Ecumenopolis is a Greek word that means "world city", and in science fiction represents a planet where urbanization has grown so much to cover its entire surface in an enormous megalopolis.

The most known examples are:

  • Coruscant, from Star Wars;
  • Trantor, from Asimov's Foundation series, one of the first examples;
  • Ravnica, from Magic the Gathering.

Are there other examples of this kind of planet in the science fiction or fantasy genres?

closed as off-topic by Kyle Jones, Adamant, Jason Baker, Valorum, Politank-Z Oct 23 '17 at 23:27

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  • "Requests for lists of works or recommendations are off-topic as they do not fit our questions and answers format. Feel free to ask about people's favorites in chat." – Kyle Jones, Adamant, Jason Baker, Valorum, Politank-Z
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • I've edited this question in order to remove the mos obvious "recommendation" aspects and trying to make it a legitimate one; it was not a "what I should read" or a "what's your favorite" question after all, and I think that trying to improve instead of close questions is preferable . – Sekhemty Oct 24 '17 at 11:37
  • Still off-topic. Still asking for recommendation, just not of works but of cities. There are multiple "right answers" that are all equally valid and none "better" at answering the ops question than the last. – Edlothiad Oct 24 '17 at 11:39
  • I don't understand what "recommendation for cities" means... These questions link, link are not conceptually different from this one, they ask for list of works and one of them is also protected. And if we should close every question that could potentially have many different and equally valid answers, we should probably close 90% of all of them. – Sekhemty Oct 24 '17 at 11:47
  • The first asks for one specific work, "which is the first" that is on-topic. The second doesn't ask for works, but whether or not science fiction authors existed. This doesn't need to include works it merely needs to be a yes or a not to the existence of SF authors. You're misunderstanding the "different and equally valid answers". For most questions there aren't equally valid answers, as there is 1 that helps the OP the best, hence the accept. Here all are equally valid as they are all examples of an ecumenopolis. Any accept would make 0 sense. – Edlothiad Oct 24 '17 at 11:50
  • @Sekhemty - Your edit hasn't made the question any more acceptable. It's still just a request for a list of works that contain x trope. – Valorum Oct 24 '17 at 12:00

Star Trek: First Contact briefly shows some images of an alternate timeline where the Borg have assimilated Earth, and the planet appears to be one endless borgified megalopolis.


In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, we catch a glimpse of the "Machine Planet", home to the living machines that created V'ger. It appears to completely covered with technology.

Spock flies over a rendering of the machine planet

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    You've been a member long enough to know better than to answer off-topic questions. It encourages them :-( – Valorum Oct 23 '17 at 23:22

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