I found out today that the Planet of the Apes anthology, to which I contributed a short story and which will be published by Titan Books, has an actual publication date and pre-order links are now available? How about them ape-ples?
Yep! In rather subdued fashion, Amazon is now listing Classic Planet of the Apes: An Anthology for pre-order. I’ve been assured that the title is merely a placeholder and will be updated in due course, and we can also expect to see an unveiling of the book’s cover art in the not too distant future.
Edited by Jim Beard and Rich Handley, the anthology is due out on January 24th, 2017, priming the pump (so to speak) for what will likely be an awesome Apes summer when War for the Planet of the Apes hits theater screens. The third installment in the rebooted Apes mythology promises to blow the doors off the joint, in much the same way that 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes elevated the bar from its already impressive predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes from 2011.
Meanwhile, our little anthology will feature tales from all along the “classic continuity,” which is to say the original five films from the 1960s and 70s, as well as the two 70s-era Planet of the Apes television series, but not the 2001 remake film. The anthology will contain stories from this rather impressive line-up of word pushers:
Kevin J. Anderson
Nancy A. Collins
John Jackson Miller
Oh, and me. I get to play around a bit in one of my guilty fanboy pleasures, the world established by the 1974 live-action television series, and continue the adventures of astronauts Alan Virdon and Peter Burke and their chimpanzee ally, Galen, as they search for a way back to their own time while on the run from Security Chief Urko and his bands of gorilla soldiers.
Friend and fellow scribe Bob Greenberger is also contributing a tale tying into the TV series. Aside from a few short stories and comics published in a handful of hard-to-find publications scattered here and there, this is really the first time the TV show has been revisited in this manner since George Alec Effinger’s quartet of novelizations back in the 1970s, so I for one am pretty dang excited to be one of the people doing the revisiting.
I’m also intrigued to see what another of the writers does with a story set in the continuity of the 1975 animated series, Return to the Planet of the Apes because so far as I know and aside from a trio of novelizations, this will mark the first time that’s ever been done.
(Of course I have copies of all the books pictured. Remember who you’re talking to.)
Indeed, there has been a tragic dearth of original prose stories tying into the classic continuity, dating all the way back to the 1968 film, so this whole anthology is really kind of a big deal. Well, for us Apes fanboys, at any rate.
All right, Apes fans! Now’s your chance to get on board early. If you’re so inclined, visit your local independent book seller and have them pre-order you a copy of this Awesome Apes Anthology To Be Properly Named Later, or follow the link to pre-order the trade paperback or e-Book:
Classic Planet of the Apes: An Anthology
Edited by Jim Beard & Rich Handley, and featuring a cast of favorites
Yes, yes, yes…..go and get your stinkin’ paws on a copy, you damned dirty apes.