About the Penguin 'Galaxy' series
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 does leave open a question regarding their longevity. And also interesting to note that the spine titles on these editions run from bottom to top (normal for most European languages except English), so they may appear “upside-down” in an English-language shelf. Size-wise, they are similar to large paperback, with dimensions around 8.5″ high, 5.8″ deep. The most popular seller has been The Once and Future King, probably because it appears to both fantasy and children’s fiction markets.
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.
List of books in the Penguin Galaxy series
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.