Friday, August 26, 2016

In The Sky Tomorrow (1964)

In the sky tomorrow. KA Gilzin. 1964. 224p. 22 cm.

A Russian book about the future of transportation. So very interesting space flight illustrations and a lot of great futuristic vehicles.

 These look like illustrations of an ion propulsion engine. 
 A nuclear bomb driven ship? 
 A nice supersonic transport. SST anyone?

 I like these rocket-hybrid vehicles.  Different ways of envisioning how rockets might change the way we travel.

 Yes I do want a flying car.  It really would change all those Sierra Club camping trips we are going on!

 Heck, why a flying car when I could get a flying saucer?

 A nice illustration of solar sailing.

 Ion and nuclear powered space craft.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Star Berth (1982) Part 2

A continuation of pages from this book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Soviet space program.

Star Berth (1982) Kharkov: Soviet Union. 112 p.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Star Berth (1982) Part 1

This is a little out of my scope for children's books but I enjoy the interesting illustrations. It seems to be commemorating the25th anniversary of the soviet space program (which began Oct 4, 1957).  It looks like poetry and illustrations inspired by the history of space exploration in Russia.

Star Berth (1982) Kharkov: Soviet Union. 112 p.

I have reproduced only some of the text but I am sure you will enjoy the "heroic" illustrations.

Since this is a busier week for me, I will give you more illustrations next week in Part 2.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Clouds, Rings, and Crocodiles:By spaceship round the planets (1955)

A lightweight summer post today.

This is the British edition of a book I already blogged about here in 2010:

The author H. Percy Wilkins was the Director of the British Astronomical Association, Lunar section and a Fellow of the B.I.S.

Wilkins, H. Percy. Illustrated by Jauss, Anne Marie (U.S. Ed.). Clouds, Rings and Crocodiles: By Spaceship Round the Planets. Boston: Little Brown and Co. (148 p.) 22 cm. Cloth, DJ / London : Harrap. (127 p.) 20 cm. 1955 UK/1956 U.S.

Showing the backside of the Moon

The British edition was published first so this gives me a chance to show illustrations that were different from the American edition, since they were done by the author. As you can see the American edition was also longer than the British.(The "tan" are from the American edition.)