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La Planete Des Singes
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These are external links and will open in a new window. Before the newly released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film, there was a long franchise going back to the first Apes movie - the classic with Charlton Heston. But before that there was the book. Today few people have heard of Pierre Boulle. He was the French author who first had the brilliant idea of humans travelling in time and stumbling on ape civilisation. But there's more. It turns out that Pierre Boulle was also the man behind another cinema great - none other than The Bridge on the River Kwai.
It was adapted into the film Planet of the Apes , launching the Planet of the Apes media franchise. The novel tells the tale of three human explorers from Earth who visit a planet orbiting the star Betelgeuse , in which great apes are the dominant intelligent and civilized species, whereas humans are reduced to a savage animal-like state. - I fell in love with this novel after half a page. Simple, addictive, shocking.
Science fiction is part of mainstream culture now: movies franchises like Star Wars and television shows have attracted millions of followers. This is a very different environment from that of the earlier days of science fiction, when the genre was largely confined to dedicated fans reading every magazine and novel they could get their hands on. Boulle was born in Avignon, France. He trained as an engineer, and in , he travelled to Malaysis to work on a rubber plantation. With the outbreak of World War II, he was called into service. He was captured in and sentenced to a life of hard labor.