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By JenJenRobot
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I read The Scar by China Mieville and was quite impressed by the depth and detail of the world Mieville had created. However, when I went looking for a map of the fictional world of Bas-Lag I found nothing. So I made one myself.

I've done my best to place every location correctly but there were times when I had to guess (for example, we know Nova Esperium is about 10,000 miles from New Crobuzon but not exactly WHERE it is). If you see any glaring deviations from canon or things that I have missed don't hesitate to point them out - I'll update the map if and when it is needed!

Fullview is...uh...big.

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ahrimahn's avatar
I'm surprised how well done this is in relation to the recently released official map drawn by Mieville himself. (see here on the left side: outtherebooks.files.wordpress.…). The major differences are that the sea is actually much bigger, Tarmuth is only about ten miles from New Crobuzon at the point where the Tar meets the Sea, and the land separating the Cold Claw Sea from the wider ocean is much smaller. 
brandon-bowling's avatar
Holy, this was quite an undertaking! Thanks for taking the time and posting it for the rest of us. It's great to have some kind of idea of where everything fits.
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celladooreHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this; it's really useful when reading his books :loverevamped: 
jonquiz's avatar
Hi, I actually read about Bas-Lag for the first time today.

What you have done is simply awesome - it would be a great companion to reading Miéville's books.

Your map reminds me of the long and happy hours I have spent gazing in admiration at fantasy novel maps and losing myself in vivid dreams... :)

Thank you for sharing!
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Greenkey2Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cartographers Batman! :omfg: I was hoping to find a map of Bas Lag in Iron Council. Alas, not so, but your interpretation looks to be spot on :D
seeknow's avatar
First of all, I am a total Map-head and love maps. I am reading The Scar right now and did a search for Bas-Lag art and found this. Amazing!
dsivis's avatar
An excellent compilation of information in a genre-appropriate style.
cyclos12's avatar
Wow! I say this on wikipedia! congrats!
Darkdingo20's avatar
This is quite an interesting map, I saw this on wikipedia while looking up the novel's by China Mieville. :>
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dana-reddeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!! LOVED that book, but had a hard time keeping track of where everything was.
Even if I hadn't read the book, this is a lovely map :D Did you draw all the designs and flourishes? They're marvellous.

Only crit--I just checked my copy of the book, and there's not an 'h' in the Gengris!
japookins's avatar
seriously w0w
BreakInTheSun's avatar
Impressive! I'm rereading The Scar now, and as far as I can tell this seems to be really accurate, and very elegantly designed too.
feigenbaum's avatar
It was in Dragon Magazine issue 352 from February 2007.
Futurekubik's avatar
I had a copy of that magazine as well (just for the Mieville stuff!) and this map is pretty similar to that one if not for the scale of the Cold Claw sea and location of Tesh. If you get a chance to read Iron Council you learn that the Cymek desert is contained entirely on a sub-continent peninsula. That book also deals a lot more with The Catotopic Stain and some of the land beyond.

This map is awesome by the way! It's the first proper Bas-Lag map I've seen that includes Nova Esperium/Barad Kai Nev :-)

As much as I love Mieville's recent fiction (UN LUN DUN, City & the City) I wish he would do a new Bas-Lag novel! Fair Do's that he doesn't want to become the new Pratchett/Discworld or Bas-Lag 'machine' but it's been 5 years!I'd love to read about High Cromlech or Tesh is the next one!
JenJenRobot's avatar
Thanks for the info and the praise (blush).

I have tried to look up Dragon Magazine and the map but it seems that no-one has ever scanned it in (strange, for the internet!)
Futurekubik's avatar
I would scan in the map but I lost my copy of the magazine over a year ago inadvertently during a clearout! :-(

HOWEVER: scroll down!!! :-)

There are also a few File Sharing sites offering PDF versions of that particular Issue, but I am unsure of thier reliability or legality.
JenJenRobot's avatar
Oh, thank you so much! Wow - it's similar but quite different. How strange to look at! I might have to recheck my positioning of the Cacatopic Strain.

Your googling skills are superior!
feigenbaum's avatar
A Brilliant Map, quite accurate as far as I can tell, I only know of one other map of Bas Lag which was in a magazine I have.
JenJenRobot's avatar
Thank you! Which magazine was the
map in? I'd be interested to check it out (if possible!)
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