Flights of Fancy
Some of these futures are comfortably distant, and others were a tad silly to hypothesize even in the late 1970s when they were produced, but ah, the paintings, the paintings... With artists like Jim Burns, Angus McKie, and Colin Hay, one simply cannot go wrong! Below are covers, plus a small sampling of these books’ beautiful interiors.
(Remember that Jim Burns actually offers some prints for sale, too! http://www.alisoneldred.com/thumbsJimBurns-Prints-0-1.html)
Of the “Terran Trade Authority” books by Stewart Cowley, Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD happens to be the first one that I got as a kid, and it ended up being my favorite as well. I literally cannot estimate how many hours I spent back then reading and rereading the piece, enjoying the illustrations, and sketching my own ship ideas...
Malcolm Edwards and Robert Holdstock’s Tour of the Universe is one of those books that wraps all the illustrations around a central plot. A couple wins a trip to the Magellanic Clouds, so we’ll see the news clippings of that, plus their quaint airline-style hard-copy tickets, colorful and crazy paintings of the places they go, and even receipts from the vacation. It’s a lovely ride, and now that I finally replaced my childhood softcover copy with a hardcover, I can post some decent interiors!