Starliners, Commercial Spacetravel in 2200 AD, Stewart Cowley
The Hamlyn Group, 1980
92 pp, 41 full color illustrations, 3 b/w illustrations
The fourth and scarcest of the TTA books, Starliners is a comprehensive study of the largest commercial space-faring concerns operating in the 23rd century. An overview of the major companies and their leading vessels is well narrated and amply illustrated. A nice addition are two star maps showing the inhabited star systems. Again, the artwork is inspiring and dynamic, with the usual roster of qualified artists.
Starliners seems to be the most difficult title to acquire on the secondhand market. Most prices I’ve seen land at $40-60 USD. I (sort of) found my the old-fashioned way: in a book store. Specifically, a Half-Price Books outlet in Clive, Iowa of all places. As chance and luck would have it, I was foraging proper ale from a specialty beer seller back to downtown Des Moines when I happened upon the store in the same shopping plaza. The rest is TTA collecting history!