I'm trying to recall the name of a steampunk novel. Some time in the future, most cities are gone, with remaining cities being giant platforms on legs. these cities survive by chasing down smaller cities and then "eating" them (taking the inhabitants as prisoners or new members, and taking the old city and using it as scrap or new material). This is in the future because they still talk about finding old "seedys" (CD's) that seem decorative.

  • Please credit @Amos with the answer of "Mortal Engines and its' sequels by Philip Reeve." Feb 23, 2011 at 20:51
  • why didn't @Amos answer it? this comment was not here when I started typing my answer.
    – benstraw
    Feb 23, 2011 at 21:14
  • @benstraw - let's see if @Amos actually moves his answer, you may still win the question. Feb 23, 2011 at 21:19
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    @benstraw, sorry for the confusion, I asked this and another question together, and @amos gave the answer. I moved that part into this new question, so I'd like @Amos to still get credit for the answer. Feb 23, 2011 at 22:04
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    @Teknophilia, understood. give it to him if he posts it up here, otherwise you can give it to me :)
    – benstraw
    Feb 23, 2011 at 22:23

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That sounds like Mortal Engines and its' sequels by Philip Reeve.


Is it Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve? This includes:

Mortal Engines (2001), Predator's Gold (2003), Infernal Devices (2005), and A Darkling Plain (2006).

From wikipedia:

The Quartet is set in the distant future, in an age known as the Traction Era. Earth has been reduced to wasteland by a devastating conflict, known as the Sixty Minute War. Nations no longer exist, except in the lands of the Anti-Traction League; Traction Cities - entire cities mounted on caterpillar tracks for mobility - are fiercely independent city-states, using giant jaws to devour one another for resources.

  • Thank you for the answer! Does anyone know of a similar-themed novel? Feb 24, 2011 at 1:16

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