The Electric State may be one of the most beautiful reflections of middle America and beyond – the twist is, it’s from the mind of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, and it’s about an alternative 90’s past, one in which technological advancements sit alongside muted, serene landscapes and neighborhoods.
Written and illustrated by Stålenhag, the official synopsis is as follows: In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
It doesn’t take much to see that this project is going to be unlike any other, and the fun part is, anyone can contribute. If you’re someone who likes their sci-fi to hit close to home, there are a bunch of incentives and ways to get involved via Kickstarter, so hit up the project before it’s too late!