Hardware: The SF works of Chris Foss

I don’t recall being a serious science fiction reader when I was a kid. I certainly wouldn’t have attempted to tackle the complexities of an Isaac Asimov or Arthur C.Clarke novel back in those days as I’d have much better things to do like play Nintendo or try to teach myself karate in the back garden. But I do remember looking at and loving the cover art of these classic paperbacks, featuring dramatic scenes of huge, strange-looking spaceships and dangerous, uninhabitable planets. All long forgotten memories until I happened to pick up this recent title from Titan Books offering a career defining retrospective on the science fiction artist Chris Foss. For a moment I was a teenager again sporting a big smile in enjoyment of the stories these pictures told with no need for words, only an active imagination required. What really impresses me about these paintings is the vertigo inducing sense of scale he achieves in his scenes of planets peeking over the horizon, massive spaceships hovering over a city or alien beings going about their destructive plan. The work is great and there’s lots on show here, supported with text from the artist himself, plus contributions from Rian Hughes, Imogene Foss, Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Essential for all science fiction art fans.

Hardware – The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss
Titan Books
Hardcover, 240 pages
31.8 x 24.9 x 2.8 cm