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  • Perfect Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books; 1st edition (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978514831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978514839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,894,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2007
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I attended a science fiction convention in early June. At the convention Nebula-winner Richard Chwedyk read his short story "Where We Go," which is in the new anthology Visual Journeys, edited by Eric Reynolds of Hadley Rille Books.

Based on the impressive reading, I ordered the book. My first reaction to the book was "Wow!" The book's concept is unusual - authors write stories based on pieces of space art they've seen. The art - full color - is printed next to the story that inspired it. It's a very impressive package, and chock full of great stuff. There's not a bad story in the bunch, but some of the real highlights are:

* Cruising on Io (visual art by Bob Eggleton) and Io, Robot (short story by Tobias S. Buckell). It's the leadoff story, about robotic explorers of Io waiting for humans to return. The question becomes, what is a human?

* Ron Miller, a Hugo award-winning artist, takes a Chesney Bonestell painting, "Funeral on Mars" (American astronauts burying one of their own) and turns in a crackerjack story called "The Funeral." It's somewhat of a mystery story, but to help you solve it, here is a hint - Ron is very big on 19th Century SF writers.

* Frank Wu, another visual artist, gives us his first published short story, "Worlds in Collusion" based on the painting "Impact" by Joe Tucciarone. It's an unusual dual romance. You'll have to read it to see who is doing the romancing.

* G. David Nordley takes Wolf Read's painting "Hell Orbit" and gives us an interesting short story of the same name. It's a mix of romance and coming-of-age, set in a star system 30 light years from Earth.

* Bob Eggleton (artist) and Jay Lake (writer) team up (in a virtual way) in a quirky but interesting short story called "After Bonestell.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sunday TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
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When I first ran across "Visual Journeys: A Tribute to Space Artists," I just had to buy it. As a part-time digital space artist and lifelong admirer of the works of such luminaries as Chesley Bonestell, Fred Freeman and Ludek Pesek, how could I resist? I figured that the artwork alone would be worth the price of the book even if the stories were disappointing--which I fully expected them to be, considering what I believe is the sad state of most modern science fiction.

I was right, but for reasons that were actually the other way around. The artwork in "Visual Journeys" is largely unremarkable, while the stories, almost without exception, are true gems. As a matter of personal preference, I tend to favor accurate, feasible, photo-realistic space artwork. Some of the pieces in "Visual Journeys," while they all are crisp, sharp and nicely printed on glossy paper, are a little too nonliteral for my tastes. I was exceptionally pleased to discover, however, that the stories accompanying the artwork are uniformly excellent. They are so good, in fact, that they could well be anthologized in a volume without any artwork at all and still be an excellent selection of enjoyable tales well worth reading. The intriguing juxtaposition of a piece of space artwork and a story that it inspired is an interesting bonus, as are the artist and author profiles at the end of the book.

An interest in space artwork is one reason for reading "Visual Journeys." An even better reason is to savor a collection of short stories that, in my opinion, is as good as any published in recent years. The mind-melding of two distinct artistic genres in "Visual Journeys" is an experiment that works great, and I hope to see more in the future. Highly recommended.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Delphyne J. Woods on September 29, 2007
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this is a rarity, a delicate tribute to the humorous, idealistic, and gorgeous science fiction tradition before it was transformed into hedonistic, materialistic, dystopian nonsense... more like this!
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