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Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss Hardcover – September 6, 2011

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"An incredible selection of Foss' work." - io9

"An indispensable collection of out-there space art." - SciFi Bulletin

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

"A great art book, and one you should definitely own... this belongs on your coffee table next to the work of other great artists like Ansel Adams and Roy Lichtenstein." - Never Not a Nerd

"I was constantly blown away by Foss’s ability to turn fiction into reality. [Foss’s art is] full of things we’ll likely never see but it looks so authentic, like a history book of the future. It’s grounded in such a reality that you can’t help but believe it might be real." - Very Aware

"... this book will turn you into a fan..." - We Love Cult

"I absolutely love this thing." - Topless Robot

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 an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, font designer and comics artist, noted for his work on 2000AD, and Dan Dare. His illustration work is highly distinctive, wearing its design influences on its sleeve. Clients include Virgin Airways, Penguin Books, DC Comics (for whom he has designed numerous logos), Eurostar, the BBC and a range of magazines and newspapers. He is the editor and designer of several books including Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s and the recently released Cult-ure.

"One of the most successful and prolific designer/illustrators of the past 20 years."Roger Sabin, Eye magazine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Weeks on September 6, 2011
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If you're a fan of sf art, or even glanced at the sf section of a bookstore during the 1970s or 1980s then you know Chris Foss. This collection includes virtually all (if not all) of his published sf works. Many of these have been published in previous Foss collections (21st Century Foss and Diary of a Spaceperson), but I think this includes all of those and then some. This book is virtually all artwork, very well reproduced in color, mostly one to four paintings per page, which for the most part is large enough. There doesn't seem to be much organization or structure in presenting the paintings for the most part, other than the groupings of Dune concept work, military/thriller book covers mostly in one place, but if there is an order to the sf paintings it eludes me. There's basic information on each painting (title/book/publisher/date of the book cover it appeared on), an introduction by Rian Hughes, bio profile by daughter Imogene Foss, and brief appreciations/recollections by Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky who worked with Foss on an abortive 1970s film version of Dune. There are well over 120 sketches from Dune concept work and other sf efforts, as well as a few samples of Foss's earlier and non-sf works. I would have liked to see a few more sketches from his Diary of a Spaceperson work, or unpublished personal or other conceptual works. Overall, however, this book lives up to its title as the definitive collection of Foss's work -- it has essentially all of his major commercial works, and good samplings of his other art. Finally, this book is a bargain at this price. Well worth purchasing by anyone who enjoys science fiction and space art, or commercial illustration.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Nash on November 3, 2011
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I saw several of Foss's paintings in a book called "Flights of Icarus" (FOI) many years ago, back in the 1980s. They were incredible. Since FOI featured a number of artists other than Foss, I was looking forward to this volume full of just his paintings. It is full of hundreds of his works from over the years, but it doesn't quite deliver. While in FOI the reproductions were full page, big, bright and beautiful, the paintings within this volume are small and cramped. He has such a large body of work that they crammed two or more paintings to a page and it's impossible to pick up any significant detail. If another volume came out with just one painting to a page in a larger format, I'd be interested. If you want to see a large number of Foss's works, this volume has it. If you want to behold the true grandeur of his works, skip this one and try to pick up an old copy of FOI to see how it should have been done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee S. on January 27, 2012
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Chris Foss is a very talented painter, both in imagination and technical execution. I could rave about his art, but I'd just be repeating what other reviewers have said already. This book includes every one of his paintings I'd ever seen, plus dozens, maybe hundreds I'd never seen before. The glossy reproductions are exquisite, so even the small pictures show great detail. And there are a lot of pretty small pictures, as another reviewer pointed out. But almost every one of the famous pieces, and the ones that are favorites of mine, gets nearly a whole page, or even a two-page spread.

To me, the only real problem with this book is the text. Half of what makes books like "The Alien Life of Wayne Barlowe" and "Hardyware: The Art of David A. Hardy" the source of ongoing enjoyment is the background information they give on most of the paintings. All we get in this book (besides the introduction) are the bare details of each painting, rotated 90 degrees, at the outer margins of the pages. I'd love to know more. I'd also love to be able to read the titles without turning the book or my head.

This is especially annoying when it's production art for films. I'd like to know about Foss' involvement in the productions, whether any of his designs made it to the final stage, and so forth. There are also paintings that I happen to know are of real-life locales and historical events. There are military bases, battles, natural disasters, and other scenes from the real world, plus, paranormal incidents that have been reported or theorized. It would be nice if the book provided some background on these. At least a blurb. There's also no index, and no clear pattern of organization. In a 240 page book with probably close to 1,000 images, this is pretty inconvenient.
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