Metropolitan (#1)

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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 potent atmosphere of urban dystopia […] Williams’s great strengths, though, are his depiction of future society-in ‘the city that girdles the world,’ street vendors sell roasted pigeon-on-a-stick-and his understanding of the roots of political rebellion; here, he presents a solid case that rebellion arises not in response to large evils but to small slights. Ever the expert storyteller, Williams is also careful to provide more than enough suspense to maintain reader interest.”

Publishers Weekly

“Although the author of DAYS OF ATONEMENT continues to explore new territory, his focus rests solidly on the creation of believable, sympathetic characters supported by a well-turned plot. Libraries should consider this a priority purchase.”

Library Journal

“[METROPOLITAN] is science fiction that can be read as fantasy. Whichever way you do it, it’s a fascinating book […] Williams does a wonderful job of portraying Aiah and her world. The changes in Aiah’s understanding of her city and the changes in her relationships with her family, her lover, and Constantine make a complex and well-rounded story.”

The Denver Post

“The most striking quality of METROPOLITAN is its sheer readability, due largely to pungent characterization and persuasive dialogue […] [Aiah] is about as three-dimensional a character as you’ll find in modern science fiction […] [Constantine] is Machiavelli’s Prince a thousand years from now.”

Book World

“Williams knows he has dynamite stuff here [...] What he does offer – in addition to that stunning opening – is an eerily convincing portrait of a very odd and curiously low-tech future […] The ancient, layered city of Jaspeer, with its abandoned tunnels, creepy streets, and vaulting skyscrapers, may show its cyperpunk origins, but it’s enough to make us want to see more of this world, and to wonder about its unresolved mysteries.”


Awards & Accolades


Nebula Award Nominee