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METAtropolis: Cascadia

(METAtropolis #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  58 reviews
It’s the 2070s. The United States is no longer united, and the breakaway territory of Cascadia in the Pacific Northwest has created its own myths and realities. In this sequel to the first METATROPOLIS anthology (2008), six award-winning science-fiction writers share a brash, finely detailed world in which economic collapse, genetic experimentation, and battles over the ...more
Audiobook, 13 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Audible Frontiers
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Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is my very first audiobook review so please bear with me. I asked some other reviewers for advice and tried my best. When I got the chance to review Metatropolis: Cascadia I just couldn't say no. Science Fiction narrated by Star Trek cast? Do I have to say more? This audiobook is an anthology written by different modern science fiction authors BUT all the stories are set in the same world. They are connected by more than one character but all the stories can be listened to independently.

Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Disappointing. The first story, the longest, which was meant to set the scene, was really boring. It had some good characters but all the political machinations and whatnot were dry. I felt like I needed a reference book.

The other stories were hit-or-miss. Overall it seems to be an interesting world with a lot of unremarkable people in it.

Probably the main pull was the narrators: all Next Generation-era Star Trek actors. That was fun. Unfortunately they aren't necessarily very skilled at
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This audio short story collection lingered on my Ipod for months. The first and last stories were great, but in-between were a couple of mildly disappointing stories and two I only made it through with much gritting-of-teeth and frequent switches to listen to podcasts instead.

Haven't read stories by Jay Lake or Ken Scholes before, but I did enjoy their offerings here, improved by fantastic narration by Rene Auberjonois and Levar Burton. I did not care at all about the wine farming in Mary
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Many of the stories are either sequels to or direct descendents of the stories in the first volume, so although it could possibly be read as a stand-alone, it's much better as a set.

The first volume focuses more on ideas - the creating of society, the striving to find a new way of doing things, the irrationality of how the world is currently structured. It's all about new ecological and economic processes. Whereas this volume is more the consequences of the created societies once the shiny
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A great listen.

Some of the best descriptions of the Pacific Northwest and its residents.
This collection was published first on as interrelated short stories, set in the same near-future universe. I read it as a book. Of the five authors, two are already favorites: John Scalzi 7768043and Elizabeth Bear.
“In the Forests of the Night” by Jay Lake introduces us to Cascadiopolis, an amalgam of the Pacific Northwest cities of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.

“Stochasti- City” by Tobias S. Buckell is about vertical gardening in skyscrapers in Detroit and a former soldier
Bill Tillman
Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Duck, fancy prose about futuristic Portland. Meaningless, boring giving rise to frustration.
Lakshmana Swamy
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Got 'In the Forests of the Night' for free on Audible. It was pretty good, mostly because of narration by BSG's Saul Tigh!
I was excited to hear about a follow-up of METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization, though not as happy that the focus would be Cascadia. To me, it was the least interesting of the linked cityscapes presented in the original collection. However, I was gratified to find that we weren't going to spend the entire time hiking in the woods. Though the stories in this collection were more closely linked together, at least geographically, I found them to be more variable in quality, so I will address ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Six short stories, each written by different authors, set in the same near-future pacific northwest territory which has broken away from the United States. Each story is narrated by a different actor from the Star Trek Next Generation series.

The stories touch upon conservatism vs. liberalism, religion and environtalism. However, the stories meander aimlessly and are largely each uninteresting, and the connection between them seems forced.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love short stories. I love how authors can pack so much into such a small package. This was no exception. All of the stories were well written and left me wanting to understand more of the world in which they took place. This stories all take place in the same post-apocalyptic world. I love the common vocabulary and tech, and the continuity between the stories. I did not read the first installment of this anthology, but I will be going back to get it.
Shawn Deal
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Again like the others I found some stories I really liked and others I didn’t care for. The premise is great and I like the world building that has been done by all the authors. Some stories really work for me and others don’t. I think most readers will agree with this but may think differently with each story.
Dan Carey
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much to my surprise, this series continues to be enjoyable. I believe I will be picking up the 3rd book soon.
[Audiobook bonus: all the readers were Star Trek actors. No one ever explained how this came about. But it was just a nice lagniappe.)
Mark Descher
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This should be "listened to" instead of "read", as it is an audio book.
And, although I love Star Trek, I am mildly dissapointed.
The stories are "almost good" in their best, and "almost bad" in their worst moments, whilw swimming through the ocean of mediocre most of the time.
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
Better than the first which was just ok for me. Some of my favorite readers.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked these stories
Takiyah Dudley
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
This was a bit harder to get into unlike the first book. It sometimes felt as if the stories didn't to together until the last two.
Julie  Capell
This is the second anthology in a series that began with METAtropolis: the Dawn of Uncivilization. This collection riffs off the first story in that anthology, taking place in a transnational entity that includes the geographical areas formerly known as British Columbia, Washington and Orgeon states. The stories are set around the year 2070 in post-industrial, post-capitalist, post-national world and are all read by actors from various incarnations of Star Trek.

The first story, written by Jay
Tom Dillon
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
After listening to the first story in this collection, I was excited. Jay Lake's story had been one of my least favorite in the first collection (it was good but didn't really do it for me), but his entry for this collection, The Bull Dancers, was very good. In the end, however, I was disappointed. Most of the stories were OK, but failed to engage me. The two other standouts were Tobias Buckell's Byways, which I think dealt with some fairly subtle and delicate issues without getting preachy. The ...more
Becka Ramaglia
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
All I have to say is WOW! I was drawn to the first METAtropolis because I am a writer and I appreciate several writers coming together to create the world and then branch off to create the characters. I was a bit skeptical and not sure about how I felt about some of those stories.

However, with this installment, I am definitely hooked! The authors came back and followed up on loose ends from the last book that made me so happy. I like how they all can focus on the events going on in the Cascadia
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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Ammon Lauritzen
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just as preachy as the first anthology, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the ideas discussed are fascinating - and if you don't fret about the politics of it all, the stories are good. It's a bunch of ~bite-sized stories to make one think about the future. And a lot of their predictions are completely feasible. Of course, some are nuts, but that's half of the fun.

My one actual gripe here is an apparent lack of commitment to time scale among the contributing authors. Their
Aunt Edie
Narrated by Star Trek actors. This is the follow-up to METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization which I enjoyed for the ideas presented if not always the stories themselves. Unfortunately the sequel is even more uneven and I found fewer ideas to compensate. The obvious draw for scifi fans is hearing favorite actors read the stories. Unfortunately those narrations ranged from good to tragic. I'm not recommending this one. It isn't one star awful but there is so much great scifi out there that, ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with the stories in this collection for lacking much plot or characterization. This is the first of five 70ish page stories, and it is mainly beautifully worded description of the topography of cities and infrastructure fallen to ruins and now under a jungle-y canopy.

I've met the author several times when he'd frequent a bookstore I worked at, and he was always funny and friendly. I'll definitely give his work another shot in the future.

But I found this novella, and most of
Victor Carson
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the original series of short stories and thoroughly enjoyed this second book of the audiobook series. All of these stories are set in the Northwestern United States and Canada - an area stretching from Portland, Oregon up the coast into Canada, along the Cascade Mountains. The time period is now about another 20 - 30 years into the future from the first book's starting point. The formation of strong, virtually autonomous city states has advanced rapidly. Private security firms ...more
Rob Hermanowski
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audio-book
This is the second of a three book audio-only series of short stories all set in the Pacific Northwest around 2070. All the stories are good, and a few are quite excellent, including Jay Lakes' leadoff story "The Bull Dancers", and Ken Scholes' closing "A Symmetry of Serpents and Doves". A nifty twist is that all are read by former Star Trek actors, the best being LeVar Burton, whose narration of Scholes' story is simply masterful. Sadly, editor Jay Lake died last month at age 49 of colon ...more
J. Hamlet
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jay Lake excels at world-building (especially with the Green series), and this novella is no exception. The first stab at the Metatropolis franchise, Jay Lake opens it with a near future world that is drastically changed in highly believable ways. A quick dive into the world of Cascadiopolis' "green-freaks", it nonetheless gives rich details about their unusually communal and militant lifestyles. It serves as the perfect door to how Metatropolis' additional explorations of its fictional ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, anthologies
My thoughts and feelings are pretty much the same as those I had from my review of the first book. I felt like the authors were disrespectful in grouping all religions and religious people as radical fundamentalists. I'm not a fan of the whole Tygre mythology. It doesn't make any sense to me and I don't believe it as plausible.
I don't have a favorite story from this anthology. But what made it so enjoyable to listen to was the face that the narrators are all awesome Star Trek alumni. That was
Peggy Mendenhall
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I use Audible and, although I really enjoyed listening to the different narrators (all from STNG) because I miss their characters, so a bit of memories for me through the book was ok, BUT the individual stories comprising the imaginary town of Cascadia, were largely very uninteresting to me.
I'm just not a fan of multiple stories revolving around one subject, where the stories take a while to appear to be related to each other.
Well written though and I'm sure others would love this book and it's
Sidsel Pedersen
Wonderful, thought inspiring stories, many of them picking up where the first book left off but all of them standing on their own and can be read together or standing along. There were no misses in this collection they were all solid, well told and interesting stories about a world that might be. This second book is less about technology than the first one, but more about community and human relationships. It has inspired me to seek out those of the authors I did not already know.

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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.

Other books in the series

METAtropolis (10 books)
  • METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization
  • METAtropolis: Green Space
  • METAtropolis: The Wings We Dare Aspire
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'
  • A Symmetry of Serpents and Doves: A METAtropolis Story
  • Tensegrity (A METAtropolis Story)
  • Byways (A METAtropolis Story)
  • Water to Wine: A METAtropolis Story
  • Stochasticity (A METAtropolis Story)