Visualizing what you’re reading.

I love reading sci-fi.  Something about those fantastic, new worlds where anything can exist just makes my day.  After reading so much of it, though, I notice that it’s hard to surprise me anymore.  One of the best ways to keep my imagination engaged is to feed me a little information without overdoing the details.  You know it’s a good sci-fi story when the characters development is strong enough to carry the reader along without a full description.  I noticed this in Dan Simmon’s Hyperion/Endymion books and even to some degree in Frank Herbert’s Dune novels.

Even the best writers can leave you wanting though, and I desperately want to know what the aliens look like in John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series of books.  Specifically, what the hell do the Obin look like?!

I finally gave up trying to find a detailed description or image online and just made my own.  This is how I picture the Obin when I read Scalzi’s books, which are really great.

Obin

They’re described in the books only as a cross between a hermaphroditic spider and a giraffe, but they often send the human characters into a fearful tizzy. Picture these guys speaking in humorless monotones, fearless, but with hearts of gold.  Kind of…

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About Sam Garland

Freelance illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy artwork.

Posted on November 23, 2014, in Practice Pieces, Sketchbook and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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