Age Of Iron


This image captures the city in its ferroflex era. As you can no doubt discern, I’m still figuring out how to handle cityscapes effectively and have started to differentiate these ages by monochromatic tone.

Consider this a series within the series — an attempt to flesh out the world a little.

I finished up The Last Siege in the evening, then dove back in to Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn. The cliché, cheesy plotline of the latter novel is a real struggle — in spite of my admiration for the video game bearing the same title.

I’ll have to find something more compelling — possibly Jonathan Stroud’s Heroes of the Valley.


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  1. Sam,

    I love the building on the far right, with the diamond shape opening. It’s really neat, and they should make more of those. Though I’m not sure how that would effect the buildings structure? If that would be safe… perhaps depending on the area…

    Then again there was a building built upside down I’d drive past all the time when I lived in Tucson. 🙂 I loved that building.

  2. Nice chiaroscuro. A point – in the ferroflex age, much like the ages of the greeks and romans, it makes sense that everything would be colorful – it was brand new. All those marble sculptures that we revere of the greeks and romans WERE PAINTED. Very colorfully. Just that, now that the world has worn them down, they are exposed to their bare essentials.

    Living in the long sand or whatever, it makes sense that everything would be yellow – if you’re not yellow and in the middle of a desert, something’s wrong. 🙂

    You might enjoy the fiction of Richard K. Morgan – though his non-Takeshi Kovacs novels leave a little to be desired, except for the one about financial executives who did mad-max style car battles on the way to work to jockey for promotion and contracts and stuff. That was pretty good and seems surprisingly plausible, especially since they made all their money in conflict investment (investing in dictatorship conflicts and insurgent movements.) Except for the mad-max style car and gun battles and half-way 3rd world Britain, it’s like reading a book about the last 8 years.

  3. ratchetcat,

    @Kate – :O

    @Sam – I like that building, too, because of the diamond shaped opening. It’s a clean intersection of two simple, memorable shapes. If they had more of them, though, I suppose the skyline wouldn’t have much interest.

    (Was the upside-down building in Tucson a pyramid bank? There are some pictures on flickr…)

    @Saint – I’ll allow that _some_ things would be brightly painted. However, if this is a culture which is expressing its aesthetics through the complex folding of vast amounts of metal, would they not develop a preference for the unadorned skin of the metal itself in most cases?

    (That’s half-serious, half-excuse — I might have added more detail given time.)

    (I’ve tried to get into Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon several times, but the intro inevitably throws me off. I’ll give him another shot, though, because his work does sound interesting.)

  4. Kate,

    ( So easily amused am I that I’m _still_ chuckling ;D )

  5. Sam,

    I believe it was a bank, but every one calls it the upside down building. Even if you just google ‘Upside down building in Tucson’ it comes up. How I love it :), and Tucson!

    I suppose so, the less diamond openings there are the more unique and interesting they are.

  6. Sam,

    Oh, and yes, that is the building.