Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD, Stewart Cowley
The Hamlyn Group, 1978
95 pp, 46 full color illustrations, 31 b/w illustrations
The first, and arguably, best title in the series, Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD examines a variety of military, commercial, special purpose spacecraft from the Terran, Proximan, and Alphan fleets. Appropriately, a timeline is also included, with notable dates in propulsion development and Terran contact with our galactic neighbors, the Alphans and Proximans. Did you know we were supposed to commence work on Mars Station in 2012? Until science fact catches up with science fiction, we’re left to flip through books like this and wonder what awaits among the stars. As expected, the artwork is very good, often covering a full page spread while the narrative is plausible and engaging.