Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between


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University of Chicago Press
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5.4 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

Darran Anderson is an Irish writer residing in Scotland. He has written for a host of publications on the intersections of urbanism, culture, technology and politics.


"A compendium of fantasy cities that takes its cue from Marco Polo via Italo Calvino's InvisibleCities, this remarkable survey reveals the influence that the metropolis of the mind has had on the real thing."

--Financial Times, Best Books of the Year
"A big, bustling book that looks at real cities through the prism of imaginary ones, from city planning to science fiction and everything in between. Anderson's nimble study is never less than stimulating."--New Scientist, Best Summer Reads 2015
"A dizzying and brilliant piece of creative non-fiction."--Guardian, Best Books of 2015
"Let there be garlands and kisses, please, for Darren Anderson, whose Imaginary Cities is a definitive survey."--Kevin Barry, Irish Independent
"One of those books you have to pause your reading every so often because it is sparking so many ideas in your head, and one of those wonderful reads which makes you want to read many of the books it references."--Forbidden Planet blog
"It defies handy summation. Imaginary Cities roams freely, and with easy authority, from the first scratchings on a cave wall to last month's architecture magazines. . . . This is a hugely ambitious book, and Anderson is delightful company as an author."
--Icon Magazine