Penguin Galaxy books in a row
Penguin Galaxy series introduction by Neil Gaiman
Penguin Galaxy spines

In October 2016, Penguin released six of their greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, with bright, bold "bare boards" naked hardcover designs. The series was curated by crowd favourite Neil Gaiman, and each volume opens with his introductory series essay on the charm and value of science fiction.

The series includes many of my own favourites, particularly Stranger in a Strange Land and The Once and Future King. It's nice to see these in sturdy volumes for a change, but sadly the binding is glued, which leaves open questions regarding their longevity.

A dazzling jewel-box Lucite box-set was also briefly available, but it was produced in very limited numbers and it sold out soon after publication, however the individual titles are still all currently in print. The covers are designed by Spanish artist Alex Trochut, and the titles are printed straight onto the books' boards in stylized, embossed gold leaf type - with distinctive type-art for each cover, and a cute individualised symbol on the back.

Note that the spine titles on these editions run from bottom to top (normal for most European languages except English), so they appear "upside-down" in an English-language shelf.

Penguin Galaxy Space Odyssey Arthur C Clarke
Penguin Galaxy Space Odyssey Arthur C Clarke back cover
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke

About the book: A space-opera spanning from the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars.

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Penguin Galaxy Neuromancer William Gibson
Penguin Galaxy Neuromancer William Gibson back cover
Neuromancer by William Gibson

About the book:

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Penguin Galaxy Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A Heinlein
Penguin Galaxy Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A Heinlein back cover
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

About the book: A human raised on Mars, Michael Valentine Smith arrives on Earth for the first time, and as he struggles to understand humanity, his own psionic powers make him a messiah figure.

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Penguin Galaxy Dune Frank Herbert
Penguin Galaxy Dune Frank Herbert back cover
Dune by Frank Herbert

About the book: The epic story of Paul Atreides, who will become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, whose sands are the only source of a powerful drug called “the spice.” 

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Penguin Galaxy Left Hand of Darkness Ursula LeGuin
Penguin Galaxy Left Hand of Darkness Ursula LeGuin back cover
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

About the book: A lone human emissary goes on mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose—and change—their gender.

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US)

Penguin Galaxy The Once and Future King TH White
Penguin Galaxy The Once and Future King TH White back cover
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

About the book: A delightful retelling of the saga of King Arthur. It follows Arthur from his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. 

Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Penguin Galaxy Boxed Set Lucite Case
The Penguin Galaxy Boxed Set

Complete set. 6 volumes in a lucite case.

Where to buy: Abe books (OOP) - Rare