Space Wars, Worlds & Weapons, Steven Eisler w/ Foss
Crescent Books, New York, 1979
96pp, 92 full color illustrations, 5 b/w illustrations
I suspect Space Wars, and its stablemate The Alien World, are also Steven Caldwell titles, albeit under a different pen name. Space Wars blends a mix of sci-fi and fantasy artwork with well-written scholarly narrative on the topics of space vehicles, wars and weapons, fantastic creatures, fantasy and worlds. Oddly, there’s no connection between the imaginative artwork captions and the text. A brief, but studious, foreword by Chris Foss sullenly acknowledges how much “good” sci-fi art is inspired from fictitious wars and weapons.
Much of the artwork appears in the TTA and Galactic Encounters books, so I’m presenting a selection of images that, mostly, aren’t published in those editions. Frankly, I feel Space Wars and The Alien World are below the standards of the TTA and Galactic Encounters series. Yet, both can be found relatively inexpensively and will complete your collection.