A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon

Author: Rich Handley

Softcover, 340 pages • ISBN: 978-0578113449

Hasslein Books

Back to the Future is one of the most successful and beloved film trilogies of all time. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Tom Wilson and others, the movies have stood the test of time, remaining as entertaining, hilarious and exciting now as they were when theatrically released between 1985 and 1990. But if you've only watched the films, you've only seen part of the story. A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon brings fans the entire franchise: every character, place and object ever featured in the BTTF mythos, from not only the films, but also the screenplays, cartoons, novels, video games, card game, amusement-park ride, music videos and more.

There's stuff in here even I didn't know... Two gigantic thumbs up from me! end Quote

—Bob Gale, Co-writer and Co-producer, Back to the Future Film Trilogy

Every McFly, Brown, Tannen, Parker, Clayton and Strickland... every eccentric invention... every Hill Valley business—past, present and future... A Matter of Time covers it all. This staggeringly complete encyclopedia, written by Rich Handley, the author of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Unauthorized Chronology and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Unauthorized Encyclopedia), contains:

Great Scott, not even Grays Sports Almanac is this complete! Beautifully designed by Paul C. Giachetti—and geared toward both casual fans and those who know Biff Tannen's middle name—A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon is your guide to the whos, whats, wheres and whens of Hill Valley's history. So make like a tree... and order it.

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Bob Gale, Creator and Co-writer, Back to the Future Trilogy:

Rich, you are certifiably insane! But I'm glad you are! And now YOU are THE authority on all things BTTF! Jeez, there's stuff in here even I didn't know... or didn't want to know... or wanted to forget! (However, I admit that I never played the 8-bit Nintendo game for more than 10 minutes--and if you did, you are either dedicated beyond the pale or a masochist!) Anyway, two gigantic thumbs up from me!


Claudia Wells, Actor (Jennifer Parker), Back to the Future:

Love it!!!

AJ LoCascio, voice actor for Marty McFly in Telltale Games' BTTF video game:

Just got my copy of A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon, and holy crap is this thing heavy! No really—it's enormous! I would have begged my parents for this as a kid! It's an endless encyclopedia of absolutely every detail from the Back to the Future universe you could fathom. The illustrations are fantastic, the information is exhaustive, and just over all: a fantastic book to explore! If your as huge of a Back to the Future nut as I am, this book will absolutely blow your mind! Thanks to Rich Handley for making this happen! This is the Ultimate BTTF resource!

Stephen Clark, Noted Back to the Future Expert,

Rich Handley's A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon... stands as a testament to the endurance this series still has today, and the grip it holds in the hearts and minds of its legions of fans. I won't spoil the pages ahead for you, but do trust me when I say that you're about to embark upon an incredible journey of unmatched research and creativeness, all pooled together into this one reference guide. I'm very thankful that there are people like Rich out there who have the knowledge and energy to tackle such a project as this, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way once you fully digest the following pages.


Troy Benjamin, Writer and a Researcher for the BTTF Blu-ray "Setups & Payoffs" Track:

I just wanted to say that I absolutely, undeniably am in love with the book. And I wanted to share a funny story with you… The moment A Matter of Time arrived, the first thing that I looked up was your entry for dear, sweet bench-dwelling "Red"--it was a point of discussion through the entire production of the 2010 Blu-ray tracks that finally ended up with copy notes from Bob Gale playing coy, stating "…and could 'Red' be related to 1955's Mayor 'Red' Thomas." And here I was hoping for any type of definitive answer. So naturally, I looked to your book--and it looks like you had the same confusion we did. Ha! Anyway, just wanted to pass along my love of your work and share that anecdote. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to it. It's gonna be a mainstay on my shelf, re-read and referenced infinitely.

Jeff Bond, Geek Magazine:

If you've enjoyed the Back to the Future trilogy but draw the line at referring to a "Back to the Future Universe," this exhaustively researched 300-page-plus tome will metaphorically fling you back in time in order to rectify that criminal oversight... Suffice it to say, Handley has our endorsement to handle everything time-travel-related from now on.

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Steve Czarnecki, Reporter, Beyond the Marquee:

I'd consider myself a pretty big enthusiast and thought I was pretty knowledgeable of most things Back to the Future. And then like a bolt of lightning I picked up Rich Handley's new book, A Matter of Time: the Back to the Future Lexicon, from Hasslein Books, and suddenly I sheepishly realized there was a lot more to the BTTF universe that I needed to learn in my ongoing journey as a fan. If you love the Back to the Future films, I encourage you to pick this ultimate guide-book up, you will NOT be disappointed... Rich, who wrote this magnificent book and deserves a standing ovation for his time and dedication, also is the author of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia, which are also Must Haves for fans of Planet of the Apes. I just ordered mine on Amazon yesterday... I'm not kidding.

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Zaki Hasan, Media Scholar, Critic and Creator of Zaki's Corner:

This is a massive encyclopedia of all things Back to the Future, and it blows my mind how much info he was able to pack in here. This goes through every piece of Back to the Future archana, so not just the three movies, but the cartoon show, the video games, you name it, and he created this fantastic encyclopedia. Just to put this in perspective, we've got the McDonalds Happy Meals boxes, we've got the Back to the Future Annual from Marvel Comics, we've got the card game, the animated show--a lot of stuff... so do check that out. If you're any kind of Back to the Future fan, you will find a lot to like in this book. It's a lot of fun.

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Marty Mulrooney, Editor-in-Chief, Alternative Magazine Online:

Rich Handley was without question the right man for the job. To collect all of this information into one "heavy" tome must have been a mammoth task–it is no exaggeration that this will likely become the equivalent of the bible for many Back to the Future fans from now on. After reading the foreword and introduction, the sheer size and comprehensiveness of The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon can be almost overwhelming at first. Yet the clever layout and design of the book by Paul C. Giachetti makes it very easy to dip into without getting lost.


Blogger Daniel T. Gillette,

In the movies, the Sports Almanac is the most prized possession. Well, in our world, this IS the Sports Almanac of Back to the Future. ALL Back to the Future knowledge—A Matter of Time covers EVERYTHING... If you're a Back to the Future fan like I am, you WANT this!

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The Sci-Fi Block's Robert Ring:

I absolutely recommend this book. Not only has it been polished by yours truly, but it has been put together by someone whose thoroughness could not be matched.


Author and literary critic John Kenneth Muir:

Author Rich Handley is a very good historian indeed... Reading through A Matter of Time, I really wanted to watch Back to the Future Part II again, and perhaps review it on [my] blog... Handley's text reminded me of that film's sense of joy… and utter madness. It left me feeling "Fired Up," to refer to a 2015 Marty McFly and the Pinheads compilation album (addressed in the book on page 93)

Novelist Greg Mitchell, author of The Back to the Future Chronology:

Rich Handley's new Back to the Future Lexicon is available now! I got my copy last night and I can't say enough about this book. The work put into it is staggering, and the original art is breathtaking. You will spend hours poring over the pages with wonder. It's an encyclopedia on all things BTTF (except for a timeline, because I'm still working on that one). Do yourself a favor and buy this. Buy TWO, and give one as a present. No self-respecting geek should be without it.

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...the perfect gift for yourself or someone on your list.


Fatih Tüylüoglu, Administrator, Official Back to the Future Facebook Page:

You need to check this: A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon brings fans the entire BTTF franchise--every character, place and object from not only the films, but also the screenplays, cartoons, novels, video games, card game, amusement-park ride and more.

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Back to the Future fan Dale Ankers

Received my copy today and I have to say that I'm really surprised at the quality of the publication. I've been a BTTF fan for as long as I can remember and own pretty much every book that has ever been published on the trilogy. I'd have to say that the Lexicon is perhaps the first ever ESSENTIAL book for any serious BTTF fan... It's beautifully put together. I can see myself returning to it again and again. Thank you for the work you put into it..

Jarrett Kruse, Reviewer, Den of Geek!:

Spot on and unbelievably detailed, A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon is the book that time-travelling fans have been waiting for. If ever there was a Holy Grail for both the new and old BTTF fan and sci-fi junkie, this is perhaps the perfect gift for this holiday season. Every BTTF fan, from those like me who wore out their VHS tapes in high school and college to the current era of pause-happy high-definition Blu-ray, will revel in the attention to detail that Rich Handley has put into this massive and truly epic book. Having the book by my side turned watching the trilogy again into an all-day event. The book acts as the DVD bonus feature that we have always wished for but thought could never happen. With its amazing abbreviation key, the reader takes a journey to all of the answers, inside jokes and backstories behind the popular franchise. Arguments will finally be settled within the fanboy set as you get the chance to see things in the series that you never noticed before.

Read more... Reviewer "Yee-haw Texas":

WOW!! What a terrific book for the BTTF fanatic! Everything is in this one. Well worth the money if you really love the BTTF Trilogy.


Kait & Monica's Geeky Holiday Gift Guide,

If you know someone that is a humongous fan of the Back to the Future movies, this is the book for them! They will learn about every piece of the franchise that they might have missed while wishing they had a DeLorean.

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Smells Like Infinite Sadness' Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Books and Collectibles:

An encyclopedia of everything Back to the Future, containing thousands of factoids on all things McFly.

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Ruth Suehle (GeekMom),

It's hard to be a geek of our generation without having at least some nostalgic feeling towards the Back to the Future franchise, and probably a lot more than just that. (Perhaps it's most often subtly manifested in the geek war cry, "Where's my hoverboard?!") But I suspect few have invested the passion that Rich Handley brings to A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon.

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Joe Crowe,

You like Back to the Future. Of course you do. You're a human being. But you don't know as much about it as Rich Handley... This whole project is a mushy love letter to a fun movie and everything related to it. Far more information than you need to know is here, including the principal's first name. It was in the novelization. That kind of information is what we as geeks require. It feeds us. This book will sustain you until you make like a tree and get out of here.


Lisa Kay Tate, International House of Geek:

This is, without a doubt, one of the most thoroughly researched books on a movie franchise I've seen in a while... My first reaction, of course, was "well, you have really got to be into Back to the Future to get anything out of this," but like any well-put together reference book, all I had to do was glance at a random item and next thing I know I'm bouncing around from entry to entry, remembering (or just learning) details about the movie I never before realized.

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Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin:

Like its Doctor Who counterparts, The Encyclopaedia and Ahistory, A Matter of Time is a real labour of love on the part of its author...

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Jason Carter, The Writer's Journey:

The appendices in the back of the book complement the book wonderfully. An episode guide, cover gallery, and even a family tree of sorts are among the extra pages at the end of A Matter of Time. Perhaps the most interesting page in this volume is the reproduction of the telephone book page Marty tore out in 1955, showing Doc's historical address and phone number. From beginning to end, A Matter of Time will delight Back to the Future fans with tidbits that they had forgotten.


Philip J. Reed, Noiseless Chatter:

"The Back to the Future films are more or less the gold standard for sci-fi comedies... which probably makes this a good gift for somebody on your shopping list, as it's likely you know at least one major fan."


BTTF Fan James Brancale:

"I wouldn't recommend the Lexicon to a fellow fan... I would rather state the Lexicon is a necessity, because the use of the word 'recommend' doesn't express how 'heavy' this book is!"


Jennifer Smith, Co-author, Back to the Future Almanac: Official Memorabilia Guide 1985-2015:

You guys should be proud of A Matter of Time. It's a great book that deserved recognition in our book. In fact, a truly complete BTTF collection might be considered deficient without a copy! Thanks for the mention of our book here; we're truly flattered.


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