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 is the editor and cofounder of Hasslein Books and the managing editor of RFID Journal. He has written or co-written five books to date (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, and The Back to the Future Chronology), and is currently working on Apes-related projects for BOOM! Studios and Titan Books. Rich has contributed numerous works to the licensed Star Wars franchise, and is co-editing a trio of Star Wars essay books for Sequart with Joe Berenato. He has penned essays for IDW's Star Trek newspaper strip reprint books, Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and ATB Publishing's impending Star Trek anthology, Outside In: TOS 110. In addition, he has written for or edited numerous other publications, including Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Simian Scrolls, Cinefantastique, Sci-Fi Invasion, and Dungeon / Polyhedron.

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Also by Rich Handley:

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

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A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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

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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:

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

co-editor, contributor

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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