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October 8th, 2011, 11:04 PM
Hi all,

Just found this site today and I'm brand new to it. I am looking for assistance in locating 2 different books:

The first was some sort of large, coffee table sized (or at least 8.5x11 sized) book my elementary school had back in the 80's, I suppose it's possible it dated to the late 70's but I tend to think it was mid to late 80's for publishing. The thing I remember the most distinctly was the cover. A very large white space ship that was not unlike the ship in the movie Wall-E. It had almost sort of a galleon shape, and it was massive. It had lots of small white windows around on it, and I believe it had a lot of sort of like antennae structures coming out of it. It was coming at the "camera" perspective.

I was searching around today and I'm not sure if the artwork of that cover was done by John Berkey or not but it was in a very similar style to his if not. http://theawesomer.com/photos/2008/10/101308_berkey_4.jpg is an image by him I found which *reminds* me of the cover art I'm seeking, but is not it. In that sort of style, and a white ship like that, but much more massive, cumbersome, imposing. Maybe a little less smudgy too than his style, possibly more distinct lines between things... his colors seem to sort of blend together more than I remember this image doing but I may be wrong. It seems very possible it was done by him but then again, I think I might've found it if it was because I looked at a lot of stuff by him today.

I think it was just an art book, there may have been some text along with the art describing the scenes... not sure.

The other book was something we had in my house, I believe my brother got it, he was born in '76 and me in '80. I think it was from the late 70's... maybe early 80's though. It was a small paperback of collected strange tales, fairly kid friendly and skewed in that way... a kid's book I'd say for sure. But not excessively childish. Maybe for teens.

The tale I remember distinctly and the artwork associated with it was of a man out in a field, maybe in some farm area... with his family, he simply vanished the tale said, and the image showed his footprints walking into this bare area in this grassy field, where there was only dirt, I believe it only showed his foot prints, not him, and they started out being solid line foot prints and then became dashed lines like the outlines you'd use to indicate how to cut something out of paper.

That story always gave me chills as did the picture, back when it was very easy to do so as a child :)

I wish I had more to go on than this, I've probably exhausted my own abilities already, so I don't really expect anyone to be able to help but man it'd be cool if anyone can. I am already appreciative of your time you took to read this thread, thank you.

October 30th, 2011, 11:45 AM
The artist sounds a bit Chris Foss-ish.

21st Century Foss (1978)?

October 30th, 2011, 12:12 PM
Big white spaceships? Windows?

Either Vincent di Fate (https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=vincent+di+fate&hl=en&biw=1031&bih=862&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=33atTqSqOcGGhQeiy-y9Dw&sqi=2&ved=0CEAQsAQ) or Robert McCall (https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=vincent+di+fate&hl=en&biw=1031&bih=862&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=33atTqSqOcGGhQeiy-y9Dw&sqi=2&ved=0CEAQsAQ#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=robert+mccall&pbx=1&oq=robert+mcca&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=1&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=87859l92393l0l94937l11l11l0l0l0l0l827l7925l 5-5.6l11l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=d29878bebe5f82c2&biw=1031&bih=862) for me.