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METAtropolis: Cascadia | [Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder, Tobias Buckell]

METAtropolis: Cascadia

This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.
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Audible Editor Reviews

It’s the 2070s. The United States is no longer united, and the breakaway territory of Cascadia in the Pacific Northwest has created its own myths and realities. In this sequel to the first METATROPOLIS anthology (2008), six award-winning science fiction writers share a brash, finely detailed world. Each narrator is a recognizable Star Trek series alumnus. This is a bonus, especially in the cases of Wil Wheaton’s reading of "Byways" by Tobias Buckell and Gates McFadden’s reading of "Confessor" by Elizabeth Bear. Their voices are so familiar that they envelop the listener in the fascinating unfamiliar territory. It’s like listening to old friends tell new tales. These are well-crafted novellas about a brave, new near-future.

Publisher's Summary

This provocative sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars.

As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.

METAtropolis: Cascadia is the creation of Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake; Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; New York Times best-selling author Tobias S. Buckell; Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear; Aurora Award winner Karl Schroeder; and critically acclaimed author Ken Scholes. The team of narrators is any Star Trek fan’s dream: Rene Auberjonois (“Odo”); Kate Mulgrew (“Capt. Kathryn Janeway”); Wil Wheaton (“Wesley Crusher”); Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”); Jonathan Frakes (“Cmdr. William Riker”); and LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”). Jay Lake, who also served as Project Editor, introduces this stunning sequel, written and produced exclusively for digital audio.

Check out the original METAtropolis here.
Learn more about the narrators and authors at the METAtropolis: Cascadia microsite now.

©2010 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Mary Robinette Kowal, Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Ken Scholes (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Original Work, 2012

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    Terry_Pat Everett, WA, United States 05-15-11
    Terry_Pat Everett, WA, United States 05-15-11
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    "Excellent sequel to METAtropolis"

    Even tho' a Sci-Fi fan, I had found METAtropolis disjointed, difficult to follow, and had to listen to the story 2x to establish a foothold on what Jay Lake was trying to accomplish. NOT SO with Cascadia.

    I found Cascadia entertaining, easy to follow (with the exception of Bull Dancers), most of the narration well done, even tho' for some of the narrators this is not a primary occupation, but most of all, the characters thoroughly engaging, realistic, so much so that I sort of hated to see some of the short stories stop. There was good interplay between the stories, but not so obvious that it felt like one long novel. It seemed clear that the authors had worked well together, with Jay Lake accomplishing some good coordination. It also takes place primarily in the geographic area where I live. .

    I heartily recommend the book to any Sci-Fi fan; it will probably appeal to most people interested in our country's future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 05-20-13
    Saud United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Not as good as the original METAtropolis"

    I got this after listening to the original METAtropolis, and my expectations were higher than they probably should have been. It didn't excite me as much as the original did, probably because the thrill of discovering something new wasn't there.

    Overall, it's still worth listening to. The world is fleshed out, even if some of the characters felt like caricatures compared to the characters of the original.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Madison, WI, United States 12-02-10
    Glen Madison, WI, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"

    I should have known better when I didn't see either the original readers or John Scalzi associated with this project. In this sort of collection the editor has a strong influence over the course of the stories. The replacement of the original readers with Star Trek cast when no less than four characters were recycled from the previous Metatropolis was a very bad decision.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-28-10
    John Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2003
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    "METAtropolis: Cascadia"

    Great narration but very weak story lines. A great disappointment. I actually regret buying the series. That is a first for me.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-06-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Even better than the first Metatropolis"

    As someone who lives in "Cascadia", I can really see this as a potential for my grand-daughters future. They are 19 and 7 and I suspect the world they will live in is going to be much different than it's been. As for me, I've been a recycler hippy/greenie/recycler since the 1950s and as far a I'm concerned, we should have been living this way for the last 50 years and not doing so is what will lead to the dystopian future as discussed in the two books in the series.

    All the stories are interesting and some are better than others. Johathan Frakes (Reiker from Star Trek) is a very bad narrator but LaVar Burton and
    Wil Wheaton are both great. I love Wil Wheatons narrations of John Scalzi's novels. If you haven't read them, give yourself a treat-most are very funny...gut laugh funny even with Scalzis inability to write dialog without "He Said" 'She Said" and it happens in his piece in the first of the Metatropolis anthologies. But you get used to it.

    I'm going to share these with a few family members-I think they will enjoy them a lot.

    I encourage them for those who want to think about a potential new future that could be in our not so distant future!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the next step for us."
    Where does METAtropolis: Cascadia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's ranks with 'The Road' where your captured without needing to know the entire back story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of METAtropolis: Cascadia?

    Learning of how patent law is heading us to this world fast.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get ready this is the future at the rate were going.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Paget London 11-29-10
    C. Paget London 11-29-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"

    I guess it's a penalty of getting actors to read books aloud, they often want to act. As a listener all I want is clarity and PUNCTUATION, both of which are in variable supply here. As an example, one of the most irritating things is where a reader changes scene without even pausing for breath, maybe they think that the dislocation is fun, but it's just annoying.

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    Luke Stewart Birmingham, AL 07-15-14
    Luke Stewart Birmingham, AL 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""Still Crushing It!!!""
    Would you listen to METAtropolis: Cascadia again? Why?

    Yep! After the inital METAtropolis book, I slammed through 'Cascadia' at the same speed. I love how the authors take time to set up the cities and places that these stories take places in. I guess that is a big selling point for me: literature that takes the time to create a descriptive setting for the characters to interact with and exist in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the setting. I have never lived anywhere near the pacific northwest, and so the sum total of my conceptual experiences stem from Twin Peaks. I enjoyed the rich portrayals of what I assume to be a beautiful part of the US. And as always the characters and plots are outstanding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-03-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An interesting world"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good. The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation characters did a good job an was a fun touch.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read the original METAtropolis. I do want to go back and read those now, but I think that I would have gotten more out of these if I was read that first. Still, a solid read, interesting take on a possible future. Some stories really held back the overall impression of the collection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Boston, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Chris Boston, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not quite the original"

    This does not quite live up to the original Metatropolis. The individual stories are not linked together as well. There are a couple of novellas that are harder to get into, and a few are not read as well. That being said, it is still very enjoyable. If you are a fan of Metatropplis, then this will be a welcome continuation. Just do not expect quite the same level of writing or performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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