When Magic: The Gathering Goes Scifi, the Results Are Gorgeous

Aether Theorist, by Lucas Graciano.
Aether Theorist, by Lucas Graciano.

Magic: The Gathering’s latest expansion pack has taken players to the mysterious plane of Kaladesh, a land where technology rules over magic. New cards and a new plane to explore means wonderful new card art—and we’ve got an exclusive look at a new art book collecting the art of Kaladesh.

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The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Kaladesh is due out early next year, and explores the mysteries and lore behind Kaladesh’s locations, races, and creatures, as well as offering hundreds of pages of art from the expansion in bumper sizes, free from their card-frames. Check out a page from the book, about Kaladesh’s blue-skinned Vedalkens, making its debut on io9, below—as well as high-res versions of some of the Vedalken cards you can find in the Kaladesh expansion. Don’t forget to click the magnifying glass to expand the image!

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Illustration for article titled When iMagic: The Gathering/i Goes Scifi, the Results Are Gorgeous
 Aether Theorist, by Lucas Graciano.
Aether Theorist, by Lucas Graciano.
Curio Vendor, by Igor Kieryluk
Curio Vendor, by Igor Kieryluk
Glimmer of Genius, by Tommy Arnold
Glimmer of Genius, by Tommy Arnold
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Malfunction, by Izzy
Malfunction, by Izzy
Nimble Innovator, Slawomir Maniak
Nimble Innovator, Slawomir Maniak
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Hungry for more? Here are a few more high-res samples of artwork featured in the Kaladesh expansion:

Aerial Responder, by
Aerial Responder, by
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Architect of the Untamed, by Sara Winters
Architect of the Untamed, by Sara Winters
Ceremonious Rejection, by Chris Rahn
Ceremonious Rejection, by Chris Rahn
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Die Young, by Ryan Yee
Die Young, by Ryan Yee
Ghirapur Orrery, by Kirsten Zirngibl
Ghirapur Orrery, by Kirsten Zirngibl
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Larger Than Life, by Jaime Jones
Larger Than Life, by Jaime Jones
Ovalchase Dragster, by Victor Adame Minguez
Ovalchase Dragster, by Victor Adame Minguez
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Saheeli Rai, by Willian Murai
Saheeli Rai, by Willian Murai
Verdurous Gearhulk, by Jaime Jones
Verdurous Gearhulk, by Jaime Jones
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Wispweaver Angel, by James Ryman
Wispweaver Angel, by James Ryman

The Kaladesh expansion for Magic: The Gathering is in stores now. The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Kaladesh will be available from January 3, 2017, for $30.

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James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Question from a very old-school player...

Is this on the same world as the old Arabian Nights set?