Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time ... inspiration for artists and visionaries

by Fred Showker

Wonderful gift idea When James Gurney's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time first appeared in 1992, it was immediately hailed as a fully imagined world of the caliber of J. R. R. Tolkien's! Gurney's premise — of an undiscovered island where a race of mystical humans co-exists in harmony with intelligent dinosaurs — has been since reiterated over and over in numerous films and by scores of other writers.


As a tale of high adventure and discovery told as entries and sketches in journal form, Dinotopia presents a shipwrecked visitor's glimpse into an imagined social order, a culture, and even a cooperative interspecies technology that will satisfy lovers of fantasy and science fiction of all persuasions.

Dinotopia continues in The World Beneath

The voyage of discovery that Arthur Denison and his son, Will, began in Dinotopia continues in The World Beneath. Professor Denison and Will have been living on Dinotopia for several years, learning the marvels of this lost island continent where dinosaurs and humans have coexisted peacefully for centuries, cut off from the rest of the world.

where dinosaurs and humans have coexisted peacefully

Now Professor Denison decides to explore the natural mysteries of Dinotopia. He turns his attention to the ancient caves that point to a long-lost Dinotopian civilization that seems to have used a technology beyond any that the Professor has ever before encountered. His journey takes him deeper and deeper into the heart of Dinotopia, into the World Beneath. Little does he know that his quest to uncover Dinotopia’s deepest mystery will soon become a desperate race to save the very existence of the island.

Dinotopia_the_world_below Beloved by a generation of readers, James Gurney’s classic story returns in this lavish edition from Calla Editions™. The artwork has been reproduced from new plates digitally scanned from the original transparencies. This unabridged, expanded edition includes 30 additional pages, including a new Foreword by paleontologist Michael Brett-Surman and an Afterword by the author with over 40 behind-the-scenes sketches and photos.

This book, or the whole series of three will make an ultimate gift for anyone who appreciates art and fantasy. These lavishly illustrated classic books are sure to become a treasured family keepsake for generations to come. Enjoy!

GO Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time: 20th Anniversary Edition by James Gurney
GO Dinotopia, The World Beneath: 20th Anniversary Edition by James Gurney
GO Dinotopia, First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition by James Gurney

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IF YOU ARE STILL READING, you can download a pattern for making an impressive 3D pop-up greeting card of a holiday tree. I published this in 1987 as part of the "Poor Man's Publisher" and then again in 1990 as eps and printable PDF files in the Publishers' Warehouse Holiday Gifts section. Have fun!
Happy Holidays

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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