The Electric State (Hardcover)

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Simon Stalenhag is famous for his artwork and storytelling in Sweden and has funded all of his work through Kickstarter. This is the first time his gorgeous work is getting widespread attention with a beautiful oversized hardcover. In The Electric State we follow a teenage girl and her pet robot wandering around the deserted wasteland that was 1990s United States. The ground is littered with the remains of giant robots and the discarded tech of an advanced society. The young girl is trying to get to the ocean. She's not sure why, but that seems like the right place to go. As she gets closer and closer, things outside seem less civilized than ever before, and the hope and spark in her heart slowly starts to fade. Simon has done the impossible here with absolutely stunning paintings on every page and a story that will leave you begging for more.

— Zach


A teen girl and her robot embark on a cross-country mission in this illustrated science fiction story, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and Black Mirror.

In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.

About the Author

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist and author of Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood, the narrative art books that stunned the world with a vision of an alternate 1980s and '90s Scandinavia where technology has invaded the tranquil landscapes to form an entirely new universe of the eerie and the nostalgic. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Praise For…

“A jaw-dropping science fiction artbook . . . This quiet, sad adventure is an excellent and visually stunning addition to any graphic novel, art, or science fiction collection.”

“A haunting illustrated novel. . . . Readers of bleak, emotionally rich dystopian science fiction will be fascinated with the way Stålenhag doles out details—all the way to the open-ended, heartbreaking conclusion.”

“An awe-inspiring vision of a species committing suicide, perhaps to be reborn as something new. [. . .] The Electric State is a striking and strangely compelling work of science fiction gothic. Providing a series of snapshots of an alternate Earth of yesteryear, it tells the story of how that world ended.”

"One part art-book, one part picture-book—the mundanity of everyday relationships play out alongside science fiction imagery that is as beautiful as it is unsettling."

"[Simon Stålenhag's] stories crawl into my brain and mess with my memory of history, time, and place. His art (photorealistic, washed out, laced in neon or icicles, nostalgic and futuristic both at the same time) gets into my eyes and stays there. [. . .] If you're anything like me, you'll take those images to bed with you for a long time and dream of Stålenhag's America — lost to sand, to drought, to war, to loneliness, and stalked always by the low, distant rumble of something terrible rising out of the earth and coming for you."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501181412
ISBN-10: 1501181416
Publisher: Skybound Books
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English

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