Project

Fictional map illustration for sci-fi/fantasy novelist Lee S. Hannon‘s forthcoming 2022 title Coligo, first part of a planned trilogy of speculative science fiction books called the Unitas series. The story explores the moral implications of biotech and time travel via diverse characters within a dystopian society.

My task was to create a map art piece of the novel’s setting, “The City,” that conveyed the story’s overall vibe without necessarily being geographically accurate. The author required a grayscale version for print publication and a full-color one for online promotion.

I ran with the novel’s conceptions of biotech and artificial intelligence and produced a cross between a transit map and a “city as circuit board” illustration, focusing on the plot’s points of interest and excluding anything else. The color reflects electronic circuitry and the type alludes to vintage sci-fi titles.

Components

Print: Grayscale version for publication

Digital: Full-color version for online promotion

Update 6/27/22: The Boston sci-fi map also now appears in COLIGO’s sequel—a novel called UNITAS—both inside and on the jacket. Apparently it’s a hit on TikTok too.

Coligo Novel Map Illustration

ClientLee S. Hannon/Idella Imprint PublishingServicesMaps, Print, DigitalYear2021-2022Linkwww.leeshannonbooks.com

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