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Diary of a Spaceperson Hardcover – 6 Dec 1990


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger (6 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850280487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850280484
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr_rehn on 25 Jun 2006
Format: Hardcover
Imagine you have this archive of fantastic science fiction art depicting highly original and organic spacecraft with vibrating colours, painted by a legendary artist. And you also have this even larger pile of pencil sketches of topless women. Wanting to show these to the world your natural reaction might be to compile a work about spaceships and another with drawings. Not so here.

I don't know who came up with the idea that these two belong together, but they didn't stop there. In what seems to be a wanting to justify this difficult mixture of themes someone made the effort to try to tie it all together with the help of a light hearted narrative. Thus the entire work shifts between a full two page painting, followed by two pages with sketches and text entries in the form of diary notes. It is suggested the text was written by the artist himself, but out of respect for his fantastic works I will refuse to believe it. Whoever typed it up did not take this task seriously, and the illustrations rarely fit the descriptions given in the text.

For example, one painting shows a junkyard worker floating in space involved in cutting up an old hulk, the distant sun illuminating him from the back. The accompanying text describes this as a crewman desperately clinging to debris from his blown up craft. Another painting depicts a huge spacecraft moving a great block of ice over the Mediterranean Sea. Our female protagonist blabbers on about having to take a job in the Berg Park so that she can raise the funds needed to make it all the way back to Earth, which is supposed to be a five year journey. The entries regarding the topless sketches are even more bewildering and embarrassing. For example: "Some teeny mugged me for my chain and contact bracelet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Girard on 21 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book in the early nineties just after it was released and i instantly fell in love with the artwork, it just shows how sci-fi doesn't have to be either old hulking ugly things or shiny 50's esque ships but can fall somewhere inbetween. I got my own copy of the book and meet Chris Foss a few years ago, back in Guernsey, and actually read the story which is as wierd and wonderful as the pictures make out. (Oh and don't be put off by the word 'erotic' in the...synopsis, it isn't really anything much, my mother let be look at the book when i was ten for God's sake)....
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By Mr. Mungo on 29 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover
Chris Foss part-trained as an architect then moved into illustration with the raunchy pics for Alex Comfort's Joy of Sex as one of his commissions; both of these elements can be found in this rather bizarre volume. His painted spaceships, which feature here in lush, double page spreads, are massive in scale and dotted with tiny windows giving them the aspect of flying office blocks with weaponry. They will be immediately recognizable in style to anyone who has read an Isaac Asimov SF PB from the 70s, as Foss was the dominant force in that field of book-jacket art at the time. Contrastingly, his small scale, erotic drawings of women are as delicate as they are charming and decorate the text pages herein. I don't know if these were two separate folios of work left over from said projects and someone had the idea of publishing them together but that's the only reason I can think of for the rather clumsy accompanying narrative which is supposedly a diary of a girl's adventures in space and which attempts, with variable success, to link them together. If you ignore this and enjoy the imagery for what it is, you have two books of great art in one - a bargain!
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Format: Hardcover
As others have commented, the juxtaposition of big Chris Foss spaceships and cheesecakey semi-nude pics of women is a bit eccentric - but I just can't go past a Chris Foss painting. He exemplified everything that was exciting and mysterious about SF when I was growing up, and I'm always delighted to have more of his art.

As for the semi-nude art - did you know he illustrated The Joy of Sex? See: [...]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Chris Foss is a well known designer of book, disc and CD covers, book ilustrations, film stages (he took part in the first intent to bring Dune to the screen) and landscapes. In this book he surpasses himself and writes a story as well as its visual interpretation.

This is the diary of a girl who lives in the future. She is wild and does not stand the discipline in her space school. As you can easily gess, she is soon fooled and snared into a net she can never solve any more. She is enslaved, and has to work her way up from sexual slave to master of her own destiny. She stats as a prey, but soon she becomes predator and does her best to survive: she becomes a ruthless merchant, pirate, and whatever comes into her way. There are the usual drug affairs, rape, sex, aliens maning good and bad... In the end she embarks in she search of a figure she calls the Joker: God? Demiurge? Drug fantasy? All in all, she is a likable character, a bit of John Silver. But in the bottom of her heart she keeps a bit of her original innocence. The end of the story is surprising and abrupt.

As to the illustrations: they are superb: pencil, water colours, airbrush... describe the girl herself, from a confident teenager to a mature, beautiful young woman. And the well known Foss' airships, space ships and so on. The diary is printed in a kind of cursive, and the illustrations sprinkle the text in various sizes.

A most interesting book. A shame that editorial merges and movements have left it out of our reach.
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