This guy is the real deal, the most imaginative writer I’ve come across. If you haven’t read his stuff, you’re missing out on some of the best writing being done today, genre or otherwise.
via the New York Times:
Making Squid the Meat of a Story
If your idea of a science fiction writer is a scrawny guy with computer-glow pallor who’s a little too interested in whether warp speed is a realistic rate of travel, China Miéville is not that person.
Tall and buff, he has a shaved head, a row of earrings curving sharply around the edge of his left ear, a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and a mind that skips easily from “Jane Eyre” to welfare reform to the joys of bicycling around London. He is also a serious Socialist who ran for Parliament in 2001. The Evening Standard called him “the sexiest man in British politics.”
Mr. Miéville’s novels — seven so far — have been showered with prizes; three have won the Arthur C. Clarke award, given annually to the best science fiction novel published in Britain. And his growing fan base has come to include reviewers outside the sci-fi establishment.