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Editorial 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.

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  • Audie Award Winner, Original Work, 2012

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  • Shawn
  • Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-03-13

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.

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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.

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  • Chris
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 10-01-12

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.

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  • Philip
  • Darfield, New Zealand
  • 07-30-12

I was expecting better after METAtropolis

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mostly well read, stories fall short

Hats off to the all star cast reading these books, many great performances! Where I thought this series got derailed was veering away from the mix of visions of the future with cities and the environment. That story about wine makers could have been written on its own, and then loosely connected to this series as an after thought. And this dogmatic anti-christian story at the end, really? I loved METAtropolis for its gutsy re-envisioning of the future, based on current trends. That came through again in two stories, but the story about bio experiments also seemed way off. I enjoyed the Bashar storyline, and the different directions people will take, given where life is headed. Too bad you lost focus.

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  • Chris
  • Willits, CA, United States
  • 12-21-10

Forget the politics

The introduction used to grind a political axe (pointlessly). I enjoyed the stories but strongly disagree with the politics. Back to nature would be wonderful for a world with under 1 billion people - we are rapidly approaching 7 billion. We either need technology (something the characters in the book use) or we need a euthanasia program.

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  • Matthew
  • MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States
  • 08-09-12

Interesting

Some of these stories are good, some not so much. But overall an interesting read. If you are a dyed in the wool sci-fi fan, you may want to pass on this series. Most of these stories don't rate as sci-fi, and are primarily intended as thought-provokers with underlying social commentary.
If you are seeking good science based sci-fy I would suggest not spending the time (or credits).

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  • Randy
  • LANCASTER, CA, United States
  • 03-09-12

It's a book of short stories

The A-list performances are simply outstanding. The environmental messages are glaring but not in your face.

A book of stories of one possible future was worth the time.

It didn't make me feel like I grew when I listened. It didn't make me feel bad, it simply left me...how do you say...

Maybe leave it like that.

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  • Carol
  • Arp, TX, United States
  • 04-12-14

Can't find a good thing to say

This is probably the worst book I have ever read!! I kept thinking that it was one of those slow starters and it would get better. It never got better. I was so sure that it would get better and all the loose ends would come together that I read all 3 books. It was a big waste of my credits! A note to the authors: Don't introduce or narrate your own work. it is never a good idea.

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