In another universe, in a galaxy strangely similar to our own, there's a bubble of space a couple of thousand light-years across—somewhat distorted by bumping into the edges of the galactic disk to acme and nadir—filled with millions of stars, bound together by an ever-expanding spiderweb of manufactured wormholes, and bright with the EM babble of civilized life.
These are the Associated Worlds, sprawling myriad species, polities, philosophies, corporations, clades, and cultures. From the hypercivilized Powers at their heart to the brawling colonies of the Periphery and Beyond, trillions of lives are lived, each with its own story to be told.
— Alistair Young, of eldraeverse.com
For the past month I’ve been pleased to be working with the novelist Alistair Young creating the cover art for h