About Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss
Foss’s groundbreaking and distinctive science ﬁction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 1970s 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. The ﬁrst comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss’s SF career.
“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
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“An incredible selection of Foss’ work.” – io9
“An indispensable collection of out-there space art.” – SciFi Bulletin
“There’s a real sense of wonder all over this book and personally, I still find it all very inspiring. [Hardware] truly is a terrific book and certainly highly, highly recommended.” – The Trades
“A great art book, and one you should definitely own… this belongs on your coffee table next to the work of other great artists like Ansel Adams and Roy Lichtenstein.” – Never Not a Nerd
“I was constantly blown away by Foss’s ability to turn fiction into reality. [Foss’s art is] full of things we’ll likely never see but it looks so authentic, like a history book of the future. It’s grounded in such a reality that you can’t help but believe it might be real.” – Very Aware
“… this book will turn you into a fan…” – We Love Cult