METAtropolis

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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The extended stories in this collection share a common world. Editor John Scalzi and his four award-winning collaborators (Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, and Karl Schroeder) first constructed a realm of futuristic urban centers; then each of the five crafted a narrative of human particularity within these evolving abodes. Together, these tales create an ever deepening sense of interlocking realities. In other words, their 300-page experiment works. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly

Editor Scalzi (Zoe's Tale) and four well-known writers thoughtfully postulate the evolution of cities, transcending postapocalyptic clichés to envision genuinely new communities and relationships. Self-sustaining walled cities struggle with their responsibilities to dying suburbs in Scalzi's "Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis"; goods are exchanged through multiple microtransactions in Tobias S. Buckell's "Stochasti-City" and a reputation economy in Elizabeth Bear's "The Red in the Sky Is Our Blood." A lone man attempts to overthrow an early enclave in Jay Lake's "In the Forests of the Night," while Karl Schroeder's "To Hie from Far Celenia" brilliantly combines steampunk, urban sociology and network theory as entire subcultures go "off the grid." Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
This short story collection was originally written for audio format. Scalzi and four other authors, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and Karl Schroeder, collaborated on the stories; so, the world-building was done collectively. Then, each author built upon that shared work to create a short story for the collection. These authors, all award winners in the field of science fiction, develop unique perspectives on this world of the future. Ecological crises, invasive technologies, and terrorism are elements of the various stories that explore how, in a world gone so wrong, anyone can hope to survive. "Short" story is a relative term here as the stories are quite lengthy (five stories and almost 300 pages) in order to continue to build this brave new world with its infrastructures and inhabitants. There are meticulous details that provide insight into the corporate structures, or lack thereof in some communities, and the technologies that permit worlds to co-exist in parallel dimensions, or within the world of a game, or sometimes within a world only entered with assistance from beings not-quite human. This is not a collection for readers who do not know the genre. The real audience for this book is teens who are already fans are well-read in the adult section of science fiction as well as the YA offerings of the field. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480531956
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man’s War was a finalist for science fiction’s Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android’s Dream and The Last Colony. He has won the Hugo Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION by Jon Scalzi
IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT by Jay Lake
STOCHASTI-CITY by Tobias S. Buckell
THE RED IN THE SKY IS OUR BLOOD by Elizabeth Bear
UTERE NIHIL NON EXTRA QUIRITATIONEM SUIS by Jon Scalzi
TO HIE FROM FAR CILENIA by Karl Schroeder

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