Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes

Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes

by Michael Benson
     
 

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“An aesthetic revelation. . . . A spectacular melding of science and art.”—Los Angeles Times

Now in an affordable paperback edition accompanying a national touring exhibition that The New York Times acclaimed as “stunning,” this epic photographic tour of the solar system will inspire a new audience with a sense of wonder

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“An aesthetic revelation. . . . A spectacular melding of science and art.”—Los Angeles Times

Now in an affordable paperback edition accompanying a national touring exhibition that The New York Times acclaimed as “stunning,” this epic photographic tour of the solar system will inspire a new audience with a sense of wonder.

To create Beyond, author Michael Benson spent years compiling and digitally processing 295 of the greatest photographs taken by the amazing spacecrafts that have been exploring the solar system for almost half a century. The images, many revealing iconic landmarks, are of a quality to rival the greatest landscape photography on Earth. The eloquent and informative text, with contributions by legendary science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke and award-winning critic Laurence Weschler, as well as essays by the author, is a delight to read.

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Library Journal
Compiled by writer/photographer/filmmaker Benson-whose work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times-this collects 295 stunning photographs (color and b&w) of our solar system, taken by an assortment of interplanetary satellites since the 1960s. The amazing views (e.g., the canyons of Mars, the mountains of the moon) take up a full page, and as if that weren't enough, readers are also treated to frequent double fold-outs, giving a four-page panoramic view. For each image, there is a brief description of a prominent feature, the probe, and the date. A brief essay begins the chapter on each solar system object. These, along with a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke and an afterword by Lawrence Weschler, make up practically the entire text. But, then, this book is for viewing, not reading. For public library science and photography collections.-Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810995468
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and artist. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and The Nation. He lives in New York City. Arthur C. Clarke is the greatest living prophet of the Space Age. He lives in Sri Lanka. Lawrence Weschler is one of the leading writers on art in the United States. He lives in New York City.

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