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A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon Paperback – November 20, 2012

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Rich Handley is the editor and co-founder of Hasslein Books, the managing editor of RFID Journal magazine, and the author of three reference books: Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes and The Back to the Future Lexicon. He has written numerous articles and short stories for the licensed Star Wars universe, and was a columnist and reporter at Star Trek Communicator magazine for several years. Currently, he is a reporter for TrekWeb.com, a prominent Star Trek Web site.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Hasslein Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578113449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578113449
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich Handley is the editor of Hasslein Books (hassleinbooks.com) and the author or co-author of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, From Aldo to Zira--Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Back in Time: The Back to the Future Chronology, A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon, and the novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes. He is currently co-editing and contributing to a licensed Planet of the Apes short fiction anthology for Titan Books. Rich has co-edited five essay anthologies for Sequart--The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes; Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos; A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe; A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics; and A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe--with more in the works. He has also written essays for each volume, in addition to contributing to Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, ATB Publishing's upcoming Star Trek book TOS 110, and IDW's Star Trek comic strip reprints (two volumes published, three more coming soon). In addition, Rich has penned numerous works for Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise. A former reporter for Star Trek Communicator magazine, he has also written for Star Trek Magazine, Cinefantastique, Movie Magic, Sci-Fi Invasion, Cinescape, Dungeon/Polyhedron, Bleeding Cool Magazine, and more. By day, he is the managing editor of RFID Journal and IOT Journal magazines. Occasionally, he manages to sleep.

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Three movies, two seasons of cartoons, and a handful of comic books contributed to one of the most fascinating time traveling franchises of all-time: Back to the Future. One may have difficulty navigating through all the who's and what's in the massive universe that came into existence because of BTTF, but Rich Handley helps bring some sense to it all in A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon. Handley goes so deep into this fictional world, he includes not only the aforementioned movies, cartoons, and comics, he delves into the short-lived fan magazine, music videos, video games, commercials, amusement park rides, and even the photographs hanging in the Doc Brown's Chicken restaurant at Universal Studios. And while it is reasonable to assume that the general public at least has access to these sources, Handley even gets his hands on screenplay drafts and film outtakes.

Some of the details here are very miniscule, from Marty McFly's driver's license number to words that were scrawled in graffiti in various places during the movie. Of course, you can learn about the Flux Capacitor, Doc Brown, and the entire McFly clan. There are also entries in the lexicon showing Darth Vader, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Keaton's place in the Back to the Future universe.

The appendices in the back of the book complement the book wonderfully. An episode guide, cover gallery, and even a family tree of sorts are among the extra pages at the end of A Matter of Time. Perhaps the most interesting page in this volume is the reproduction of the telephone book page Marty tore out in 1955, showing Doc's historical address and phone number.

From beginning to end, A Matter of Time will delight Back to the Future fans with tidbits that they had forgotten.
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It is more like a dictionary. I thought there would be more photos or pictures. It's ok for a die hard BTTF fan.
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I consider myself a HUGE Back to the Future fan. I thought I knew everything there was to know about my favorite trilogy of all time. Wow, was I wrong! Do you know Marty McFly's phone number in the year 2015? Do you know Biff's home address? Neither did I, but I learned both in just the first few pages! Heck, I learned something mind-blowing in just the foreword alone! I won't spoil it but it involves the mall scene in part 1 when Marty first sees the DeLorean. If you even remotely enjoy this trilogy, or cartoon, or card game, or video game (I could go on and on!) get this book! You will not be disappointed! Every square inch of the Back to the Future universe is accounted for! I cannot imagine how much time had to go into creating it.
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My husband is a huge BTTF Fan and he LOVED this book. It includes so much random information from not only the three movies but also the theme park ride, the game, and even a pinball machine. This is a MUST for any BTTF fan.
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I received my copy today and I have to say that I'm really surprised at the quality of the publication.

I've been a BTTF fan for as long as I can remember and own pretty much every book that has ever been published on the Trilogy. I'd have to say that the Lexicon is perhaps the first ever ESSENTIAL book for any serious BTTF fan.
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