A fantasy map is type of map design that is a visual representation of an imaginary or fictional geography. While some fantasy maps accompany works of fiction and are considered fictional maps, fantasy maps are created to show imaginary places and are not necessarily included in works of literary fiction. Depending on the completeness and complexity of the map, the depiction of geographical components can range from simple drawings of a small area as in The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois to an entire fictional world as in The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien to even an entire galaxy as in Star Trek. Fantasy maps can also include abstract works of art, combine existing cartographic information to present an imaginary location, or combine existing cartographic information to show a different perspective of a location.
In popular culture
- Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno Concluded tells of a fantasy map that had "the scale of a mile to the mile." It was later referenced (possibly independent of Carroll) by comedian Steven Wright, who claimed that it was not detailed enough and planned to obtain another in which one foot of space in real life was represented by three feet on the map.
- Jorge Luis Borges wrote a short story about a map made to 1:1 scale. It is an homage to Lewis Carroll's work mentioned above. The story, "On Exactitude in Science", is collected in A Universal History of Infamy.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth is a renowned example of a fantasy map.
- Nikolas Schiller's kaleidoscopic aerial photography of urban areas
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