Last week, I got to meet Scott Westerfeld when he spoke at a local library about his latest book, Behemoth.
Behemoth, which is the sequel to Leviathan, is an alternative history of World War I.
It blends Steampunk and fantasy to create a world where “Clankers” use steam-powered walking machines to battle Darwinist creatures fabricated by Great Britain.
Westerfeld talked about how he wanted to include illustrations in these novels to give the look and feel of an early 20th-century novel.
Behemoth is punctuated by illustrations like this, depicting an elephantine machine walking through the streets of Istanbul.
Westerfeld talked about how he would give the illustrator, Keith Thompson, an idea (or model, haha)…
…and Thompson would turn it into something like this.
Isn’t that cool?
Some illustrations were based on actual machines developed in the early 1900s, like this weird walking motorcycle thingy.
At the end of the night, I asked him to sign some copies of Leviathan, Behemoth and Zombies vs. Unicorns.
He agreed to take a photo with me, too!
This was one of the most interesting author events I’ve attended and I’m so glad I got to meet him!
Thanks for looking!