Philip Reeve to publish 'An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines'

Saturday, January 13, 2018

As a tie in to the forth coming Mortal Engines movie, author Philip Reeve has announced the publication of 'An Illustrated Guide to the World of Mortal Engines'.

This work appears to a super-dooper rework of The Traction Codex which was published some years ago as an e-book with collaborator Jeremy Levett.

Reeve advised:

"With the Mortal Engines movie looming, it seemed a good opportunity to revise and expand the old Mortal Engines Codex, which had a very patchy e-book release a few years ago.

Jeremy Levett knows far more about history and technology than I ever will, and he’s come up with an impressively plausible account of the centuries which separate the Fever Crumb books from the beginning of Mortal Engines, as well as lots of extra details about the cities, airships and characters who inhabit the books. 

There are glimpses of what the Traction era means for Australia, South America, and other bits of the world my stories never managed to encompass. 

And it will all be full of paintings, maps and diagrams by an illustrator (or illustrators) whose name (or names) I’ll reveal nearer the publication date."

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the illustrated world of mortal engines

The guide will be published by Scholastic on November 2018, a month before the Christian Rivers directed movie is released world wide.

We suspect that Ian McQue will have contributed to some of the artwork given he has done the artwork for the soon to be published 'Night Flights' short stories collection that features Anna Fang.

The artwork above is some concept work that Ian did when he was inspired by the Mortal Engines book AND seemingly before he had a working relationship with Philip Reeve! I like how life works out!

Update - we were correct Ian has done the illustrations for this book, and also the new covers for Mortal Engines quartet of novels. Levett did an Ask Me Anything Session on Reddit about the guide.

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