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METAtropolis by John Scalzi
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Jun 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: anthology, cyberfiction, cyberpunk, dystopia, science-fiction, john-scalzi
Read from June 21 to 25, 2010

A collection of short stories from a group of far seeing, ambitious science fiction writers. John Scalzi (Old Man's War et al) is the "Mayor" as he puts it, of the anthology. He brings together Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Bucknell and Karl Schroeder into an anthology based around a well thought out, shared world. A world where cities and civilization as we know it have been profoundly altered and changed and suburbs are the wastelands and a new type of city and a new type of person lives in the center of things. There is a thread of possibility that runs through all these stories, the underlying assumption that the mass development of goods and explotation of resources is going to cause a deep, perhaps cataclysmic change and when it is done nothing will be the same in society.

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