This thesis explores the mirrored worlds created by the mining industry in Flin Flon, Manitoba. Named after an explorer from the novel, The Sunless City, Flin Flon is a terrain born from the curious intersection of geological possibility, mining, and science fiction. The town is negotiating its exploitation of mineral wealth while simultaneously coming to terms with its own environmental and economic exhaustion.
This project explores and investigates the absurd and unintended consequences of extraction through a series of constructed narratives inspired by the novel's protagonist, Flintabbatey Flonatin. These narratives are used to catalogue a multitude of transformative events in the creation of new natures and new futures. Comparing fictions to core samples and technofossils, the relationship between Flin Flon and its spectral underworld are revealed as two conflicting worlds that continuously bleed and leach into one another.