City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis

John C. Wright


City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis

City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis

  • Title: City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis
  • Author: John C. Wright
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Metachronopolis is the golden city beyond time Ruled by the Masters of Time, who can travel freely throughout the multitudinous time lines of Man s history, the city is a shining society of heroes and horrors For the arrogant Masters, who steal famous men and women out of the past and bring them to the eternal city for their amusement, are not only beyond time, but beyonMetachronopolis is the golden city beyond time Ruled by the Masters of Time, who can travel freely throughout the multitudinous time lines of Man s history, the city is a shining society of heroes and horrors For the arrogant Masters, who steal famous men and women out of the past and bring them to the eternal city for their amusement, are not only beyond time, but beyond remorse and retribution too CITY BEYOND TIME Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis is John C Wright s mind bending and astonishingly brilliant take on time travel In making use of a centuries spanning perspective similar to his highly regarded AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, Wright expertly weaves a larger tale out of a series of smaller ones Part anthology and part novel, CITY BEYOND TIME is fascinating, melancholy, frightening, and a true masterpiece of story telling John C Wright is the author of THE GOLDEN AGE and AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND He has been described as one of the most important and audacious authors in science fiction today In a recent poll of than a thousand science fiction readers, he was chosen as the sixth greatest living science fiction writer.


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A collection of short stories, revolving about time travel. With links, sometimes very faint. Then, time travel and cause-and-effect have interesting relationships here.The first and last are told in achronic order, which suits them well. We have mysteries, attempts at rescue, and the effects of time travel and cause-and-effect on interactions. A private investigator who observes that, in fact, a trenchcoat and fedora are normal attire where he comes from. A widowed bum. The fates of those whom [...]

Nothing lasts forever, even if you have the ability to travel through time and try to make it stay. John C. Wright's collection of short stories tell various significant and insignificant events near the end of the city of Metachronopolis, where time travelers called "Time Wardens" live and gather various items and people from history for their own amusement. With great power comes great corruption, but not everyone embraces the decadence and manipulations of the Time Wardens.The stories have so [...]

John C. Wright comes up with an original time travel concept that includes the so called Time Warden and a City Beyond Time. Using this framework he explores what it means to be and to act like a human, which results in some interesting stories. In a collection like this though it's almost a bit too much preaching and I got bored in the middle. The last novella however, The Plural of Helen of Troy, was a brilliant fast-paced ride stretching its own limits. The collection is worth the price just [...]

More uneven than most of his work. Some stories I liked a lot, others not so much.I'll still buy anything he writes.

John Wright does it again. This is the second book of collected stories I've read from him, the other being Awake in the Night Lands, and cannot recommend him highly enough.I've read, and watched, my fair share of time travel stories and Wright leaves them all in the dust, even Mull's Grip of the Shadow Plague subplot which I had just read to my kids. His vision is far more expansive, far more human and far more frightening than what I've encountered elsewhere. Not only does he pursue the logica [...]

A somewhat uneven story collection, good but not quite as brilliant as e.g. Wright's Awake in the Night Land. "Murder in Metachronopolis" and "The Plural of Helen of Troy" are both well worth the price. A daring combination of Chandlerian noir detective story and a complex time travel yarn, they're fun to read and have a captivating setting, as well as a fine protagonist in the person of Jacob Frontino - a cynical private eye from the 30's, now living in the City Beyond Time, who is weary of inv [...]

I loved this book. The collection of tales was a delight to read and hearkened back to the fun of the old time Sci-Fi. I ordered this collection because I had read the story "The Plural of Helen of Troy" from this collection for the 2015 Hugos. I loved the story, loved the twists and I hope it wins the Hugo for Best Novella. All of the stories in this collection are excellent, but I still favor the one that led me to it.The rest of the review is my notes for the Hugo nomination novella : The Plu [...]

I did not read the entire book, but read a good chunk of it to give myself context for "The Plural of Helen of Troy" which is the Hugo nominated novella from this collection.Wright provides interesting and clever world-building and as I'm discovering, is a good and engaging writer. The story of a noir-style PI in a city ruled by people who can manipulate time to their own ends, the collection as a whole documents Metachronopolis and its fall.Wright has a couple of tics as a writer-- he has a ten [...]

I’ve noted a theme in my so far sadly limited (but soon to be comprehensive!) readings of John C. Wright that he speaks in a voice sui generis among modern literary pretenders — that is, all those who are not in fact John C. Wright — portraying what for lack of better nomenclature we could term “inspirational dystopias”, shining the light of human fulfillment from amidst what in lesser hands would be overwhelming nihilism and/or despair.This collection of stories raises that artistry t [...]

I read his "Awake in the Night Land" not that long ago and was very impressed by this collection of novellas and short stories that had such an other-worldly feel. Short stories for me usually leave me a bit unsatisfied in their completeness. In the case of "Awake in the Night Land" and this novel I felt no such lack as there was a definite completeness in the story telling.First off I just love the word Metachronopolis. The world just rolls around in your mind and really describes nothing. What [...]

John C. Wright is one of the best I know at spinning a yarn out of the fabric of space and time. This is a set of short stories that are all based on universe of Metachronopolis. Metachronopolis is the city at the end of time. It's where time travellers live, referred to as "time wardens". They're the ones who keep things organised -- well, at least they're supposed to. Like police in many parts of today's world, a lot of them are corrupt and self seeking. They're not the only ones there. Just a [...]

Castalia House (bastion of the new formed Evil League of Evil) collects Wright's "Metachronopolis" stories, along with time-travel stories only loosely thematically linked with them. Some of these were only previously available in the Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness anthologies, and I am gratified that I can consolidate my collection to keep just these. Now, are we going to get a collection that makes "The Far End of History" readily available in a Wright stand-alone volume?

Read for the 2015 HugoStory: The Plural of Helen of TroyThis story starts confusing, moves to exciting, transitions to strange, climaxes in really freaking weird, and ends pretty much satisfying.This is a time travel story with some weird and original rules regarding paradoxes. In fact, the plot is based around them. The story is told backwards because while telling it forwards would have made more sense narratively, it would have taken all of the mystery out of the story. This isn't about what [...]

A mixed bag of time travel stories. Too many of them focus on the inevitable awfulness of what people would do if they were to be granted the power to change history. It's probably true, of course, but makes slightly bleak reading.Favourite tale was probably 'Father's Monument' which was one of the shorter stories in the collection. It packed more of an emotional punch than the others and was structurally less complicated. For some of the others you might want to make notes or draw diagrams to k [...]

This is by far Wright's best novel of the ones I have read. And make no mistake: this is billed as an anthology but it has a coherent story. It is surprisingly readable for a book told in completely anachronic order. Wright is in nearly perfect form here: all of his characteristic tropes are present and nearly perfectly balanced. THe writing is admirably crisp, though with Wright's usual flare (toned down quite a bit from most of his other work). All in all a fine read, but a quick one.

I read this collection of Hugo Award 2015 nominees from the Bad Puppy slate (it has the same front cover as this book). I wasn't particularly impressed by the animal story, which had too much religious discussion and not enough action, but I loved the time travel story - The Plural of Helen of Troy - which is excerpted from City Beyond Time. Time travel is rarely done as well, or as bafflingly.

I like most of what Mr. Wright does and this wasn't an exception. This is a collection of stories that take place in the same universe, and that helps you really get a feel for the characters and their actions. It was a little out there at times, but I really enjoyed. Would have gone 4 stars but I think the ending could have been more detailed.

Interlinked stories of Metachronopolis, the “golden city at the end of time.” It’s all about time travel but Wright offers intriguing and reflective thoughts on the problems, eithical and physical, that would occur if time travel were actually perfected. Wright apparently has a rising reputation in the SF community. I plan to check out more of his fine writing.

As always, Wright takes an old idea (time travel) and sees it in a totally new light. The Time Wardens are the dark side of typical time travellers, possessing absolute power and having been corrupted absolutely. The result is not only full of surprises, but also full of insight.

A collection of short stories with very interesting takes on time travel. These stories were alot of fun.

This was part of my Hugo reading and I did not read the whole book, but only the nominated novella, The Plural of Helen of Troy.

Some promising beginnings, but ultimately fizzles out into a confused mishmash, bound up in its own cleverness. Not worth the time or effort.

Wright investigates the question, "is time travel morally good?" through this story written in scrambled chapters.A fun story you'll need to read twice to understand.

Erudite & inventive

Read as part of the 2015 Hugo packet (novella only, "The Plural of Helen of Troy". DNF.

All I can say is John C Wright's use of language is luscious. I've yet to read one of his books that was not a 5 star.


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