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    • METAtropolis

    • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 923
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 938

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating stories

    • By Karen on 11-08-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sun of Suns

    • Book One of Virga
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon 3,000 kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Eivind on 03-04-10

    Regular price: $25.51

    • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • By: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 944
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 665
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 663

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Metatropolis Series

    • By Issy on 11-24-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Queen of Candesce

    • Book Two of Virga
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • To say I like this book is an understatement

    • By Michael on 06-19-09

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Lockstep

    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    When 17-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he' s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he' s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still - that he' s been asleep for 14,000 years. Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation. Here cold sleeps can last decades and waking moments mere weeks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great concepts, little weak story

    • By Jeppe on 03-22-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • METAtropolis: Green Space

    • By: Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, and others
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 355
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 321

    As METAtropolis: Green Space moves into the 22nd Century, human social evolution is heading in new directions after the Green Crash and the subsequent Green Renaissance. Nearly everyone who cares to participate in the wired world has become part of the "Internet of things", a virtual environment mapped across all aspects of the natural experience. At the same time, the serious back-to-the-land types have embraced a full-on paleo lifestyle, including genetically engineering themselves and their offspring.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Good and the Bad

    • By Joey on 11-04-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Sunless Countries

    • Book Four of Virga
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine, David Thorn
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Pacquaea glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafes. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Pacquaea eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Schroeder, Irvine & Thorn deliver, with 1 glitch

    • By Stef on 05-05-16

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Year's Top-Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4

    • By: John Barnes, Paul McAuley, Maureen McHugh, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Jared Doreck, Adam Epstein, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    An unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories written in 2011 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Dying Young", by Peter M. Ball, cyborgs, clones, and post-humans collide with a dragon bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic space western. In "Canterbury Hollow", by Chris Lawson, two lovers on a planet orbiting a killer sun share their few remaining weeks together before they die....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good mixture of stories

    • By Tezby on 06-19-18

    Regular price: $25.89

    • Pirate Sun

    • Book Three of Virga
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine, David Thorn
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Chaison Fanning, the admiral of a fleet of warships, has been captured and imprisoned by his enemies, but is suddenly rescued and set free. He flees through the sky to his home city to confront the ruler who betrayed him. And perhaps even to regain his lovely, powerful, and subversive wife, Venera, who he has not seen since she fled with the key to the artificial sun at the center of Virga, Candesce.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Imagination like no other author writing today

    • By Julie W. Capell on 06-03-09

    Regular price: $38.60

    • To Hie from Far Cilenia

    • A METAtropolis Story
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Gennady’s an expert on nukes, so when the Interpol man hires him to track some stolen plutonium, it seems like business as usual. Except for this: All signs lead to – a place that doesn’t exist. This story was originally published in the Hugo Award-nominated METAtropolis. It was also selected for inclusion in Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Deodand

    • A METAtropolis Story
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Interpol investigator Gennady Malianov finds himself in Immigration limbo. Then, a temporary gig comes along that could solve his problems. But what he finds out about the nature of consciousness and morality could change the world.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Desire Lines

    • A METAtropolis Story
    • By: Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Once, Jayachand toiled in the vertical farms of India. Now, he finds himself searching for a lost data cache in the forbidding Amazon rainforest. Can he stay one step ahead of a shadowy corporation whose interests may not be what they seem? This story was first published in METAtropolis: Green Space, the third entry in Audible's original series.

    Regular price: $2.99