Yes, it’s true. The Folio Society, a high-end book publisher specializing in finely-crafted editions of literary works, has an outstanding selection of speculative fiction titles in their catalog. The latest addition is a work of classic science fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke.
Science Fiction fans already know the history of this story. It’s based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel” and was developed with legendary film director Stanley Kubrick. It was written alongside the screenplay of Kubrick’s 1968’s classic SciFi film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Folio Society goes the extra mile in publishing these titles. Not only do you get the novel itself, but (as outlined for previous editions received here at SF Signal HQ) you get a sweet selection of extras.
For starters, this is the first illustrated edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book features seven color illustrations by Joe Wilson, each one highly detailed and beautifully evoking different parts of Clarke’s story. (Check out some hi-res samples below.)
The book also contains the classic foreword written jointly by Clarke and Kubrick, Clarke’s Back to 2001 preface written in 1989, as well as a band new introduction specifically for this volume written by Michael Moorcock. Moorcock’s new introduction is quite illuminating; it offers a glimpse of Clarke’s personality, discusses the friendship they shared, and also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the not-so-smooth working relationship between Clarke and Kubrick.
All of this is wrapped up in a well-produced, high-quality hardback…and then inserted into a nifty metallic-looking slipcase to display on your shelf to your envious friends. Speaking as a “Book as Object” kind of reader, this thing is a treasure. So…no, envious friends, you cannot borrow my awesome Folio Society edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Here’s how Folio Society describes the book. (Hi-Res samples of Joe Wilson’s art appear afterward.)
Developed from Arthur C. Clarke’s short story ‘The Sentinel’ and brainstormed together with legendary film director Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) has had an indelible impact on both cinema and genre literature. Written alongside the screenplay, the book stands on its own merits as a visionary work: a powerful exploration of space, artificial intelligence and the destiny of humanity.
This edition includes the foreword written jointly by Clarke and Kubrick, as well as Clarke’s ‘Back to 2001’ preface written in 1989. Michael Moorcock, a long-standing colleague of Clarke’s and an award-winning author, has provided a new introduction revealing much of his friend’s personality, as well as casting a new light on the fractious relationship between Clarke and Kubrick. For this first illustrated edition, Joe Wilson has contributed seven colour illustrations that capture the book’s vision of 2001’s remarkable future, while the binding shimmers with holographic foil.
- Bound in printed art paper and blocked in holographic foil with a design by the artist
- Metallic slipcase
- Set in Cartier Book with Univers for display
- 240 pages
- Frontispiece and 6 colour plates
- 9½“ x 6¼“