More Mieville

Brian Cook

I was happy to see last week that China Mieville's essay, "Floating Utopias," (that we excerpted from Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism a couple months ago) got a new life on the Web thanks to a link from the always interesting folks at 3 Quarks Daily, who in turn inspired a link from the estimable Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber. Turnabout being fair play and all, I thought I should point any possible Mieville fanatics out there to this interview with China that 3 Quarks put up last week and, for those who have read China's incredible Bas-Lag anti-trilogy, Henry's consideration of the books' implications for politics and fantasy for n+1 a year or so ago. (There's spoilers in it, so if you haven't read Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council, you should hold off on clicking on that second link until you have remedied that gaping literary lacunae. And you should remedy it immediately: You won't be disappointed.)

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Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.
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