Tales From the Loop

Tales From the Loop

Book - 2015
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Simon Stålenhag's Tales from the Loop is a wildly successful crowd-funded project that takes viewers on a surprising sci-fi journey through various country and city landscapes--from small towns in Sweden and the deserts of Nevada to the bitter chill of Siberia--where children explore and engage with abandoned robots, vehicles, and machinery large and small, while dinosaurs and other creatures wander our roads and fields. Stålenhag's paintings and stories take place in an alternate version of Sweden in the '80s and '90s, primarily in the countryside of Mälaröarna, a string of islands just west of Stockholm, and how this reality came about: the development of the Loop, a large particle accelerator and the side effects of the massive project. These incredibly captivating works and accompanying text capture perhaps a not-too-distant reality that is both haunting and imminent: addressing the many ways developing technology and nature can create havoc and wonder in our world--plus, its impact on the next generation. This is the English edition of the first book in Swedish that sold out in its initial printing.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Design Studio Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781624650390
Branch Call Number: SF STALENHAG, SIMON
Characteristics: 125 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 x 29 cm


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Jun 20, 2018

Fun, slightly retro sci-fi illustrations, each with its own story (most of which read like a memoir). These are pictures of people and places out of time - and robots and dinosaurs coexisting, all with a 1970's feel. Some of the images are beautiful, some are haunting, some are whimsical -- and I, for one, would like to find out if "magnatrine" transport would really work! Worth a look or two.

Jun 13, 2017

(Longer review on my blog- link in bio!) This is so epic. I remember seeing Stålenhag's work on Reddit before and even had one of the illustrations in this book as my desktop wallpaper for a while. His work is so atmospheric and even without the text each page tells its own unique story. The 80's backdrop and gorgeous mix of machine and environment blend together seamlessly. This is definitely on my To Buy list.

Radharc Apr 08, 2017

This book of speculative fiction (yes, that's a genre now) pairs amazing paintings with a memoir of a young boy growing up in the Swedish countryside on the site of decommissioned Government particle accelerator. This dystopia is one worthy of exploration!

Jun 07, 2016

What a mind blowing book!

Placid Swedish countryside with a droid next to your old Volvo and your beat up dinghy next to a floating space probe. Is this what we are in for?


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