A Long Time Ago:

Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

In 1977, the cinematic world was changed forever, thanks to a science-fantasy film about a farm boy, a princess, a wizard, a cyborg, two smugglers, and a pair of robots. Written and directed by the creative genius behind American Graffiti and THX-1138, George Lucas’s Star Wars — in essence, The Wizard of Oz meets The Odyssey meets Lord of the Rings, but in space — was a visual and audio extravaganza like nothing anyone had seen before. And going to the movies would never be the same again.

The movie ushered in two (soon to be three) film trilogies and numerous television shows, making the franchise one of the most successful of all time. Star Wars mesmerized audience-goers young and old with its state-of-the-art special effects and resonant soundtrack, and made “May the Force be with you” a permanent household phrase.

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato, examines the entire Star Wars saga on the large and small screens. From theatrical films to TV movies, from cartoons and commercials to variety shows and video-based amusement-park rides, the mythos continues to keep audiences glued to their seats. This anthology features insightful, analytical essays about the franchise’s long history from popular film historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts, exploring why the films proved so immediately popular, where the movies and TV shows have succeeded and faltered, and why we all keep going back a long time ago to that galaxy far, far away.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Rich Handley has written books about Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, and Watchmen, as well as licensed Star Wars and Planet of the Apes fiction. He co-edited Titan Books' Scribe Award-nominated Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, as well as eight Sequart anthologies to date discussing Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Hellblazer, and classic monsters. Rich joined the editorial team for Eaglemoss's Star Trek: The Graphic Novel Collection in 2019 after writing the introductions to almost 60 volumes of that long-running series. He has contributed essays to DC's Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration; IDW's five Star Trek and three Eisner Award-nominated Star Wars comic-strip reprint books; BOOM! Studios' four-volume Planet of the Apes Archive series; Sequart anthologies about Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Back to the Future; and ATB Publishing's Outside In series focused on Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and The X-Files. Rich pens columns and feature articles for HeroCollector.com and is writing a licensed Star Trek reference book yet to be announced. In addition, he provided Blu-ray commentaries for War for the Planet of the Apes and the Back to the Future documentary Back in Time. By day, Rich is the managing editor of RFID Journal.

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Also by Rich Handley:

Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica

co-editor, contributor

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe

contributor

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

contributor

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

By age three, Joseph F. Berenato began a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies, and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and is currently hard at work authoring or co-authoring two reference guides for Hasslein Books: It's Alive: The Unauthorized Universal Monsters Encyclopedia (with Jim and Becky Beard) and Something Strange: The Complete Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia. A graduate student at Rowan University, Joe will earn an M.A. in writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has left, Joe serves as an administrator, art director, and content contributor at AtomicWanderers.com.

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Also by Joseph F. Berenato:

Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica

contributor

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

editor, contributor

Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

contributor

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