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By John Scalzi

Five unique stories set in a shared city future―from the various preferred younger writers in sleek SF

More than an anthology, Metatropolis is the brainchild of 5 of technology fiction's preferred writers―Elizabeth endure, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, and undertaking editor John Scalzi―-who mixed their abilities to construct a brand new city destiny, after which wrote their very own tales during this collectively-constructed international. the implications are person glimpses of a shared imaginative and prescient, and a studying adventure not like any you've got had before.

A unusual guy involves an excellent stranger encampment...a bouncer turns into the linchpin of an unforeseen city movement...a courier at the run has to choose who to belief in a perilous 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.

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