Five original tales set in a shared urban future—from some of the hottest young writers in modern SF
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.
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.
Other Works by John Scalzi
Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man’s War / #2 The Ghost Brigades / #3 The Last Colony / #4 Zoe’s Tale / #5 The Human Division / #6 The End of All Things / Short fiction: “After the Coup”
Other Tor Books
The Android’s Dream / Agent to the Stars / Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded / Fuzzy Nation / Redshirts / Lock In / The Collapsing Empire
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Editor Scalzi (Zoe's Tale) and four well-known writers thoughtfully postulate the evolution of cities, transcending postapocalyptic clich s 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.
This collection of short stories follows the common thread of life in a near future dystopia.
Fascinating ideas are explored, including vibrant societies that live off the grid, and closed, self sustaining cities that offer some of the normalcy we take for granted today.
The book doesn't really follow a story arc involving a single character. It is more the exploration of future urban life.