Picture the USA in late 1997, but with less boy bands and more post-apocalyptic desolation. That's exactly how Simon Stålenhag envisioned The Electric State, his upcoming latest installment to an impressive streak of successful artbooks, and we're completely lost in how fascinating it turned out.

The artist and author, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, bases The Electric State on "a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot," an unlikely pair that travels the West Coast in the aftermath of a massive technological meltdown, which has apparently resulted in brutal warfare between monstrous 'battle drones' and sheepish humans controlled by individual Virtual Reality helmets. It's a dark, confronting saga, and one Stålenhag vividly illustrates to the point that it looks terrifyingly real. His attention to detail mirrors that of his previous efforts, Tales From the Loop and Things From the Flood, while exploring similarly morose themes.

The Electric State has partially been a community effort, with over 5 thousand fans plunging forward to support the book's development on Kickstarter, resulting in more than $300,000 in donations. If you're like us and can't wait to get your hands on a copy, there's good news and bad news; you'll have to wait until December 2017 for the physical release, but it is set to include texts written by Stålenhag himself explaining each photo. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!

More info: Official Website, Tumblr (h/t: DesignYouTrust)

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

me when i don't tie my laces

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Luck Yeah 1 year ago

All that to power one light?!

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Mick Fowler 1 year ago

Arks: The 1% prepare to leave the planet they have destroyed.

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Sophie G 1 year ago

someone's gotta go potty

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Sophie G 1 year ago

let's give them smiles they said it will make ppl like them more they said

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Derpicorn 1 year ago

These would make a heck of a tv show

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Flavia Slag 1 year ago

I would love to know what the artist is thinking as he creates these pictures. As an artist myself, each creation has a story in my mind.

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Mia The Pun Master 1 year ago

Snail bots

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Sarah Lennie 1 year ago

Main stream media, and its clueless followers completely unaware they're being fed harmful propaganda. That's what I'm reminded of.

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Alap ND 1 year ago

Multiple references beautifully interwoven: The scene appears inspired from Will Smith's "I Am Legend" Deer Caught In Headlights. The animal will be hunted, presumably for food. A robot is helping the little girl to kill. Ironically... his elder siblings slaughtered humans.

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BREAK YOUr perceptions 1 year ago

scary part is there are already places like this in the world. aside from the tech.

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rakuninaru 1 year ago

"Drone sweet drone'

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Kim Lee 1 year ago

But that large robots and the cars are a still from 'War of the Worlds'

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Amy Ferguson 1 year ago

Walking dead meets Tron anyone?

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Sophie G 1 year ago

TinTin in 2307

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Rose Taylor 1 year ago

All roads lead to Rome

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M O'Connell 1 year ago

Wait a minute... Why is that guy drilling a well right next to the road?

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Michael Breen 1 year ago

Tomales Bay, CA. Nick's Cove.

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Luke S. 1 year ago

These are so cool

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M O'Connell 1 year ago

Didn't that Oldsmobile have a kayak on it a minute ago?

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S Missions 1 year ago

The more I look at them the more I think they might be fusion reactors.

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Luke S. 1 year ago

These would make great desktop pics

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S Missions 1 year ago

it's 2030 and these things STILL take forever to charge.

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TC 1 year ago

This one is scary...

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SriGanesh.Ninja 1 year ago

This one is post apocalypse

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Nobody Knows...anything 1 year ago

I would really love to know what is up with the zombies, and what the Vertually Reality hats look like inside.

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Sophie G 1 year ago

catchy slogan

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Shoeb Ahmad 1 year ago

An eye on the kibbutz rebels

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Derpicorn 1 year ago

These are just amazing!

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WhiteFox 1 year ago

the pollution

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

The advertisement he made up for this is impressive... It just seems like it would be real. These pictures have me really impressed :O

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Michael Breen 1 year ago

Checkpoint ahead

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Derpicorn 1 year ago

Seriously needs to be a tv show

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Sarah Lennie 1 year ago

Oh look, it's consumerism and the homes of the zombies that soak it up. Not that much of an alternate reality.

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Luke S. 1 year ago

I kind fell like the antenna removes the point of the camouflage

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Adrian Hammersmith 1 year ago

"Don't believe the hoax", LoL.

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