Illustrated book about space tourism.

It was a shortish book, but with large illustrated pages, about a future space cruise through the galaxy visiting a number of outlandish planets.

The one illustration I've been able to find was by Richard Clifton-Dey, called Behemoth's World.

Behemoth's World

  • It might help to identify the book if you provide more information such as what language it was in, when you read it, etc.
    – Blackwood
    Feb 2, 2017 at 17:10
  • ... and I always thought this was only the cover art for Blue Oyster Cult's "Cultosaurus Erectus" album...
    – Stone True
    Feb 2, 2017 at 18:47
  • Aha, so that's where the album cover came from. Feb 3, 2017 at 10:15
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/244217/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    Mar 8, 2021 at 3:30
  • Apologies all, I missed this. I have marked the answer as accepted - thank you very much indeed.
    – James Cane
    Mar 9, 2021 at 8:55

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Could it be Tour of the Universe: The Journey of a Lifetime: The Recorded Diaries of Leio Scott and Caroline Luranski by Robert Holdstock and Maloclm Edwards? 143 pages, published in 1980. It's the only book about "cruise" featured in ISFDB, that contains the work you attached to your question.

From a review on Goodreads:

The story of a couple who win a tour across the galaxy, and the complications that pile up on their trip. The story is told through journal entries, painted scenes, and various futuristic documents.

Or from Google Books summary:

Two winners of a trip with the first package tour to the Aurora-Magellan Federation spend six months visiting alien planets

Printed version is available in various locations, most notably on Amazon. Alas, no e-book version exists to my knowledge, but it's possible to use search engines to find the works in that book as they're all listed on the relevant Internet Speculative Fiction Database page.

This is what the cover is supposed to look like:

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And here are some other works from the same book:

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On the left - Hall of a Thousand Races by Les Edwards, appears 2 pages before the image in you question; on the right - Earthport by Jim burns, appears on the cover and on page 10.

  • Thank you massively! I have found and purchased a copy of this on eBay and it's exactly what I was looking for.
    – James Cane
    Mar 9, 2021 at 8:53

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