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A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy   Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information abo A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy   Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne’s lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; E.T.’s scary beginnings; William Gibson’s never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer’s never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K. Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy’s most interesting and least-known chapters.  


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A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy   Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information abo A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy   Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne’s lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; E.T.’s scary beginnings; William Gibson’s never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer’s never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K. Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy’s most interesting and least-known chapters.  

30 review for Lost Transmissions: Science Fiction and Fantasy's Untold, Underground, and Forgotten History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I think the best way of describing this book is to say its a mixed bag. The whole book is made up of a series of articles on various topics from books and films to architecture and much more. However this is not the reason why I say its rather mixed - its more the focus on the material. The book does not seem to be very consistent and I not sure why - you see some articles are little more than a page long (when you take in to account the artwork) while others get several entries or at least cons I think the best way of describing this book is to say its a mixed bag. The whole book is made up of a series of articles on various topics from books and films to architecture and much more. However this is not the reason why I say its rather mixed - its more the focus on the material. The book does not seem to be very consistent and I not sure why - you see some articles are little more than a page long (when you take in to account the artwork) while others get several entries or at least considerably more than a page. True some of the are interconnected but others you start to wonder if the editor is letting their personal preferences seep through. Now the articles are in general fascinating and I guess depending on you level of knowledge (okay lets be honest fandom) you may know some or none of the various stories but I do not doubt the level of research and dedication to the project the team demonstrate. This is a fascinating concept I not entirely delivered and I have to say I am not entirely sure why however if you get the chance to peruse this book it is worth it but I suspect some dedicated internet searching could turn up something very similar

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Pascoe

    I was attracted by the high production value and the premise of this book. After several flick-throughs, mentions of Jack Kirby, Syd Mead, Jodorowsky's Dune and Robert Chambers stuck out for me, and I decided to grab a copy. The Secret History of Sci Fi and Fantasy, told from the point of view of less famous 'transmissions' lost in the general noise, is a great idea. The book focuses on Literature, Film & TV, Architecture, Art & Design, Music, Fashion and Fandom & Pop Culture. I was perhaps hopin I was attracted by the high production value and the premise of this book. After several flick-throughs, mentions of Jack Kirby, Syd Mead, Jodorowsky's Dune and Robert Chambers stuck out for me, and I decided to grab a copy. The Secret History of Sci Fi and Fantasy, told from the point of view of less famous 'transmissions' lost in the general noise, is a great idea. The book focuses on Literature, Film & TV, Architecture, Art & Design, Music, Fashion and Fandom & Pop Culture. I was perhaps hoping for predominantly a focus on Literature, so some of the other chapters were a peek into a take on sci-fi & fantasy that I would normally not concentrate on so much, or at all (fashion). As with any publication of this type, there are bound to be questions raised as to exclusions and inclusions (acknowledged, naturally in the intro). And while the premise is more or less adhered to throughout, I felt that toward the end, it was being stretched. Leaving out Blake's 7 from TV is pretty much a criminal offence and worthy of an on the spot fine. The whole fashion chapter could frankly have been dropped. And, as a personal preference, a chapter could have been devoted to sci-fi comics rather than a nod to Jack Kirby, acknowledgment of Valerian and a mention in the film & TV section of Moebius, as most comic sci fi flies under the radar in any event. The Incal, from Jodorowsky and Moebius (both mentioned in other contexts in the book already) is quite simply the best sci-fi comic ever told. I know of many comic geeks that have never heard of it, let alone the general public. And the chapter of music highlights just how subjective musical taste is anyway. While an objective approach to literature can more or less be agreed upon, this chapter on music just shows that essays can be written about music that make the music in question sound intriguing...until you actually listen to the music in question. It's entirely a matter of personal taste, and while I won't go so far as to say that what is written about the music in this book (or genrally) is actually wrong, because it most certainly isn't, it does highlight the subjectivity of music. And, speaking of omissions and inclusions, I don't think David Bowie flew under the radar, or counts as a 'lost transmission', whereas the Blue Oyster Cult album 'Imaginos' in its original conception most certainly does. Again, inclusions and omissions. I will thank the book for pointing me towards George MacDonald, M John Harrison's Viuriconium, further reinforcing my desire to get stuck into Angela Carter's stories, piquing my interest about 'Space Island One' and 'Blame', and generally reinforcing my other under-the-radar interests about this weird and wonderful world of sci-fi and fantasy. Also, the lovely illustrations and photos throughout make this, as mentioned earlier, a book of great production value and appealing to the eye. Volume 2 next?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mythlee

    A nice collection of essays introducing a wide range of fantastical works from books to films to textiles and beyond.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Mallorquí

    Me ha gustado mucho esta colección de ensayos sobre la historia olvidada de la ciencia ficción y la fantasía. Boskovich, junto a otros autores invitados, se adentra en obras y autores que son clave para entender la historia de estos géneros de ficción pero que, desgraciadamente, o han caído en el olvido o no tienen el reconocimiento que merecen. El libro se adentra no solo en la literatura y el audiovisual, también trata la música, la moda, la arquitectura e incluso la cultura del fandom. La gran Me ha gustado mucho esta colección de ensayos sobre la historia olvidada de la ciencia ficción y la fantasía. Boskovich, junto a otros autores invitados, se adentra en obras y autores que son clave para entender la historia de estos géneros de ficción pero que, desgraciadamente, o han caído en el olvido o no tienen el reconocimiento que merecen. El libro se adentra no solo en la literatura y el audiovisual, también trata la música, la moda, la arquitectura e incluso la cultura del fandom. La gran mayoría de artículos los ha escrito la propia Boskovich demostrando un conocimiento enciclopédico sobre la cultura del género, aunque el libro cuenta con invitados como Neil Gaiman, Charlie Jane Anders, William Gibson, Grady Hendrix, Annalee Newitz, Paul Tremblay o Jeff Vandermeer. El libros como objeto es una joya, con profusas ilustraciones que suman a la experiencia lectora. Y me gustaría destacar diversos artículos que me han estimulado: "The Weird World of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast", "Harlan's Ellison's Legendary lost Anthology", "The Dark Fairy Tales of Angela Carter", "Metropolis: The long Shadow of the Never Seen", "The Alien III(s) That Might have Been", "The Dreamy Atmospheres of Painter Paul Lehr" o "The Massive Artificial Landscape of Tsutomu Nihei's Blame".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Piña

    Me gusta que no solo se trate de literatura o películas, sino de diversas expresiones artísticas que marcaron o influenciaron a la ciencia ficción. Algunas son obvias, como James Cameron y sus expediciones marinas, David Bowie y sus personas musicales o Giger. Sin embargo, lo interesante viene con historias que no se contaron, que fueron mas underground o que influencian desde otras bases, como la ilustración o la moda. La variedad de artistas mencionados es muy buena y con grandes ejemplos. Me Me gusta que no solo se trate de literatura o películas, sino de diversas expresiones artísticas que marcaron o influenciaron a la ciencia ficción. Algunas son obvias, como James Cameron y sus expediciones marinas, David Bowie y sus personas musicales o Giger. Sin embargo, lo interesante viene con historias que no se contaron, que fueron mas underground o que influencian desde otras bases, como la ilustración o la moda. La variedad de artistas mencionados es muy buena y con grandes ejemplos. Me gustan estos libros que te dejan muchas ideas que pensar y nombres que revisar. Este libro mas que discutir una cronología, se trata sobre ideas y como estas influencias otros productos, otros conceptos y otros géneros. Lo que es obvio y ahora parte de la cultura popular no salió de un vacío.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This book looks at works of science fiction and fantasy that were highly influential but may not have been popular or widely known. It covers many genres from books to movies to fashion to art to music. I loved the book session and found several great books and stories to read. The essays are thoughtful and discuss the influence of the work and the "ahead of their time" elements of the work. This book looks at works of science fiction and fantasy that were highly influential but may not have been popular or widely known. It covers many genres from books to movies to fashion to art to music. I loved the book session and found several great books and stories to read. The essays are thoughtful and discuss the influence of the work and the "ahead of their time" elements of the work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

    Review forthcoming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    No matter your level of interest in sci-fi, you’ll find things to love in this expansive, generous book. Articles explore the hidden corners of sci-fi and expose its effects on the broader culture (and vice versa). And would it be crass to mention that it would make a great gift for someone who lives sci-fi? Well, it would.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rg

    This is an amazing book. I love the format.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    [3,5/5]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pretty Bibliophile

    This book is a full on storehouse when it comes to lost or under-appreciated works in literature, music, architecture, art, films etc., and also for the magnificent illustrations! It is an amazing collection of essays, interviews, etc. and if you are into sci-fi/fantasy, this is definitely a book you need to pick up. Specifically, the book has been divided into segments of Literature, Film & TV, Architecture, Art & Design, Music, Fashion and Fandom & Pop Culture. I personally have been interested This book is a full on storehouse when it comes to lost or under-appreciated works in literature, music, architecture, art, films etc., and also for the magnificent illustrations! It is an amazing collection of essays, interviews, etc. and if you are into sci-fi/fantasy, this is definitely a book you need to pick up. Specifically, the book has been divided into segments of Literature, Film & TV, Architecture, Art & Design, Music, Fashion and Fandom & Pop Culture. I personally have been interested in fantasy for quite some time now. However, sci-fi is a genre that I need to explore more, and so this was a perfect revelatory starting point for me. Whatever your interests might be, it covers wide ground and that is why, I believe, this book has something for everyone! The content is very expansive and since it covers a myriad of different topics, it also throws light on how sci-fi has affected broader culture. Not only is this a very informative book, it is also really fun to read. While the literature segment was my favourite, I skimmed through the fashion and music segments. I am sure that for some others, those two might be interesting. One of the pieces worth mentioning about is ‘On Fantasy Maps’! A mention by me about a piece on the Voynich Manuscript was enough to make Dad eager to read the book too! The cover as well as the whole presentation of the book is superb. The illustrations also help make this a definitive book in the genre. The title was also very apt – as the book does talk about forgotten sci-fi related stuff – “transmission” is a really well chosen word. I rate this book 4/5 stars!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    This book was more fun than I expected. The book describes lost or under-appreciated works in literature, film, music, art, fashion, architecture, and pop culture, all having a connection to science fiction or fantasy. It is lavishly illustrated. I came for the literature, but I stayed for the film and television, architecture, and art. It was great to read about things that might have happened, but never did (the film of Dune that would have featured Orson Welles as Baron Harkonnen; the Aliens m This book was more fun than I expected. The book describes lost or under-appreciated works in literature, film, music, art, fashion, architecture, and pop culture, all having a connection to science fiction or fantasy. It is lavishly illustrated. I came for the literature, but I stayed for the film and television, architecture, and art. It was great to read about things that might have happened, but never did (the film of Dune that would have featured Orson Welles as Baron Harkonnen; the Aliens movie scripted by William Gibson). In literature, it featured authors who influenced other authors but didn't achieve renown at large (Robert W. Chambers, Kathy Acker, Henry Dumas). Thanks to this book I'll be picking up a copy of David Bunch's “Moderan”, which was recently re-published. There are other treats to discover in this jewel-box of a book, which is worth browsing through just to see the illustrations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jason Vanhee

    Very mixed bag of essays, think pieces, interviews and a good amount of art about SF/F. Some great, some mediocre, some (to me) dull as toast, but with a broad variety of pieces covering books, visual media, music, art and architecture and more, there's going to be something that connects with you and tells you things you didn't know and are happy to learn. I got this from the library based on an essay about fantasy maps that I read elsewhere which, sadly, turned out to be my favorite piece in t Very mixed bag of essays, think pieces, interviews and a good amount of art about SF/F. Some great, some mediocre, some (to me) dull as toast, but with a broad variety of pieces covering books, visual media, music, art and architecture and more, there's going to be something that connects with you and tells you things you didn't know and are happy to learn. I got this from the library based on an essay about fantasy maps that I read elsewhere which, sadly, turned out to be my favorite piece in the collection? But there were other good ones, too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Orrezz

    This is a very detailed production. The cinematic section, in particular, has some very enticing stories. However, I felt like the content was not entirely loyal to its title. Indeed some of the pieces dealt with overlooked stories of science fiction, but others praised very known stories (or fanfics). The collection also features interviews. Some of the felt irrelevant to the theme and brought nothing new to the table. It's an interesting read - but it's not what it claims to be This is a very detailed production. The cinematic section, in particular, has some very enticing stories. However, I felt like the content was not entirely loyal to its title. Indeed some of the pieces dealt with overlooked stories of science fiction, but others praised very known stories (or fanfics). The collection also features interviews. Some of the felt irrelevant to the theme and brought nothing new to the table. It's an interesting read - but it's not what it claims to be

  15. 5 out of 5

    Farah Mendlesohn

    Weird. Just weird. It's very much a coffee table book, and I found it easiest to think of it as a hard back fanzine. Only about a third of the entries could even remotely be described as "Lost in Transmission". That said: it's a fun collection of people weebling about things they love. Good chance of winning I think. Weird. Just weird. It's very much a coffee table book, and I found it easiest to think of it as a hard back fanzine. Only about a third of the entries could even remotely be described as "Lost in Transmission". That said: it's a fun collection of people weebling about things they love. Good chance of winning I think.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ketan Shah

    I just finished this and would reccomend it to any Science Fiction fan. You're guaranteed to come across something you never knew about the genre . Something you can read cover to cover or dip into as the fancy takes you. The format is also perfect. Illustrated like a coffee table book but small enough to carry around for reading on the go. I just finished this and would reccomend it to any Science Fiction fan. You're guaranteed to come across something you never knew about the genre . Something you can read cover to cover or dip into as the fancy takes you. The format is also perfect. Illustrated like a coffee table book but small enough to carry around for reading on the go.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Richard Sweitzer

    Occasionally fascinating, but rather inconsistent. Also, the selected images were often frustratingly not what the text called for, which led to constant googling. The Ng treatise on textiles was eye-opening and grand.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jackson

    A surprisingly interesting look at the historical influences on the genre of science fiction. The book examines unpublished works, the influence on and of art, writing, film, music, design and gaming. The book features many wonderful images and interviews with writers and artists. A must for fans. 

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kend

    One of the most gorgeous anthologies of recent years, with a phenomenal premise, great introduction from Jeff VanderMeer, and stellar research and organization by Boskovich. Physically satisfying to hold in the hand and sit in for a spell, this is a book I'll revisit time and time again. One of the most gorgeous anthologies of recent years, with a phenomenal premise, great introduction from Jeff VanderMeer, and stellar research and organization by Boskovich. Physically satisfying to hold in the hand and sit in for a spell, this is a book I'll revisit time and time again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Al Sirois

    Marvelous. The history of the field, and many interesting sidebars on things like music, neglected authors, fashion, films, and so on. Thoroughly enjoyable, and indispensable to students of the genre. Highly recommended. (Fun to read, too!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    An interesting collection/history of the influence of SFF, but if you're pretty well versed in the history of SFF, there's not a lot that's going to be new or surprising. More for people who are just getting into SFF and are curious about its history and influence. An interesting collection/history of the influence of SFF, but if you're pretty well versed in the history of SFF, there's not a lot that's going to be new or surprising. More for people who are just getting into SFF and are curious about its history and influence.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Blythe

    4.25 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Beautifully laid out book with lots of interesting reflections on sci fi. 10/5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Gillespie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Einar Nielsen

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hava

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  30. 4 out of 5

    April

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