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Gather together half a dozen writers of speculative fiction, set a general format and time frame, some agreed on names and policies and pair them up with narrators (some better than others) and you could get a winner or loser. In my opinion it's a 85% winner. I think what ticked me off is the mispronunciation of names in Oregon-names are important so instead of making up the pronunciation, just ask someone from the Pacific Northwest.
It's Wil-aahh-met, not willa-met. It's Estacada not Esta - caw-da. Stuff like that gets to me. But for the most, Tygre, Tygre was good.
My favorite was the story of the bike messenger woman who gets caught up with a vertical farming group who has turned an office building into apartments for families. Imagine living in your cubicle space?
The stories jump from place to place, from the Cascades to Detroit to New St. Louis. But the future they predict, while not crazy dystopian are different and are all to easy to see as our future if the banks and lawyers continue to draw down on the middle class, if medical care gets more expensive if we don't decide to make changes in our life.
Be prepared to get the secnd volume Metatropolis:Cascadia
Having listened to Cascadia first, I thought that I'd go back and hear the original stories. I liked most of the stories in Cascadia (well some, anyway), so figured these would be as good. Boy, was I wrong! There wasn't a single one that didn't leave me flat and baffled. The narrators tried to make the stories interesting and hold my attention, but most of these tales were bland, boring and just plain silly.
I get what they were attempting to do here, but writing science fiction is more than making up some fantastic technology, and then spinning a yarn around it. Most of this just comes off sophomoric and dumb. As an example "3-D printers", that we are supposed to believe can 'print' a complete working copy of anything it can scan, from cell phones to factory machinery. Never mind the raw materials required, or the inner workings of intricate electronics, etc. Just scan it!
All in all, this is more fantasy than sci-fi - and not very good at that.
The book was well written, but I could never get into the characters, as the stories were so short, a true charter development couldn't be reached.
Gave up on this one after the first few chapters. I kept waiting for some sort of plot to present itself, but it just droned on about nothing. Maybe I'll give it another try later, but it didn't leave a good first impression.
As groundbreaking and exciting a world as Gibson's Neuromancer. The stories vary in tone and scope but all are interesting, entertaining, and engaging.
The Authors didn't get too carried away with advances in tech, it was easy to believe that we could be seeing this in a few decades. It was fantastic listening to the familiar voices from Battlestar Galactica tell these stories.
The five stories as a whole really painted a great picture of this future world. The first story may have been a bit better if Colonel Tigh, read consistantly. At times he was whispering like he was out of breath at others he was animated where it didnt work.
The second story was the my personal favorite of the five, solid story and a very entertaining narrative.
The 3rd story was pretty horrible, not really sure how it fit in or for that matter what is was about, the narration also wasnt that great, I guess the BSG crew needs to stick to acting.
The 4th story would have been a lot better if the narrator left out half of the "he said, she saids" we could have easily followed along with out that bit of distraction and annoyance. Overall though a good listen
The fifth and final story was also outstanding with great narration. It was a good listen.
I will most likely purchase the sequel next.
I really liked this, and it goes well with thoughts of an open society, complementing work by Cory Doctorow, and continuing on the tangent of cultural progress seen in Make, Boing Boing, and slashDot.
I wish that these stories had been better connected, especially the first one. A character comes in and takes command of a situation merely through the sound of his voice. I would have enjoyed it better if the writer had worked harder at actually writing the words spoken by the character that influenced so many. There were also things happening in that story, such as unnamed government groups trying to destroy the city, that are not touched upon in the other stories at all. Fortunately, the stories get better after the first one.
I really enjoyed these stories! I also loved how the authors came to common ground on some the "layout" of the world so that they make and connected composition when listened to together. It was fun to see how each author approached the story. These are authors that I will look for in future. I am always impressed with the short story format (when well written). I recommend this title to anyone that enjoys fiction.