Meet my Fellow Apes
Over at the Hasslein Books blog, Rich Handley has revealed the complete line up of authors contributing to the untitlted Planet of the Apes prose anthology. Rich edits this with Jim Beard and it should be all manner of fun. I mentioned recently that I begin 2016 by penning a story set during the POTA TV series era, focusing on General Urko. The book will be released by Titan Books in 2017, timed to the next installment in the current film franchise. This is separate from the Sequart Books look at the franchise, where I penned an essay on the man who started it all, Pierre Boulle.
I find myself in exceptionally good company, several of whom I consider friends, while several others are business colleagues, and some I look forward to eventually meeting.
Kevin J. Anderson has published more than 50 bestselling novels, many of them award-winning. He is well-known for his Star Wars and X-Files spinoff books, his many original novels, and the long line of Dune prequel novels he has written with Brian Herbert.
Sam Knight (Kevin’s co-author in this anthology) is a prolific writer. His works include The Day the Snow Angels Flew Away, The Ant Who Held Down a Mountain, Chunky Monkey Pupu, The Maltese Dragon, The Cat Lady and the Dragon, and A Small Town Santa.
Nancy A. Collins is a bestselling horror novelist who wrote one of the most compelling eras of DC Comics’ second Swamp Thing series, introducing fan-favorite character Lady Jane. Her vampire novels featuring the character Sonja Blue have been especially well received.
John Jackson Miller has made quite a name for himself as a writer of Star Wars spinoff novels and comic books. Comic fans know John from his days as the managing editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide and as the first editor of Scrye: The Guide to Collectible Card Games.
Jonathan Maberry, a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, the monthly newsletter of the International Thriller Writers organization, has won multiple Bram Stoker Awards for his horror novels. His books include Ghost Road Blues, Rot & Ruin, Dust and Decay, and Flesh & Bone.
Paul Kupperberg, a former DC Comics editor-in-chief, has written more than a thousand comics, including Superman, Action Comics, Doom Patrol, Green Lantern, The Brave and the Bold, House of Mystery, Justice League of America, Star Trek, The Savage Sword of Conan, and more.
Will Murray has written for Starlog magazine and National Public Radio, and has penned comic stories featuring such characters as Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, The Hulk, Green Hornet, Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom, Iron Man, and the Punisher, among others.
Greg Cox is well known for his best-selling Star Trek novels, especially those focused on the characters of Q and Khan Noonien Singh. He has also written spinoff novels based on Roswell, Underworld, Alias, Terminator Salvation, Godzilla, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author of science fiction and thriller novels, as well as non-fiction books. He has had more than 60 books published to date, including such highly popular series as Area 51, Atlantis, and The Green Berets.
Rich went on to say, “What’s particularly cool is that the anthology will feature five authors who have previously penned Planet of the Apes work and are thus no strangers to Apes fans.” These fine folk are:
Ty Templeton, a co-author of Mr. Comics’ Revolution on the Planet of the Apes miniseries, is an award-winning comic artist and writer who has done work for Marvel, DC, Bongo Comics, and Moonstone Books. Notable among his work are tales in Batman Adventures and The Simpsons.
Dan Abnett wrote Dark Horse’s Planet of the Apes: Blood Lines, and has penned numerous Marvel comic tales, as well as stories for Britain’s 2000 AD series. His Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 titles for Black Library have sold more than a million copies to date.
Gregory Keyes, who penned the aforementioned Planet of the Apes novel Firestorm for Titan, also wrote the highly regarded Babylon 5 novels Psi Corps Trilogy, as well as three Star Wars: New Jedi Order books and numerous original novels of his own creation.
Dayton Ward compiled the Planet of the Apes timeline published in Paul A. Woods’ The Planet of the Apes Chronicles. He is a prolific Star Trek author, whose Starfleet Corps of Engineers books and stories (co-written with Kevin Dilmore) made him a household name among sci-fi fans.
And Drew Gaska (a co-writer of Archaia’s novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, on which Rich collaborated, along with Christian Berntsen and Erik Matthews), has written original Space: 1999 graphic novels and the sci-fi graphic novel Critical Millennium.