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
Nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Award, City on Fire returns to the
world-city of Metropolitan, a city dominated by plasm, the magical
substance capable of both creation and destruction.
With her help, Aiah's lover Constantine has established himself in the metropolis of
Caraqui, a nation dominated by corrupt officials, gangsters, and the
genetically altered known as the "twisted." Here they hope to create a revolution in the cosmic order--- but first
they must fend off treachery, war, and the threat of Taikoen, the "hanged man,"
a deadly creature that lives within plasm itself. Aiah must fight not only for her revolution
and for her place in the world, but for Constantine's very soul.
"City on Fire is a
splendid, riveting novel in which the most powerful magic is that of a writer
directing the twin streams of reason and intuition to produce a dream within
the texture of reality." ---Russell Letson, Locus, April 1997
"City on Fire, by Walter Jon Williams, is that rarest of entertainments, a sequel
that improves on a successful predecessor . . . Mr. Williams' prose is
distinguished by a no-nonsense confidence that perfectly matches Constantine's
unshakable faith in his own destiny and in his ability to resist the corruption
that notoriously comes with power." ---Gerald
Jonas, NY Times Book Review, Feb 23, 1997
"City on Fire offers something for just about every kind of reader . . . Williams
really gives the reader hours of entertainment with polished style, twisty
plots, action and vivid characters." ---Jeff Watkins
"Williams [creates] a magnificent world-city, its entire surface urbanized by a multitude
of civilizations that draw their very existence from plasm, the mysterious
energy contained in all matter . . . Well-drawn, believable characters give
emotional force to this fine novel . . . Ultimately, however, it is Williams's
complex world-city, more convincing than even Asimov in Foundation, and
his endlessly inventive use of plasm that will hold readers' fascinated
attention. ---Publishers Weekly, Dec 30, 1996.