Science fiction and fantasy authors, screenwriters, and illustrators create vivid worlds, magnificent creatures, and larger-than-life characters. Whether these stories live on the page or come to life on the screen, they capture our hearts and come to life in our imaginations. From iconic television shows and movies to epic novels that shaped our lives, we found 11 coffee tables books that will transport you into these worlds, provide insight into your favorite characters, and become a cherished part of any fans collection.
The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta
At the young age of 16, Frank Frazetta started drawing art for the infamous EC Comics. This eventually led to his iconic pulp cover oil paintings of Tarzan and Conan. He drew massive, muscle-laden heroes, thick-thighed women, and monstrous creatures, all set within shadowy worlds. This book is the biggest collection of Frazetta’s art, done with collaboration with his family designed with top collectors in mind.
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien
In addition to creating Middle Earth and all the creatures within it, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a talented artist. Reissued after 30 years with excerpts of text by Tolkien’s son Christopher, this collection takes you through breathtaking watercolors of Rivendell and Smaug to sketches of the Doors of Durin and Minas Tirith. It’s a gorgeous addition to any Tolkien fan’s collection.
Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe
This book is the ultimate guide for everything Star Wars. It includes information on every significant character, creature, outpost, planet, vehicle, droid, spaceship, and battle—all in one place. Technology is dissected, key events are explained, and there are numerous behind-the-scenes insights. It’s the perfect way for any fan to deepen their knowledge on the massive universe of a galaxy far, far away.
Dune Part One: The Photography
Denis Villeneuve's Dune was filmed in some of the most beautiful and desolate places around the world. Fortunately, photographer Chiabella James was there to capture every breathtaking moment. Sorting through thousands of photos of gorgeous scenery, intimate behind-the-scenes moments, and everything in between, this book is a must-have for any fan of this iconic science fiction movie.
Marvel Anatomy: A Scientific Study of the Superhuman
Featuring unique anatomy cut-away illustrations of more than sixty of Marvel’s greatest characters, this collection offers fascinating insights into what makes the heroes and villains tick. Told from the perspective of the Black Panther and his sister Shuri, this dynamic duo unlocks the closely held secrets that give each character their distinct power.
Art & Arcana: A Visual History
Curated from private collections, novels, magazines, advertisements, and more, this book contains over 700 unique pieces of Dungeons & Dragons art. Each piece highlights a unique piece of history and the evolution of the game over the years. It’s one of the most comprehensive assortment of D&D art ever collected, making it a must-have for any player and fan around the world.
Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration
With more than 180 illustrations, Enchanted features the stunning visual history of fantastical stories. Where science fiction is grounded in reality, fantasy is only restricted by the limits of our imaginations. Going back hundreds of years, this collection is a journey from the Old Masters to emerging talents, topped with essays along the way.
The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One
Before the Starks and Baratheons and Lannisters fought for the Iron Throne, the Targaryens reigned over Westeros, and their dragons ruled the skies. With all-new artwork, The Rise of the Dragon chronicles the rise and fall of the most powerful family to rule Westeros.
The Star Trek Book New Edition
In this new edition, fans can go where no man has gone before and explore the outer edges of one of the most beloved science-fiction universes. Start with the pioneering 1960s TV series and move all the way to current movies and streamed shows through film stills, television shots, insightful essays, and more.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium
Since 2002, Sir Terry Pratchett had one artist create his covers and illustrate The Last Hero. That artist was Paul Kidby. In this collection, Kidby has taken all his Discworld illustrations, including never-before-seen pieces and art from foreign or special editions. This is a beautiful book that will delight any Discworld fan.
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Earthsea Cycle)
The Earthsea Cycle is a beloved and timeless series. In fact, Time named it one of the top 100 best fantasy books of all time. And now, all the novels, early short stories, and a never-before-printed story, are combined into one gorgeous illustrated edition. With over fifty illustrations and an introduction by Le Guin, this book is perfect for any Earthsea fan.