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Titan Books & AICN Want To Give You Some Way Cool TERMINATOR SALVATION Books!!

Merrick here...
The super-awesome folks over at Titan Books wanna put some TERMINATOR SALVATION coolness on your coffee tables & book shelves. Titan was recently behind the really nicely done WATCHMEN books which accompanied that film's release (details HERE).


240(ish) pages of developmental art/design evolution from the film. Occasional text explains what we're looking at, but this is mostly comprised of high-quality images and such. Tons of McG bots - large, small, etc. A great deal of new stuff, as well as closer looks at tweaks of TERMIverse tech introduced in previous films (seen in the new movie as well). Really nice if you're into the design & development of films of this ilk.

Around 175 pages. There are a few pieces of production art and behind + behind the scenes photos chronicling the making of the film, but this is mostly filled with unique shots of vehicles, sets, actors, and more. Includes many discussions & interviews regarding the "hows" and "whys" of realizing TERMINATOR SALVATION, character profiles, etc. Heavily illustrated, many words - the best of all worlds. Here are some (embiggenable) samples:

It's a novellization. By Alan Dean Foster.


In SIX SENTENCES or less, answer ONLY ONE of the following questions for me. DO NOT EXCEED SIX SENTENCES! No matter how brilliant your missive may be, I will not read more than six sentences (meaning sentences of rational length - no paragraph long run-ons, etc.). QUESTION OPTION #1: If you were to send a Terminator back in time (from present day) to change the modern world, what would you program your Terminator do, and why? To make things easier & keep matters fresher, let's summarily dismiss concepts involving George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends (unless you can illustrate a significant impact said boyfriend or girlfriend actually had on our reality), Michael Bay, George Lucas, or McG. QUESTION OPTION #2: If Skynet machines (marching, rolling, flying, or otherwise) were invading our present day world (like they might in TERMINATOR 5)...and if you were far away from the nearest would you stop the machines? Remember, answer only one of these questions! And, remember to be consise. Here's a fanciful example I came up with (regarding Question #1 in particular).
In 1907, the nations of Zontar and Pimpus went to war for three weeks. I would send a Terminator to screw up Zontar's victory in that war. Because, in 1927, Zontar was taken over by Japan - and its weapons became the backbone of Japan's military during World War II. If Zontar had not won the war with Pimpus, the usually stronger nation of Pimpus would've emerged victorious. Japan could not have taken over Pimpus, thus Japan would have fewer weapons, impacting WW II dramatically and saving millions of lives.
That's just a crude example - use your imagination. The more "real world" your response is, the more interesting it might be. Above all, HAVE FUN! Once you've conjured your exhilarating narrative...


This includes you, Colin - you sent your entries to the wrong e-mail address for the last few contests. 5 (FIVE) runners up will receive a copy of TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MOVIE COMPANION. A single victor shall receive THE ART OF TERMINATOR SALVATION, TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MOVIE COMPANION, and Alan Dean Foster's TERMINATOR SALVATION novelization. Further guidelines: ** Sometime between the time you read this and 12pm (NOON) CST USA on Tuesday May 19, you can send me an e-mail via the link above. ** Include your name and mailing address in this e-mail. This information is to expedite prize shipment only and will be summarily discarded once book recipients are chosen. No spam, no mailing lists, etc. ** ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON WILL BE ALLOWED. This will be confirmed. Any attempt past your first entry will be discarded. ** GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL READERS. ** Be sure to send your entry from an ACTIVE (and frequently checked) E-MAIL ACCOUNT. If I try to reach you & my message bounces back? I'll trash your win and move on to the first/next contestant I can reach. ** Titan has been kind enough to handle fulfillment in this contest. I hope to have recipient's addresses in their hands by mid-week next week; look for a follow-up posting on AICN announcing recipients. Check out Titan Books' TERMINATOR SALVATION SITE for more details on these publications & purchasing options. Or, THE ART OF TERMINATOR SALVATION can be purchased HERE, TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MOVIE COMPANION can be found HERE, and the TERMINATOR SALVATION novelization by Alan Dean Foster can be found HERE.

Terminator Salvation  © 2009 T Asset Acquisition Company, LLC.

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  • May 15, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Bale OWNS Zontar

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Nice looking book.

  • May 15, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Very professional contest!!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • May 15, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I got a wicked case of herpes on Zontar

    by Six Demon Bag

    all in all a good trip though.

  • May 15, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Josh Swayney runs the Plato's Retreat on Zontar

    by Stuntcock Mike

    no +1's.

  • May 15, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    wasnt Zontar the machine in BIG?

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 15, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    wasnt Zontar the leader of the Dreadnoks?

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 15, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    wasnt Zontar erased from earth on Bale's command?

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 15, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Zontar = planet of professionalism

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Pimpus = fucking amateur

  • May 15, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Shane Hurlbut's home planet of Pimpus reduced to ashes.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • May 15, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Katherine Schwarzenegger. Zontar Pleasure Officer

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • May 15, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    "All Pimusians can fucking die" - Our Lord Bale

  • May 15, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Why does the T600 have such a huge chin?

    by ThePilgrim

    It's longer than Bruce Campbells chin. It's weirder looking Robert Z'Dars. What kind of fucking human face works ontop of that??? Reese said easy to spot because they had rubber skin, not big fucking granite chopping chins of doom...

  • May 15, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Fuck sake. I meant Pimpusians.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Edit button required.

  • May 15, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Robert Z'Dars. Zontar Minister of Science

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • May 15, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    edit buttons are fucking amateur. Benjamin Buttons is a fucking professional!

  • May 15, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I agree, Pimpus and me and done professionally...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    ASS! But hopefully the "Art of" book will have a lot of Stan Winston stuff! I really love that man! Yes, "love"...he and Crichton, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Rod Serling are still alive and rent out the space under my bed...smells kind-of like weed and hummus under there.

  • May 15, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    No Timothy Zahn prequel-novel?

    by Leto III

    Seriously, you'd think that'd get thrown in too -- they're both side-by-side at every Wal-Mart I've been to lately.

  • May 15, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by The3ATMAN

    i was just login in to same the same thing lol

  • May 15, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    by The3ATMAN

    say the bad

  • May 15, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by chrth

  • May 15, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    drturing and The3ATMAN

    by BLEST

    You're going to be surprised by this movie. I'm not saying it'll own T2 or any of that other stuff that some people have posted, will surprise you.<p>Example: that bus full of skeletons who ate it during the nuclear bomb attack.<p>More pics in that book show the familiar skulls trampled by tanks, and a 10 year old kid in the human experimentation lab with needles in him, crying. And another pic is a dead torso ripped open with terminator stuff grafted on.<p>Again, it may not reach T2 levels of greatness, but it will be darker than you think, and all accounts so far is that it's better than T3, and a pretty solid film on it's own.<p>Why all the hate, honestly? I don't get it. (not just from you two, necessarily)

  • May 15, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    At least it won't look like shit...


    I agree with what was said about Wolverine looking like it was made for about 60 million... where exactly did the fucking budget go? On making Patrick Stewart look like the inbred banjo boy from Deliverance?

  • May 15, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    checked out ART OF yesterday

    by frank cotton

    and as i posted elsewhere, found the best looking designs for a lot of things to be the first

  • May 15, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Titan Books Sucks

    by whitty

    They have completely RUINED Star Wars Insider, which used to be a good magazine that fans enjoyed.

  • May 15, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    HHMMM, this could be fun

    by Turd Furgeson

    I would send a Terminator back to murder George Lucas in 1993, before he could cause TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION to the Star Wars franchise...

  • May 16, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I would program a terminator to destroy T3 & T4


    And then I would have it "persuade" James Cameron start where he left off with the Terminator franchise.

  • May 16, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    blest dude

    by drturing

    for two weeks all you can talk about is one image of a ten year old with needles stuck in him. i don't give a shit about that. i give a shit about generic tanker truck explosion fireballs helped along by ten year old little wise mute token minority kids while being chased by a reject from a michael bay film. i give a shit about the general tone of the thing as it plays in clips - like a made for SciFi channel Coldplay video. I give a shit about McG in the cinema before star trek and about the best thing he can say is that his robocycles are based on Ducatis, cause like Ducatis are awesome. He talks like a fucking douchebag energy drink sales rep. Not a visionary crafting an epic tale of humaity on the brink due to our own hubris, and whether or not we have free will or predeterimination, or what it means to bond with the man who is going to father you. Fuck McG. Fuck him. Any fucking hollywood douchebag can have a good art direction team.

  • May 16, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Why not call it "The Art of a PG-13 crapfest" ?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Fuck McG and the greedy studio suits to hell.<p>PG-13 sci-fi-warfare movie my ass.

  • May 16, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Why would..

    by Youngdog

    ..skeletons catch a bus? Thats just stoopid.<P>Seriously though I am VERY much looking forward to this. Shame I will be overseas at a wedding opening weekend.<P>I will have to wish the Bride and Groom luck in making their marriage more professional than the wedding.<P>Fuckin' amateurs.

  • May 16, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    I am trying not to let the fact that you are absolutely correct about McG ruin my buzz about this film.<P>I can't comment on the look of the film (no complaints from me though) as I have never actually managed to sit through a fuckin' Cold Play video without switching over.<P>Who the fuck is this studio exec who says "but where's the huge fireball? People love 'splosions" and why doesn't he get run-over tying his shoelaces while crossing the road?<P>McG could say that it is a nod to previous Terminator films - there is some irony in the fact that Cameron used one in T1 and T2 and it has now become the trademark of witless hacks.

  • May 16, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    why would computers design robots to look like men?

    by LabattsBleu

    I never really understood that...humans have hubris, so that is understandable. And, originally, the T-800 was meant to be an infiltration unit, so that is understandable...the stupid Transformer mech?! don't get it...At least in Matrix, the designers thought robots would wipe the slate clean - their robots look surreal...and Cameron did the same thing, with their robots sleek and sure what the rationale for the grimy gritty machines are here...AI can't figure out some way of making a leak proof cylinder? T:S will be ok; but the truth is HOW CAN ANYONE FUCK UP a concept of a future guerrilla war against AI machines?! Impossible concept to complete fuck up isn't it?

  • May 16, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Well, Skynet was designed by men...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    and perhaps it can't conceive of a more effective form, especially for eradicating them (actually, some of Terminators do take other forms, the Hunter/Killers, Hydrobots, ETC). What I want to know is, why would Skynet design Terminators that look like motorcycles?

  • May 16, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by ThePhantomMenace

    "What I want to know is, why would Skynet design Terminators that look like motorcycles?" Hmm. The same reason they design Terminators to resemble humans? To fool them into staying in one place, long enough for them to catch up and terminate?. Or do you mean why are there motorcycles at all? My guess is that they are like skynets twisted version of the highway patrol. Of course that's just my my opinion. But it's a fucking professional one. :)

  • May 16, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    You mean like silicon CHiPs?<P>I'll get my coat...<P>

  • May 16, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by ThePhantomMenace

    Exactly! :)

  • May 16, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    No love for Zahn

    by greyspecter

    Read his novel. Good stuff.

  • May 16, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    well...the motorbikes are another thing too...

    by LabattsBleu

    I keep thinking of that damn dyson vacuum commercial, "the dyson ball goes anywhere"...seems like if you did have machines as motorcycles they be using improved thinking...same with the bipedal robots - i'd design them to have eyes on the back of their heads!!! ah...silly, stupid wonder they lost the war!

  • May 17, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    I had an idea regarding why Skynet uses bi-pedal robots. Hundreds of years ago Fox Terriers were specificaly bred to be roughly the same size as Foxes. This meant that the Terrier could follow the Fox wherever it went - even undergound.<P>Bi-pedal robots about the same size as a man would be a logical solution for Skynet as it would mean that its quarry (us) wouldn't be able to exploit ladders/tunnels etc. to prevent being caught or use the design of the robot against itself when making an escape.<P>As for motorbikes - I'm still working on that one. I'm sure its not just because McG is right and Ducatis are cool - or that it gives me an excuse to post an old clip of a kick-arse TV show featuring Eric Estrada.<P>You are right though - not giving them 360 degree vision really is a bone-headed fuck-up on Skynet's part. Very unprofessional for a supposedly highly advanced AI supercomputer.

  • May 17, 2009, 6 p.m. CST


    by LabattsBleu

    well, i don't disagree, and really its simply just fun speculation, after all, it is only a movie...but in terms of the art direction/creative thinking, it strikes me that machines that want to destroy humanity would try to create beings that were vastly superior as opposed to the 'same ol' same old'...For the infiltration units, it makes sense...but for anything else, it seems to be a lack of creativity.

  • May 18, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    I think the non-covered T-800's were only included in T2 anyway as the look of them made such an impact in the first film.<P>In T1 it provided a false ending to shock the audience and continue the chase and show how relentless The Terminator was.<P>Didn't JC build the whole film of the back of the one image he had of the endoskeleton rising up out of he flames? If so it was definetly his fault!

  • May 20, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    if I win this I'm going to take a piss on the book

    by Kloipy

  • May 24, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST

    who won???

    by Jubba

    who won this?

  • May 25, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah, is it me...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    or did Merrick sort-of, I don't know...forget to announce the winning contestants of the contest? Abuh?