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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a novelization of the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and written by David Hagberg.

Publisher's summaryEdit

A novel by David Hagberg

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Mostow, John Brancato, and Michael Ferris

"The novel of the blockbuster hit film"

For two generations of moviegoers, the Terminator movies have defined adrenaline-soaked action filmmaking. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a machine from the future, a machine who can take-or save-lives, capable of enormous violence and destruction, these films are the quintessential action thrillers of the new millennium.

Now, twelve years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Schwarzenegger is back in a new Terminator film that is even more exciting and action-packed than the first two films. With incredible new computer-generated imagery and an enormous arsenal of new effects, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, is a roller-coaster ride that moviegoers won't be able to resist.

David Hagberg, the bestselling author of dozens of action thrillers, has written a novel that goes inside the minds of the terminators and shows readers the post apocalyptic future as they've never seen it before, creating a thrill-packed novel. On the screen, Terminator 3 will dazzle and delight the eyes and rivet viewers to their seats. With masterful storytelling and a pulse-pounding pace, Hagberg has written a novel of heart-stopping tension that will keep readers in suspense until the very last page.

Back coverEdit

The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, to re-create the role that made him a household name: the Terminator. Starring with him are Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, and Kristanna Loken as the Terminatrix.

In his previous turn as the machine who protects the young John Connor from a more sophisticated, smarter Terminator, Schwarzenegger brought millions of people into theaters, grossing more than $200 million for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Now, in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, John Connor is older, his mother, the courageous Sara Connor, is dead, and still a target for killer machines from the future. So the human resistance sends back the Terminator he knows, who saved his life when he was just a boy, to protect him again.

But this time there's a new, even more lethal terminator model: the Terminator model TX. And it's not a Terminator, but a Terminatrix—in the shape of a woman and capable of techno-tricks that make all previous Terminators seem slow and stupid.

If Connor doesn't survive, the future is lost. Only his wits, the first girl he ever kissed, and an old Terminator, who happens to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, can save him... and us.


Main article: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (film)
Note: The novel shares the same story with the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, although there are differences between the two.



Continuity notesEdit


The novelization includes interesting facts not mentioned in the film, such as how the two Terminators are sent back in time from the future to the present. It is explained that the time machine was called the "Continuum Transporter" and that is began as a series of "Special Action Projects" carried out at Area 51. Funded by several government departments and agencies, it was able to create an artificial wormhole. Although, by most calculations, the energy required to create an infinitesimally tiny wormhole would take almost all the energy ever produced in the universe since the moment of the Big Bang, an Oxford graduate student developed a mathematical model, melding Albert Einstein's Special relativity with Werner Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, creating a ten-dimensional wormhole at the super-string level. It would produce a passageway that would automatically expand exponentially like a virus gone wild. But only so long as power was applied to what was thought of as an artificial singularity.

In the mid-1990s, under the guise of launching of dozens of military and NSA technical means satellites, a solar sail made of extremely thin PET film, 200 kilometers on each side, was positioned in an extremely rare geosynchronous orbit that kept it stationary over the North Pole. The sail focused sunlight, beaming it to the reception antenna and singularity equipment at the Cyber Research Systems facility on the desert east of Los Angeles. Capable of transporting several hundred terawatts of power over time periods of less than one nanosecond, a wormhole could be opened.

Differences between the film and novelEdit

  • While the T-850 says he killed John Connor in the future, John is in fact alive with his wife when it was sent back.
  • When the T-X's plasma cannon is damaged, she modifies it into a weaker, yet effective version of the weapon. In the film, her onboard computer automatically switches the damaged weapon to the IAD-ChemTech, a flamethrower.
  • T-850's skin is made of duroplast, a form of pliant plastic, instead of the living tissue.
  • It is mentioned that Cyberdyne technology was acquired by the government after its company headquarters was destroyed. The film itself never stated the event, which was only referred to in a deleted scene featuring William Candy.
  • T-850 mentioned that Skynet discontinues using the Series 1000 Terminator.
  • The T-600 Terminator is mentioned.
  • Tn the future part, there are Terminators called T-1-5 and T-1-7.
  • The officer that pulled the T-X over had a SIG-Sauer pistol instead of a Smith & Wesson 4506-1 in the film.

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Terminator film novelizations

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