- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Collectors Pr (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188805493X
- ISBN-13: 978-1888054934
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worlds of Tomorrow: The Amazing Universe of Science Fiction Art Hardcover – August 1, 2004
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" is a gorgeous book featuring more than 175 covers from pulp magazines and books of the '30s, '40s and '50s." -- Seattle Times
Fans of tentacled, bug-eyed, scaly, menacing, mushroom-shaped, winged, fearsome and froglike extraterrestrials...should enjoy this... -- Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2004
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* More than 300 classic international science fiction paperback, pulp, and book covers.
* Summer release coincides with Paramount Pictures Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and 20th Century Foxs I, Robot.
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Forrest has made a very interesting selection of publications to feature in this book, with a large representation of UK Curtis Warren, Vargo Statten-era books that are not seen all that often. Books on pop culture collectibles (e.g. Future Toys by Emchowicz) often have great items and art, but there's one drawback; one's seen them all in other books. Here Forry steers a very well chosen course, incorporating enough of the well known covers that have appeared in Robertson/Davidson's great Pulp Culture, or in the definitive work that started my personal lust for pulp art, Brian Aldiss' Science Fiction Art; but adding enough new and less well known, albeit excellent, material. There's virtually no current stuff, which suits me fine.
Nice work, Forry! Not that we've come to expect anything else from you. From the days in the mid sixties when I would sneak into a tiny side street newsagent shop, that smelled of old fried food, in Winchester, England to buy Famous Monsters, Forry has been a shining light in the present day surreal. I've heard that the collection he so generously shared with the public may have been sold to pay legal bills; if so, may he come across that painting of Dracula by Bram Stoker one day!
The book reprints hundreds of these classic pulp and book covers along with running anecdotes from both Ackerman and Linaweaver. We look back at these great covers and discover just how visionary the artists were sixty plus years ago. Their works had a perhaps over-spectacular flair to them, but they foreshadowed much of the technology we use today like computers, cell phones, atomic power, spacecraft, and robots. Frank R. Paul was the first star of pulp art as his work graced many covers of Hugo Gernsback's amazing stories and now sells for thousands of dollars today.
Each chapter takes on a different subject such as chapter two's look at space travel with all manner of fantastic rockets, and ships and saucers. It's interesting to see how designs changed from the earliest pulps of the 20's to the 1950's when actual space programs were able to provide inspiration to the artists. One can even see our present day space shuttles in the works of these early talents.
Chapter three covers robots and again these covers don't disappoint as they imagine robot designs both functional and sublime. There are humanoid robots, insectoid robots, even robots that look incredibly like the Transformer robots so popular today. One great cover to Galaxy from September 1954, shows a scientist working on a female android who looks entirely human, but with her skin peeled away over one arm and shoulder showing her internal circuitry, inspiring views of The Terminator, some thirty years before that film came out.
It is then interesting to see how when we move to the 1950's, aliens become the one of the main subjects for covers. With no limits but their own imaginations we are treated to a veritable treasure trove of scaly, hairy, slithering beasts and it's clear that many of the "B" filmmakers of the 1950's used the pulps as their inspiration in creating their latex monsters.
It's truly a magnificent book and I was especially captivated by the covers of the old Sci-Fi novels as you so rarely encounter them these days. A must have for Sci-fi collectors and fans! And as a side note, this book, like all of the Collector's Press books are well made using thick, coated stock, heavy covers and bound beautifully with the collector in mind.
Reviewed by Tim Janson