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Questions tagged [mortal-engines]

For questions about Mortal Engines book(2001) the book series and the upcoming (Dec 2018) film of the book.

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is there a world map for the Mortal Engines movie?

Just watched the movie a few days ago and I wonder is there a map of some kind showing the world as it is now? (from the books or the actual movie) We do see a lot of different maps in the movie ...
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In Mortal Engines, why are there no “protector” cities?

Edit: As I'm reasonably certain there are no protector cities I'm rewording the question to ask whether there is a specific in-universe reason this strategy has not been pursued. At the start of the ...
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In Mortal Engines, what does everybody eat?

I've just seen the Mortal Engines movie and I'm looking forward to reading the books. I have a question about the economics of this world that Phillip Reeve has created. The traction city London has ...
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Why aren't all cities mining cities?

We know that in the Mortal Engines series, some cities are mining cities, doing exactly what it sounds like: mining the materials that their city needs for fuel, and so forth, instead of cannibalizing ...
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How did the world of the Mortal Engines, in the aftermath of the Sixty Minute War, manage to do something we can't do today?

In Mortal Engines, the Sixty Minute War devastated civilisation as we know it, leaving most 'old tech' completely inoperational. Yet, despite the collapse of technology as we know it, they managed to ...
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Why are static defences not effective against traction cities?

I'm working my way through the Mortal Engines books. I'm still struggling with the concepts of Municipal Darwinism. It often seems that static settlements on the great hunting ground are pretty much ...
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Are all the Mortal Engines books to be made into films?

The trailer to Mortal Engines looks interesting and piqued my interest in the series. I know when Peter Jackson made the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit they were planned from the start to be made ...
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When is the Traction Era, relative to our time?

The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve is set in a long-distant post-apocalyptic future known as the Traction Era, in which cities have become massive mobile structures that move around hunting ...