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.
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.
©2010 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Mary Robinette Kowal, Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Ken Scholes (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
Having already listened to the other two books I knew some of what was going to happen but was still pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. Metatropolis is an awesome Sci-Fi serious.
Ironically, Tiger Tiger was my last favorite story from the original METAtropolois. I really liked Jay Lake's contribution to this book. And the collection was far more cohesive, I believe all bringing up Basher, Tiger, and/or Cascadiopolis. But I admit to having thoughts questioning if his editing was heavy handed, pushing his particular setting.
Overall narration was great with a glaring exception: Jonathan Frakes was so bad that I contemplated skipping the story and tried to find a print version, so I wouldn't have to listen to him butcher Deodand. I'd love Schroeder's contribution to METAtropolis. My sense is that Deodand isn't that good a piece, but it's hard to separate the sorry from the awful narration. Overall, I was surprised that I didn't find the narration more distracting. Kate Mulgrew was especially good, and I'm looking to see what else she narrates. and I'm already a huge fan of Wil Weaton's narration (though, blasphemy though it seems to me, I think I'd prefer that the character's voice hadn't changed.)
I spent a happy 12 hours with this, but I'm not certain if I'll continue.
A great follow up and some excellent additions to this fascinating world. The all star cast does a credible job with each one yet Lavar Burton remains my favorite.
I listened to this because I thought that the first METAtropolis was fresh and interesting, and I hoped that this one would take it further.
On the contrary, although a couple of the stories were intriguing, most were bland and flat. They did not really take the take the METAtropolis forward, but instead seemed to take it back.
Characters longed for the the good old days of the 20th century, drove "antique pickups", listened to old time rock, and even fired an "antique revolver." Who now listens to music that is 70-80 years old? The authors seemed to have a difficult time dragging themselves into the future world.
The authors also used trite and stale ideas, bashing Christianity while stealing from it the things that are powerful: Tyger as the new Messiah with a new "Gospel". It was all a bit tired.
While this is a great sequel for the METAtropolis series, 2 stories seem to have missed the discussion of when the stories were to take place. In the intro, Jay Lake says that, "though no particular date was given in the first book, most of the stories take place around the date 2030."... "METAtropolis: Cascadia picks up the threads about 4 decades later." With this in mind, the stories "Byways" and "Deodand" take place in what is roughly guessed as a year or two after the origin stories in METAtropolis.
For someone who is paying attention (Read: OCD), this causes a minor head scratch.
If this much time has based, how in the world is Gennady in "Deodand" still be stuck in immigration limbo after the events in "To Hie from Far Cilenia"?
"Byways" doesn't blatantly tell you that the origin story was just a few years ago.
This small, and only noticeable because I have listened through this and the first anthology more times than I feel comfortable admitting to, does not diminish the works in this anthology.
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.
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.
The narration was good. The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation characters did a good job an was a fun touch.
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.
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.
I bought this on the strength of the first book, METAtropolis, which I found very good in conception and narration, although there was some unevenness in the actual stories.
I wasn't wowed by M:Cascadia as much as by its predecessor. Although the concentration on Cascadia in this sequel might be considered a weakness, the stories had enough variety to keep my interest in spite of the quality of the narration, which was not up to the standard of the first METAtropolis. Jonathan Frakes attempt at a Slavic accent was at best uneven, and his pronunciation of several key names in the story made me wonder at the quality of the production and the change of narrator from Stefan Rudnicki for this part of the sequel.
LeVar Burton was OK, but I kept thinking that Scott Brick could have brought more depth to the presentation. Wil Wheaton's work just didn't make an impression on me. Not every actor makes a good narrator, no matter what TV series they performed in.
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