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METAtropolis: Green Space (METAtropolis #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  194 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Audible’s Audie Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated vision of the not-too-distant future returns!

As METAtropolis: Green Space moves into the 22nd Century, human social evolution is heading in new directions after the Green Crash and the subsequent Green Renaissance. Nearly everyone who cares to participate in the wired world has become part of the "Internet of things",
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 14 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Audible Studios (first published October 13th 2013)
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Victor Carson
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have liked all three of the METAtropolis short story collections. Short stories are perfect for audiobook listening, even when I am actively reading a novel in Kindle or hardcopy format. The first collection of inter-related stories was set about 30 years in the future. The second, METAtropolis, Cascadia, was set about 50 to 60 years in the future. And this collection is set about 100 years in the future. The multiple writers agree upon some common facts, but most of the stories are otherwise ...more
I didn't like METAtropolis: Green Space nearly as much as the first two volumes. This was much bleaker, with a lot of subtle and no-so-subtle corporate takeover and intrigue. I don't know if the point was that we always come back around to the same thing again. But if it were me, I would have taken some of these subjects and made the same point with different stories.

I rated each story separately and came up with a 3.71 average, higher than I thought. But I just can't bring myself to give it 4
There are some very cool ideas in this third installment in the METAtropolis short story collection, but the authors got less disciplined here and there are some stories that seem to be phoned in. On top of that, the very famous scifi actors who narrated the first two installments have been replaced by some sub-par narrators who were almost annoying to listen to. I would recommend this collection only to the hard-core scifi readers who are here for the ideas, for there are some extremely cool id ...more
Pedro L. Fragoso
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is actually a worthy coda to the trilogy. I saw Noah today (to wit: Noah reframed as a religious fundamentalist and our world as a post-apocalyptic dystopia) in a shopping mall in Luanda, Angola ("globalization") and I identified a number of themes that connected with the themes in the series (man's destruction of the world, humanity not deserving this blue planet, etc.). I also recently heard/read Dave Eggers' The Circle and also, lots of connections (i.e., the consequences of permanent in ...more
Ammon Lauritzen
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The authors do a good job of connecting the different stories together without requiring too much recollection of previous stories. Once again, we skip ahead "40" years and the world is different but the same. They handle the time skip better this time than in the second book - no distracting inconsistencies that I noticed.

The collection itself is, however, not quite as good as its predecessor. The big problem this time is how well their predictions of future technology come across. And that is
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Regarding the stories:
I think I'm getting a little tired of this series.

The concept the series started with - innovative ways to deal with climate change - is now far from the case since we're now decades (almost a century?) after the initial focus on utra-eco-friendly societies began, and I'm not entirely sure that the technology by now really WORKS with that ultra-eco-friendly concept.

But I still love some of the technology that has been introduced and the applications of it.
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Katie Cunningham
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
This is a collection of short stories all taking place, not only in the same universe, but in roughly the same time period. Some stories take place at the center of major events, while others quietly unfold a thousand miles away.

I loved the world. It takes place in a Green Renaissance, where the damage from centuries past has been healed, but not without a cost. Humanity is changing rapidly in this new world, through genetic modification, change in habitat, or, quite frankly, change in pecking o
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, audiobooks
This is a collection of short stories/novellas by various authors, set in the same universe as the first two METAtropolis books. As with those, some of the stories are really good, almost 5 star. Others are mediocre to poor, some I would rate as low as 2 star. The overarching story is really good and that's what I'm giving the 4 stars to. Note too that each short story/novella has a different narrator(s). Some are excellent while others are atrocious. I recommend this overall, but be prepared ei ...more
Rob Hermanowski
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audio-book
The third (and final?) collection of audio-only short stories set in the next 70-80 years follows up quite nicely on the first two collections, and perhaps might actually surpass them for collective excellence. Not all the stories are great, but some are - especially Jay Lake's leadoff story. In fact, in all three of the METAtropolis books, Lake's stories are the standouts - his death last year is a real loss for the sci fi community. Narrators are again mostly excellent, but Dion Graham as the ...more
Becka Ramaglia
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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Matthew Thyer
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fantastic third in the series. My personal favorites in this anthology come from Tobias Buckell and Jay Lake, but all the stories were involving and in some ways the authors did their best job yet of taking a common thread and weaving it into their various plots.

If you're a fan of near future, speculative science fiction then you need to go get this right away. There is Hugo material herein.
Audiobook Jungle
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Warning! You’re entering serious geek territory! Only authorized geeky personnel is to proceed beyond this point! OK, I’m kidding but seriously, this is some awesome hardcore sci-fi... Read the full audiobook review for METAtropolis: Green Space here.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid continuation of the series. Just like the others, it's a bit heavy handed on the green agenda, but the clear split between the soft and hard greens made for interesting structure. Seems to advocate moderation to get things done.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For all that it's taken me forever to listen to all of this, I have adored the Metatropolis series immensely and hugely recommend it, especially to anyone with an interest in possible near futures.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Each trip into this shared universe exceeds my expectations. I only hope there are more....
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This series continues to be great. I hope they do another one, but not so tied to just one family.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of the METAtropolis series since the beginning, and this latest entry does not disappoint. Good quality, well written and performed science fiction.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Solid, but not as mind-blowingly transformative as the first two
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about the METAtropolis series I haven't said in my other reviews. These are short stories with an imaginative takes on a future that seems alive.
May 22, 2015 marked it as abandoned
This isn't as compelling as the first two collections.
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Jay Lake lived in Portland, Oregon, where he worked on multiple writing and editing projects. His 2007 book Mainspring received a starred review in Booklist. His short fiction appeared regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Endeavour Award, and was a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.
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Other Books in the Series

METAtropolis (3 books)
  • METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization
  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

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