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Watching Brian Cox's latest series, he brought out a favoured book from his childhood, a fictional history of spaceflight 2000-2100 - already, as he noted, in large part invalidated. And suddenly it came back to me that I'd never had that (though it looked ace), but I did have something very similar. This, in fact. Whose author turns out to be a pseudonym of Stewart Cowley, author of Cox's beloved book. Apparently these works are considered inferior to those released under his own name. Perhaps ...more
I ssuspect many science fiction fans of a certain age will fondly remember the "Galactic Encounters" books from the 1980's. Caldwell cobbles together a collection of SF illustrations (mostly used previously as book covers) and presents them as a futuristic guidebook to the alien species and worlds of the galaxy. I admit the conceit is sometimes a little bit corny, but I love the imaginative "in world" feel of the book, as if was actually a reference work from a future century.
One of my aunts gave me this sci-fi book when I was four. I loved the pictures but never read more than the captions until now. A series of profiles of worlds and their inhabitants from a future Federation of planets, it packs a surprising amount of world building in its scant 62 pages, along with beautiful illustrations. Makes me wish I was still running RPGs, it would be a great source of ideas.