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Michael Hogan, narrating METAtropolis

METAtropolis by Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, & Karl Schroeder

In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake

METAtropolisI truly love this book.  I’ve listened to it twice and read it once and every time I discover something new that I didn’t take notice of before.

And I love it when two concepts coincide between different METAtropolisbooks I read.  In the Forests of the Night takes an excerpt from the fictional “Bacigalupi Lectures” which describe the rise of many tiny “secret societies”  made up of just two people sometimes, where people trade among themselves and use knowledge to get what they need, truly trusting few but connecting to many.

I’ve also been reading Paolo Bacigalupi.  The Wind Up Girl and Pump Six are set in a future that is post-climate change and strikingly similar to the world described by METAtropolis.  On Wikipedia you can learn that Bacigalupi’s works are considered to be part of the biopunk genre and perhaps METAtropolis is too.

METAtropolis was designed as an audio book, not for print, and the narrators turn it into a completely different experience than if you are reading it.

Michael Hogan, taken from WikipediaWhat makes this such an amazing work of art, this short story, is the tone and depth given to it by narrator Michael Hogan.  I know and love him from Battlestar Galactica, and the beautiful job he does on this story is astounding.  It’s as if he’s reading a poem.  His voice sounds like he should be a legendary western character akin to Clint Eastwood or John Wayne.

This time it’s not the different voices for different characters that makes the narrator stand out, but instead his darkly melodious voice and the seriousness with which he goes about his task.

You can listen to this AMAZING short story by the late Jay Lake on his website, www.jlake.com.


Free sci-fi audio dramas

Artwork by Philippa Jones, from The Drabblecast website
Artwork by Philippa Jones, from The Drabblecast website

Creature is a short story by Ramsey Shehadeh that has been made into an audio drama.  It has wonder, hope, despair, mystery… all that.  The description is rich, the story daring, but what so fascinates me about this story is the author’s ability to think outside the box, to go to a totally difference place…  to simply come up with this content.

Below is a link to The Drabblecast website where you can listen to Creature as well as tons of other short stories that have been made into beautifully produced audio dramas.  The host’s half-whisper half-growl voice is perfect for reciting these crazy stories.  Some have other actors joining in, and there’s the perfect amount of music and effects (not too much to be a distraction).  If you like this sort of thing, check it out.