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AFTER EARTH Hardcover – May 21, 2013
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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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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.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction by Cypher Raige
- A Brief History of Earth's Last Days
- Surviving on Nova Prime
- The Primus & The Savant
- A History of the United Ranger Corps
- Ranger Cadet Training
- Ranger Uniform & Equipment
- Mastering the Cutlass
- The Way of the Ghost
- The Skrel & The Ursa
- Space Travel
- Surviving Earth
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.
LOL, it contains the letter sent from Commander Velan to the house to say why Kitai did not pass Ranger training.
The Combat Tutorial on Page 89 with the cutlass makes me want one. I need to see how much of it can be done with a machete.
The pictures of Nova Prime are breathtaking.
Definitely check out the movie. Get this manual to have the history of Nova Prime and hope for After Earth 2, 3 4, and beyond!!!