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. 

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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!

2014 a year of books

The Pier Glass, Robert Graves

Poor Folk, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust

Journey to the End of Night, Louis Ferdinand Celine

Skippy Dies, Paul Murray

The Lifted Veil, George Eliot

The Land of the Blessed Virgin, W. Somerset Maugham

1914 and Other Poems, Rupert Brooke

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Fair Penitent, Nicholas Rowe

The Box Man, Kobo Abe

City of Night, John Rechy

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins

Brazilian Tales, Carmen Dolores

The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, Machado Assis

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

Falconer, John Cheever

The Republic of Wine, Mo Yan

The Immoralist, Andre Gide

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe

Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Kiran Desai

Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

Catilina, Henrik Ibsen

Money, Martin Amis

The Duchess of Padua, Oscar Wilde

The Artist of Disappearance, Anita Desai

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai

The Portrait, Ford Madox Ford

Balthazar, Lawrence Durrell

Vera, Oscar Wilde

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

Wait Until Spring, Bandini, John Fante

Modeste Mignon, Honore de Balzac

Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann

Bolshevism in English Literature, William Talbot Allison

A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood

Nana, Emile Zola

Our House in the Last World, Oscar Hijuelos

Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dona Perfecta, Benito Perez Galdos

A Separate Reality, Carlos Castaneda

The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty

An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Chonderlos de Laclos

Auguste Rodin, Rainer Maria Rilke

Chamber Music, James Joyce

The Last of the Star Kings, Edmond Hamilton

Kokoro, Natsume Soseki

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

The Eye in the Pyramid, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Black Spring, Henry Miller

Agamemnon, Aeschylus

Glenarvon, Caroline Lamb

The Iliad, Homer

The Russian Roots of Nazism, Michael Kellogg

The Balcony, Jean Genet

A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe

Couples, John Updike

The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs

Pierre, Herman Melville

Outlaw of Gor, John Norman

English Literature, Stopford Augustus Brook

Tarnsman of Gor, John Norman

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt

Endgame, Frank Brady

The Subterraneans, Jack Kerouac

Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler

The Captain’s Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

Justine, Lawrence Durrell

The Blunderer, Moliere

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Hero, W. Somerset Maugham

Foundation, Issac Asimov

The Trespasser, D.H. Lawrence

Numbers, John Rechy

The Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nicolo Paganini, Stephen Samuel Stratton

La-Bas, Joris-Karl Huysmans

The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass

Edward II, Christopher Marlowe

The Masterpiece, Emile Zola

The Unclassed, George Gissing

The Food of the Gods, H. G. Wells

The Coming of the Night, John Rechy

A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Aeneid, Virgil

White Nights, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Siege of Corinth, Parisina, Lord Byron

The Lost Continent, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Circle, W. Somerset Maugham

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

The Monk, Matthew Lewis

Confessions of a Travelling Salesman, Timothy Lea

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie