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...