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 Post subject: Your abcity
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:16 pm 
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In the book Un Lun Dun, London has a parallel city, called an abcity. Its name is Unlondon, and it's a bizarre place. In the book we hear about other abcities, such as Parisn't, Sans Francisco, No York, and Lost Angeles.

What should Seattle's be? Mrs. Face suggested Deattle (De-attle). Got a better idea?

What would your city's abcity be called?

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:26 pm 
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Standle?

I don't have any good ideas for mine, but I like Sans Francisco.


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Nomaha.

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FresYES.

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Santa Whose?

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Postland.

Chris suggested Deportland.

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Niladelphia.

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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A copy of Un Lun Dun is currently travelling the world, collecting new readers - and stories about their cities and abcities. I'm in there somewhere. My hometown of Innsbruck has an abcity called UNnsbruck. Apparently (according to my friends here), the abcity corresponding to Graz is called Grass (and is the place where chopped-down trees are alive again):

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7000590/


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FresYES.

Ooh, I love this.


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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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Maybe Sea-addled? Blindattle? Landattle?

I think my abcity would be Croakland. A toad would be a better mayor than Ron Dellums, at any rate.

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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When I was in the Inland Empire, we already had all kinds of not-really-clever alternative names for cities. Rivercide, Deadlands, Fontucky, Desperia ... I don't know any, and can't think of any, for Olympia, but I've heard Tumwater as Scumwater and Lacey as Spacey.

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I'm going with Outdio.

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ChicagNo. Or ChicaNo. Hmmm. ChicaStop? Harder than I thought it would be.

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I think I like all these more than I like the book.

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
Sea-addled


I think this is a winner.

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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Olympia


Oturgidia?

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choirqueer wrote:
hoveringdog wrote:
Olympia


Oturgidia?


*g* Good one. Can I play?

Olerectia?


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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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The place I live at is a retreat center/intentional community called Pendle Hill, and the other night we had a Halloween bonfire and made up horror stories about the alternate universe version called Pendle Hell, where there's never any hot water in the showers, and zombies eat your brains if you miss one of your chores, and the only dessert is maggot pie.

The town we're in is called Wallingford, which could become Ceilingford. Or Wallingcaulkandfloat, if we're on the Oregon Trail. The next town over is Media, so we can call that Smalls or Larges? Or maybe "Freespeechzone"? And on the other side is Springfield, which could be Winterswamp.

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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Class! Everybody, please!

The abcity names aren't opposites of their cities' names. They all represent a lack, a nothingness, an emptiness.

Olympia's could be Nolympia. Fresno's could be Lessno. Portland's could be… Apartland?

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 Post subject: Re: Your abcity
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Glasno, I guess?

One of my favourite books ever is Alasdair Gray's 'Lanark' which feature a dystopian version of Glasgow called Unthank.

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FINE, 'Noakland' it is. BORING.



I still welcome our toad overlords.

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interrobang?! wrote:
One of my favourite books ever is Alasdair Gray's 'Lanark' which feature a dystopian version of Glasgow called Unthank.


<3
I've been on a campaign for years to get more Americans to read that book. Alasdair Gray is practically unheard of here.

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hoveringdog wrote:
interrobang?! wrote:
One of my favourite books ever is Alasdair Gray's 'Lanark' which features a dystopian version of Glasgow called Unthank.


<3
I've been on a campaign for years to get more Americans to read that book. Alasdair Gray is practically unheard of here.


I see him in the pub down the road from here all the time. Everyone should read him, he is amazing. My 21st birthday present from my parents was a signed hardback special edition of Lanark. Really.

And I love that someone, anyone, in America knows of his awesomeness!

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