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3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Paul Di Filippo, and Geoff Ryman: These award winners are on any list of the most inventive, popular, and critically acclaimed talents writing in the realms of fantasy and science fiction today. Their four original creations for this collection range from surreal visions of the infinite to high-tech nightmare; from apocalyptic ruins stalke ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 11th 2004 by Thunder's Mouth Press (first published 2003)
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Nov 03, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right lets start this one again (suffered some serious procrastination there)..

I have had this book for some time now although it wasnt till I decided to read it and add it to GR that I realised HOW long I had owned it. Yes go on and check,

Anyway it is part of a project by Peter Crowther called Fouresight (thats one to fight the auto correct over) which takes four prominent authors and gets them to write a story on a particular subject - in this case cities. I will admit I think its a rather aud
Jan 27, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Citizens Of Tomorrow
Cities is a very strange anthology of four longish speculative stories with urban themes. Three of those stories are excellent, and one is awful (the latter being the only thing preventing tis from being a 5-star book).

A Year In The Linear City (Paul Di Filippo) is an amazing exploration of a one-dimensional city, with Hell on one side and Heaven on the other. The protagonist, a writer of speculative fiction, imagines worlds that aren't one-dimensional. The result is a fascinating, weird, and hi
Mar 19, 2015 Chris rated it liked it
This quartet leads off with "A Year In The Linear City" by Paul Di Filippo. It's a charmingly odd story set in a curiously odd world. The best of the lot. Next up is "The Tain" by China Miéville. I think many people would prefer this one, but I'm always bored by Miéville's London book and he squanders an interesting idea on London here. Also vampires. "Firing The Cathedral" is Moorcock's response to the Western governments' response to 9/11. Unfortunately, he forgot to include a story or any com ...more
Perry Whitford
Cyberpunks, steampunks, both the old guard and the new; four short stories gathered together around the (sometimes tenuous) theme of the city.

I was familiar with some of the writers, not with others. The results surprised me at times based on what little assumptions I had, but generally this unusual compilation -bound like a coffee table book - was fairly enjoyable.
Apr 22, 2007 Pierce rated it really liked it
This is a collection of four novellas about cities. There are two really good ones in here -- A Year in the Linear City, by Paul Di Filippo, and The Tain, by China Mieville.
Dec 22, 2012 SL rated it really liked it
Wow. An excellent anthology. Been obsessed with megacities lately, and this is a very good sf treatment.
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Apr 19, 2013 Amy Peavy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed there out of the four stories... I still have no clue what happened in the third story....
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Peter Crowther, born in 1949, is a journalist, anthologist, and the author of many short stories and novels. He is the co-founder of PS Publishing and the editor of Postscripts.
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