In the meantime, I’ve had a few discussions with Anselmo Quemot, a blogger over at Acheron LV-426. You can see the discussions in the comment threads to these two posts:
Acheron LV-426 is full of other interesting stuff, too; it was through browsing this blog that I came upon some neat stuff regarding the work of Dougal Dixon, whose After Man was a big inspiration to me as a kid (my mother bought a remaindered copy of it from Coles Bookstore for me at some point). As someone in one of the links below noted, nostalgia for Dixon’s, er, let’s call it his “work” is at a fever pitch these days, for a select few. I was never that into it, but that copy of After Man was something that was hard to put down when I occasionally picked it up.
If you, too, liked Dixon, check out this online scanned copy of Man After Man (a book I never got, and which you won’t either unless you want to pay a ton of money for it); this piece by Dixon in Omni in 1982; this single page of gaaah; some links to Dixon-related videos; and an io9 feature of some of Dixon’s freakiest creations.