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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. Overall, his work usually averts this trope, however; he himself has probably presented the best summary of how his works approach politics:
-->Iím not a leftist trying to smuggle in my evil message by the nefarious means of fantasy novels. Iím a science fiction and fantasy geek. I love this stuff. And when I write my novels, Iím not writing them to make political points. Iím writing them because I passionately love monsters and the weird and horror stories and strange situations and surrealism, and what I want to do is communicate that. But, because I come at this with a political perspective, the world that Iím creating is embedded with many of the concerns that I have [...] Iím trying to say Iíve invented this world that I think is really cool and I have these really big stories to tell in it and one of the ways that I find to make that interesting is to think about it politically. If you want to do that too, thatís fantastic. But if not, isnít this a cool monster?
* 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 donít read pulp growing up, thereís a real surprise that the particular kind of Pulp Modernism of a certain kind of lush PurpleProse isnít necessarily a failure or a mistake, but is [[JustifiedTrope part of the fabric of the story and what makes it weird]]. Thereís a big default notion that ďspareĒ, or ďpreciseĒ prose is somehow better. I keep insisting to them that while such prose is completely legitimate, itís 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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