In a future where mankind’s history is lost to time and greed, MAG-100 tells a story of exploration, mystery and madness in an intertwined, non-linear story arc.
Recorded history, by its nature, is a condensed narrative. The reality though is history’s built upon the backs of hundreds, thousands, of people, events and points in time. Some are related, some seemingly insignificant, others profound; and the vast majority of them one rarely, if ever, hears about. All though contribute to a much larger canvas, creating the picture that is our past.
MAG-100 started as all sorts of things but eventually evolved to be an expanding story arc made up of singular tales, each a point in time within the MAG-100 universe. While I have categorised the tales into six main ‘point of view’ headings, as well as numerically indexed them in the order of writing, the story arc is non-linear; designed to be read randomly without affecting what is a slowly unfolding, future history. To help interconnect the universe, a ‘cross index reference’ system, included at the end of various tales, helps to build on events, personalities and points of interest.
A note on illustration: My original aim was to create both the tales and illustrations consecutively, publishing them as a complete. But as the writing developed faster than the visuals, the concepts being introduced through words began to surpass the visual language, which of naturally created problems. To ensure both the the written and visual concepts in sync, I add the illustrations retrospectively and tales with illustrations are marked with ‘+’.
The illustrations themselves are exercises in process and as such are works in progress. Some, or all, may be replaced over time.
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A collection of hard science fiction tales written and illustrated by Gerard Thomas.