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I haven't read many anthologies based on a relatively fully-fleshed concept decided on at the start, but I really thought the coherency of the stories made this a solid examination of future cities couched in a number of very solid and interesting tales from these various artists. We've got the bio-revolutions, MMORPG economies and espionage, and even a little bit of ethical examinations. It is very much in tune with the modern speculations in speculative fiction and is lovely to behold. I've really got a sweet tooth for the sub-genre, thanks to Windup Girl, Reamde, Rule 34, a lot of Greg Bear's stuff, to name a few. This is only in audiobook format and has many of the great names reading each short story. Very good production, including most of the cast of ST:TNG for you fanboys out there. ( )
Enjoyed this a lot!
Very interesting take on city-states in post-apocalyptic future ...and a different "fresh" notion of apocalypse.
Meh. Scalzi's stuff is fast-clipped and adventurous---so is Bear's; the others, disposable. Schroeder felt like he was biting off Mieville...which isn't TOO bad, I guess. *laughter* At least he aimed high. Everything else was forgettable, Cascadiopoliss' premise was too lofty to actualize.
different authors takes on a post-industrial USA. Some good, some bad. I don't remember much except someone working in the sewage department who is the protagonist.
This book was so bad...I put hours into giving it a chance (a lot of time for an audiobook), and it still didn't get better.
Other reviewers have said the collection improves after the first short story, set in the Pacific Northwest with a bunch of "green" techies. But, when I gagged on the second story, post apocalyptic Detroit, I quit.
There was really no reason to continue on to story number three. It just did not grab me. I'll not continue to the second book in the series.
But the way you know these urban settings have succeeded in their worldbuilding task is, they provide a backdrop for some cracking city adventures. Scalzi and Buckell, in particular, keep you guessing about where their stories are going and provide fun yarns where you root for their underdog protagonists. These feel like cities where anything can happen, from getting your skull cracked to discovering your life purpose. And most important of all, when I was done reading about this future dys/utopia, I wanted to spend a lot more time there.
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Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy (52684)
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Welcome to a world where big cities are dying, dead - or transformed into technological megastructures. Where once-thriving suburbs are now treacherous Wilds. Where those who live for technology battle those who would die rather than embrace it. It is a world of zero-footprint cities, virtual nations, and armed camps of eco-survivalists.METAtropolis is an intelligent and stunning creation of five of today's cutting-edge science-fiction writers: 2008 Hugo Award winners John Scalzi and Elizabeth Bear; Campbell Award winner Jay Lake; plus fan favorites Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Together they set the ground rules and developed the parameters of this "shared universe," then wrote five original novellas - all linked, but each a separate tale.Bringing this audiobook to life is a dream team of performers: Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh"); Alessandro Juliani ("Felix Gaeta"); and Kandyse McClure ("Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla"); plus legendary audiobook narrators Scott Brick (Dune) and Stefan Rudnicki (Ender's Game).John Scalzi, who served as Project Editor, introduces each story, offering insight into how the METAtropolis team created this unique project exclusively for audio.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.0876208Literature English (North America) American fiction By type Genre fiction Adventure fiction Speculative fiction Science fiction Collections
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