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The Dream Machines: An Illustrated History of the Spaceship in Art, Science and Literature
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Miller holds a BFA from Columbus, Ohio, College of Art and Design. He worked as a commercial artist and designer for six years, before taking a position as art director for the National Air & Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. He left there in 1977 to became a freelance illustrator and author; to date he has nearly forty book titles to his credit, and his illustrations have appeared on scores of book jackets, book interiors and in magazines such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Analog, Starlog, Air & Space, Sky & Telescope, Newsweek, Natural History, Discover, GEO and others.
Miller has translated and illustrated new editions of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon and Journey to the Center of the Earth as well as a companion/atlas to Verne's works, Extraordinary Voyages. He has acted as a consultant on Verne for Walt Disney Imagineering and A&E Television Network's Biography series. Miller's book The Dream Machines, a comprehensive 744-page history of manned spacecraft, was nominated for the International Astronautical Federation's Manuscript Award and won the Booklist Editor's Choice Award. His original paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Pushkin Museum (Moscow).
He designed a set of ten commemorative postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. He has been a production illustrator for motion pictures, notably Dune and Total Recall; and he designed and co-directed the computer-generated show ride film, Impact!
Miller has taken part in international space art workshops and exhibitions, including seminal sessions held in Iceland and the Soviet Union. He was invited by the Soviet government to the 30th anniversary celebration of the launch of Sputnik, and has lectured on space art and space history in the U.S., France, Japan, Italy and Great Britain. He was featured on Hour 25 Science Fiction Radio program in early 2003.
An authority on the work of the famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell, his book The Art of Chesley Bonestell received a Hugo Award in 2002; other books have received awards, including a Silver Award for best fiction from ForeWord magazine and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers' League of Texas. His Worlds Beyond series received the American Institute of Physics Award of Excellence. The Grand Tour, has gone through three editions, multiple printings, several translations, was a Hugo Award nominee and has sold over 250,000 copies. It was also a twice a Book-of-the-Month feature selection. Other books have been selections of the Science, Quality Paperback and Science Fiction Book Clubs.
Miller has also had several short stories included in science fiction anthologies.
Miller has been on the faculty of the International Space University. He is a contributing editor for Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine; a member of the International Academy of Astronautics; a Life Member, Fellow and past Trustee of the International Association of Astronomical Artists; an Honorary Member of the Societe Jules Verne (Paris); a Member of the North American Jules Verne Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
Books written or co-written
* The Space Art Poster Book (Stackpole, 1979)
* Space Art (Starlog, 1979)
* The Grand Tour (Workman, 1981; revised edition, 1993; revised edition, 2005)
* Worlds Beyond: The Art of Chesley Bonestell (Donning, 1983)
* Out of the Cradle (Workman, 1984)
* Cycles of Fire (Workman, 1987)
* Stars and Planets (Doubleday, 1987)
* Decalcomania--A Tourist's Handbook and Guide (Black Cat Press, 1987)
* Mathematics (Doubleday, 1989)
* 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Unicorn, 1988)
* In the Stream of Stars (Workman, 1990)
* The Bronwyn Trilogy: Palaces & Prisons, Silk & Steel, Hearts & Armor (Ace, 1991-1992)
* The History of Earth (Workman, 1992)
* The Dream Machines (Krieger, 1993)
* Extraordinary Voyages (Black Cat Press, 1994)
* BrainQuest (Workman, 1994)
* Firebrands (Paper Tiger, 1998)
* 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Dorling Kindersley, 1998)
* The History of Rockets (Grolier, 1999)
* Bradamant (Timberwolf, 2000)
* The History of Science Fiction (Grolier, 2001)
* The Art of Chesley Bonestell (Paper Tiger, 2001)
* Palaces & Prisons (Timberwolf Press, 2001)
* Silk & Steel (Timberwolf Press, 2002)
* Hearts & Armor (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* Mermaids & Meteors (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* Velda (Timberwolf Press, 2003)
* Worlds Beyond (eleven-book series, Millbrook Press, 2002-2005)
* Special Effects in the Movies (Millbrook Press, 2006)
* The Elements (Millbrook Press, 2004)
* 13 Steps to Velda (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* Captain Judikah (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* Pathetic Selections (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* Journey to the Center of the Earth (Black Cat Press, 2005)
* The Conquest of Space (four-book series, Lerner, 2007-2008)
* Extreme Wonders: Aircraft (Hylas Publishing, 2007)
* Digital Art (Lerner, 2007-2008)
* Cleopatra (Chelsea House, 2008)
* The Seven Wonders of Engineering (Lerner, 2009)
* The Seven Wonders of the Gas Giants (Lerner, 2010)
* The Seven Wonders of the Rocky Planets (Lerner, 2010)
* The Seven Wonders of Meteors, Asteroids and Comets (Lerner, 2010)
Top Customer Reviews
One of the best things about the book is that its contents are ordered chronologically. This lets you trace the evolution of spacecraft from pulp magazine covers to illustrations in popular and technical articles to serious design proposals to prototypes to full production. It gives you a taste of what it must have been like to watch all this happen in the middle of the 20th century, and it's fascinating to see all the designs that never made it off the drawing board. In particular, near the end of the book there are no less than 6 pages of drawings that trace the evolution of the Space Shuttle from a winged bullet launched from a jet-powered mothership to the familiar configuration that finally entered service in 1981. A similar sequence shows the development of the Apollo program spacecraft.
If all of that sounds dry instead of inspiring, you'll be pleased to know that all of those shiny silver rockets from the golden age of science fiction are in here, too. Some of them I hadn't seen since I was a 12-year-old watching old movies on Saturday afternoons, and there are many more that I had never seen at all. Radio dramas, television, movies, even prominent spacecraft from comic books and novels are covered.
The book is over 700 pages long and EVERY two-page spread has at least one illustration; most have three or four.Read more ›
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All the other reviews I read convinced me to buy it and they were spot on!Published 6 months ago by akfigureskater907
A great book at a very acceptable price. Excellent servicePublished 19 months ago by Laurence Anslow
I agree with all of the other reviewers in that this book makes for all-emcompassing and fascinating reading. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Peresvet