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Otherland
Location

The famous minds of London

First appearance

"Leviathan"

Series

Alice: Otherlands

Otherlands is the place where reality and imagination blend together. It granted Alice the ability to enter the minds of those she encountered and was able to see what wonders and horrors their minds contained. Her adventures in Otherlands also offered her the chance to share her gift with individuals, whose minds were able to shape the world.[1] Otherlands are, essentially, the "Wonderlands" of others.

History

Jules Verne's Otherland

Main article: Leviathan

Alice visited Jules Verne's Otherland and guided him through each of the visuals of his novels, which eventually made him realize his true question and purpose.

Richard Wagner's Otherland

Main article: A Night at the Opera

After following the paper cutout of an opera singer in the miniature diorama of the stage from the Royal Opera House, Alice saw Richard Wagner on top of a podium of trumpets. He narrated her immersion to his Otherlands through his opera Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Appearance

The Otherlands of Jules Verne and Richard Wagner are based on each of their famous respective works. Verne's landscape is an amalgamation of the elements and themes from his books, such as exploitation of fantastical places and the application of science to reach them, which has been influenced by both his and Alice's fears. Wagner's landscape is based on each of the music dramas that comprises his Der Ring des Nibelungen opera and it all happened on the stage of the London Royal Opera House.

Trivia

  • The Kickstarter and The Art of Alice: Otherlands showed possibilities for Otherlands of other famous people from the era. Ideally, these people would have been in London around 1876. These include:
    • William Booth - A Christian preacher
    • Mark Twain - A literature writer, best known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
    • Thomas Edison - An inventor who worked on audio-video technology and the lightbulb
      • The art book shows Alice in an industrial steam-punk world with light bulbs[1]
    • Camille Saint-Saëns - A musical composer
      • Art shows Alice in an interpretation of The Carnival of the Animals[2]
      • Art shows Alice in an interpretation of Danse Macabre[3]
    • Jack the Ripper - A serial killer
    • Arthur Conan Doyle - A detective fiction writer, best known for Sherlock Holmes
      • The art book shows Alice in London haunted by the Hounds of Baskervilles[4]
    • Charles Darwin - A scientist in evolution
      • The art book shows Alice in a natural and primitive land[5][6]
    • Ulysses S. Grant - A soldier
    • Oscar Wilde - A poet and playwright, best known for The Picture of Dorian Gray
      • The art book shows Alice in his evil eardrum, as he died from an ear infection[7]
    • Hilda Hewlett - An airplane pilot
      • The art book shows Alice flying with her[8]
    • Henri Matisse - A painter
      • An error, the art book shows Alice in a rendition of Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte[9]
    • Sarah Bernhardt - An actress
      • The art book shows Alice in a stage-like world[10]
    • William Morris - An artist/designer/writer
      • The art book shows Alice in a textile-like world[11]
    • Robert Louis Stevenson - A novelist/poet, best known for Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
      • The art book shows Alice in a hellish world talking to a gentleman connected a beast behind him, as Stevenson was interested in gentlemen and their alter egos[12]
    • Bram Stoker - A novelist, best known for Dracula
      • The art assets shows Alice fighting a giant bat-like figure[13]
    • Vincent van Gogh - A painter
      • The art book shows Alice in a rendition of The Starry Night[14]
    • More ordinary people around London
      • The art book shows, for example, a man being obsessed with lust, money and time

References