Mapping the imaginary

Dan Meth puts together the Fantasy World Map:

I think it could stand to be greatly expanded — you need Boneville and the Four Nations of Avatar: The Last Airbender in there somewhere, for starters — but I’m charmed by the idea that all these lands could exist on the same planet, and that all you need is a boat and a good pair of boots to get from the Shire to the island of Gont.

And this labyrinthine map of the history of science fiction — an entry in the Places and Spaces: Mapping Science contest by artist Ward Shelley — is frankly astonishing:

A couple of details below. Be sure to click to view the whole thing (and see the artist’s explanatory notes here).

(via and The Daily Dish)


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