(September 6, 1972 —)
China Mi@<é>@ville was educated at The University of Cambridge, first class honors, 1991; London School of Economics (Ph.D. in social anthropology, 2001).
First SF Novel: King Rat (UK: Macmillan, 1998/United States: Tor, 1999); First SF Collection: Looking for Jake and Other Stories (2005).
His first novel, King Rat, a "dark myth" mystery-fantasy PBO, was a reworking of the Pied Piper legend. Perdido Street Station is set in the imaginary world of New Crobuzon. His latest book, The Scar (2002), is a standalone novel, but set in the same world as Perdido Street Station. "The Tain", a weird novella about mirror people, appeared in 2002; and the collection, The Tain and Other Stories, is forthcoming. Another novel, The Iron Council, the third in the "New Crobuzon" sequence, appeared in 2004. Looking for Jake, his first collection of short fiction (14 stories, including four original pieces), was published in 2005.
Mi@<é>@ville has lived in Egypt and Cuba, but usually lives and works in London. He cites Mervyn Peake and M. John Harrison as his primary literary influences. At one time he was a leading writer and proponent of "New Weird" fiction, but by 2006 felt the term had outlived its usefulness.
He is active in politics, has run for office (in 2001 the Socialist Alliance Candidate for British Parliament), and has written the non-fiction book, Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law (2005).
He was interviewed in The Third Alternative #25. Another interview, "Messing with Fantasy," appeared in the March, 2002, issue of Locus; another Locus interview appeared in the November, 2006, issue ("Fabular Logic"). He was also profiled by Therese Littleton in the January 2005 issue (Vol. 74, No. 1) of Amazing.
He currently teaches creative writing at Watwick University; in 2012–13, he was Writer-in-Residence at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 2000 -- Arthur C. Clarke Award, August Derleth Award
- 2002 -- Octocon 2002, Picocon 19, ConFuse 2002, Beneluxcon 25, Philip K. Dick Award special citation, Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 2003 -- WisCon 27, Two Locus Awards, August Derleth Award, Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 2004 -- Arthur C. Clarke Award
- 2005 -- Locus Award (Best Fantasy Novel), Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 2006 -- Readercon 17
- 2008 -- Orbital 2008 (UK Natcon), Parcon 2008
- 2010 -- Neffy Award for Best Fantasy Author, Best Novel Hugo
- 2011 -- C2E2
- 2012 -- ICFA 33, Norcon 26 (Norwegian Natcon), Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 2013 -- TM for World Fantasy Convention 2013 (had to cancel, but sent The Apology Chapbook, containing 8 stories, to con attendees as consolation)
- 2014 -- Potlatch 23 Book of Honor
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