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Friday, April 22, 2011

Strange Maps: Octopoidal Prussia

The above map is from Strange Maps, a sub-blog at Big Think. It is from the recent post: War is the National Industry of Prussia.

It's a very nice map. Now just imagine, for a moment, that those tentacles stretching outwards from Prussia were actual tentacles spreading out across the landscape from a cyclopean prehuman monstrosity dredged-up from the bottom of the sea by bent Prussian scientists who probably went to medical school next to Baron Frankenstein's kid Victor. What other European or Colonial Kaiju might be lurking in the depths of the oceans or in some uncharted territory like Maple White Land?

Something to think about on a drizzly day...

8 comments:

  1. he stabs the octopus in the head
    and makes it bleed on map real red

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  2. I'm reminded of Keith Thompson's gorgeous artwork for Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (which I haven't read yet, but it sounds very promising)

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  3. @Ze Bulette: Or Gargantua eats the thing. For breakfast.

    @Jedediah: Interesting book--thanks for the link.

    It was a weird day and this just seemed like one of those odd-ball observations that might lead to something unexpected...

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  4. Puts me in mind of Ken Hite's "Day After Ragnarok" (Thule Society kicks off Ragnarok, Truman nukes Jormgandr which keels over on Europe and spews monsters from its dying form...)

    IIRC there was an entire sub-genre of political satire maps displaying the enemy de jour as an octopus/kraken during the Dreadnought/Imperial Era. The BBC's "Beauty of Maps" series did an episode on it (sadly not on iPlayer) and there's an article on the subject at Vulgar Army.

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  5. @Chris: We need to check out Mr. Hite's "Day After Ragnarok." It's on the short list, but we haven't seen it anywhere, so we'll have to order it.

    That series from the BBC sounds exceptional--we'll see if we can find it out there, somewhere...

    Thanks for the link and the reminder!

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  6. I'll second Chris' recommendation for Day After Ragnarok for some inspiration as to what might go down with a big (dead) octopoid in the middle of Europe. Cool map!

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  7. I love old maps like that. I've got a new blog for my reader.

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  8. @Trey: We'll try to get a copy. Might make the giga-cephalopod undead...

    @ScorpiusDM: The blog Strange Maps over at Big Think is really a class act, well worth looking into, if you're at all interested in old maps...

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