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My kids are 12 years old, and I remember reading a book when I was that age which seemed the best science fiction book ever. It was about 1968 but I think the book was a few years old.

It had gorgeous colour templates of strange worlds in it. One scene had small cigar-shaped spaceships that dropped little cotton-wool-like objects. I think the author's name ended 'Clark'. Anyone know the name of the book?

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    There's not really enough information to provide an answer; can you provide more details about the story? If the author was indeed Arthur C. Clarke, you might want to take a look at this Google Images search for covers of books that might remind you of the story. – Jeff Zeitlin Jun 20 '17 at 13:05
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Galactic Geographic by Karl Kofoed

One scene had small cigar shaped spaceships that dropped little cotton wool like objects

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  • Sometimes Imgur acts up for me as well, in which case I download the picture and then upload it from my computer ;) – Gallifreyan Jun 25 '17 at 20:30
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It might be one of the Venus Prime books, by Arthur C Clarke. It was a series of six novels, each one an expanded version of an earlier Clarke short story. Each one included templates of the technology in the story, especially spaceships. Clarke co-wrote the novels with Paul Preuss. The six novels are Breaking Strain, Maelstrom, Hide and Seek, The Medusa Encounter, The Diamond Moon, and The Shining Ones. Any of them sound familiar?

  • Those seem like they'd be a bit too recent, having been published in 1989 and later. – FuzzyBoots Jun 25 '17 at 17:00

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