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One sunny day aliens suddenly arrive, rip the island of Manhattan out of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, tuck it away in their spacecraft and leave as quickly as they appeared.

This novel by John E. Stith follows the unlucky residents and folks who happened to be visiting Manhattan that day as they are ripped from the earth, put in a giant spacecraft with a dome over top of them, provided electricity and "food" and pretty much left alone on a vast, interior plain dotted with other, distant, domed, obviously alien cities. The novel deals with their efforts to discover why they have been taken.

Not to be confused with ''The'' Manhattan Transfer, a jazz, swing, R&B and pop group founded in 1969.

!!Tropes in this book:
* AIIsACrapshoot: See BigBad.
* ApocalypticLog: The humans pick up one of these being broadcast from a nearby city.
* ArtificialGravity
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The Archies built a automated terraforming spacecraft which they can't stop - they can only run ahead of it and save small populations.]]
* BigDumbObject: The spaceship which has captured Manhattan is over 100 kilometers in diameter.
* CoverDrop: The cover shows the titular city encased in a dome and being lifted into the sky. Turns out this quite literally happens around chapter two.
* CurseCutShort: A helicopter pilot is in the wrong place at the wrong time and:
-->The pilot hadn't even had time to [[PrecisionFStrike utter the one word]] traditionally heard as black box recordings terminate.
* {{Denouement}}: Averted - the BigBad is resolved and the book ends on the next page.
* DogFoodDiet: New York's captors provide the humans something kind of like pet chow.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: One of the other races in the domed cities is found to have already committed mass suicide because the alien kidnappers grabbed an entire city of one gender.]]
* InertialDampening: Implied. Manhattan is lifted giving the occupants the feeling of "an elevator rising", but at that actual speed it would take hours to get the 200 miles up out of earth's atmosphere[[note]]Even lifting it at 65 MPH - the speed limit of an average US highway - it would take three hours to get out of the atmosphere[[/note]]. Manhattan is lifted fairly quickly - quick enough that the buildings would surely topple due to the inertial stresses.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The captors don't seem to be very interested in keeping an eye on the races they are abducting [[spoiler: to save from their own incompetence, though to be fair they're on a bit of a rushed schedule.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Richard]]
* InformedAttribute: Matt is awesome. He's the best there is. Just take our word for it.
* OneGenderRace: Averted, actually. [[spoiler: The Archies took one building from a planet, not realizing that the race segregated their genders by building. Having no females, they all eventually committed suicide.]]
* PlanetLooters: [[spoiler: but actually they mean well.]]
* PlotTime: It's a little hard to work out how much time has passed by the end of the book. While it seems like possibly a week or so for the explorers, back in New York a long time seems to pass.
* RedShirt: Pretty much anyone from whose PointOfView we watch Manhattan get taken but don't end up going with it.
* SensoryOverload: [[spoiler: Electronic equipment is ''really loud'' to one of the other dome's races.]]
* ShoutOut: (Possibly) to Superman's enemy Brainiac, who stole whole cities from planets for ransom.
** Or maybe to this famous Boston Album cover [[http://hymiesrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/DSC000691.jpg]].
* StarfishAliens: Several kinds.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: It's far enough into the future from the publication date of 1993 that they have tiny memory disks and something mentioned in passing called a "[=VirtReal=] Simulation", but the [[HarsherInHindsight World Trade Center is still standing]] and there's no mention of TheInternet.