For the City that Girdles the World, a Mere 99 Cents!

by wjw on September 10, 2014


The ebook of my novel Metropolitan is on sale for the next week for a mere 99 cents!

99 cents for a novel about the city that covers the world!  How can you possibly resist this deal?

I’ve previously made a whole series of posts about the book, which I won’t repeat now, but which you can find here, here, and here.

You can find Metropolitan at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords.  And some other places like Baker & Taylor and Sony, but I haven’t checked to see if the price change migrated there or not.


Brad DeLong September 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Do you wish people to say “Please, please, please write ‘Heaven in Flames’!!” in the comments, or not?

Ralf The Dog September 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Everyone knows, the second book of a trilogy tends to be the weak point. This book breaks the pattern by being better than the first. This tells me, you will be writing four books in the series. 🙂

I look forward to books 3, 4 and 5. (Who owns the movie rights?)

pixlala September 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I suspect you stuck a duplicate link in your third para. Which bums me out because I wanted to read your third part about this without having to go to the trouble of searching, damn you. How dare you make me search?

Anyway, I think I’ve said before that I would love to see another volume in this storyline. Please satisfy my desire. And also, don’t make me search.

Paul Cooper September 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

“Metropolitan” and “City on Fire” were the second and third ebooks I ever bought. “Voice of the Whirlwind” was the first. Getting it at this price is a major bargain. Come on, people. Get with it.

wjw September 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

The missing link has been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.

Honestly, “Heaven in Flames” will appear one of these days. It appears that no publisher wants to reprint the first two, so it will have to wait for a time when I’m more self-sustaining than I am now.

And as for movie rights, they are available. Are you listening, Alex Proyas?

DensityDuck September 12, 2014 at 5:06 am

Kickstarter isn’t popular anymore (apparently it’s in the “it was cool until everyone found out about it” phase) but I would totally donate to a third-book Kickstarter.

Clyde September 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

OK, got it.
I used Rakuten Kobo this time. Unlike Amazon, Kobo does not make the experience painless (especially when they force a site shift based on your IP address). But, I persevered.

Charlie Stross September 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I, too, would donate to get a chance to read “Heaven in Flames”. (Both cash, and if useful, blog column inches.)

Seriously, you’ve done lots of good work over the years but those two novels are some of your very best. I know about the self-sustaining thing and how difficult it can be to square the circle of writing what you want and writing what people will pay for: nevertheless.

MadLogician September 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I’d back that!

wjw September 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

The Kickstarter thing has been considered, believe me. A couple things have made me hesitate.

1. I’m looking at what people seem to be selling novels for on Kickstarter, and it’s not enough to sustain me over the time it would take me to write the book.

2. My readers don’t tend to be members of the “Kickstarter generation,” who skew young.

But it’s been, and is still being, considered seriously. Stay tuned.

James Williams September 15, 2014 at 3:09 am

Or maybe Richard Ayoade for the film, due to “The Double.”

I would kick in money to read the next book. I think the “problem” with the books from a marketing standpoint is that it’s hard to sum the premise/setting up in one sentence.

leeece2014 September 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

Sent this way by James Davis Nicoll, delighted to try Metropolitan, and even more delighted to be able to thank you for writing Surfacing, and to pounce on it too – I’ve always loved that story since I first read it in some SF magazine or other.
My husband has also always been very fond of The Crown Jewells. So thank you all around!

Bruce Arthurs September 17, 2014 at 2:39 am

I’ve mentioned and recommended the Metropolitan sale over on my own blog.

And while I’m one of those “non-Kickstarter generation” folk, I’d make an exception for “Heaven In Flames”. I could probably chip in fifty bucks towards the project.

Alex Cohen September 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Just to pile on, I’d put up a substantial amount of money for the next Aiah/Constantine book. I’ve read the hardcover of _City of Fire_ probably six times, so I figure I owe you $100 or so anyway.

Please make this happen.

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