Tour of the Universe, Edwards & Holdstock
Mayflower Books, 1980
138 pp, full color throughout
This is a really fun title. The premise is a typical, London couple enter an essay contest and win an all-expense paid trip through the cosmos. Beginning with their ascent into low earth orbit via skyhook, the trip takes them to exotic ports of call, awkward alien social customs, a run-in with shadowy figures on the edge of the law, and many more anecdotes about the strangeness of the stars. All these experiences are compiled in a scrapbook format.
Full color illustration abound, as well as clever, believable facsimiles of numerous travel tickets, entry/exit visas, and sales receipts to calmly remind us there will be plenty of paperwork in the future.
Interesting looking book, perhaps paperwork was minimized by the widespread adoption of futuristic microfiche!