Wednesday, 25 August 2010

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION

Octopus Books hardback. Jacket illustration by Tony Roberts.
 "This exceptional encyclopedia unfolds new exciting material on the major areas of science fiction. The collected thoughts and experiences of eleven outstanding contributors are blended into twelve superb, concise, critical but constructive sections each supplemented by magnificent and illuminating illustrations. 
It is a remarkable volume which delves into every conceivable crevice of the sf world. The work and ideas from authors such as Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Olaf Stapledon, Philip K. Dick, Brian Aldiss, Robert Silverberg and J. G. Ballard, are among the many looked at in this volume. The origins of sf are examined in detail and an in-depth study is made of aliens, hardware, locations, alternative worlds, biology, space technology, sociology, ecology and the many complementary and adjacent fields. 
A compact catalogue section which includes collectors items, cults, magazines, film titles and awards concludes this impressive addition to science fiction reference books."
Painting by Jim Burns for Harry Harrison's The Streets Of Ashkelon.

Painting by Colin Hay.

Painting by Josh Kirby for Brian Aldiss' The Interpreter.

Illustration by David Pelham, for the second Jerry Cornelius novel
A Cure For Cancer by Michael Moorcock.
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