Floating island (fiction)

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The floating islands of Themyscira in DC Comics' book Wonder Woman.

A floating island in fiction is a landmass that floats in a body of water (such as Vadanis in The Guardian Cycle of novels), or in the sky (such as Angel Island from Sonic The Hedgehog and the Kingdom of Zeal from Chrono Trigger). By contrast, a flying island is an island that flies, or floats, above the surface of the earth (such as the flying continent of Laputa in Castle in the Sky). These islands are usually free-floating and are sometimes directed by the whim of their inhabitants, whilst others may be permanently anchored.

Floating islands are usually held aloft by one (or more) of the following means:

Uses in media[edit]




Video games[edit]

Floating islands and continents are too common an element in video games for every appearance to be listed. However, a few examples of video games that have floating islands as a central theme or motif include:


  • Many works by artist Roger Dean depict floating islands, such as those featured on the covers of some albums by the band Yes.
  • The music video for Feel Good Inc. as well as its sequel, El Mañana, by Gorillaz features one of the band members on a windmill-powered floating island.
  • Ancient High Netheril in the Forgotten Realms setting of the Dungeons & Dragons universe contains airborne cities kept aloft by magic.
  • Artist Naohisa Inoue often portrays various types of floating islands in his Iblard series of paintings. One type of island, Laputas, hatch from eggs to become the recognizable floating islands.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Page, Michael; Ingpen, Robert (1987). Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People. New York: Viking Press. p. 191. ISBN 0-670-81607-8. 
  2. ^ The Floating Islands (2011) Amazon Retail Page
  3. ^ Naohisa Inoue's Iblard