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January 4, 2013

Review: Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962

by brainoids

Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962
Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962 by Megan Prelinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This book is not only beautiful but really interesting. Far more than just a nostalgia coffee-table piece, the text is both interesting and thought-provoking.

I found the best chapters / collections to be those on the human form, and on modern art influences. In these not only were the graphics themselves stunning, but the narrative added significant depth. I was a smidge less interested in the chapters that spent more time writing about technical details – the content seemed too deep for a non-aerospace reader, but “already known” for insiders.

A surprising side to this book was how many of the advertisements are focused on recruiting, reflecting the early space age ramp up. To this end the ad copy itself is often very interesting as well.

I gather the author is hard at work on another book. Can’t wait!

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