Life in the Big CityBased on JG Ballard’s “The Concentration City”More Like This
It’s an enclosed universe.
The City is all its inhabitants know. It extends in all directions, east and west, north and south, up and down. It is built into a matrix of incredibly hard rock, which is only slowly cut away with plasma torches. The rock, extending indefinitely upwards and down, should be compressed to white heat in spite of its enormous strength, but gravity is strange here: it shifts in direction if you travel far enough. There is no “center” of the world gravity pulls towards. About 40% of the rock matrix has been cut away to create voids to house endless layers of buildings, and networks of tunnels to connect the open spaces. Stacks of buildings, in standardized layers a hundred feet deep and twenty blocks to a mile, are supported by massive braces attached to the sides of the rock walls as well as their foundations, hung like birdcages on the immovable stone walls. Everything is very so
Gotta Catch 'Em AllThe classification of a lifeform as a "pocket monster," or Pokémon, is an inexact science. The general consensus is that a Pokémon must have certain aberrant qualities from its "base" kingdom; a particular species of plant or fungus can be labeled as a Pokémon if it exhibits a significant degree of locomotion or signs of a central nervous system analogue. Other lifeforms which exhibit some properties of life and not others are automatically labeled as Pokémon: computer viruses and robots are two premier examples.More Like This
Historically, the label Pokémon was assigned to any dangerous creature that lived in the tall grasses and shallow seas that surrounded mankind's earliest settlements. Capable of rending leather armor with ease, poisoning a group of hunters from several feet away, or even using hallucinogenic emissions as a form og "psychic attack," Pokémon were the masters of their domain. These threats were not as gargantuan as the primordial horrors