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The Metrozone Series is a collection of Cyberpunk novels, written by Simon Morden. It's theme focuses on a near post-apocalypse world and how people are going to rebuild it. The books follow physicist Samuil Petrovitch, a student from St Petersburg living in London, approximately twenty years after religious fanatics detonated nuclear devices worldwide in a bid to bring about the Second Coming. Currently consisting of 5 works:


  • Thy Kingdom Come (2002) - A short story collection which serves as an idea for the series. However, This troper recommend that you read this after you've read all the books up to Degrees of Freedom as it details many unexplained things in the series.
  • Equations of Life (2011) - Samuil Petrovitch is a physicist in London Metrozone. He did a good job of not getting involved with troubles until he happens to rescue a daughter of neo-yakuza from kidnapping...
  • Theories of Flight (2011) - Metrozone is in shambles after the destruction it faced and Petrovitch is cleaning up the mess, then barbaric Outzones come knocking...
  • Degrees of Freedom (2011) - In which Petrovitch must come clean about his secrets, all the while trying to rebuild the city he loves, with nuclear threats hanging over it...
  • The Curve of the Earth (2013) - Petrovitch takes to Alaska as his adopted daughter goes missing amidst the staredown of WMDs-armed nations...


  • An Arm and a Leg: Petrovitch loses an arm during Degrees of Freedom. In The Curve of the Earth, he loses a leg.
  • Anti-Hero: Petrovitch.
  • Artificial Intelligence: One patterned on Oshicora runs the Virtual Japan project. When Hijo kills Oshicora, the AI subconsciously seeks to save Oshicora's daughter and recreate the Metrozone in its own image.
    • When it gets blown to bits, Petrovich rebuild him as Michel.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Cluster Russian F Bomb: Petrovitch. The authors original website had a very useful translation guide of Russian expletives to English.
  • Crapsack World: Post global nuclear war. Paris is blown to bits. Ireland have Dublin reduced to ashes and it's government have to work from another country. Japan sank into the sea.
  • Church Militant: There's a whole Christian church of armed nuns that goes around saving people in need. Madeleine is part of it. Until she went off to marry Petrovitch.
  • Cyborg: Petrovich loses more of his original body in every book, and receives replacement limbs or organs. Such as Michael even comments in The Curve of the Earth that he's projected a time-scale of when Petrovich will need another replacement body part.
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  • Demolitions Expert: Valentina knows her way around a variety of explosive devices.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: In 'The Curve of the Earth', Petrovich travels to America, where it is now illegal to swear. Petrovich makes full-use of his diplomatic status.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Sonja in Degrees of Freedom after her plans to take Petrovitch from Madeleine utterly fails.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Domestic cars and elevators never was this scary. Thank you AI!Oshicora.
    • When Petrovitch get his hands on those cars he uses them like his own personal army. against the invading Outies.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hijo thinks he will lose Sonja to Petrovitch.
  • Jerkass: Petrovitch
  • Mutant: Thy Kingdom Come reveals that Madeleine's superhuman strength stem from this, having received the fallout of nuclear attacks.
  • Perpetual Motion Machine: Pretrovich create this in Degrees of Freedom. He plans to mass produces them to use as energy source for his planned new Freezone.
  • Police Are Useless: Inspector Chain spends his time investigating, blackmailing, and fixing bugging devices to the people he comes into contact with, but does little with the information he gathers.
  • Put on a Bus: Wong in Theories of Flight. He came back in the next book after he's done with fixing the damage cruise missiles did to his cafe.
  • Rogue Agent: CIA operative Tabletop joins Petrovitch during Equations of Life, disgusted with her bosses having engineered the Outies invasion of London.
  • Science Hero: Petrovitch, naturally.
  • Suicide by Cop: One of Sonja's bodyguard assigned to protect Petrovitch during Theories of Flight decides not to following Petrovitch's order.
  • The Mafiya: Marchenko, a Stalin worshiper and gangster boss, who is a rival of Oshicora, and responsible for Sonja's attempted kidnapping is a presence in the Metrozone.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: In Simon Morden's "Theories of Flight", the A.I. Michel declares his love for Petrovitch after finally comprehending the meaning of love. Too bad the man was already married. Still, rather cute how Michel always calls Petrovitch by his real name: Sasha.
  • Yakuza: Oshicora has a very respectable business front, but is still a criminal enterprise.

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