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Great Space Battles
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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED: 1970's Science Fiction Large Format Hardcover [s]

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message 1: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments This Sci-Fi book contained a loosely coupled series of stories more intended to jam as much of that wonderful, jagged, 1970's Sci-Fi spaceship artwork as possible into the large format.

I only remember one of the stories, where the aliens (whoever they were) that we were in space battles with had a way of shutting down high-tech navigation and weapons computers, and the heroes were forced to return to "manual control."

The two offending ships emitting these waves were eventually found (hiding in a nebula?) and destroyed. They looked in the illustrations like a couple of spheres on a straight hull, but with big panel antennae.

It's the artwork I remember most, and would treasure being able to show my kids. The stories were all good too.

message 2: by M— (last edited Feb 07, 2011 11:15AM) (new)

M— | 379 comments I wonder if your book could have been published in the same series as this beautifully illustrated anthology of Sci-Fi mutation stories, Mutants. They were published by Raintree as Science Fiction Shorts.

ETA: WorldCat seems to show the most information about this series. A list of the series' titles can be found here:


Information on the stories within the individual books is embedded here:


message 3: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments Nope, that's not it, but as always with these things, now I wonder what that book you linked is ;)

But hey...!

Unbelievable luck! I *just* Googled "sci fi art of the 1970's image" and wham! The very first image came right out of that book. Going to dig into the links now. Here's the web page with the image I described above and man that's pretty close (to me anyway).


Off to find out more.

message 4: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments Unbelievable, this almost never happens. Yes, that *one* illustration led me straight to the series, they were called the "Terran Trade Authority" books, described in Wikipedia as:

"...a connected space-opera milieu, describing the future history of mankind's expansion into the galaxy, presented in the guise of official handbooks by the trade organization from which the setting takes its name."

It seems these books are out there, so now my wish is for anyone who knows where a used dealer might be that has these.

I will update the thread to solved, and thanks to my one replier, you triggered the right thought!

message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1382 comments Dixon, So is it this: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10... or some other book(s)? It's the one I see when I search for "Terran Trade Authority" - I hope you find actual copies of it/them.

message 6: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments That's the RPG, modern times. The original hardcover coffee table sized books are easily found at ABEBOOKS or Amazon, especially Amazon.co.uk because the publisher was British.

Buying them is a different story though. I've looked around, and the three I wanted I can get, but not cheap.
I'll follow up with links.

message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1382 comments Thanks, Dixon.

message 8: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments First book in the series: Spacecraft, 2000-2100 A.D.: Terran Trade Authority Handbook [Hardcover]


Second (the one I was after, and hardest to get): Great Space Battles [ 1979 ] W Terran Trade Authority Handbook (Part One- The Laguna Wars, Part Two- Conquest of Space) [Hardcover]


Third: Spacewreck: Ghostships and Derelicts of Space (Terran Trade Authority Handbook) [Hardcover]


Fourth: Starliners [Hardcover]


The illustration that linked me to all this was by Angus McKie:


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1382 comments Okay, thanks, Dixon. I shelved the first book. If you want to shelve the other three, feel free to add them.

message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1382 comments Couldn't these go in the adult fiction solved folder? If you want to leave it in this folder, that is okay too.

message 11: by Dixon (new)

Dixon Dick | 6 comments I think you are right. Moving.

message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Kauffman | 1 comments !!!..THANK YOU...!!!
I've been trying to find these for yeeeaaars...
I owned GREAT SPACE BATTLES back when it first came out,
but got rid of it since then. Big mistake!
(I could not remember the Title names).

Thanks again! :D

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