China Mieville is one of the most celebrated authors of this era with countless awards and accolades racked up over the years. The City & the City won the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2010 Hugo Award, and 2010 World Fantasy Award, as well as being a Nebula Award nominee in the Best Novel category. See his books here at amazon’s page about him and maybe read a few of the zillions of awesome reviews he has. He writes in a category aptly named ‘weird fiction’ and is perfectly fine with you and me saying he is a ‘fantasy author’ or a ‘fantasy and science fiction author’ rather than taking exception and demanding that his book be remanded to the ‘classics’ or ‘fiction’ categories of our local books store (see Slaughter House Five) rather than that section of shelves where demons, H.A.L.’s, satyrs, Krakens, worm holes and runaway gods reside.
In an interview with The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, China reveals a bit about himself and his sometimes wild and exotic and sometimes insightful theories on life, fiction, science fiction and the world in general.
Dungeons and Dragons
Yes, our hero likes to throw the dice around. I wonder if there is a list out there with the names of every science fiction and fantasy author that’s ever rolled the dice in the name of scoring a critical hit and ‘just grabbing hold of the rope as you slip over the edge of the cliff into the chasm. Wow, you were really lucky there, bro.’ in an epic game of Dungeons & Dragons. I’d bet they are almost all on there. And I bet a lot of us have as well. I know I have. If you were to visit my mom’s house (If you do, beware, she will totally ‘friend’ you on Facebook) and ask her she will bring out the folders filled with maps, legends, cities, adventures, characters (and anything else I could think of adding to my DM’d world of Dungeons & Dragons) that I created as a young man. Apparently me and China feel the same way about half-elf magic users.
What’s been your best memory of D&D???
Incompossibility is a tentacled skull that resides ‘magically’ on China’s body and apparently gives him super writing powers. I’m not sure how it works, you’ll have to visit the article and find out for yourself. Needless to say the explanation was deeper than the puddle I usually like to splash around in and that it had a further explanation in yet another article that you’ll have to read to really get it. (If you do get it, please take a few more minutes to explain it to me.)
Yes, China is part of a little club that espouses some sort of Marxism. Please don’t hold up the Soviet Union as an example of why said theory would not/could not/should not work. He’s heard it before and might just punch you in the face with some John Scalzi kind of rage if you do. (Didn’t know Scalzi was a rager? Read about Scalzi’s hitman tendencies here.) I don’t care what kind of government you guys put into place so long as you agree to bring back Firefly.
Fighting Bill Gates
Honestly, who hasn’t wrestled around with some version of Windows and not felt like fighting Bill Gates? However, in this case, it isn’t China Mieville who fought Bill Gates but the website China Mieville VS (they pit China vs. all manner of victims) that fought him. Has China heard of this site? He has. Does he approve? Well, the site is still up…
And China looks like a pretty tough dude.
China vs Slip and Slides?
China vs Logan Nine Fingers?
China vs Kavothe?
Let’s hope he doesn’t start anything rough with Patrick Rothfuss for not liking his dragons. I don’t think China actually has any dragons in his books, but I’m sure, being the dedicated Dungeons & Dragons player that he is, that he’s owned a dragon here and there.
Turns out that China is just another great writer that sounds mean as hell…