|The Illustrated World of Mortal Engines|
You may get got heard of the Traction Codex which was a pocket-sized companion slice that Philip Reeve wrote with Jeremy Levett.
Given the Mortal Engines releases inwards Dec this year, Levett as well as Reeve get got teamed upwards i time to a greater extent than to create a form of revised codex, The Illustrated World of Mortal Engines.
To assist kicking laid about the promotional operate for the film necktie in, Levett as done a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on /r/MortalEngines.
Jeremy started with the next introduction:
H5N1 brief history of how this all happened:
I’ve been a fan of Mortal Engines pretty much since the kickoff i came out, as well as Mr Reeve as well as I became pen-friends when I was at university. This was earlier the Reeve & McIntyre books or the Railhead series; the Fever Crumb books were rolling out as well as giving much to a greater extent than texture as well as history to the world, as well as Scholastic were relaunching Mortal Engines nether the famous CG covers.
They wanted an extra matter to larn along with the books, as well as mortal (I can’t retrieve who the persuasion came from) hitting on a form of Fan’s Guide to Mortal Engines. Philip asked if I, existence a historian, occasional author as well as massive ME nerd, wanted to help, as well as and therefore nosotros co-wrote what became the master Traction Codex. Unfortunately, although a newspaper version was mooted as well as Philip did some lovely illustrations, it exclusively always ended upwards as an ebook (which you lot tin notice on Amazon for a trifling amount of money).
With the loose of the film, Scholastic get got decided to come upwards dorsum to the persuasion as well as committee an “Illustrated World of Mortal Engines”. It’s much bigger as well as longer than the master Codex as well as volition live fully illustrated, as well as gave us a run a hazard to explore huge areas of the earth that were previously as well as response all those questions that needed it.
For instance, what’s genuinely upwards with those Nuevo-Mayan ziggurat cities? What happened to the Sydney Opera House? How did anyone grab upwards to London i time this whole moving cities nonsense started? What’s the unmarried silliest persuasion for a traction urban core nosotros tin come upwards up with? (Vyborg, Panjandrum as well as Borsanski-Novi are all vying for that exceed spot.) And as well as therefore on…
Some of the content is taken/refined/updated from the master Codex, as well as i persuasion inwards special ended upwards as i of the brusk stories inwards Night Flights (which I’m really excited for, as well as you lot should live too.)
Here’s some replies with some pocket-sized fry editing to better reading current as Reddit tin larn all over the place.
With this novel book, volition at that topographic point live historical titbits too?
There volition live a lot to a greater extent than history of what happened to the earth afterwards the sixty Minute War, as well as a niggling nearly what people inwards the Mortal Engines earth intend the Ancients mightiness get got been like, only retrieve that most historians are doing their best with pretty patchy scraps of information nearly a earth total of deeply confusing fiction. Even the best ideas of the pre-60MW earth are in all likelihood as accurate as this.
The best in-universe source for what genuinely happened during the sixty Minute War may live the Skrevenastuut pyramid inwards Scrivener’s Moon.
We frequently take away heed of large cities consuming smaller ones. Do cities of similar size foursquare off against each other? And when they do, what happens?
Back inwards the early on days of Traction Cities a bizarre custom of Traktionturnierendeveloped alongside for certain German-speaking traction towns, where as matched cities would get got jousting matches. You tin read nearly this (and meet it illustrated!) on I intend I read somewhere that the Traction Era lasted for around yard years nonetheless the cities were exclusively around for 200-300 of that ?
The “Traction Era” refers to the overall menses of motorised nomads trundling around the world, which led (il)logically to Traction Cities. London mobilises during the events of Scrivener’s Luna inwards 480 TE, as well as Mortal Engines is fix inwards 1007 TE. How long earlier Traction the 60 Minute War genuinely was is a source of really violent fence alongside historians, non helped yesteryear the full general lack of physical written records inwards the Screen Age.
Mr Reeve i time said he knew where Arlo was, what he was upwards to right away etc. This is of class afterwards the events inwards a Web of Air, as well as he didn’t reappear inwards Scrivener’s Moon. Any run a hazard of letting us all know hither what nosotros would get got read nearly Arlo, if he had reappeared?
I tin country you lot he’s worshipped as a pocket-sized fry god inwards Mayda-at-the-World’s-End, as well as that his life (and career inventing fun flight things) didn’t halt with H5N1 Web of Air. But for to a greater extent than detail, you’ll get got to expect for Night Flights.
There’s a surprisingly a lot of detailed information inwards those responses, it’s clear Levett for certain knows a matter or 14 nearly the earth of Mortal Engines!