Fragment(s): Monday Maps and Diagrams (Science Fiction) 3/25/19: A French edition of Mark S. Geston’s Lords of the Starship (1967) and Out of the Mouth of the Dragon (1969)

Today’s installment of Monday Maps and Diagrams returns to the worlds of Mark S. Geston. In 1980 French publisher OPTA released the first two volumes of Geston’s The Wars series, Lords of the Starship (1967) and Out of the Mouth of the Dragon (1969), in a handsome volume with a striking interior map by Claude Fritsch. The series charts the slow climb out of a Dark Age, where the landscape is littered with unusual mutants and the relics of past technologically superior empires and peoples…. I find the map and cover try to evoke more “medieval” imagery than the actual novels (I mean, even in the first one, the technology exists to “construct” a spaceship).

Enjoy! And, as always, comments are welcome and appreciated!

My review of Lords of the Starship (1967).

Citation: Claude Fritsch’s interior map (above) and cover art (below) for the 1st French OPTA edition of Les seigneurs du navire-étoile / Hors de la bouche du dragon (1980).

Series blurb: In my informal Monday Maps and Diagrams series, I showcase scans of SF maps and diagrams from my personal collection. As a kid I was primarily a fantasy reader and I judged books on the quality of their maps. When my reading interests shifted to science fiction, for years I still excitedly peeked at the first few pages… there could be a map!

Related Links:

Monday Maps and Diagrams 2/18/19: David Brin’s Sundiver (1980)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 1/21/19: Larry Niven’s The Integral Trees (1984)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 1/14/19: Alan Dean Foster’s Voyage to the City of the Dead (1984)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 12/24/18: C. J. Cherryh’s Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 12/17/18: Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker (1980)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 12/10/18: Suzy McKee Charnas’ Walk to the End of the World  (1974)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 11/26/18: Mark S. Geston’s The Lords of the Starship (1967)

Monday Maps and Diagrams 12/3/18: Jack Vance’s Trullion: Alastor 2262 (1973)

For a more detailed article on the visual and graphic elements of SF consult Charts, Diagrams, and Tables in Science Fiction.

For book reviews consult the INDEX

For cover art posts consult the INDEX

For additional articles consult the INDEX

6 thoughts on “Fragment(s): Monday Maps and Diagrams (Science Fiction) 3/25/19: A French edition of Mark S. Geston’s Lords of the Starship (1967) and Out of the Mouth of the Dragon (1969)”

  1. Just a thought, have you ever seen the old Dell mapbacks? Even if you don’t want to read them, some of the maps were awesome to look at.

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