Inside the City of Insect Motors and Mushroom People

Illustration for article titled Inside the City of Insect Motors and Mushroom People

Earlier today we wrote about Jeff VanderMeer's work, and how a lot of it takes place in a slipstream city called Ambergris (yes, it's named after a whale secretion). Like China Mieville's city New Crobuzon, Ambergris is a blend of bug-machines, aliens, and recognizable, contemporary urban landmarks. That's probably why Ambergris has inspired so many artists, like Vladimir Kush (above), to imagine the city in their work. Another, darker, vision of Ambergris below.

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Here's Ambergris nightlife, created by Francois Baranger, featuring toothy worms.

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Illustration for article titled Inside the City of Insect Motors and Mushroom People

Top image of bugs by Vladimir Kush; image of giant worm and brooding house by Francois Baranger.

VanderMeer images via Dark Roasted Blend.

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annaleenewitz
Annalee Newitz

@fartron: To quote from your link: "this is a kind of writing which simply

makes you feel very strange; the way that living in

the late twentieth century makes you feel, if you are

a person of a certain sensibility." Update that to 21st Century, and you've got VanderMeer. His writing is quite literary as well, which is another aspect of slipstream writing.