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Spacecraft, 2000-2100 A.D.: Terran Trade Authority Handbook Hardcover – October, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0890092118 ISBN-10: 0890092117 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books; 1st edition (October 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890092117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890092118
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoying some fond memories with this book (remembering what science fiction used to be like).
D.G.
I would attempt to draw space ships in the style that were drawn in the book, and the story line was facsinating.
Robbie Nagy
Ever since I first got this book out of the library, oh, thirty years ago, I've simply adored this book.
David Brauner

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MattR on May 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Cowley's series was known as the TTA for Terran Trade Authority handbooks. Contrary to some of the above posts the series had four books. Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD, Great Space Battles, Spacewreck (ghostships and derelects of space) and Starliners. The art work in all four which I have is very good, however sometimes the stories don't match the pictures very well. The stories are well done and they give a good sense to an interesting universe I am sorry we did not get to see more of.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NB on May 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a very great book with very detailed paintings of future warships and a good description to go along with each one, a must have for anyone who loves art, sci-fi, Space, war, or new ideas (or any combination of such), or is just interested in seeing what it is. No computer 3d stuff, just pure imagination. There is none of that old sci-fi pulp magazine rockets and UFOs and many of the starships in the book would put many of the spaceships used in movies today to shame (by judging how they looked like).
My favorite warhip has to be the Wasp
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on May 10, 2003
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Take artwork of spaceships, say from the cover of books or from magazines, and write a history around each one, listing why they were made, what they did and what happened to them. Now put all this ships into a book, split the book into three parts: military, commercial and special function, add a timeline, blueprints and specifcations. Not only did I enjoy the book, but I even recognized much of the artwork used.
I just wish there was more to the book and that the 'history' had more 'meat' to it. I may look for other books by the same author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read these books as a kid in the early 80's, and I haven't seen them anywhere since. I wish the publisher would reprint them, because, as I recall, the stories and the artwork are better than most of the sci-fi you hear about today (Star Wars & Star Trek included). The stories are basically a future history, but only going forward about one-hundred years or so. Definately worth buying if you can find a copy...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles C. Albritton III on September 13, 2007
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**Adapted from the Wikipedia article on the Terran Trade Authority**

Spacecraft 2000-2100 AD (by Stewart Cowley, 1978)
Great Space Battles (by Stewart Cowley and Charles Herridge, 1979)
SpaceWreck: Ghost Ships and Derelicts of Space (by Stewart Cowley, 1979)
Starliners: Commercial Travel in 2200 AD (by Stewart Cowley, 1980)

Aliens in Space: An Illustrated Guide to the Inhabited Galaxy (1979)
Star Quest: An Incredible Voyage into the Unknown (1979)
The Fantastic Planet: A World of Magic and Mystery (1980)
Dangerous Frontiers: The Fight for Survival on Distant Worlds (1980)
(Printed as Settlers in Space: The Fight for Survival on Distant Worlds in the US)
Worlds at War: An Illustrated Study of Interplanetary Conflict (1980)
Space Patrol: The Official Guide to the Galactic Security Force (1980)

The above series of six books was written by Stewart Cowley using the pseudonym "Steven Caldwell." They were published by Intercontinental Book Productions in the UK and republished by Crescent Books in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Nagy on February 13, 2014
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As others have stated , I too discovered this book when it first was published. It was the late 1970's and I was in Junior High. our school library had a copy and I used to check this book out ALL the time. When I was in studyhall in the library I would go get this book and reread it; over and over again. I would attempt to draw space ships in the style that were drawn in the book, and the story line was facsinating. Once I went to the Senior High I no longer had access to it. Needless to say I loved this book and never forgot about it (did not know it was part of a series). I never found this book in any of the used book stores that I used to go to over the years, and I went to alot of used book stores. Finally ended up in my old Junior High library a few weeks back on a school related matter and it made me decide to finally find the book online. After a few fruitless searches I finally decided to buy this book on the hopes that it would be ' the one' from its description and the art work in the ad. It was the book and I am happy I got it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Myers on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my all time favorites. I have read it over and over many times in the last fifteen years. The best part is that now some of Cowley's future history is coming true. Not the parts about space ships and intersteller battles, but the TTA (Terran Trade Authority) around which the books are written has now been born. The TTA is the supreme governing body of the 21st century. Today, at the dawn of the 21st century, the WTO (World Trade Organization) has already become more powerful than the United Nations after only five years in existence. As such it is the most powerful international organization in the world! Cowley even got the name right!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Brauner on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I first got this book out of the library, oh, thirty years ago, I've simply adored this book. It has great artwork (although, sometimes, it doesn't make sense--like why is there an antique car getting blasted by one of the ships taking off?); and has been a great influence on me. I've spent countless hours making catalogs of spacecraft and compiling future histories (not to mention writing my own), all because of this one book. (Well, this one and The Third Millennium by Brian Stableford). My one complaint is that sometimes the artwork doesn't quite match the descriptions. And I would have liked to have some sense of the scale of the spacecraft portrayed (but that's not really a major ding against the book). Otherwise, it's a fantastic book.
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