'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is adapted into a novel

Titan Books have published 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'. The book, penned by American author of fiction Christie Golden, is The Official Movie Novelization of the likewise named science fiction adventure film directed by Luc Besson, which itself is an adaptation of the long-running French sci-fi comic book series Valérian and Laureline created by the writer/artist tandem of comic strip creators Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières.

The storyline of the novel, as well as the movie of the same name, revolves around playboyish major Valerian and his subordinate, no-nonsense sergeant Laureline – a maverick team of special operatives assigned with maintaining order throughout the human extraterrestrial territories in the 28th century. This time, under the direct assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on an important mission to the astounding city of Alpha – an enormous, ever-expanding space-based metropolis, that over the centuries evolved from the former International Space Station to the present-day city of Alpha, where hundreds of different species originating from thousands of far-away planets all over the universe have converged to live peacefully and exchange knowledge and culture with each other.

But now, there is a dark mystery at the heart of Alpha – a sinister all-devouring force of unknown origin which threatens the very existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the source of the marauding menace before it destroys not only the city of Alpha, but potentially endangers the future of the entire universe and the countless species within.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: The Official Movie Novelization by Christie Golden was published by Titan Books and is available from 4 August 2017 in paperback (288 pages) and e-book versions with RRP £7.99.