Metatropolis

By John Scalzi

Five unique stories set in a shared city future―from many of the most well liked younger writers in glossy SF

More than an anthology, Metatropolis is the brainchild of 5 of technological know-how fiction's most well-liked writers―Elizabeth undergo, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, and venture editor John Scalzi―-who mixed their skills to construct a brand new city destiny, after which wrote their very own tales during this collectively-constructed international. the consequences are person glimpses of a shared imaginative and prescient, and a examining event not like any you could have had before.

A unusual guy involves a good stranger encampment...a bouncer turns into the linchpin of an unforeseen city movement...a courier at the run has to determine who to belief in a deadly city...a slacker in a "zero-footprint" city will get a most original new job...and a guns investigator makes use of his abilities to find a city hidden correct in entrance of his eyes.

Welcome to the way forward for towns. Welcome to Metatropolis.

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