Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide (out of print)
This lavishly illustrated film companion takes the reader on a journey into the magical world of Pandora, to get closer to the landscapes, creatures and characters of James Cameron's blockbuster epic, Avatar. Marking James Cameron's first film since 1997's Titanic, Avatar is a major milestone in movie history. Using state of the art technology, Cameron and producer John Landau have created an entire world - Pandora - and realized it in a way never before possible. For the first time ever, 3-D effects conjure up a world every bit as real as the one we inhabit. Yet the world of Pandora is unlike anything we've experienced - ten foot blue humanoids wander peacefully amidst a world of flying mountains, phosphorescent forests and unimaginable vistas. This "confidential report on the biological and social history of Pandora" is a perfect tie-in book, giving a comprehensive look at the fictional world created for the film, including flora, fauna, planets, and more.
Dirk Mathison is a nationally known writer and editor with an extensive background in both traditional and new media. He served as bureau chiefs for Time Inc and People Magazine, and has also written for Time, Life, and the Los Angeles Times on a wide range of subjects, including crime, science and politics. Dirk was a contributing writer for Los Angeles Magazine. More recently, he was the editor of Channelone.com, an educational and news website for teens. He has also written two documentary treatments for Earthship Productions. Dirk lives in Silverlake with his wife, Susan, and their two children. Maria Wilhelm has written extensively for Time Inc. publications where she was Editor of New Media, and been published in a range of other outlets, among them the Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune, and Civilization Magazine. Maria heads the Advisory Board of The Multiverse Network, Inc., a technology platform and network of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and 3D virtual worlds.She's previously held top positions at Netscape Communications, AOL, MSNBC, Sorenson Media and ICM Breakpoint. Maria has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Columbia University.