Metropolitan for the Masses

by wjw on April 11, 2019


My novel Metropolitan is now on sale for $0.99, or for whatever $0.99 is worth in your local currency.  The ebook may be found at the following online retailers:

 AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwords, Apple, Google, Kobo

[NOTE: the price has not yet dropped on Kobo, but it should.  Very soon now.  Really.]

I’m stupidly proud of this book, and I think that if any of my works is remembered 100 years from now, it will probably be this one.

Here’s your night’s blurb:

NOMINATED FOR A NEBULA AWARD. Walter Jon Williams’ classic science fantasy Metropolitan is once again available for a new generation of readers.

Aiah has fought her way from poverty and discovered a limitless source of plasm, the mysterious substance that powers the world-city. Her discovery soon involves her with Constantine, the charismatic, dangerous, seductive revolutionary who plans to overthrow, not simply the government, but the cosmic order . . .

“A spectacular blend of fantastic science, high politics, and low intrigue . . . Williams’s world and characters are richly imagined yet utterly real.”
–Melissa Scott

“Entertaining . . . Williams understands that science fiction can breathe life into language . . . [His] writing is always lean, lively and engaging.
—New York Times Book Review

“Blends SF aspects with noir stylings to create a potent atmosphere or urban dystopia . . . Ever the expert storyteller, Williams provides more than enough suspense.”
—Publishers Weekly

Clyde April 12, 2019 at 3:00 am

To paraphrase a certain French guard, I’ve already got one.

Mastadge April 14, 2019 at 10:12 am

Apropos your last two posts — how would Aristoi work as an e-book or an audiobook? Would it? Does it?

Geoff April 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm

I agree: it’s a great novel that stands up today.

I keep hoping to see you launching a Patreon/kickstarter for the next one…

Derek April 14, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Thanks, Walter. I have a physical copy, and just purchased this as an electronic backup. I recall reading this and the undeservedly obscure City on Fire many years ago at the MIT SF library. The universe was intriguingly unconventional and for some reason I have a vivid memory of some sort of anthropomorphic (plasm emanations?) Sun and Moon at the end of city on fire.
Reminded me vaguely of Ptolemaic crystal spheres or Greg Egan’s solar system, sealed off by aliens when humans were unwittingly forcing the rest of the universe’s quantum superpositions to collapse by observation.

I picture Lawrence Fishburne playing Constantine…

Best of luck with the Patreon, I will certainly contribute!

Phil Koop April 14, 2019 at 7:03 pm

I love Metropolitan and anyone who doesn’t have it should definitely jump in and buy now.

wjw April 14, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the kind words, everybody!

Mastadge, Aristoi has been available as an ebook for some years now. I had to rewrite some sections, because the two-column format doesn’t worn in ebook formats.

It isn’t a audio book yet, and would pose some obvious challenges to the reader and producer.

Ralf T. Dog April 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

It would be kind of cool to have different voice actors, talking over each other. Too bad you could not do it with sound coming from the left speaker for the main text and the right for the voices.

Etaoin Shrdlu April 17, 2019 at 6:59 am

I still think TINAG is your finest novel. I’d like to see that one as a movie, especially the Indonesia part.

Michael J McCarthy May 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Metropolitan is one of my favorite novels.

JJ Haws May 4, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Hey, just for the hell of it, if we (your readers) crowdfunded $10k or so, would you be willing to finish the metropolitan trilogy?

wjw May 4, 2021 at 9:54 pm

JJ, stay tuned for an announcement re Metropolitan.

Marcus January 7, 2023 at 5:49 pm

I’m still staying tuned!

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