China Miéville

China Miéville is an English author best known for his works of speculative fiction, particularly in the 'New Weird' genre. He has won multiple awards for his novels, which often blend elements of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Notable works include 'Perdido Street Station', 'The Scar', and 'The City & the City'. Miéville's writing is characterized by its imaginative world-building, complex plots, and social and political themes.


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  1. 1. The City & the City

    In a unique blend of noir detective fiction and speculative fantasy, the book explores the coexistence of two distinct cities occupying the same geographical space, yet remaining invisible to each other due to a strict set of societal rules and the mysterious force of "Breach" that enforces them. When a young woman is found murdered, a seasoned inspector must navigate the complex and often perilous overlap of these two cities to solve the crime. His investigation challenges the rigid separation of the cities, uncovering a conspiracy that blurs the lines between the two and threatens the very fabric of their existence.

    The 3427th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Scar

    This novel transports readers to a fantastical world of piracy, politics, and magic on the high seas. Set in the same universe as its predecessor, it follows a linguist who, after fleeing her war-torn city, becomes embroiled in the complex society of Armada, a city made of pirated ships. The narrative weaves together themes of power, identity, and rebellion, as the inhabitants of Armada embark on a perilous quest to harness the power of a mythical sea creature. Rich in imaginative detail and populated with a diverse cast of characters, the story explores the depths of human ambition and the lengths to which people will go to achieve their desires.

    The 6545th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Iron Council

    "Iron Council" by China Miéville is a captivating novel set in the fantastical world of Bas-Lag. The story follows a group of rebels and outcasts who form the Iron Council, a revolutionary movement fighting against an oppressive regime. As they navigate through treacherous landscapes and encounter various creatures, the Iron Council seeks to overthrow the government and create a utopian society. The book explores themes of revolution, loyalty, and the power of collective action, offering a thrilling and thought-provoking journey through a richly imagined universe.

    The 10652nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Embassytown

    In a distant future on the edge of the known universe, humans coexist with the enigmatic Ariekei, aliens who communicate through a unique language that requires absolute truth and simultaneous speech by two voices. The human colonists of Embassytown rely on genetically engineered Ambassadors to converse with the Ariekei, but when a new Ambassador arrives, their presence disrupts the delicate balance of this relationship. The novel explores themes of language, colonialism, and the nature of communication as the protagonist, a human woman with a deep connection to the Ariekei, navigates the ensuing chaos and seeks to prevent the collapse of the society she knows.

    The 10714th Greatest Book of All Time