Welcome to the City: A Tale of Metamor City

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Rookie cop Michael Perelli begins his first day on the job in Metamor City, a glittering and glorious place where the buildings rise as high as mountains and magic and technology intertwine. But not everything is beautiful in the Jewel of the North, and as veteran detective Kathryn Kitaen shows him the ropes, Michael begins to wonder if he's in over his head...

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About Chris Lester

Chris Lester has been telling stories for about as long as he can remember, and credits a writing contest in elementary school for introducing him to his muse. Trained as a biologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz, he received his master’s degree in 2004. He worked as a science teacher in California for several years, and is now a microbiologist at a drug research organization in Madison, Wisconsin.

As the creator of The Metamor City Podcast (www.metamorcity.com), Chris has twice won the prestigious Parsec Award for excellence in speculative podcast fiction: once in 2009 for Best Long Form Audio Drama and again in 2010 for Best Short Form Audio Drama. In 2015 Chris debuted a new weekly podcast, The Raven and the Writing Desk, where he continues to bring his fiction to the world.

About the Series: Tales of Metamor City
Short stories and novellas in a high-tech urban fantasy world. These stories are collected in the book-length volumes URBAN LEGENDS and DIVINE INTERVENTION, along with several previously-unreleased works.

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Review by: Jarrett Kohler on July 18, 2012 :
I've been a fan of the Metamor City Podcast for quite a while and this is the very first episode, used to give you a taste of the setting. I think it's a fun story and wait to you see some of the other stories that'll be showing up.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on July 18, 2012 :
I disagree with the author's decision to publish this piece in stand-alone form. It reads like one long backstory exposition pertinent to another, larger story. The concluding throwaway confrontation with the gang does nothing to redeem it; it's not integral with the rest of the piece.

That having been said, it has some virtues. The handful of strange characteristics attributed to Metamor serve to make it a fertile place for any number of possible adventures. There's characterization sufficient to color the two main characters. It's written acceptably well; there aren't a lot of clinkers to distract from the content. Assuming that it is the prelude to a larger story in which things actually happen, it might serve to entice readers into purchasing the subsequent segments.
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