Library Journal

Starred Review

Compiled by writer/photographer/filmmaker Benson – whose work has appeared in the Atlantic monthly and the New York Times — this collects 295 stunning photographs (color and b&w) of our solar system, taken by an assortment of interplanetary satellites since
the 1960s.

The amazing views (e.g., the canyons of Mars, the mountains of the Moon) take up a full page, and as if that weren’t enough, readers are also treated to frequent double fold-outs, giving a four-page panoramic view. For each image, there is a brief description of a prominent feature, the probe, and the date. A brief essay begins the chapter on each solar system object. These along with a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke and an afterword by Lawrence Weschler, make up practically the entire text. But, then, this book is for viewing, not reading. For public library science and photography collections.

– Margaret F. Dominy, Library Journal, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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