Megapolisomancy

Now here’s an odd one: megapolisomancy is a fictional occult science¬†that predicts and alters the future using large cities. The concept for megapolisomancy appears in Fritz Lieber‘s novella Our Lady of Darkness:

At any particular time of history there have always been one or two cities of the monstrous sort — viz., Babel or Babylon, Ur-Lhassa, Nineveh, Syracuse, Rome, Samarkand, Tenochtitlan, Peking — but we live in the Megapolitan (or Necropolitan) Age, when such disastrous blights are manifold and threaten to conjoin and enshroud the world with funebral yet multipotent city-stuff.

This is most weird.

One Response to “Megapolisomancy”

  1. ggwfung February 12, 2007 at 11:38 pm Permalink

    cities are complex organisms. One only has to look at the effect of changing one thing (say tram lines) and the effect on everything that has (high areas of people movment, real estate prices, more congested roads)

    cities are a fantastic microcosm of the world at large.

    ggw