Occasionally science fiction but mostly frogs and bats.
Monday, 30 November 2015
Chasm City sketches
A sort-out of an old box turned up a notebook containing sketches and thoughts toward what eventually became Chasm City, my second novel. The notes were written - to the best of my knowledge - in early 1999. By that point I had already completed one draft of the book, but much of the sleeper ship subplot - Sky, the grubs and so on - was absent from the first version. These sketches were done as I thought my way into the more complex story that eventually figured in the final book.
I'd love to see more designs like these. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing these! Chasm City is still one of my favourite books though I finished Blue Remembered Earth this weekend and really loved it.ReplyDelete
I've just completed Chasm City and those are great illustrations for the novel! Many thanks.ReplyDelete
I imagined the sleeper ship to be a lot thinner when I was reading, btw.
Awesome. I tend to make miniatures of what I'm writing about but have been known to sketch things too.ReplyDelete
Very interesting, especially comparing it with how I imagined it when I read Chasm City. I definitely wasn't picturing what you had in the sketches!ReplyDelete
I really love this sort of sketch! My kids can do this, but me...loloReplyDelete
Awesome stuff Al!l
Mr. Reynolds, I honestly love it when you expand your own settings with these sketches. :-)ReplyDelete
A lot of what I see her is surprisingly close to how I've imagined already when I read your works for the first time a few years ago. Especially the generation ships from the Flotilla (rather Discovery-like, aren't they ?). I imagined the cablecar having a slightly fiercer design, but that illustration is still very close to what came to my mind when I read your descriptions of said vehicle in RS and CS.
Also... The Grub ship is quite freaky looking ! 8-)
Very nice designs.ReplyDelete
A pity Reynolds wont expand the series.
I've never said I wouldn't...ReplyDelete
Wow, your descriptions were pretty good! I imagined the cable car being somewhat sleeker, but I also realise my mental image of the "car" included a bonnet where an internal combustion engine would go. Mental associations are hard to dump!ReplyDelete
Im just now finding this and I LOVE that you've shared sketches from your RS masterpiece! So yeah, thank you :) and I don't care if I sound like a kiss ass, I think you're absolutely brilliant!ReplyDelete
I can see your talents are not limited to your writing. I imagined the mechanism of the cable car as you have illustrated it but in my head the vehicle's body was more like a Bedford Van.
Pleased to see Beyond the Aquila Rift animated.