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By John Scalzi

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

More than an anthology, Metatropolis is the brainchild of 5 of technology fiction's most well liked writers―Elizabeth endure, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, and undertaking 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 global. the implications are person glimpses of a shared imaginative and prescient, and a studying event in contrast to any you've got 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 choose who to belief in a deadly city...a slacker in a "zero-footprint" city will get a most unique 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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