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Old 05-22-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Need help identifying an old sci-fi artwork book

Yeah, this is a longshot, but you guys surprise me every now and then.

I had a book that I got when I was a kid (late 70's) that I'd like to find again. I wouldn't call it a kid's book necessarily, but it was probably meant for the younger crowd. It was a large-format hardcover book that was filled with paintings and drawings of spaceships and space scenes from many different artists, but it was done in a way that it was presented as a history book, so they were all dated and given locations and descriptions of what was taking place. Space battles, faraway planets, drifting hulks of destroyed ships, etc. The art itself looked like the sci-fi fantasy art of the 60's and 70's, like the painted movie poster of 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you've ever played the PC game Homeworld, that's sorta what it looked like, also.

So with that to go on, anyone have any ideas what it might be? Thanks.

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Old 05-22-2006, 01:36 PM   #2
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i know exactly what your talking about, ive been trying to find the same thing, i saw those when i was a kid.

let me know if you find some.

i know syd mead has alot of similar stuff but its still not the same as those old books.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:47 PM   #3
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Damn, I used to love those, our school's library had several.

I do have one that was sort of like that at home, but it isn't quite the same thing, I think it's called "Spacefcraft: In Fact and Fiction" and chronicles the history of spaceflight both in fiction from the time of the Icarus legend, through to the shuttle, and on to things like the Daedelus concept of the British Planetary Society and various craft throughout SF. General Products #4 hull FTW.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:24 PM   #4
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Anyone else? Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:32 PM   #5
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I think I have that book somewhere in the house. Lemme go find it.

*edit* found it. It's called Space Wars Worlds and Weapons by Steven Eisler. Here's a link to it on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/051...Fencoding=UTF8
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Try alibris.com if you don't have any luck here.
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Oh **** I have that book in a box somewhere, assuming the rats in my garage haven't had their way with it! I used to love that book.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:51 PM   #8
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I think I have that book somewhere in the house. Lemme go find it.

*edit* found it. It's called Space Wars Worlds and Weapons by Steven Eisler. Here's a link to it on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/051...Fencoding=UTF8
Damn, I wish it had a pic of the cover, because the description given in that review on Amazon said the cover shares the poster art from Def-Con 4, which doesn't look familiar at all. The description of the book's contents sound spot-on, though. Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:54 PM   #9
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Space-Wars-World...QQcmdZViewItem

Very, very close, but that's not it. Unless the different printings had different cover art.
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Ha! Found it! I got a very helpful PM from a lurker who nailed it. Thank you!!

http://www.khantazi.org/Rec/TTABooks...tml#Spacecraft

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I also remember some of the other books but that one^^^was by far the best.

Sweet. Flashback Tuesday.
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I definitely remember that image, though probably as an interior panel, not a cover. Great find!
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