What is news, as Tim Parks points out, is that the ascendancy of economic considerations over artistic ones in the publishing industry has led to “a growing resistance at every level to taking risks in novel writing.”
China Miéville is known for some strange and often brilliant works of speculative fiction. His latest book, This Census-Taker, is an intriguing look at a horrific world through the eyes of a young boy, and it’s no less strange and brilliant than his other works. Read more...
It’s a whole new year, and already the science fiction and fantasy publishers are hitting the ground running. There are tons of great new books in January, including China Miéville, Amber Benson, and Tim Powers! These are all the science fiction and fantasy books that should be on your radar this month. Read more...
China Miéville's slim new novel offers more questions than answers. To read it is like entering a chilly mist that obscures your vision, never clearing. This may be unsettling for the "Inception"-averse -- those who need resolve -- but...Show More Summary
The power of imprecision has long fascinated China Miéville. In his sprawling 2002 novel The Scar, one character wields a mysterious and “puissant” artifact, a “possible sword” that strikes everywhere its blows might have landed rather than the single spot at which they were aimed. Show More Summary
Jeff VanderMeer sends us the latest Storybundle, which has "the DEBUT of Ann VanderMeer's BESTIARY, which features original fiction from China Mieville, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others--not available elsewhere." (more…)
[Image: Via Google Maps]. In a short story called "Looking for Jake" by China Miéville—a text often cited here on BLDGBLOG—we read about a spectral network of streets that appear and disappear around London like the static of a radio...Show More Summary
From China Miéville's Embassytown, the start of the relationship between Avice and Scile: He’d finished the bulk of his research. It was a comparative study of a particular set of phonemes, in several different languages— and not all of one species, or one world, which made little sense to me. “What are you looking for?” I said. […]
Jason writes, "An indie film company here in Denver called Mythos is crowdfunding an adaptation of China Mieville's short story 'Familiar' with full cooperation from Mieville himself (he's even contributing to some of the rewards). The Kickstarter campaign ends on November 15." (more…)
Tony Grisoni will write the four-part adaptation of the award-winning 2009 novel.
The characters in China Miéville’s The City & The City live their lives inside a visual challenge. We can’t see what will happen when the BBC and Mammoth Screen try to include us in that challenge. Read more...
The BBC has announced that it will be adapting China Mieville's 2009 novel The City and the City as a four-part mini-series. The series will air on BBC2 and is being written by Tony Grisoni, known for co-writing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Tideland with Terry Gilliam, as well as TV series such as Red Riding and Southcliffe. Show More Summary
It appears that we will be getting two new China Mieville novels in 2016. China Mieville is one of SFF's most respected and critically-acclaimed authors, and also one of its more prolific. He released six novels in just seven years (bookended by the YA works Un Lun Dun in 2007 and Railsea in 2012) before taking a hiatus. Show More Summary
It’s been way, way too long since the last China Miéville novel, 2012’s Railsea. Now at last, the master of strange, thought-provoking worlds has a book coming out early next year, This Census-Taker. And we’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover as well as an excerpt! Read more...
A brief review of weird fiction pioneer China Mieville's massive short story collection, ‘Three Moments of an Explosion’. Review by Keith Rawson Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Three Moments of an...Show More Summary
Out this week: Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh; Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami; The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman; Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson; Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville; The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski; Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeanine Capo Crucet; and The Daughters by Adrienne Celt. […]
The short stories in Mr. Miéville’s newest collection take place in a variety of strange worlds, including one in which icebergs fly.
Who better to review a new sci-fi book than Ursula Le Guin? The Guardian editors couldn’t think of a better candidate either. She reviewed the new story collection Three Moments of an Explosion by the English writer China Miéville. Sample quote: “Pastiche, when present, is so skilful that it can go unnoticed.” You could also read […]
Author China Mieville discussed his favorite books at The Week. Stream a new Wavves song. R.I.P., author and critic Alan Cheuse. The Quietus shared an excerpt from Sylvie Simmons' biography, Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful Of Gitanes. Powell's listed 25 women...
Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books. Read more...