Galactic Aliens

Galactic Aliens, Official Handbook, Alan Frank
Sackett Publicare Ltd, 1979
94 pp, full color illustrations throughout

This book holds a great nostalgia for me. I purchased it *new* with some birthday money from a long-shuttered Walden Books local in my local shopping mall. Apart from pride of (sort of) self-financed ownership, end-to-end full color illustrations, great vintage sci-fi graphics and compelling, pseudo-scientific text make this title a keeper. detailed schematics on size, taxonomy, and innate abilities add an engrossing level of authority to this catalog.
A bewildering range of 43(!) different alien species are surveyed with handsomely printed full color illustrations. My only critique is that each illustration doesn’t have   the artist individually attributed. Still, a fine title and many artists’ styles will be familiar to readers of this era.



The Snakes are a peculiar avian-reptilian life form. This looks like an Angus McKie work with its explosion rendering.Gal001
The porcupine rapidly transforms from it’s sponge-like form into a towering of self-propelled toxin thorns. The four-armed space-farer trying to escape adds strong drama and motion to this scene.
In my younger self, I didn’t quite understand The Microbe was the enlarged, single-celled life form on the left; the melting humanoids disturbed me too much to spend much time on this page.
The Interstellar Vampire doesn’t appear nearly as menacing as their ominous triangular ship formations. The distinct, organic graphics on the ships hulls are consistent with Tony Roberts works.
The Bird of the Stars plows the cosmos with a vile case of halitosis. Note the eyes attached to the multiple stalks on its underside.
There is no escape from The Living Sun!
These guys look familiar and are ranked as one of the more primitive, war-like species in the known galaxy. Aviation enthusiasts will recognize the ill-fated North American XB-70 Valkyrie roaring overhead.
The Dxenion Mercenaries draw some inspiration from Japanese mecha, especially with unsettling single eye feature  within their rounded heads.
The Werewolf is equally hideous in both its forms. Periodic bursts of solar radiation morph the sluggish tree-huggers into bloodthirsty carnivores.
The Angel combines elements of soft porn and 1970s airbrush art to create an enigmatic life form among its advanced steel and glass architecture. With their animal print unitards, these guys don’t  seem too threatening, although those are probably famous last words by many unwary visitors.
My favorite part of the book, and the feature that convinced this was the ‘real deal” were the “alien encounter report” filing cards affixed to the back of the book. There’s an London UK mailing address. To this day, I wonder if they ever received any…

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