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An English writer born in 1972. China Miéville is best known for his Fantasy work, much of which has won or been nominated for the [[UsefulNotes/ArthurCClarkeAward Arthur C. Clarke Award]] or the UsefulNotes/WorldFantasyAward at some time or another.

He purposefully avoids writing [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien-esque]] fantasy, preferring to [[DeconstructorFleet invent his own sorts of worlds and fantasy creatures]]. Miéville used to be a huge ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' fan, and occasionally references it in his works.

As well as his prose work, he wrote the comic series ''Dial H'', a DarkerAndEdgier reworking of the ''Comicbook/DialHForHero'' mythos belonging to Creator/DCComics, which got cancelled after 16 issues.

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!!His works include:
* [[Literature/BasLagCycle The Bas-Lag Cycle]]
** ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''
** ''Literature/TheScar''
** ''Literature/IronCouncil''
* ''Literature/TheCityAndTheCity''
* ''Literature/{{Embassytown}}''
* ''Literature/KingRat''
* ''Literature/{{Kraken}}''
* ''Literature/LookingForJake''
* ''Literature/{{Railsea}}''
* ''Literature/ThreeMomentsOfAnExplosion''
* ''Literature/ThisCensusTaker''
* ''Literature/TheLastDaysOfNewParis''
* ''Literature/UnLunDun''

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!!Tropes associated with China Miéville

* AuthorTract: Not [[{{egregious}} egregiously]] so, but Iron Council could be read as a passionate espousal of his revolutionary socialist political beliefs.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag cycle]] is particularly indicted here...
* BlackAndGreyMorality: And when it's not...
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* CreatorThumbprint: Pretty much his entire oeuvre is [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation one]] [[{{Literature/Kraken}} great]] [[Literature/IronCouncil big]] [[Literature/TheScar twisted]] [[Literature/UnLunDun love]] [[Literature/BasLagCycle letter]] to the city of London.
* DeconstructorFleet
* EldritchAbomination: The creature from "Details".
* NewWeird: Possibly the most successful example of the whole genre.
* PurpleProse: Miéville writes beautiful, if [[PurpleProse purple]], prose. There's a fine line between "purple" and "exquisite." Although he has gotten less purple lately... more a pale lilac. At least he's stopped using 'ineluctable' every ten pages.
** Miéville writes [[http://weirdfictionreview.com/2012/03/china-mieville-and-monsters-unsatisfy-me-frustrate-me-i-beg-you/ in defense of purple prose]]:
-->"I think for a lot of people who don’t read pulp growing up, there’s a real surprise that the particular kind of Pulp Modernism of a certain kind of lush PurpleProse isn’t necessarily a failure or a mistake, but is [[JustifiedTrope part of the fabric of the story and what makes it weird]]. There’s a big default notion that “spare”, or “precise” prose is somehow better. I keep insisting to them that while such prose is completely legitimate, it’s in no way intrinsically more accurate, more relevant, or better than lush prose."
* SteamPunk
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: His short story collection ''Three Moments Of An Explosion'' includes scripts for three trailers to nonexistent movies. Naturally, the first one ("The Crawl") spoils some of the Reveals of the zombie movie it promotes.
* UrbanFantasy: Even works not set on Earth are generally set in a fantasy analogue of [[VictorianLondon London]].
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