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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
6:52 am

Just back from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, where China was guest of honor. It's primarily an academic conference with a strong contingent of sf/f/h authors, as well as editors and other industry people in attendance. I was able to get to three of China's events. First, there was his guest of honor speech, which was smart and thoughtful and also quite funny. He also did a reading (he read a new short story, which he called 80% complete, it was very political and quite intriguing; Genevieve Valentine also read from her Mechanique, which won the organization's annual prize and which I am very much looking forward to after hearing her read). And finally, there was a roundtable discussion of his essay "Cognition as Ideology" from Red Planets, to which he was a respondent; it was open participation, and among the people participating was Ted Chiang (which was fantastic because I didn't even realize he was at the conference; he's an amazing writer if you haven't read him yet).

China did some other panels and an interview session, which I wasn't able to make for various reasons, so can't comment on them, but everyone I talked to that weekend (including some of the regular attendees who weren't necessarily familiar with his work) was impressed with what he had to say over the course of the event. There were also a number of academic panels on his writing, and I might have given a paper as part of one of them . . .

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Thursday, January 19th, 2012
11:19 am - Railsea?


Does anyone have any explanation whatsoever for this?


Let me know! I'm confused/excited!

current mood: curious

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011
1:46 pm - China events in London

Hiya, any of you who live in (or near) London might be interested in these!

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011
3:54 pm - Embassytown thoughts

Some of my thoughts on Embassytown, over on my own LJ. I'd love to discuss the book with anyone.


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8:58 am - Embassytown review round-up

In addition to the Guardian pieces Pat posted earlier, here are what links I have found to subsequent reviews of Embassytown. Many of them have spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-03/aliens-with-two-mouths-meet-double-talking-humans-in-embassytown-books.html

The Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/books/article/999081--bard-of-geekdom-china-mieville-discovers-yet-another-new-world

Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/29/2238647/truth-and-consequences-in-space.html

Bend Bulletin: http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110529/NEWS0107/105290301/

Nisi Shawl for the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2015156715_br27embassytown.html

Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2011/05/embassytown_review_in_china_mi.html

The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2011/05/staff-pick-china-mievilles-embassytown.html

The L Magazine: http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/the-grammar-of-chaos-embassytown/Content?oid=2104713

The Express: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/246321/Review-Embassytown-by-China-Mi-ville

The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/on-another-planet-with-breathtaking-results/story-e6frg8nf-1226061200239

The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703859304576307232631848832.html

If you find any others, please share!

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Saturday, May 14th, 2011
7:01 pm - Short story
peteyoung I see China had a new short story in The Guardian last month: 'Covehithe'.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011
10:49 am - China talking about Embassytown, Bas Lag etc


Stolen from here. Very excited as my copy of Embassytown arrived today :)

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011
12:09 pm - First chapter of Embassytown

PanMacMillan has an excerpt from China's forthcoming novel up on their site:


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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
6:33 am - blog post on Perdido Street Station

I recently wrote a blog post on rereading Perdido Street Station as part of a local steampunk reading group. If anyone's interested, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
11:55 pm - Where in the world is China Miéville?

I'm wondering if anyone knows how to find out where China Miéville is going to do signings or other appearances.  Since he doesn't have a real website besides his tumblr that I know of, I've never been able to find a reliable list of places he's going to be.  Whenever I hear about him being somewhere, it's generally second-hand information or from a random advertisement for one appearance.  I'd just like something that definitively states when and where he's going to be making definitive appearances.  It's just sort of annoying living in a city where writers often do appearances, but having no idea if I've missed like 10 China Miéville appearances since I've been here or none.

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
11:25 pm - The City & The City - A Speculative Review

Hi all, decided to post an essay link I've written recently on China's The City & The City:


More of a speculative philosophical essay than a fully in depth review of the whole book.

Enjoy the ride! Plus thanks for the great information you've gathered!

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Friday, December 31st, 2010
12:29 pm - Ten of the best science fiction books of all time

I've been brave and written an article on the best science fiction books of all time. I await the disagreements:

Ten of the best science fiction books of all time

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Monday, November 8th, 2010
10:26 am - fangirl art dump

After finally getting my hands on Kraken a couple of months ago, I've been working through a reread of my Bas-Lag books. I love Miéville's writing so much, and the art bug won't go away. So a bit of a dump! Assorted sketches and characters and things. I think everyone following my sketchblog has gotten tired of me blathering, haha.

good lord, I'm not even through Iron Council again yet, uhhh.Collapse )

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm - Kraken-y goodness

This made me giggle. Wanted to share with people who'd get it.


What's UP, Bas Lag community?! 

current mood: bouncy

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010
11:58 am - Hello and an invitation to a clobbering


I'm a long time reader and first time poster here. Of all Mieville's books I have only read Perdido Street Station and The City & The City (it's hard to get his books in Israel and I'm slightly paranoid about on-line shopping), so I stay away from disscussions of his other works, from fear of spoilers. Recently I wrote a post in my blog, about The City & The City. It's spoilery and also less then positive, so I realise that posting a link here is like an invitation to a clobbering. None the less, feel free to visit and disscuss. 


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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
10:57 pm - Huo congrats

Congrats to China for winning the Hugo (in a tie with Paolo Bacigalupi) for best novel!

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Monday, August 30th, 2010
2:52 am - Hey. Want some fan art? And a query.

She-anophelii from The Scar -- rated NSFW for female nudityCollapse )

And now for a community query:

Of all Mieville's characters, who, if anyone, do you most identify with?

Who are your favourite characters?

I ask because I found myself in Judah Low, and fell in love with Ann-Hari, Bellis Coldwine, Silas Fennec, and Uther Doul. And like all fans, I feel it would be nice to be able to share that love and/or identity with other fans...

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