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The Exploration of Space by Arthur C. Clarke

A few years ago, I approached a publisher of space books with the idea of producing a series of volumes that would reprint the most important texts of the space age. The publisher passed, citing it being outside their business model, and they weren't set up to work with outside designers. I still think it's a good idea.

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The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

This is the third, and probably final, post about Tom Adams' paintings for the works of Raymond Chandler. Below is how The Lady in the Lake appeared when published. Adams left a quiet space at the top of each composition for the title and byline, and in those days that was all that was needed (no excessive marketing text).

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eBook: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

My favourite novel was written by Philip K. Dick and first published in 1962. The Man in the High Castle won the 1962 Hugo award, the Oscars of science fiction, for best novel of the year.

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A long time ago, in a lake far, far away…

So, that summer I was 10 and I found the watch in Peckham's Lake outside Cranbrook, BC. Dad said Timex might be interested in hearing about it, so I wrote them a letter and they got back to me.

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The Great Detectives by Julian Symons & Tom Adams

A decade after painting covers for Raymond Chandler's stories and novels, Adams teamed up with crime novelist Julian Symons. This book was written as a "Whatever Happened to…" for famous fictional detectives. Symons gains an interview with the real 'Marlowe,' the one Chandler fictionalised.

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Batman : The Brave & The Bold

If you want to have a whole lot of fun packed into 30 minutes or less, watch an episode of the new Batman: The Brave & the Bold TV series on Cartoon Network in the US and on Teletoon in Canada. You also might find it – ahem – on the web while we await a DVD package.
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James Bond : The 1960s Pan Covers and Raymond Hawkey

This stunning series of James Bond covers were the paperback presence of Ian Fleming's character during the height of its fame in the 1960s and the Sean Connery films. There were millions of copies printed so that by the time I started collecting in the late 70s/early 80s, these were still the most-common editions to be found, even though other cover designs had succeeded them.

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Raymond Chandler Covers by Tom Adams

Tom Adams is one of the most accomplished cover artists of the past 50 years. He's better known for his long-running series of Agatha Christie book covers, but my favourites are the ones he did for the works of Raymond Chandler. These were the 1971 series of paperbacks from Ballantine Books. If Vintage Books (the current Chandler publisher) were to re-release these as oversized trade paperbacks, I'd buy the whole set.

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Craftint and Duoshade Tones in Photoshop

Craftint doubletone paper (DuoShade is another brand) is one of those things an ink illustrator had in their toolbox before the advent of the digital toolset or even rubdown tone systems like Zip-a-Tone. It wasn't cheap and it gradually fell out of use.

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Defending Skartaris

If you blinked, relatively speaking, you probably missed it. Beginning in February 2006 with an April cover date, DC revived The Warlord. This time around the book lasted 10 issues. (The original had 133 and went through a number of ups and downs during the run.)

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Science Fiction Pulps

I recently attended ConVersion here in Calgary and found a fellow selling old science fiction pulps in great condition.

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John Steinbeck Illustration

A gift for my father who is a very big John Steinbeck fan. I've only read a few of Steinbeck's books myself, but The Grapes of Wrath should be required reading by anyone who aspires to have a social justice conscience.

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