No review today… or for a very long time, it seems, but I reviewed “Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes” some time ago. If that book interested you, you may be interested in “Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone” which covers the original “Planet of the Apes” timeline, the movies, tv series and animated series (“Return to the Planet of the Ape
I do way too many blogs to follow, so I’m going to cut down.
Helping new readers get into comics.
Classic Doctor Who (and other) references in new Doctor Who.
Looking at different sets of rules that certain genres of film follow. Previous rule sets include:
Items recommended to me on social media.
Advice from a super villain for super villains.
Things to do with online lists.
A bunch of blogs about popular culture.
Unamde films, TV shows and episodes of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
I like books. I like film. I like books on film…
I used to call this my bible. I’d buy an update every year or every two years. The perfect reference guide for a film buff. At the time my internet access was mostly via the university computer rooms, so this was great to have around. The synopsis/reviews were concise, accurate and sometimes funny and it was a book that was a great guide and a fun thing to dip into randomly.
Of course, today, it’s unnecessary, with instant internet access almost anywhere. Free. Constantly updated. With better search functions. But way back then it was the perfect book for me. I’m surprised it’s still around, but part of me is glad is it.
As stated before I’m a fan of the roads not taken with science fiction (and have a blog dedicated to it – including an entry on Star Trek: Phase II) and this was one of the first books on the topic I owned.
Star Trek: Phase II: The Lost Series is the second of three “making of” Star Trek books by the husband/wife Reeves-Stevens team (the others being for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation) but the most interesting because it is about a series that was never made.
With interviews and access, the Reeves-Stevens have fashion definitive text on the subject. Unfortunately, as such, it is also actually defined the subject. The Phase II name, for example, was in reality a parenthetical usage at best, but used to differentiate between the series (with an actual working title Star Trek II) and other things such as planned movies and the working title of Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn).
That said, it’s really the best book available, probably the best that will ever be available on the subject, so if you’re interested in this lost moment of Star Trek history, I recommend this book.
Other Star Trek Posts.
Other Book Posts.
Other Television Posts.