I was really pleased to find that this book had been reprinted as the first English language print was no longer available. This history begins in 2015, with a Kickstarter campaign. Get InsideHook in your inbox. But fabulously told through retro-futuristic sci-fi paintings that make this artbook a must-see, must-read experience for every fan of science fiction and great art. Just look at the paintings contained in his artbook Tales From The Loop in which he has masterfully recreated scenes from his growing-up years in the 80s and 90s, and you will envy it too. All images © Simon Stålenhag or their respective copyright holder. This is the bizarre backstory that introduces Simon Stålenhag’s art book Tales From The Loop, which inspired the homonymous 8-episode anthology series recently released by Amazon Prime Video. Simon Stålenhag. This isn’t like Black Mirror, where every episode has its own style and, in certain cases, is set in a different world. Efter sitt genombrott 2013 har Stålenhag publicerat två böcker om ett alternativt 1980- och 90-tal på Mälaröarna utanför Stockholm. But you can see in them how the gorgeous, haunting TV series was lifted up and spun into gold luminescence from these sturdy bones. I’m just a sucker for art books. While their tones have been radically different, acclaimed shows like On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Stranger Things and American Crime Story have all shared a clear affinity for the pop-culture motifs of the ’80s and ’90s. The author weaves in a crafty narrative along with compelling, out of this world artwork to tell a tale of weird technology and how the citizens interact with it. What is it with me and the Swedes? Loved it. Less coherent and less uniform than 'The Electric State' but still filled with moments of quiet wonder and deadpan strangeness. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. And awesome. It may seem unnerving to us, but for the residents of the town living alongside The Loop and its strangeness, is well, just another normal day of living. The rural simplicity and the vast, cold, alienating Swedish landscapes are combined with bizarre devices that look friendly but at the same time capable of doing something awful. Simon Stålenhag never grew up. The Loop is sophisticated sci-fi buried under snowy Swedish dirt. Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 26 septembre 2019, A mash up of pictures and script to tell a great childhood sci-fi tale. Konstnären och författaren Simon Stålenhag är mest känd för sina digitala målningar som ofta visar vardagliga scener med fantastiska inslag. A great book but unfortunately this edition by Skybound books is spoilt by the orange ‘Amazon Original Series’ sticker on the front cover as it’s not a sticker but is in fact an imprint on the cover and so cannot be removed. Une erreur est survenue. A Sex Therapist Weighs In. To see what your friends thought of this book. 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 devices seem to look like humongous T-rexes or empathic, loyal dogs. Sign up for InsideHook to get our best content delivered to your inbox every weekday. The combination evokes a strange feeling of nostalgia and displacement. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. Read, nay see, the stories that Stålenhag relates of strange doors in basements, of friends with dinosaurs for pets, of twins switching bodies, of people gone missing leaving behind strange airships, and phones with single buttons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Stålenhag’s images are frequently evocative. That of Simon Stålenhag’s is the history of a self-made man and hard-earned success. Merci d’essayer à nouveau. The illustrations share the same spirit and themes, and each episode takes its inspiration from a different illustration and tries to build a sci-fi plot around it. I grew up playing under the shadow of trees we’d climb, but he under the shadows of massive cooling towers of abandoned reactors he’d explore. More signals, less noise. Welcome back. And I can t wait to dig deeper. TALES FROM THE LOOP (2014) PALEOART COMMISSIONS, UNPUBLISHED WORK AND SOLO PIECES . Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 10 décembre 2017. What he actually does is much more interesting: it's very much a young boy's fantasy but told well enough to be an engaging read as an adult. I read them out of order but I don't necessarily think that affects the experience. 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. “It began with me wanting to do something that was set in the early ’90s.”, Stålenhag consulted both his own childhood photos of growing up and historical archives when making Tales From the Loop. It's free. Unsettling in their incongruity yet tempered by the comfort of ordinariness that we can all relate to, Simon Stålenhag’s paintings in Tales From The Loop juxtapose the daily lives in rural Sweden in the 80s/90s with giant robots with rusting neo-futuristic outposts, and a bucolic countryside where automatons and cybernetic animals roam as they please.
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