I had as a child (early 1960s?) a boys anthology of stories of various genres, like westerns. It included several short stories from Arthur C. Clarke's The Other Side of the Sky/Venture to the Moon. Each was illustrated, e.g. "Feathered Friend", "Robin Hood F.R.S."

Does anyone have any idea of the details for this anthology book because I dearly want to get those drawing illustrations? I have not seen them anywhere else although it is possible they may have been used in a science fiction magazine although I have had no luck in that direction.

The Illustration for "Robin Hood F.R.S." shows an astronaut in a typical pre-space age moon suit firing an "arrow" up into space (towards a lunar plateau).

The Internet Science Fiction Book Database has no record of any such book.

  • I have seen those illustrations but I can't remember where. I thought they were in the anthology The Other Side of the Sky, but my copy doesn't have them. Maybe they were in the older copy my father had. It is also possbile that I saw them in some other collection in a school library when I was a kid.
    – JRE
    Feb 18, 2021 at 22:26
  • The ones I saw were black and white drawings.
    – JRE
    Feb 18, 2021 at 22:32
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    Was this a hardback, a paperback, or one of the British annuals? Can you remember any of the other stories? Feb 18, 2021 at 23:22
  • It was a hardback anthology. Quite thick if I recall. Some stories were strips. I think there was the western about a white man who had to run naked across a desert while the natives were following him. There mas another about a stagecoach journey in mountainous terrain (Sierras/Rockies?). I also think there may have been an article about Bat Masterson. I was getting Eagle Annuals around that time, but this was very different and I am almost certain there were no Dan dare stories in the book. Feb 19, 2021 at 19:32

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A British boy's magazine called Speed & Power. It featured quite a few Arthur C. Clarke short stories, illustrated by Mike Whittlesea and other artists.

Some of the illustrations can be found here and here

This image is split almost vertically, with the left side showing yellow clouds and a yellow-lit rocky landscape with a tall, cylindrical three-legged landing craft in the air with main engine and RCS firing.  The right side is a blue-streaked starscape.  In the foreground a green-lit astronaut in a full environment suit and a bubble helmet holds a bow made from a metal tube in his left hand, his right drawing back the bowstring and an arrow made from a twisted bar of metal sharpened to a point.  Another astronaut stands just to his left and behind him.

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    Very nice find!
    – DavidW
    Feb 19, 2021 at 1:48
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    Saw that in isdfb but couldn't confirm. Nice job! Feb 19, 2021 at 2:23
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    Lovely illustrations for the Clarke stories. However, they are not the ones I was looking for. It is possible that the "Boys World" might have an anthology that contains teh stories I want. The B&W illustrations for the Clarke stories shown on teh blog are not the crisp pen & ink drawings I am looking for. Having said all that, I do like these color illustrations, none of which I have seen before - great find. Thank you. Feb 19, 2021 at 23:54

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