predatory cities (Was Re: recommended authors

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Tue Jun 11 00:41:06 EDT 2002

On Sat, 8 Jun 2002, Kale wrote:

> I also vaguely recall a story about living cities
> laying eggs, but I don't know where I read that.  Now
> that I think of it, could it have been a Discworld
> novel?  It involved--I forget what you call them--the
> glass balls with the little scene inside and white
> stuff that swirls like snow when you shake it.  

Yes, that's the Discworld novel _Reaper Man_.

Souvenir-of-Ankh-Morpork snowglobes that hatch into shopping trolleys,
which are the larval form of the Shopping Mall. Cities are giant,
slow-moving life-forms, and shopping malls are city parasites.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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