Dorling Kindersley, (1995). 0789401851. First American Edition. 4to 312 pp. Black textured paper covered boards. Spine stamped in silver. Book in fine condition. / Dust jacket also fine. Item #228
John Clute takes you on an unforgettable journey to worlds beyond our imagining, covering the history of the genre in all its forms, and lavishly illustrated with images from books, films, magazines, comics, and Graphic novels, Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia presents one-of-a-kind, decade-by-decade time charts with fascinating insight into the cultural influences that shaped the Science Fiction of each period. You will see how excitement about the potential of 20th-century America inspired elaborate cityscapes in the art of the 1900s. And you will travel into the future with the artists of the 1920s, watch humanity's ride into space through the eyes of Science Fiction, be drawn into the visions engendered by the invention of the A-bomb, and see what today's writers and artists prophesy in our digitized future. In over 100 detailed biographies, this book introduces the world's greatest Science Fiction writers - from Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells, through Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William Gibson, right up to the names to watch as the millennium approaches. Their works, and those of other literary legends, are brought to life in a gallery of over 100 enduring novels, all in early or first edition jackets. An unparalleled reference work and a stunning visual adventure, this extraordinary volume will transport you through time and space to glorious dreams and sobering satires.