From Publishers Weekly
Writer Frederick I. Ordway III worked with Werner von Braun in the early days of NASA; he also spent decades collecting pictures, paintings and diagrams of space voyages, real or imagined. With hundreds of big images in glossy color, Visions of Spaceflight: Images from the Ordway Collection makes available Ordway's hoard. Etchings of 18th-century trips to the moon, with great vultures and giant balloons, dominate one section; another includes a cover from the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (1934). Collectors may love the sometimes garish rockets and grinning spacemen from the 1950s periodicals Colliers and This Week. Arthur C. Clarke provides a one-page foreword.
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From Library Journal
The human fascination with exploration beyond our own sphere is delightfully portrayed here through the etchings, book illustrations, pulp-magazine covers, and artwork in the treasured art collection of Ordway, a former director of the National Space Society and the National Space Institute. Ordway introduces his collection with a personable autobiographical essay, and his passion for all things aeronautical warms the pages. The volume is arranged chronologically from the pre-1600s to the 1950s. Each illustration is annotated by the author, who explains the theories behind the pictures and stories, from winged chariots and balloons to rockets and spaceships. Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, for which Ordway served as technical adviser, provides an introduction. Ordway's collection was cataloged in Blueprint for Space: Science Fiction to Science Fact (LJ 2/15/92). For a truly detailed history of the science fiction of space flight, see John Clute's Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (DK, 1995). Recommended for larger public libraries or where the history of science fiction or space flight is popular. Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX
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