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An aesthetic revelation. . . . A spectacular melding of science and art. Los Angeles TimesNow in an affordable paperback edition accompanying a national touring exhibition that The New York Times acclaimed as stunning, this epic photographic tour of the solar system will inspire a new audience with a sense of wonder.To create Beyond, author Michael Benson spent years compiling and digitally processing 295 of the greatest photographs taken by the amazing spacecrafts that have been exploring the solar system for almost half a century. The images, many revealing iconic landmarks, are of a quality to rival the greatest landscape photography on Earth. The eloquent and informative text, with contributions by legendary science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke and award-winning critic Laurence Weschler, as well as essays by the author, is a delight to read.
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Michael Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and artist. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and The Nation. He lives in New York City. Arthur C. Clarke is the greatest living prophet of the Space Age. He lives in Sri Lanka. Lawrence Weschler is one of the leading writers on art in the United States. He lives in New York City.
*Starred Review* Space-age prophet Arthur C. Clarke, one of three eloquent, forward-looking contributors to this pioneering and magnificent collection of pictures generated by the robotic space probes Galileo, Voyager, Pathfinder, Magellan, Viking, and other less commonly known mechanical explorers, describes these breathtaking images as "some of the greatest landscape pictures ever taken." The recognition that these miraculous images (supremely reproduced) are nothing less than works of art is the impetus for this resplendent volume, and discerning writer and documentary filmmaker Benson did, in fact, serve as the book's curator, searching through tens of thousands of digital images to find the most striking and beautiful scenes of the solar system, many never published before. Each sequence of finely detailed portraits of Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and our sister planets is sublimely exhilarating, particularly those of the volatile Jovian system, blue and serene Neptune, and elegant Saturn, which Benson describes as "cosmic perfection." Not only do Clarke, Benson, and Lawrence Weschler celebrate the ingenious technology of robotic space probes and their, as Weschler writes, "unparalleled ability to convey the sheer beauty and mystery" of the solar system, they also ponder, with great acumen, the metaphysical questions raised by these awesome new visions of the glorious cosmos. Donna Seaman
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