Friday, May 30, 2008

Flight of Manhattan

Fun with MapQuest and Google Maps.

First it was Bill Renken's Errant Isle of Manhattan, on Radical Cartography: "What would happen if Manhattan itself decided to take a tour of the oceans, stopping at other cities to refuel and have a good time."

First stop: Chicago

Jason Kottke speculates on a visit to San Francisco

Seth Holladay takes the island to Boston

However, the first thing I thought of, after viewing these fantastical maps, was the series of science fiction books by James Blish; Cities in Flight. Centuries into the future, the invention of massive antigravity devices allow entire cities, including New York, to get up and leave the planet. These "Okies", as they come to be known, struggle to get by as they offer their services to less industrialized planets.

UPDATE 6/10: Just came across this entry in the B2B: Miniature Worlds contest: Colony City By funkwood

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At Friday, May 30, 2008 , Blogger Spudart said...

This is so incredible. It's exploding my mind.

At Monday, June 02, 2008 , Blogger Erik Maldre said...

Being a native Chicagoan, I would welcome the island of Manhattan with giant sling shot and big barrel of rotten eggs.

At Monday, June 02, 2008 , Blogger Erik Maldre said...

spud, first your blog post about R2D2 actually having an actor inside made your mind explode. Now the thought of Manhattan visiting the world is exploding your mind. You might want to get some help for this recurring condition.

At Monday, June 02, 2008 , Blogger Erik Maldre said...

I'm so stupid. I'd use a trebuchet, not a giant sling shot to hurl my barrel of rotten eggs.

It's still a clever idea. I wouldn't mind hopping on 495 and checking out some museums.

At Saturday, June 07, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

This is awesome. It's exploding my mind too.


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