Monday, April 25, 2011

Scarlet Traces

Tom quite rightly pointed out that I should link to another of my side projects.

Scarlet Traces is a series of graphic novels by Ian Edginton and the artist D'Israeli about the aftermath of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. They take the rather neat premise that when the Martians die at the end of the novel all their technology is left laying around. What if Britain took that technology and used it to maintain the Empire? Using this great Steampunk idea Edginton and D'Israeli then created a great conspiracy and murder mystery story. But they also peppered the book with references to other bits of science fiction and British pop culture.

They have worked together on several other books including Stickleback, Kingdom of the Wicked and Leviathan, which are also filled with references and in-jokes. As there didn't seem to be an existing guide to all the references on the internet I wrote my own set of annotations and you can find them here. The annotations even drew the attention of the creators themselves.

Please check them out and let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. After Rosie and I visited to pick up my junk I was reminded of these when I noticed them in your collection. I read them again shortly after. I had forgotten how brilliant they are, good stuff. Now I am going to have to read them again with your annotations to hand!