I just had to share this with all you book lovers out there.   I came across this project in KICKSTARTER (crowdfunding) and think it is great.   I like the thought that these people are saving old science fiction stories, written a while ago and giving them a contemporary new life with added poetry and essays.


In their own words:

“What is it about? 

Old words, new books. Specialising in science fiction and curating lost classics with contemporary illustration and writing.

Observatory Press is a brand new independent press based in Hackney. We currently specialise in science fiction, illustration and curating lost classics. We believe in creating collectable, beautiful, physical books and supporting new writing and illustrating talent. ‘We’ are Nicholas Herrmann and Ella Chappell. We met while studying at the University of East Anglia.

Nick writes comics and science fiction. His graphic short story, ‘Matters of Consequence’, about the life and works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was published by Elbow Room in 2014. Nick is passionate about futurology in science fiction, and delivered a paper about J. G. Ballard and Isaac Asimov’s visions of the future at the University of East Anglia’s recent ‘The Science “New Wave” at Fifty’ conference.

Ella is a poet, with a particular interest in science, post-internet and collaborative poetry. Along with a filmmaker and choreographer, she won the Southbank Centre Poetryfilm Competition in 2014, and she is currently exhibiting a spoken word piece at ‘Conditional Expressions’ hosted by STCFTHOTS gallery in Leeds.”

What are the books?

To launch the press we are publishing three books that are now in the public domain, curating them with contemporary writing and illustration:

       After London
The Clock That Went Backward
The Clock That Went Backward
Star Rover
          Star Rover


Every now and then you stumble across something that takes stirs your imagination and this is an exciting project which had done that for me.

There is more detailed information about these books on their page  CLICK HERE to read to take you to the project to find out more.