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Robert Greenberger watched dreams become reality when he first joined Starlog Press in 1980. He also worked for twenty years at DC Comics, a year at Marvel, and a year at Weekly World News. He is a freelance writer and a cofounder of Crazy 8 Press, a digital fiction hub. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Har/Pstr M edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608872351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608872350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2015
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"After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Guide" is a wonderful look into the world of "After Earth". As someone who likes science fiction and fantasy films, I love books like this because it allows me to go deeper into the story, with more backstory on the characters and the settings.

Rather than take the normal approach for art books, this one is unique because it is designed to be an artifact from the world of the film. It reads like a manual that would be given to cadets in the Ranger Corp. As such, the book is written to address the reader as though he/she was a citizen of Nova Prime. It's a fascinating approach, and one that definitely yields unique results.

The manual goes in-depth on a variety of aspects of the movie: background on the Ursa and other creatures; the dangerous environments of Earth; and more about Ghosting. Also detailed is the process of training cadets. The single best section of the book relates to the many tools available to the Rangers - this includes the life suit, wing suit, and weapons (and you can see the quality work that went into designing these tools).

Of course, the downside is that there is nothing about the actual making of the movie. No director, actors, or production references of any kind. So if you typically read books like this with the hopes of learning more about the filmmaking process, this guide would be one to skip.

In short, this is a quality book that will allow those who enjoyed "After Earth" to explore the world beyond what is on screen.
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This book has exceeded my expectations, because I decided to buy it before watching the movie and when I received, I wasn't satisfied with the film because I expected so much more for all the advance publicity. The book contains a lot of information an fun things to discover and make you understand several things that were not in the film.

I must say that the film could be much more than it was but the book is much better than the film itself, And it is not only on the content but by the quality of the book and its realization similar to to the FRINGE's September's Notebook, which is one of the best books I have.
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After Earth the movie wasn't all that bad, but it was flawed. A big part of the limitations of the movie were how it presented many aspects of the plot from the origins of what happened to mankind and weapons technology, to the current conflict with the alien monsters, the Ursa. The movie either left out a lot of back story and exposition or gave so little of it that it made it hard to get yourself placed in this science fiction settings. The United Ranger Corps Survival Manual does a lot to rectify this.

This book is written like a field manual for Ranger cadets to familiarize themselves with their history, tools, enemies and more. It is set it the world of After Earth with no productions notes, interviews with the director and cast, or any other "making of" details other than conceptual drawings that help fill out the book's content. It's written to be as realistic as possible within the After Earth universe. This is what you get:

Complete history of mankind from a few decades from now to about a thousands years A.E. (After Earth exodus) - It tells a pretty bleak tale on the fate of Earth and the vast majority of its inhabitants. So very few survived to leave the planet according to the history in this book. It gives you a pretty bleak look at what happened and how we survived.

History of the Rangers - Tells of the corps humble beginnings up to the point where they are currently fighting with the Ursa. This includes the development of the "Ghosting" technique that renders a ranger invisible to the Ursa.

Ships and vehicles - This is really a minor entry that gives you some general information on the ships, but not enough to get into the fascinating designs you see in the film.
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