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 Arthur C. Clarke Award or the World Fantasy Award at some time or another.He purposefully avoids writing Tolkien-esque fantasy, preferring to invent his own sorts of worlds and fantasy creatures. Miéville used to be a huge Dungeons & Dragons fan, and occasionally references it in his works.As well as his prose work, he wrote the comic series Dial H, a Darker and Edgier reworking of the Dial H For Hero mythos belonging to DC Comics, which got cancelled after 16 issues.
His works include:
- The Bas-Lag Cycle
- The City & the City
- King Rat
- Looking For Jake
- Three Moments Of An Explosion
- This Census Taker
- The Last Days Of New Paris
- Un Lun Dun
Tropes associated with China Miéville
- Author Tract: Not egregiously so, but Iron Council could be read as a passionate espousal of his revolutionary socialist political beliefs.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: The Bas-Lag cycle is particularly indicted here...
- Black and Grey Morality: And when it's not...
- Blue and Orange Morality
- Creator Thumbprint: Pretty much his entire oeuvre is one great big twisted love letter to the city of London.
- Deconstructor Fleet
- Eldritch Abomination: The creature from "Details".
- New Weird: Possibly the most successful example of the whole genre.
- Purple Prose: Miéville writes beautiful, if 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.
"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 Purple Prose isn’t necessarily a failure or a mistake, but is 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."
- Miéville writes in defense of purple prose:
- Steam Punk
- Trailers Always Spoil: 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.
- Urban Fantasy: Even works not set on Earth are generally set in a fantasy analogue of London.