Metatropolis

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Five original tales set in a shared urban future—from some of the hottest young writers in modern SF

A strange man comes to an even stranger encampment...a bouncer becomes the linchpin of an unexpected urban movement...a courier on the run has to decide who to trust in a dangerous city...a slacker in a "zero-footprint" town gets a most unusual new job...and a weapons investigator uses his skills to discover a ...

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Overview

Five original tales set in a shared urban future—from some of the hottest young writers in modern SF

A strange man comes to an even stranger encampment...a bouncer becomes the linchpin of an unexpected urban movement...a courier on the run has to decide who to trust in a dangerous city...a slacker in a "zero-footprint" town gets a most unusual new job...and a weapons investigator uses his skills to discover a metropolis hidden right in front of his eyes.

Welcome to the future of cities. Welcome to Metatropolis.

More than an anthology, Metatropolis is the brainchild of five of science fiction's hottest writers—Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, and project editor John Scalzi—-who combined their talents to build a new urban future, and then wrote their own stories in this collectively-constructed world. The results are individual glimpses of a shared vision, and a reading experience unlike any you've had before.

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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.

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“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.… Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Scalzi and his contributors/collaborators have created a fascinating shared urban future that each of them evokes with his or her particular strengths. Originally an audio anthology, this stellar collection is a fascinating example of shared world building, well deserving of a parallel life in print.” —Booklist

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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765327109
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,411,984
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

John Scalzi

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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