Monday, 3 March 2014


Demeisen, a ship mind from the novel Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks, is a fascinating character who turns out to be nothing like seems at first. Despite his change in character, however, I wanted this illustration to capture the way he appears on first introduction: predatory, vampiric and torturing the human body he is occupying at the time (this can be seen in his hands).

We meet Demeisen in a so-called ‘war bar’ on a giant spaceship. The horse and warriors on the table are part of a table-top hologram. The two young spacemen have given up their seats for the novel’s main character and another ship mind.

Close-ups after the jump

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