Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

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Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Linwood » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:14 am

Not sure this is the appropriate place - but I’m sure at least a few of the people on this board remember these awesome books!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ba ... =discovery
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:42 am

As I recall, it was an interesting aesthetic that seemed a combination of aerodynamic technological reality against a surreal backdrop, somehow divorcing any human interaction in the scene.

Compare this to Frazetta, where the illustration seems testeronically human centric, and Sorayama, Vallejo and Bell, which are very technically clean and perfect.

And then there's Giger.

I think there was break between the Sixties and Seventies, that was softened in the Eighties, with presumably more money invested in artwork; possibly you could thank TSR for that, though I doubt much attention has been paid to this niche by art historians.

I think I came across one coffee book from this series, and the Perry Rhodan translations, where I first could distinctively identify the style.
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby laserburn » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:37 am

It would be nice to see all those books reprinted digitally.
My list consist of the following in hard copy:
Galactic Encounters - Aliens in Space by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Dangerous Frontiers by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Settlers in Space by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Space Patrol by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Star Quest by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - World at War by Steven Caldwell
Terran Trade Authority - Great Space Battles
Terran Trade Authority - Spacewreck - Ghostships and Derelicts of Space
Terran Trade Authority - Starliners - Commercial Spacetravel in 2200 AD

These are the electronic versions I know about on drivethru
BPI7605 - Terran Trade Authority - The Proxima War
MOG1410e - Terran Trade Authority RPG
MOG9001e - Terran Trade Authority - Spacecraft 2100-2200AD\
MOG9002e - Terran Trade Authority - Local Space 2200AD

Did I miss any?
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Sigtrygg » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:09 am

Yup, the first TTA book I ever bought.

Terran Trade Authority - Spacecraft 2000-2100

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terran_Trade_Authority
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Sigtrygg » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:14 am

Have you noticed the stretch goal?

The TTA rpg based on CE/MgT1e...
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Linwood » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:49 pm

Sigtrygg wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:14 am
Have you noticed the stretch goal?

The TTA rpg based on CE/MgT1e...
Actually I did. That’s what convinced me to post the link.
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby middenface » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:31 pm

laserburn wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:37 am
It would be nice to see all those books reprinted digitally.
My list consist of the following in hard copy:
Galactic Encounters - Aliens in Space by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Dangerous Frontiers by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Settlers in Space by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Space Patrol by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - Star Quest by Steven Caldwell
Galactic Encounters - World at War by Steven Caldwell
Terran Trade Authority - Great Space Battles
Terran Trade Authority - Spacewreck - Ghostships and Derelicts of Space
Terran Trade Authority - Starliners - Commercial Spacetravel in 2200 AD


Did I miss any?
None of the Galactic Encounters books are TTA - different publisher - TTA writer wrote under a different name. Similar universe though. Smaller than the TTA books and less quality.
Dangerous Fontiers and Settlers in Space - same book - Settlers is the US version IIRC

You missed TTA:Spacecraft 2000-2100
There is also a combined book called Spacebase: 2000 - this is GSB and Spacecraft in one book.

I have the lots and a couple of extra copies
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Re: Terran Trade Authority - 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Postby Tom Kalbfus » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:26 pm

Reviews of the new series have been lukewarm (an average of two out of five star rating on Amazon.com), as some have felt that the artwork has been hastily built in 3D, and with a lack of attention to detail - including many obvious text errors. Also, the text has been heavily revised with respect to the history section in order to replace the outdated history of the original. Additionally, the revised history now makes explicit references to the current political climate and developments as such 9-11, the war on terror, and disillusionment with U.S. foreign policy. This is in sharp contrast to the original, which chose to steer clear of any real-life issues.[1]
Yup, big mistake, the moment you start mentioning real life history, you end up with some real life villains, and real life villains are controversial because some people think they aren't villains after all, and not everyone is going to agree that there was disillusionment with foreign policy. If the authors are going to make sweeping statements about real life events, those are their opinions, and maybe not everyone is going to want to read them. However if they are talking about fictional aliens, no one can dispute them, as they are their aliens, there is no way one can be wrong about the aliens one created. No one is going to say that the Klingons were just misunderstood and not the baddies of the original series, unless they are the authors writing a story about them.

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