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Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Rian Hughes , Chris Foss
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22 July 2011
Foss's groundbreaking and distinctive science fiction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 1970s and 80s. Dramatically raising the bar for realism and invention, his trademark battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science fiction art and cinema. Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. Doc Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and film design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before. The first comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss sci-fi career.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (22 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566989
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 2.7 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For people familiar with Foss work this is a fine retrospective of his work, and more than deserving of a place on your shelf. For fans of science fiction works in general this book will turn you into a fan." --We Love Cult

"This book is the first comprehensive retrospective of Foss's work to date, which is one in a long list of reasons why every sci-fi lover should go out and buy it. Now." --Imagine FX

"It's a beautiful - and huge - book, which would go well on the coffee table of any science fiction fan. I know it will be sitting on mine for a while." --TG Daily

"There's a real sense of wonder all over this book and personally, I still find it all very inspiring. Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss truly is a terrific book and certainly highly, highly recommended." --The Trades

"An indispensable collection of out-there space art. 9/10" --Sci-Fi Bulletin

"If you're a fan of sci-fi art that tells a story all it's own, I would highly recommend Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss." --Sci-Fi Mafia

"For people familiar with Foss work this is a fine retrospectiveof his work, and more than deserving of a place on your shelf. For fans of science fiction works in general this book will turn you into a fan." --We Love Cult

About the Author

Chris Foss's evocative science fiction book covers pioneered a much-imitated style featuring vast, colourful spaceships, machines and cities. He also illustrated the original black and white edition of The Joy of Sex. He produced the UK pb covers for Asimov s Foundation Trilogy, worked with H.R. Geiger on concepts for the unrealised Jodorowsky Dune movie and on Alien, as well as on Superman. Rian Hughes is a graphic designer and artist particularly noted for his work on 2000AD titles in the 1990s, including Robo Hunter and Dan Dare, and his logo and font designs. His design work is bold and highly distinctive.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Foss. Sci-fi Art Master 7 Sep 2011
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I managed to get this book from Amazon UK as it was released earlier there.

This book is an amazing value for money. It's a rather large art book and it's filled with all these wonderful art from Chris Foss, mainly from the 70s and 80s. Each page typically has around 1 to 4 illustrations and there are a total of 240 pages. That's a lot of work!

Chris Foss is an incredible sci-fi artist. There's a sense of realism that comes not just from how his works are painted, but also from the designs. For the ones that are printed full page, you can really check out the details that are put in. All are fully coloured and there are some line sketches as well.

There are lots of variety of spacecrafts featured, space stations, alien landscapes and cities, a few robots, some ships and planes. Chris Foss certainly made space more colourful with his colourful spacecrafts. Many of these work have appeared on sci-fi novels, and have also inspired sci-fi film designs.

It will take a while to go through this wonderful collection.

Highly recommended if you're into sci-fi art.

You can also check out more work at Chris Foss' website.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sci-fi Artists Artist 23 July 2011
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My first encounters with the work of Chris Foss were filled with mixed emotions. Thrilled by the superb artwork upon the cover of various books I would buy titles only to find that the stories themselves were often horribly outdated & released with amazing artwork that hid the dull contents within.
Older & wiser I may avoid many of those titles of dubious content but I remain thrilled by Foss's work.
The true greats in sci-fi & fantasy art have always managed to balance a peek into the future with a timeless quality that means their work remains fresh forever.
There can surely be few people who haven't seen the imperious spacecraft that are the trademark of this superbly talented artist. For me what keeps me glued to the images is the sense that these are vehicles fit for gods to arrive in. The intricate detail, eye catching colours & ground breaking design all play second fiddle to the sheer size and fearsome power he imbues into them.
The publishers, Titan, have a well deserved reputation for quality at very reasonable prices for their publications & this title keeps that reputation in tact. The glossy hardcovers are eye catching & help keep costs down by making the need for a dust jacket redundant. The paper is heavy & the colours bright & deep. The font is called 'range' & is suitably sci-fi but easily read. The 2 page intro by Rian Hughes is well worth a read but the real pleasures are the interview by Imogene Foss which gives a fine insight & mini biography. For the artists then surely the Jean Giraud intro. is the high point with an artists view. The Alejandro Jodorowsky page, (Foss did some prelim. artwork for a failed 'Dune' movie project), is brief but a welcome addition.
Then it's on to the artwork in earnest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Chris Foss excites you, you need this book. 19 Sep 2011
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As a boy I had the "21st Century Foss" book. I don't recall how or where I got it, but I do recall the book quite vividly.

It was one of my favourite books - the sense of scale, the detail, the wonderful designs. Or, in some cases, non-designs - things built from scavenged parts, cobbled together yet somehow working.

That book, sadly, was not treated as well as it could have been. Filled with larger versions of book covers we thrilled to, I shared it with friends - it went to and from school in various bags, and it didn't really survive that well.

I've always wanted to replace that book. But luckily, this book is here now. And it's bigger, it's better printed, and well bound.

The book is well organised and fairly comprehensive, with all the famous works that you expect. It also has sketches from Foss' work on films, and plenty of text up front with details of his career and artistic development.

So it's a good book.

But if, like everyone else commenting here, you first saw Chris Foss' works on the cover of a novel and were electrified by them - immediately attracted and intrigued by them - then this is a great book.

This is the book you want.

And that is all you need to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference work 16 Sep 2011
By Big J
This is a superb book for all Foss fans and anyone who likes SF art. This book brings together work from his two previous books - 21st Century Foss & Diary of a Space Person - with some old work from his early days that has rarely been seen and some new work too. By reading the captions to the images you get to realise the diversity of fields his work has been used in - not just book covers, but also films, record covers, jigsaws, calendars, advertising and magazines (ranging from Men Only to National Geographic).

The quality of the book is very good indeed - the paper is a relatively heavy gauge and the colour reproduction is excellent; it is a large and heavy tome and is a must-have for all Foss fans.

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This is a quality reproduction of a large body of art work. The pictorials and the plates there in are done exceedingly well. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a must buy
A substantial book with great print quality, this really is worth every penny. Stunning artwork, guaranteed to keep you enthralled for hours. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andi
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-takingly good SF art
If you have read any good Science Fiction then the odds are that you have also seen a paperback cover illustrated by Chris Foss, and perhaps even studied the seemingly infinite... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. F. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Gods Themselves
This is the definitive work on Chris Foss and his tantalising skills, about which superlatives seem inadequate. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Duncurin
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a bit more
I grew up like many others reading SF books with Chris Foss artwork. This volume has excellent quality reproduction plates of his artwork and as such would normally make it a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ian Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardware: The Definitive Works of Chris Foss
This is a real find for me and anyone who remembers the covers of old sci fi paperbacks. My dad had hundreds of them years ago, I remember them vividly and they are all in here. Read more
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