Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
METAtropolis is a compilation of five different stories by five distinguished authors taking place in the same shared universe, which keeps things fresh and enjoyable. I didn't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I had. I found myself sad every time each story comes to an end, and quickly excited again for what comes next.
Get METAtropolis: Cascadia as soon as you're done with this. Worth it.
I really loved this. I started off intrigued by the shared story concept, then part way through Jay Lake's story I found my self feeling like this was a poem and I stopped trying to figure out how the characters got where they are or what was happening to them but started to feel the moment they were in. I loved it. Definitely had to put my conservative nature to the side for the moment and willfully suspend a little bit of economic and human nature disbelief, but I really enjoyed it.
The stories really aren't based on the characters. Instead they are driven by the idea that each story is exploring. This book really looks at the future of society and the green movement after humanity moves towards a carbon neutral footprint.
This was the best audiobook I've listened to! Mr Susskind assumes very little physics knowledge but still manages to not talk down to the listener and clearly explain complex concepts. In addition, he has many fascinating, illuminating stories about many of the great luminaries of the physics world, from drinking a beer with Feynman in a small bar in NYC in the 1960s to touring San Francisco's steep hills with Stephen Hawking. This was a great audiobook!
No where near as good as I had hoped, story 1 nearly made me leave…. The rest not too bad.. nor that good either but good enough to pass the time. I did not bother to finish the last it was too painful as well.
The collective worldbuilding method used to write these stories works quite adiquate. The stories themselves I found to range from pretty sollid to pretty brillant, saving the best for last. Karl Schroeder realy went all out and his story alone is almost worth the dough. In fact I bought the first book in a series written by him becouse I was curious if he could keep his incredible imagination going for longer then 10.000 words. So far so good...
There is also a sequel to this volume called Metatropolis: Cascadia which franktly sucks sqirelorphasis (English is not my first language so I probably spell like a monkey). It took me over a week to finish the first 2 hour story in that volume. You know, when a writer only talks about everything that supposedly happens but it never seems to realy happen. Don't tell it .. Show it!! That sequel was so horrifyingly bad that I realy started doubting the original quality of the first work. So do yourself a favour, stick to this one and let it go at that.
I liked the concept and I thought the idea of multiple writers would be neat. I couldn't make it thru. It just went too slow. I don't usually write reviews but I felt I wanted to warn other listeners.
I've enjoyed listening to the stories because they are written from so many different perspectives; we can imagine a global view of this fictional time and place. I say this experiment in cooperative writing is an absolute success. The first story is layered, descriptive so we glimpse the past that created such a future. ("In the Forest of the Night" is nothing like "Wind Up Girl", not a useful comparison.) The rest of the stories fill in the picture or I could say fit the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of this imagined world into a whole. Each story stands well on its own, but I enjoyed listening to one right after the other. I will be listening again, too. My mood affects my perceptions and I'll build a new Metatropolis each time.
This is very obviously a piece of fiction tied together delicately with common elements. Fiction is not the same as social planning nor the same as corporate propaganda. So relax, read and fantasize . . . forget the television so you can use the building blocks the characters offer you . . . to build new communities in your head.
(p.s. "polis" means "city" in Greek; perhaps the title means a city in metamorphosis?)