Simon Stålenhag’s artwork is a delight. It’s wonderfully retro science fiction design that is set against the surroundings of rural Sweden. We’ve been fans of Stålenhag work for a couple of years now, and today, he launched a Kickstarter to produce his next art book, titled The Electric State.
Stålenhag Kickstarted his two other narrative art books, Tales from the Loop, and Things from the Flood. Both books are weird hybrids of novels and art collections. They tell a loose story of an alternate Sweden in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the development of a massive particle accelerator called The Loop, and its unexplained side effects. Last year, Stålenhag also Kickstarted a role-playing game based on Tales from the Loop.
The Electric State will follow those two other books, but it doesn’t look as though it’s connected to his Loop books. Instead, the description explains that this book is set in 1997, following a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot as they explore an alternate United States “where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline.”
Stålenhag says that The Electric State will mainly be composed of illustrations that he’s been posting online in the last year, which include more abandoned locations, cool robots, and futuristic buildings. Backers can pick up the basic art book for around $41 USD, should the project hit its $23,494 goal. Other levels include limited edition copy and prints of his artwork.