Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'PotA' Category

50th anniversary of Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the second film in the series. I gain more respect for that film on each viewing. There were production choices, dictated by budget I suppose, that bothered me when I first saw it as a kid: the use of so […]

The Primate Directive

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

My review of issue 1 of the Star Trek / Planet of the Apes crossover comic “The Primate Directive” is now online at Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

More on mentioning race in fiction

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

I’ve written before about whether authors should feel nervous about specifying the race or skin colour of characters. My position is simple: you either do it for all characters or none; neither position is racist. What’s racist is only specifying it when deviates from some assumed norm — for instance, when books tell you if […]

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes remake

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

My friend David Widdicombe sent me this link. Pant-hoot! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand


Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Those who’ve read my novel Wake know that an orangutan named Virgil figures in the plot. My Virgil is named for the character played by Paul Williams in Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and, according to the nifty Yahoo! Groups Planet of the Apes group (of which I’m a member), he’ll be named […]

Star Trek: The Original Series Blu-ray review

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Splurged on a nice new Blu-ray DVD player yesterday (Sony BDP-S560, recommended by my video-guru friend H. Don Wilkat); also, got the lovely boxed set of the Planet of the Apes films on Blu-ray; quick check shows the first film looks stunning. Next purchase: the remastered original Star Trek episodes on Blu-ray. The Canadian website […]

Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Blu-ray set

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

In Canada, both and have the 40th anniversary Planet of the Apes Blu-ray box set on sale for the terrific price of Cdn$59.99. Just ordered me a set. (Now have to buy a Blu-ray player so I can watch it!) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

New Apes novels coming!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Rich Handley, who created the magnificent Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, is editing two new officially licensed Planet of the Apes novels — w00t! Can’t wait! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Hail, Caesar!

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Hey, didja know that Gordon Jump — Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson himself from WKRP in Cincinnati — was in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes? He plays the auctioneer who sells Roddy McDowall’s Caesar to Governor Breck, saying: Lot eight: one male chimpanzee in early prime and perfect physical condition. Under observation, appeared so […]

Timeline of the Planet of the Apes

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

After my misadventure with Lulu’s shipping costs to Canada, I managed to get ahold of a copy of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes via an auction by author Rich Handley on eBay — and I’m glad I did! Rich Handley’s Timeline of the Planet of the Apes is a magnificent labor of love. […]

Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Forty years ago today, Thursday, February 8, 1968, the original Planet of the Apes arrived in theaters. It is, in my opinion, one of the very best science-fiction films ever made, and was hugely influential on me and my career. Its stature wasn’t always obvious to everyone, though, and, indeed The New York Times was […]