China Miéville writes socially relevant, politically current science fiction that has been credited with changing the rules of the fantasy genre. The London resident is a three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (for Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller published in 2009, received dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Franz Kafka, George Orwell, and Phillip K. Dick.
Miéville’s latest novel is Embassytown (2011), set in the far future on a distant planet that is home to human colonists and the enigmatic native Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Ursula K. LeGuin has called Embassytown “a fully achieved work of art.”
Miéville often describes his work as “weird fiction” (after early 20th-century pulp and horror writers such as H. P. Lovecraft). He is also active in left-wing politics; he has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published Between Equal Rights, a book on Marxism and international law. He teaches creative writing at Warwick University and is a research fellow at Birkbeck School of Law.