Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Leviathan

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson X
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson
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    Oct 2009, 448 pages
    Aug 2010, 464 pages

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Cindy Anderson

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Leviathan's Illustrator
Keith Thompson, who contributed fifty illustrations for the interior of Leviathan, began freelancing as an artist in high school. After graduating, he studied illustration and continued his freelance work. He has contributed art for books, video games, film, and television.

Preparing the Leviathan illustrations involved a year of planning and working on the project, drawing the illustrations as author Scott Westerfeld wrote. He often asked questions of Westerfeld to find out his conception of the visual elements of the story.

In an interview with Irene Gallo on, Thompson is asked if he was a fan of steampunk before Leviathan. He replies:

Yes, definitely. Since this is just the way I work creatively, I really only view it as something set in 1914, though. One of the interesting things about steampunk is that it hasn't formed an expectation of tone in the same way that something like cyberpunk has. If anything, steampunk tends to consistently stress a marriage of form and function, which is really wonderful.

Interesting Links

  • Keith Thompson's website

  • As always, you can browse an excerpt from this book at BookBrowse but, sadly, our excerpt does not include the illustrations that are so integral to the book. To browse the first three chapters including illustrations visit the publisher's website.

Article by Cindy Anderson

This article was originally published in November 2009, and has been updated for the August 2010 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

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