Spacebase 2000 Hardcover – 1984
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Cowley noticed in the 1970's that there was a lot of very good Sci-Fi art going to waste in pulp magazines and occasional paperback novel covers that he thought a better use could be made of. The end result was a book that was a futuristic book comparable to "Jane's Fighting Ships," and similar titles, telling about a space ship and its history and development with one or more pictures to illustrate it. The sales were so good that the publisher asked Cowley to create another, which became "Great Space Battles," a collection of 'histories' of interstellar wars and battles with alien lifeforms - sentient and not - and even with other humans.
The extensive art is still evocative more than 30 years after its creation. Some of it appears like some of the conceptual art appearing today in science articles about spcae travel, and others have a more dated appearance, but all of it is beautiful and well-chosen.
I first discovered "Great Space Battles" in a library as a child. I loved it so much that I checked it out repeatedly and actually wore the cover off the book and was forced to pay the library for its replacement. The stories were, to me, stories of the human spirit, but not always the hero-always-wins sort. All in all, these two books are well written and in many ways timeless, and they enjoy a global cult following today.
I highly recommend this title to any serious Sci-Fi reader, but especially to those who enjoy Sci-Fi art and paintings as well.
Now out of print, Space base 2000 was a very rare and strange book. I haven't seen anything quite like it since. Essentially it was a science fiction art book. However it attempted to be more. The art is mainly of the airbrushed spaceship genre and is by many varied artists. What makes this book stand out from the other myriad airbrush F&SF artbooks from the late 70's early 80's is the attempt to create a universe around the various illustrations. Each oversize double page spread contains a full colour image and a detailed chunk of prose expounding on the illustration. Not only are the craft detailed, but background to the action depicted is offered. A detailed and interesting universe is dished out in indirect chunks. We learn about an intestellar war, what people do for recreation. How they get about and other details of this fictional future.
The art in the book continues through out, however the tech specs and essays give way to an SF novella to which the images become illustration. The novella's plot is as far as I can remember (and it's been a long time since this book was in my possession) is typical space opera. By itself it probably wouldn't stand all too well, but seeing as it is only half the book and the other half is being told by the pictures it is more than satisfactory.
Much of the art is taken from the covers of pulp 70's SF novels. However most of it is very competently drawn and coloured. Definately the best examples of the genre.
The fact that the book is oversized means that the pictures are shown in great clarity. The book is also commendably thick with many pages of art.
The fact that this book is not associated with any kind of long running SF franchise (starwars / trek) lends it an extremely refreshing air and the book has a very creative and interesting feel to it.
It's a forgotten work of science fiction that deserves credit for attempting something I've never seen done before or since. For fans of SF art work it is a work that should be sought out. For SF fans it is certainly a curiousity to be aware of.
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