Welcome to a world where big cities are dying, dead - or transformed into technological megastructures. Where once-thriving suburbs are now treacherous Wilds. Where those who live for technology battle those who would die rather than embrace it. It is a world of zero-footprint cities, virtual nations, and armed camps of eco-survivalists.
Welcome to the dawn of uncivilization.
METAtropolis is an intelligent and stunning creation of five of today's cutting-edge science-fiction writers: 2008 Hugo Award winners John Scalzi and Elizabeth Bear; Campbell Award winner Jay Lake; plus fan favorites Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Together they set the ground rules and developed the parameters of this "shared universe", then wrote five original novellas - all linked, but each a separate tale.
Bringing this audiobook to life is a dream team of performers: Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh"); Alessandro Juliani ("Felix Gaeta"); and Kandyse McClure ("Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla"); plus legendary audiobook narrators Scott Brick (Dune) and Stefan Rudnicki (Ender's Game).
John Scalzi, who served as Project Editor, introduces each story, offering insight into how the METAtropolis team created this unique project exclusively for digital audio.
©2008 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
“Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Scalzi and his contributors/collaborators have created a fascinating shared urban future that each of them evokes with his or her particular strengths.... This stellar collection is a fascinating example of shared world-building.” (Booklist)
"This impressive group of writers imagines what happens when the world moves beyond cities as a locus of human civilization. The range of narrators...brings a unique narrative style to the production. Of the five narrators, all well chosen for the stories, Allessandro Juliani proves to be the best with his rendering of Scalzi's piece." (AudioFile)
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?)
Unless you are an pony tail wearing environmental terrorist ,
or a anarchist you will have trouble finding any plot or reason to listen to this book.
The Idea that green collectivism is a way of life does not come off as believable.
Even in a bad work of fiction. There is no convincing or plausible characters in this
Book. Save your money
I generally love post apocalyptic books but I just could NOT get into this one....the narrators drone...not enough vocal inflection and the stories themselves seem rambling and slightly pointless. I will say I haven't read all of this book....I just could get past the second short story.
This is a collection of several novellas by different authors, set in the same future world. I managed to hear the first story out -- it took an effort of will -- but when the second story started, after about three minutes' worth, I realized I REALLY didn't want to listen to this stuff anymore. The second author sound just as unappetizing as the first.
I've read Science Fiction for more than 40 years. While there may be some interesting ideas here for a setting here, the authors -- or at least the first one -- really didn't seem to have much sense of what to do with them. The tale he provided was rather "murky," featuring an almost-nauseatingly "perfect" hero -- big, powerful, handsome, exceptionally strong, a natural-born-leader, and all the rest you'd expect in a truly hackneyed tale. A few religious allusions and overtones are thrown in, apparently to try to suggest there is some "deeper meaning" to the tale. The author came across to me as more than a tad pretentious, overindulgent when it came to adjectives, and overly invested in cliched stereotypes. But hey, maybe that's just me.
Anyway, I made myself listen to that first story, thinking their must be some redeeming quality to the tale. But when it was over, I was left asking the most deadly question an author ever wants to invoke in a reader: "so what?" The first story was a total waste of time, and the start of the second one seemed to be following in its footsteps. Maybe that's not fair, since I didn't hear it out, but if the lead-off story was so poor, is there really much hope for the encore material?
What I, at least, consider to be bad writing was aggravated by a performer who seemed to be constantly "sitting on the edge of his chair" throughout his delivery. When the writing itself is already overdone, this style of delivery almost seemed a parody.
METAtropolis is an interesting take on the future - financial collapse causes social reform among other changes. It makes one think about the future and our part in it. Be aware that this is an anthology of short stories - if you like one, you may not like the others. That having been said, the only bad thing I have to say about this book is that there isn't more of it. Its that good. I suggest you listen to it - if for no other reason than it will make you think. Oh, if you did like it - check out METAtropolis Cascadia - its as well written and arguably better performed.
Great stories set in a common universe, not far from our own in time. You recognize a lot of the metatrends in our society, and it is cleverly thought out 20 years into the future.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
The other stories were just OK. I wouldn't say that they were great. The narrators were reasonable.
I really loved that they managed to do something different in a time when everything has already been done. As far as anthologies go this one has the most cohesive feeling and make the most united point. It has a valid message that it transmits in a powerful, convincing and even beautiful way.
Tygr Tyger, I think. Hes the sort of person we tend to look for in real life only because we know they dont exist. If we ever found some one like Tygr Tygr in real life I dont think anyone would trust him.
I loved the Completion of Space Ship Detroit. Why I loved this particular scene can really only be explained by personal preference in style.
Yes it was, And in fact I did. And then I listened to it again. This is one of my very few repeat listens.
Just give it a try. It may not be your usual thing. But branch out and give it a shot. you may not like the first story or even the second. But one of these will get to you.
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