet of the Apes banner over the past four decades-including a number of rejected or unpublished tales unavailable to fans.
Along with a timeline spanning millennia, this volume features a gallery of 350 cover images, a recommended viewing/reading order, an examination of time travel in the Planet of the Apes mythos (both on screen and in print), and a title/creator index of published fiction.
Rich Handley has authored fiction, articles and columns for Lucasfilm's Star Wars universe. His work has appeared on starwars.com, as well as in publications such as Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Galaxy Collector, Star Wars Gamer, Star Wars Fact Files, Star Wars Adventure Journal and Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars Tales. Handley served as a columnist and reporter for Star Trek Communicator magazine for several years, and currently writes a weekly column for the Roddenberry Sci-Fi Network. His work has also appeared in a number of other genre magazines and on websites, including Cinefantastique, Cinescape.com, Dungeon/Polyhedron, Toons: The Animation Magazine, Star Trek Magazine, Sci-Fi Invasion! and Simian Scrolls, a British Planet of the Apes fanzine.
Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology will be published as a 322-page softcover volume, at a cost of $24.95.
Hasslein Books was created by author Rich Handley and graphic artist Paul C. Giachetti. Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology is the company's debut publication, featuring cover art by Patricio Carbajal. To peruse a gallery of Giachetti's design/layout work, visit www.paulgiachetti.com
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