Angus McKie’s illustrations of Trantor, the capital world of the Empire in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. The entire planet was one huge city. At its’ height, it required 17 entire agricultural worlds to do nothing but produce food for it.
The bottom image is Trantor in ruins after the fall of the Empire.
Bungou Stray Dogs OCs based on contemporary authors.
J.K. Rowling.Ability:Fantastic Beasts, she summons mythological beasts from a grimoire.
Neil Gaiman.Ability: Neverwhere, projects your worst fear in your mind.
Terry Pratchett. Ability: Invisible Library, sends you to the 3z pocket dimension.
George R. R. Martin.Ability: Valar Morghulis, predetermines your destiny setting you in a long path of agony that ends in your horrifying death. Catch: it’s so long you might never get there if you are marked as IMPORTANT.
Lewis Carroll.Ability: We Are All Mad Here, hallucinations akin to a drugtrip
Anne Rice. Ability: Queen of the Damned, can gain superhuman strenght the more blood she loses, but she risks blood loss.
J. R. R. Tolkien. Ability: One to Rule them All, corrupts people into mindless puppets, but works on one person at time.
Darren Shan. Ability: Hunters of the Dusk, can find any person he met at least once.
L. Frank Baum. Ability: Think of Kansas, can teleport to any place he’s been to.
Isaac Asimov.Ability: Foundation, technomancy.
Sergej Luk'janenko. Ability: Night Watch, during nighttime, he can pinpoint an ability user’s power and weakness in a moment.
Stephenie Meyer. Ability: Breaking Dawn, she becomes a living flash bomb and blinds her enemies.
Stephen King. Ability: Dreamcatcher, he can give people horrible nightmares to keep them awake and exhaust them.
Lemony Snicket. Ability: The Notorious Notations. He sits there and obnoxiously narrates everything. Plus, he’s intangibile so you cant do anything about it.
The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov reissued in 1977 with new artwork by Chris Foss and reissued again in 1979 with a hard slipcase by Panther books in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Being the wide-eyed scifi obsessed adolescent I was at the time the artwork, although infamous for having nothing to do with the books, had everything to do with me buying and reading them!
If you’re born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown.
Because it is summer, I thought I would re-share a book list of some of my favorites. The bigger suggestions (or the ones I’ve come back to again and again) I put in bold and I starred (**) the fast reads/mind-candy.