MiÃ©ville brings these quotidian practices into stark perspective. He uses slips of perception and movement back and forth between cities to highlight the contingency of many of the social aspects of the real world. The City & the City draws no hard distinction between the world of fantasy and our own. Instead, MiÃ©ville seems to suggest, the real world is composed of consensual fantasies of varying degrees of power. The slippage isnâ€™t between the real world and the fantastic, but between different, equally valid, versions of the real.