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Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Hardcover – December 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599290596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290591
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner are recipients of the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award for SPECTRUM as Best Art Book. In addition to SPECTRUM, the Fenners have edited a number of books celebrating contemporary art, including MIDDLE-EARTH: Visions of a Modern Myth, THE BEST OF GAHAN WILSON and Frank Frazetta's ICON. They live in Overland Park, Kansas.

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If you love art and fantasy this is the book for you.
Ben Kwok
I found that this work continues in the tradition of presenting high quality art work from a wide range of artists.
Dr. Charles Gaynor
The hardback copy has good, durable binding, which i think is very important.
Geoffrey A Potter

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 24, 2012
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Volume 18 is another great addition to the series. It's now 304 pages, slightly thicker than Spectrum 17. Available in either hardcover or paperback. Binding is great for a book this thick.

There are close to 500 pieces of art from different type of publications and purposes. Also included are some unpublished ones.

The Grand Master Award recipient is Ralph McQuarrie in this volume. He's the popular Star Wars artists. The winners for the Gold and Silver Awards are Ryohei Hase, Sam Weber, David Palumbo, Dan Dos Santos, Rebecca Guay, Joao Ruas, Kekai Kotaki, Tomasz Jedruszek, David Meng, Akihito, Android Jones, Brom, J.S. Rossbach and Scott Brundage. There are many other prominent and new artists featured.

For the quality of work represented, this book is a tremendous bargain for the money.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Davila-Colina on December 28, 2011
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I love this book! normally with spectrum books there only 10 or so pages of art that I really like, and then there is some art that seems repeated or it is just not as special to me, but in spectrum 18 you can find a lot of really good art, page after page we were shocked and very inspired by what we were looking at. Really happy with my purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Stapleton on November 30, 2011
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Not sure what the rest of you think but this book just gets better and better with every volume. The inspiration one gets as an artist or gazer is very strong. They choose the best of the best to appear in these books. Hopefully one day I will be among those elite (...he says while his fingers are crossed) :-)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Chaney on January 19, 2012
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I have all of the SPECTRUM books, and I will continue to buy them in the future. However, this issue of the book, and the last couple have to me fallen off in creativity. I believe the artists themselves are at the top of their form, it's the subject matter I find rather dull, but hey, that's me being subjective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lane on December 2, 2011
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I have bought many copies of Spectrum over the years. This has to be one of the best issues ever! A feast for the eyes of any fantasy art fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cericke on December 1, 2011
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So I got this book the day it came out, and I have to say it's quite the impressive compilation. Thus far this is my second book of this kind (the other was a Society of Illustrators Annual), and I have to say Spectrum is top notch. Anyone who is even interested in fantasy art or sci-fi should get Spectrum, and the price isn't half bad on Amazon either.

Unfortunately, either Amazon or UPS mucked up my shipping and put my copy in a large box with no packing material, so when I did receive it, it was rather banged up (edges are all crinkled, cover is messed up).
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As a writer, I flip through the pages of the Spectrum series for ideas and inspiration. This is yet one more great installment of artwork.
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By bob on November 27, 2013
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spectrum is one of the few affordable art books that cover the sci-fi and fantasy genre. they are consistently good.
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