Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss



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The first comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss' sf career.

From the publisher:

Foss's groundbreaking and distinctive science fiction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 70s and 80s. Dramatically raising the bar for realism and invention, his trademark battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science fiction art and cinema.

Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. 'Doc' Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and film design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before. 

"Chris Foss' name has become pre-eminent among sf artists. He is in love with the monstrous, with angular momentum, with inertia-free projectiles and irresistable objects. " - Brian Aldiss

"[Foss'] creations are real machines, not just an artist's dreams. They combine the two elements so essential to science fiction: realism and a sense of wonder. A medieval goldsmith of future eons." - Alejandro Jodorowsky.

About the author:

Rian Hughes is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, font designer and comics artist, noted for his work on 2000AD, and Dan Dare. His illustration work is highly distinctive, wearing its design influences on its sleeve. Clients include Virgin Airways, Penguin Books, DC Comics, Eurostar the BBC and a range of magazines and newspapers. He is the editor and designer of several books including "Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s" and the recently released "Cult-ure".

"One of the most successful and prolific designer/illustrators of the past 20 years" [Roger Sabin, Eye magazine].


Chris Foss
Chris Foss, Rian Hughes

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine without dust jacket, as issued


Foss and Rian Hughes

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Physical Description

12.5 inches
9.75 inches
240 pages
color illustrations
pictorial boards