Simon Stålenhag

Simon Stålenhag (b. 1984) is the internationally acclaimed author and artist behind Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood. His highly imaginative images and stories depicting illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian and American landscapes have made Stålenhag one of the most sought-after visual storytellers in the world. Tales from the Loop was ranked one of the “10 Best Dystopias” by The Guardian, along with such works as Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca.

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Simon Stålenhag makes his directorial debut with Duvchi music video

Simon Stålenhag – the No. 1 bestselling author and illustrator of Tales From the Loop and The Electric State – makes his highly anticipated debut as a director today. His first production is nothing less than the music video for Geronimo, the Grammy Award-nominated artist Duvchi’s new single from his upcoming album, This Kind of Ocean. The dreamily romantic pop / R&B tune Geronimo features the vocals of Nadia Nair, hailed by Clash Magazine and MTV as an “artist of the future to look out for.”

In the music video, Stålenhag also pairs up with the talented visual effects and post production team at Goodbye Kansas Studios (The Walking DeadChernobyl) to give life to everything from the video’s protagonist – the robotic yet dove-like figure of “Hector,” created by Stålenhag – to the fantastical beasts lured from the deep by the spellbinding tune.

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‘Tales From the Loop’ to premiere April 3

Tales From the Loop, the TV series based on Simon Stålenhag’s debut work of the same title, along with its sequel Things From the Flood, will premiere worldwide on Amazon Prime April 3.

Accompanying the announcement of the official release date is the above series trailer, as well as key art created by Simon Stålenhag himself.

The series Tales From the Loop will explore the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical mysterious town poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

The show stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), Daniel Zolghadri (Eighth Grade), Duncan Joiner (Waco) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones).

To read more about the series, visit IndieWire.com here, or Deadline Hollywood here.

‘Tales From the Loop’ to premiere at SXSW

Tales From the Loop, the TV series based on Simon Stålenhag’s debut work of the same title, along with its sequel Things from the Flood, will have its world premiere at SXSW (South by Southwest) this March. The festival will run between March 13-22, and will as always take place in Austin, Texas, US.

Simon Stålenhag shortlisted for a Locus Award

Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State is shortlisted for a 2019 Locus Award in the category ‘Art Book’.

The Locus Awards are an annual set of literary awards bestowed by the American science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus. The award winners will be selected through a readers’ poll, and announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, June 28th-30th.

‘The Electric State’ shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Simon Stålenhag’s highly acclaimed The Electric State is shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the UK’s premier prize for science fiction literature.

Named after British author Arthur C. Clarke, the award was established in 1987. The winning title and author is chosen by a jury comprising of members nominated by the award's supporting organisations, currently the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the Sci-Fi-London film festival.

The winner will be announced at a public award ceremony on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019.

First day of shooting for ‘Tales from the Loop’

Tales from the Loop, the TV series based on Simon Stålenhag’s debut work of the same title along with its sequel Things from the Flood, starts shooting today in Winnipeg, Canada.

The eight episode series will explore the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

The eight episode series, co-produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, will star Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) who plays the female lead, a gifted physicist named Loretta. Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series, and Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct the pilot.

Rebecca Hall to star in ‘Tales From The Loop’

Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) is set to play the female lead in Tales From the Loop, the TV series based on Simon Stålenhag’s debut work of the same title.

The eight episode series will explore the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling. The Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall will play the character of Loretta, a gifted physicist.

Tales From the Loop will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. Writer Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series, and Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct the pilot.

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‘The Electric State’ chosen as Illustrated Book of the Year by Russian readers

Simon Stålenhag’s international bestseller The Electric State has been voted 2018’s “Illustrated Book of the Year” by the readers of the Russian online journal Mir Fantastiki. The journal goes on to praise the work, describing it in the following manner: “Extremely realistic illustrations record what is happening with photographic accuracy – an unforgettable experience!”

‘The Electric State’ chosen as an NPR Best Books of 2018 title

Each year, NPR – an American media organization serving as a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations in the U.S. – publishes The Book Concierge, an interactive, year-end reading guide. The books featured in the Concierge are chosen by NPR staff and literary critics, and are tagged with different categories such as The Dark Side (dystopias, true crime) and The States We’re In (the American experience, both true and fictional).

Simon Stålenhag’s international bestseller The Electric State can be found as a recommended read in six categories in the 2018 guide: Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, and The States We’re In. NPR adds the following review and motivation:

“Simon Stalenhag’s previous books – combinations of wild, gorgeous, photo-realistic alt-history art and tiny vignettes linked together into tight stories of people living in his imaginary pasts – have been focused on his native Sweden. But [The] Electric State is his first set in America, and it reads (and looks) like a nightmare travelogue of a young woman and her robot traveling across an American West ruined by war, populated by Lovecraftian machines and haunted by technological nightmares, in search of her missing brother. It is a sick and sweaty vision of an unlived era of American history, a post-human 1997 that never was, but almost could’ve been.”

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Simon Stålenhag No. 2 in China

Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State has shot to No. 2 on Amazon China’s pre-order bestseller list. The Chinese edition will be available in stores on November 19th.

Make your own neurocaster from ‘The Electric State’

Just in time for Halloween, Skybound’s Gamma Ray reveals how to make a neurocaster from Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State in a DIY video. Happy Halloween and happy crafting!

‘Tales from the Loop’ and ‘Things from the Flood’ to become a TV series

Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood will become a major TV series co-produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. Simon Stålenhag’s art blends elements of futuristic science fiction with images of rural life in Sweden and has reached a big fan-base worldwide.

“Simon Stålenhag’s paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with our Prime Video audience,” said Albert Cheng, co-head of television, Amazon Studios.

Writer Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series, and Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct the pilot.

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