Sci-Fi Books with Futuristic Urban Settings?
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I'm looking for novels with stories revolving around futuristic cities, preferably of the terrestrial variety. Books where the city is a major part of the story, not just a convenient backdrop to the events taking fold. Is there anything of the sort out there?
If anyone has related non-fiction that might be of relevance, that would be nice as well.
I'm not sure this fits with what you have in mind, but it definitely has the city as a major part of the story - Inverted World by Cristopher Priest.
I remember the city pretty vividly in Neuromancer by Gibson.
The City and the Stars by Clarke features a decidedly futeristic city. The same is probably true of Against the Fall of NIght, its earlier version, but I read the former.
There was an anthology in the 1980s containing sf stories set in cities. Can't remember the title, though.
>7: Don't know about the 1980s, but my immediate thought was Cities of Wonder edited by Damon Knight. My edition is dated 1967...
The urbmons of Silverberg's The World Inside qualify as cities, I think.
It's not really futuristic, but the Well-Built City of The Physiognomy and its sequels is central to the narrative. (It's a dark modern fantasy, like the movie Brazil.)
I tend to think that the cities in Ian McDonald's novels have some real interest and integrity to them; they're not just stage-setting.
For non-fiction, check out Flesh and Stone, and the further LT recommendations on that work page.
There was also Future Boston an anthology conceived by David Alexander Smith.
Aha! It was this one I meant: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?7130
The first thing that came to my mind was Maureen McHugh's Half the Day is Night. Reviewers seem to agree that the location of that book-a future undersea city-was its most vivid feature.
I would second The City and the Stars (ah, old favorites!).
How about The Squares of the City by Brunner -- intrigue in a fictional city takes the form of a chess game, hence the title is a play on words.
The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert, and Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams are both about struggle for survival in huge world-cities, in both cases cut off from the rest of the universe by outside forces, and what effects that has.
I find that William Gibson in general has some great urban worldbuilding. His stories are rather old though, so how sci-fi they may seem is debatable. I would recommen Virtual Light as having a particularly striking urban sitting.
Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams also have a very prominent urban setting - but I am not sure if it is a future or an alternative world.
Yes, I thought of Metropolitan too, but I remembered it as more of a fantasy -- but that was quite a while ago; maybe I'm remembering wrong. Anyway, good book & it fits the topic.
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