Behemoth Art Teaser

With the Leviathan paperback only month away, I figure it’s time to show you a first piece of art from Behemoth. (Yes, I put this on Twitter a week ago, but it’s still NEW, right?)

So . . . behold the Ottoman sultan’s airyacht Stamboul, which appears about a third of the way into the novel.

Image by Keith Thompson, of course. Click the image for a larger view.

As you can see, Keith has created a whole new style for the Ottoman Empire. It’s sort of a middle eastern Clanker look, with elements of both machinery and animals. (The Ottomans use walkers that look like beasties, so they’re sort of halfway between Clanker and Darwinist.)

This is, of course, only one of fifty-five pieces of art in Behemoth. I’ll be showing some more pieces on August 10, when the paperback of Leviathan appears in stores.

In other news, Keith and I will be at Comic Con in San Diego this year. I’m on a panel on Thursday at 4PM, as you can see on the schedule.

Here’s the description:

Thursday, July 22. 4:00-5:00
Twisting Genres— Fantastic fiction authors talk about pushing the envelope on genre, not confining it to one definition. Participants include China Miéville (Kraken), Justin Cronin (The Passage), Naomi Novik (Tongues of Serpents), Daryl Gregory (The Devil’s Alphabet), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Cold Black Hearts), Robert Masello (Blood And Ice), Keith Thompson (The Leviathan trilogy), and Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan trilogy). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 25ABC

Hope to see you there! And I’m happy to sign stuff after if you bring it along.

49 thoughts on “Behemoth Art Teaser

  1. I’m currently in the process of convincing my mom to drive me to San Diego for ComiCon. I think my scheme is working…
    I really, really want to go. haha.

  2. i really really think, scott-la, that you have to come to vancouver. if not to sign billions of books for us, then just a vacation!

  3. you should come to down to Texas! i would clear my whole schedule just to see you! 😀

  4. Awesome! Thanks for showing this to us! I’m so excited to see more art and read Behemoth when it comes out!

  5. The picture is AMAZING! but I kinda think that this is some form of exotic torture. You’re just teasing us with this art so we are anticpating the next book and make the next few months for the next book long and grueling, like teasing a dog with a steak but just letting him smell it. Then after you finally toss us the steak and we devour the book you torture us some more and wait untill we are starving once more for the next book. And when it comes out, finally we feel worn out and exhausted from waiting so long and from bingeing on the final novel. And when it’s all over we beg for more, but you wait even longer for something else new. Oooooooooooh you’re a sly one, you are. 😉 But I’m on to you, boy! OH yeah! I’m sooo on to you! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! XD




  7. Gah, bummer that I can’t get to ComicCon….sigh.

    I love the drawing, I was very excited when I saw it in that interview you posted earlier. But we have to wait until August for more? Ugh. 😉

  8. I love Leviathan!!! I swear, it’s the best book I’ve ever read. The characters are so endearing, I can hardly believe they aren’t actual human beings. The dialog in this book is truly something special. (Once, I stubbed my toe and nearly shouted, “Barking spiders!!!” That’s how good it is.) And the detail you put into setting is astonishing – take it from someone who usually overlooks where a story takes place.
    I can’t wait for Behemoth to come out! I’m confident it’s going to blow my mind (just as Leviathan did).

    P.S. I also loved the art 😀
    P.P.S. I don’t usually use the term “love” so much, but that’s the only way I can accurately express how awesome your book is.

  9. I wish I had gotten comment 13, not fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(

  10. Ooooh

    Haha, Stamboul like Istanbul? Istanbul is Constantinople now… That would be the Ottomans 😉

  11. Looks like open jaws where the flames are coming out… And the pokey front part looks like a skeletal head… Of a frog/lizard-bird

  12. And then you could always break it up into stam and boul… Stam is like “nothing” in Hebrew and Boul. is short for boulevard, so then you get “Nothing Boulevard.” Or you could say boul is like bull, so then you get “Nothing B.S.,” which could be taken either way…
    Ok, I AM teasing now 😉 Maybe I’m just trying to spite my former English teacher. Or everyone who tries to interpret other people’s work; you know, kind of like– me. Lol.
    Actually… I think I most definitely AM making fun of me 😮

  13. Yes, all you who guessed, Stamboul means “Istanbul.” The sultan’s (non-flying) yacht in the real 1914 had that name. The city of Istanbul/Constantinople/Byzantium has had many names, often at the same time!

  14. I’ve really been wondering, what will Behemoth about? I have a vague idea from everything that I read, but I’ve been itching for a slightly more detailed description for months! When will one be released?
    P.S I absolutely adore the illustrations in these books! I’m an artist, and I love seeing Keith Thompson’s interpretations of the characters! You and Keith make quite a team!

  15. Well, it’s true that the Ottomans didn’t take over Constantinople immediately– they infiltrated around into the region of Israel first, and when they did, they didn’t completely wipe out the Byzantine empire, yet…

    All the other stuff was basically me being over-tired… Sorry Scott :0

  16. That is a crazy-amazing drawing. I’m kinda in awe of it right now. Would love to draw that that.
    Lucky duck, I think The Guild is going to be there too. Jealous…
    Scott-la you have to come to Indiana! No one comes to Indy.

  17. you see? this is why everybody’s dream super power should be teleportation! not all of us can drive or genetically program animals to provide transportation.

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! 😛

  18. i kno this has nothinq to do with thiss thread but waht ever happened to the uqlies “movie”,, juss sayinq .. im curious .. cause fi theyactually made a moviee a thinkk alot of people would wanna qo see iht .. im riqht riqhtt ??

  19. No no no, why would you want to teleport when you could FLY?!? Teleporting defeats the whole purpose… You miss the fun part in BETWEEN 😉

  20. I would want to teleport and fly. That way u could choose wich one to do depending on how fast u want 2 get there and how long it would take normally.

  21. OOO cool! Now I really want to go to ComicCon… but it’s too far away. (Oh well.) I’m still going to try to convince my parents to take me to San Diego! Will you please post it if you have any appearences in the Wyoming-New Mexico-Colorado area? Or South Dakota if it’s in August?

  22. Wait, it’s NOT a month?! Aww man I’ve gotta wait some more. Guess I could always reread Leviathan to fill in the mind blanks I’m going to have. The ones where you always go, “Wait, when did THAT happen?”
    (I’m dying on the inside though, believe me.)

  23. it comes out in October!?!?!?…….ANGST that is
    too long of a wait!!! 🙁

    Hannah….maybe you’re thinking of Hunger games, cause that one comes out in august 🙂
    sometimes their are so many books coming out around the same time that it is hard to keep track of which comes out when 😛

  24. Hannah, your definately thinking of The Hunger Games. I’m a big fan of those series so I know that the third book is coming out on August 24th.

  25. Yeah, I realize I was thinking of The Hunger Games. Thanks, Bookworm 1000 and Kristina-la!

  26. You’re going to be at Comic-Con?! Why can I never go!?!
    You should just mail me your autograph, seeing as I can’t make it. And while you’re at it, you should stick around at Comic-Con until Sunday, and snag me the autographs of everyone from Merlin. ^.^

  27. I have a question for all those who comment on here: Which do you think are cooler? Clankers or Beasties?

  28. I didnt go to the comic-con even though it was just twenty minutes away… all my friends went though… awwww 🙁

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