ELEKTROGRAD: RUSTED BLOOD
It is now the early 21st Century. Elektrograd is showing its age.
Mekanoplatz is the northernmost district of Elektrograd. And, on the district border, within site ...more
How are we supposed to live in the future when the future just abandons us to the night?
– Alia Noton in Elektrograd: Rusted Blood
The future is coming, and we’re going to win.
– Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations
Morning comes and the building blocks rise up on their groaning, rusted mechanical legs. Shaking the snow off its shoulder, the city walks off into a brand new day.
Towering green flailing devices, intended to quite literally fling crafts into orbital space shoot out of the ground like...more
That said, I definitely like this developing trend o ...more
The real triumph here is The City we're presented with, Elektrograd. It's supposed to be the city of the future, at least it was when it was built. Now time has passed it by and parts of it are rotted and rusting ...more
I've really enjoyed most of Warren's work, and when he announced this short for sale on his weekly newsletter I snapped it up. It's a great start to what may be an interesting exploration into yet another world that might have been. ...more
The vibe was more important then the plot, but the investigation was cool enough.
I’ve been thinking recently of light writing and a short story adapted from a comic book script gave me some interesting food for thought.
I enjoyed spending an hour in the retro-futurist world of the story.
Wish there was more. For now Rusted Blood, like Elektrograd itself, seems a testament to a future that ...more
The newest non-comics work I've read from my favorite author Warren Ellis. As always, his tales seem tailor-made to cater to my exact loves. This one revolves around architecture and crime fiction, with a great noir core in a broken down rusty city of the future.
Like all of Ellis' works, this is something of a pastiche of all of his interests, architecture, retro-futurism, crime, possible futures, and the bi ...more
The Eastern-Europe-in-Decline environmental material is entertaining stuff, however the plot is by ...more
Ellis has said that the district Elektrograd is one of seven in the city, and that he had thought to do a story for each in a collected book. I certainly hope he does.
Sometimes a draft is all it takes. Part short story, part ruminations on a large canvas, Elektrograd is the second monthly short from Ellis. It brings to mind viriconum , whilst still being fully Ellis.
It might be interesting to read a full tale of Elektrograd at some point, but just letting the ideas simmer after a quick read works well. So have some cake.
Ellis has really gotten scarily good at taking a few of his speculative concepts and smashing them into a conventional narrative so you can cruise right on in before you even realize you've made a left turn into the very bad consequences of progress. This story features an architectural concept known as the Walking City. ...more
I hope he returns here in the future. ...more
I was looking for a short read to while away a commute and have discovered a new writer! great ideas, pacing, characters, and story. I highly recommend taking an evening and reading this book.