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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
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.
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.
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Galactic Encounters Series (6 books)