Thursday, October 23, 2008

METAtropolis and musings on audiobooks

Nice post on publisher Tor's blog by Megan Messinger, as she reflects on the release of Metatropolis, an audio-only collaboration by leading science-fiction authors. Messinger also muses on the release of the audio-before-print breakthrough by Full Cast Audio with Tamora Pierce's Melting Stones, as well as the issue of each person's love-or-hate relationship with the audiobook format.

Metatropolois, released exclusively as digital audio, is available from Audible. Here's the descriptive blurb:

METAtropolis is an intelligent and stunning creation of five of today's cutting-edge science-fiction writers: 2008 Hugo Award winners John Scalzi and Elizabeth Bear; Campbell Award winner Jay Lake; plus fan favorites Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Together they set the ground rules and developed the parameters of this "shared universe", then wrote five original novellas - all linked, but each a separate tale.

Bringing this audiobook to life is a dream team of performers: Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh"); Alessandro Juliani ("Felix Gaeta"); and Kandyse McClure ("Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla"); plus legendary audiobook narrators Scott Brick (Dune) and Stefan Rudnicki (Ender's Game).

John Scalzi, who served as Project Editor, introduces each story, offering insight into how the METAtropolis team created this unique project exclusively for digital audio.

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