Well, several people are, to be accurate. Still, I’m gonna be one of ’em!
The contract is signed and on its way to its editors, so I’m now officially cleared to announce that one of my near-future projects will be a short story for a prose anthology in which all of the tales will be set in the “classic” Planet of the Apes continuity. I will be joining a stellar lineup of writers to present a collection of all-new stories set on that world were man once stood supreme, yet is now ruled by the beasts.
PLANET OF THE APES.
PLANET. OF. THE. HOLY ARE YOU SHITTING ME. APES.
Anybody who knows me knows I’m an unabashed fan of that crazy planet and its pesky apes. Love, love, love them I do, for as long as I can remember. I have vivid memories of watching the original film when it was first broadcast on CBS back in 1973, which along with airings of the second and third movies set up the short-lived television series the following year. I was seven years old back then, and I had Planet of the Apes action figures, playsets, trading cards, coloring books, models, Halloween costumes, and all that stuff. Unlike so many of the films and television series I grew up with which don’t hold up to the passage of time, Apes along with the original Star Trek and The Six Million Dollar Man have never lost their luster, at least for me.
(Aside: Still looking for that SixMil novel license, if anybody’s listening.)
The as-yet unnamed anthology will be edited by fellow word pushers Jim Beard and Rich Handley for Titan Books, which currently holds a license to publish novels tying into the recent Apes reboot films. This will be Titan’s first foray into the classic era, and that Jim and Rich saw fit to include me in the author line-up they’ve assembled is awesome for at least a couple of reasons. First and foremost, this is a “Bucket List” kind of writing gig for me. It’s not a full-blown novel, but hey…we have to start somewhere, amirite? Second–and this is important–if this project had gone forward without me getting to play, you can be sure I’d have taken it a bit personally. I’m talking “Me=Terminator, Everyone Involved=Sarah Connor,” know what I’m sayin’? That’s right, people; I’d would have gleefully invoked a crossover event to exact the proper level of retribution for my satisfaction.
Thankfully, we’re going to be avoiding mass carnage, at least for the moment.
Anyway, there’s not much to tell yet so far as the anthology’s contents, who’s doing what and so on. In fact, I’m even going to play it safe and not yell out who I think are the people in the line-up, just in case there’s been a change that hasn’t yet been communicated. There’s a long way to go before this thing hits shelves, and much work to do between now and then, but it’s going to be fun. Fun, I say.
Planet of the Apes, y’all. Holy crap, am I stoked.