Mainly, it was based on the discovery that pictures of jellyfish in NYC looked really frickin’ cool, and that I wanted to see more of them. It wasn’t long before a story concept unfolded, explaining the how and why that jellyfish had come to inhabit New York along with everyone else – namely that there was a massive invasion – and they won. And NYC was determined for whatever reason to be the place where the new human + jelly society would be pioneered.
Images are all Midjourney. Text started in an old tool I coded, running text-davinci-003 from OpenAI, which I eventually dumped into Claude to clean up and smooth out the tone, plus generate a few flash fiction pieces set in this world to round out all the world-building.
Here’s the art preview:
This book pairs especially well with Celestial Cephalopods, as they deal in a somewhat similar sort of parallel reality oceanic fantasy.