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Cole, Dandridge M. & Roy Scarfo | Beyond Tomorrow. The Next Fifty Years in Space.

  • First edition, first printing of this uncommon classic written and illustrated by two of the most influential futurists of the mid-20th century.

    Dandridge M. Cole (1921-1965) was an engineer with the Martin Company, where he worked on the design of the Titan II rocket, and then moved to General Electric’s Missile and Space Division. Cole was particularly interested in developing futurism as a serious academic field embraced by both civilian and government bodies. He developed ideas about colonising and exploiting asteroids, coining the term macrolife to describe human colonies in space. He also warned about nuclear proliferation and population growth, suggesting that humanity was at a turning point in its development.

    The present volume explores the breadth of predications about humanity’s future in space, including colonising other bodies in the solar system, closed-cycle communities, terraforming, biological and evolutionary changes in humans in space, and the religious and moral implications of leaving Earth.

    The fabulous illustrations are by Roy Scarfo, who, more than any other single artist, was responsible for the “look” of the Space Age. Scarfo was creative director at GE’s Space Technology Centre and worked as a consultant for NASA and other agencies. He collaborated with numerous science fiction authors and futurists, including Isaac Asimov, and his illustrations appeared in more than forty books and countless newspaper and magazine articles.

  • ...With Space Art Originated by Roy G. Scarfo. Amherst, WI: Amherst Press, 1965.

    Quarto. Original mottled brown cloth, titles to spine and upper board in metallic green. With the dust jacket. Colour and black and white illustrations throughout. Ownership ink stamp of Marvin M. Foote dated 1974. Dust jacket adheared to the spine in a couple of spots, metallic titles degrading a little, contents clean. A very good copy in the rubbed and nicked jacket with some short closed tears and dampstain affecting the upper panel.