Explore a terrifying sci-fi landscape in the new art book ‘The Labyrinth’ by Simon Stålenhag
Presenting Advanced Machinery
Visionary Simon Stlenhag (“The Electric State”), a Swedish illustrator and author, has an extraordinary ability for displaying modern machinery in everyday situations, creating a dreamy juxtaposition of time and technology. Anyone who has seen his striking artwork has been given a magical insight into a fantasy universe filled with frightening beauty.
If his retro-futuristic aesthetic sounds familiar, it’s because his strange paintings inspired Amazon Prime’s evocative sci-fi anthology, “Tales From The Loop.” Now, Stlenhag has released a new 184-page apocalyptic artbook that showcases his fiercely creative compositions, and Space.com has an exclusive look inside.
“The Labyrinth” (Image/Skybound, 2021) was released in a prestigious format edition on 17th November. It tells the story of devastation and retribution against the backdrop of an ethereal land replete with ancient remnants of a cataclysmic event.
A ponderous eight-wheeled vehicle trundles through a horrific scene of ash and shattered buildings, heading for a lone bunker deep in the woods.
There are three people in the vehicle:
- Two scientists who wish to use the outpost as a headquarters for assessing planet-ending phenomena
- And a young boy, Charlie
The seclusion and claustrophobia of the home base threaten to drive each member of the expedition insane as the story progresses. The crew finds itself rushing toward an inescapable Hell as they are forced to confront their dark histories as well as the challenges of the haves and have-nots.
“The Labyrinth” is available in comic stores and on digital platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play, as well as any bookstore that sells books.
Check out our list of the Best Space and Sci-Fi Books for 2021 if you’re looking for a more cosmic reading.