Hardcover. Large octavo. xvi + 295pp. Bound in desert sand cloth, stamped in black on front and spine, embossed deep blue endpapers, bibliography and index. B&w illustrations, photographs, maps, diagrams, tables etc. Textured gold dustjacket. The standard 'Star Travellers Edition limited to 1,000 hand numbered copies.
From the publisher: "A defining text of the new magical renaissance, Star.Ships addresses the question of who we are now by tracing where we come from, and by drawing out the stories and the spirits that have journeyed and evolved with us. The goal is, as Gordon writes, the restoration of context. White applies his globally-recognised data and demographics skills to realise a groundbreaking work of truly interdisciplinary research. Utilising mythological, linguistic and astronomical data to reconstruct palaeolithic magical beliefs, he maps them to the human journey out of Africa; explores which aspects of these beliefs and practices have survived into the Western tradition; and what the implications (and applications) of those survivals may be for us. Written for a magically literate and operative audience, Star.Ships displays the flair, wit and engagement that his readers have come to expect from Gordon. He deftly handles vast time scales and cosmologies to build his case; avoids the pitfalls of alternative historians with a refreshing absence of dogma or wishful thinking; and, in a masterful deployment of the latest research, simultaneously questions outworn dominant narratives and is not afraid to champion the work of independent researchers and entertain forbidden discourses. Star.Ships beckons those who are willing to engage in the adventure to follow the great river of history that flows into and out of an ocean of stars.