Hasslein Blog: June 2014


Hasslein Blog

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Reviewers Agree: The Doctor Is In—Win a Free WHO Book Today!

Reviews are beginning to show up online for Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who, written by Matthew J Elliott (with a foreword by Alan Barnes), and it appears we've got another hit on our hands. Here's what three popular sites have to say:

"As a reference work, but one with a fluid prose structure, it can be read from cover to cover or stands ready for you to dive in on a particular time period when re-watching portions of the series. That double usefulness isn't quite matched by other Who-related books published recently, and as such it's a very helpful addition to our experience of The Doctor's journeys, especially the 'uncharted ones.'"
BleedingCool.com's Hannah Means Shannon
Read the full review here.

"350 pages is no easy thing to get thru with a full-time job and four children to raise, but sometimes I find a book that I can’t put down and this is one I made sure I found the time to finish reading... Not only did it intrigue me to learn about these little extras that have been researched and painstakingly cataloged from thousands of novels, comics, audio, spinoff television series and more, but I was equally impressed that the author was actually able to make sense of it all and link it all up to the matching references from over 800 episodes of the show!"
Beyond the Marquee's Steve Czarnecki
Read the full review here. And don't miss a chance to win a free copy as part of Beyond the Marquee's "Free Stuff Friday" campaign. Simply click here.

"You don’t know Doctor Who unless you have a copy of this book... I’m going to make a safe bet that everyone who writes anything Who related is going to have this in their possession. This is a must have for any Who fan. Absolutely receives my highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+"
SciFi Pulse's Patrick Hayes
Read the full review here.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Only One Week Left for Low-Priced Doctor Who!

Doctor Who fans, take note: There's only one week left to take advantage of the low, introductory price of Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who, the new reference guide from Matthew J Elliott. One week from today, there will be a slight price increase—but there's still time, so order your copy today. The Doctor may have a time machine, but you don't. (We feel confident saying that. If you did have a time machine, you would have already known to order your copy at the current price.)



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Want a Free Doctor Who Book? Here's How!

Twitter followers and Doctor Who fans: Retweet the following for a chance to win a free copy of Matthew J Elliott's new Doctor Who book.


Good luck!

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The Doctor Is In... Are You?



Monday, June 9, 2014

Podcasts Go Ape Over Hasslein Books

by Rich Handley

Two podcast sites have been giving Hasslein Books some love the past few days, so we would like to publicly thank Mark Hunt of Podcast of the Apes, as well as Jon Randall and Brandon Goeringer of the Go Ape! Podcast.

We had a good chuckle when Mark described Timeline of the Planet of the Apes as "chronology porn," saying, "For someone like myself, who loves nitpicky chronologies, this is chronology porn. It is the best—it is SO good... it is the Apes fans' Bible." We shall, of course, use that phrase herein whenever humanly possible. Mark also heaped equal praise on Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, and it's much, much appreciated. It's a great podcast, and we recommend giving it a read:


Jon and Brandon, meanwhile, also offered some nice comments about both books, and you can listen to THEIR podcast here:


Thanks again, guys! Both your podcasts are great, and we WILL be tuning in.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

New Doctor Who Book From Matthew J Elliott Now Available for Purchase

Hasslein Publishing, LLC, is proud to announce the release of Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeysof Doctor Who, written by Matthew J Elliott. Lost in Time and Space—the first of Hasslein's two Doctor Who reference guides, to be followed by Who After 50: CelebratingFive Decades of Doctor Who, by Brian J Robb and Paul Simpson—is now available for purchase at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com, and will soon also be available to consumers at BarnesandNoble.com, and to resellers via Ingram, NACSCORP and CreateSpace Direct Resellers.

BBC's immensely popular Doctor Who series, featuring an extraterrestrial Time Lord exploring the universe aboard a time machine resembling a police call box, is a significant part of British pop-culture and a cult favorite worldwide. The series has changed radically over the years, with thirteen actors portraying the Doctor to date, and with more than 50 companions joining him on his adventures.

But the show's 800 televised episodes (so far) are just the tip of the iceberg, as the Doctor has referenced countless encounters never expanded upon onscreen. After five decades of time-traveling adventures, you might imagine you knew all there was to know about the greatest hero in all of time and space, but it turns out he was living another life entirely while we weren't looking. This is the story of that life.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Is there a Doctor in the house? Why... yes, yes, my boy, there is!

The proof copy of Matthew J Elliott's Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Whofeaturing a foreword by The Infinite Quest author Alan Barnes, has arrived—and, to paraphrase the Ninth Doctor, it looks fantastic!

The official release is coming within only a day or two, my dear chaps, so keep your eyestalks on this space. Grab yourself a bag of jelly-bellys, put on your bowtie and fez, reverse the polarity of the neutron flow, and get set for some timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbley fun. But don't get too comfortable, because it'll be here any day now, and you don't want to miss it. So stand by for the impending announcement, and when I say run... RUN!

Exterminate! Exterrrrrrminate!
oh, this book looks interesting. I obey!
(Photo: Paul C. Giachetti)

In addition, stay tuned for further details about Hasslein's related title, Who After 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who, by Brian J. Robb and Paul Simpson, coming later this year. Even more Doctor! Who? Yes, quite right.

We'd like to thank Pop Culture Zoo's Joseph Brandt Dilworth for taking the time to proofread this book for us. Joe's help was invaluable; he's the editorial equivalent of a sonic screwdriver, and we're honored to have him aboard the TARDIS.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Sex and Perversion on the Planet of the Apes

by Rich Handley

When's the last time you looked at a chimpanzee, a gorilla or an orangutan and thought, "Hey... I wonder if [he/she] is single"...? Shocked at the very notion? Then you wouldn't enjoy living on the Planet of the Apes, for in that world, inter-species sex is surprisingly not as uncommon as you might think.

But... he's so damned ugly!

As has been well-documented, a human-ape hybrid was originally intended to appear in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. After both Pierre Boulle and Rod Serling submitted scripts as possible sequels to the first POTA film (and after both were rejected), Paul Dehn proposed a screenplay quite similar to the filmed version of Beneath, but with a noticeably different conclusion. In that version, the Alpha-Omega Bomb destroyed only the mutants' city and the gorilla army, not all of Earth, after which Taylor, Nova and Brent freed the primitive humans held captive in Ape City and, with help from Cornelius and Zira, forged a more optimistic future for all species.

The movie's planned epilogue, in a scene reminiscent of the ending Dehn later wrote for Battle for the Planet of the Apes, would have taken place in a distant future in which apes and humans lived together in peace. Among them, apparently, was at least one human-ape hybrid child, according to makeup tests for such a character, who never made it into the final film.

The future of mankind...?
(Source: The Sacred Scrolls)

For various reasons—problems with the makeup, as well as concerns that the implied bestiality involved might earn the film too strong a rating—the hybrid concept was jettisoned along with the rest of the optimistic ending, in favor of a decidedly pessimistic fate for Earth: utter destruction. Many Apes know this by now, thanks to research documented at the Planet of the Apes Wikia, as well as in the reference book Planet of the Apes Revisited, by Joe Russo, Larry Landsman and Edward Gross. But what fans may NOT be aware of is that Beneath's hybrid child was not the only example of cross-species breeding in the Apes world. Not by a long-shot, in fact.

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