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Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station

(Book #1 in the Bas-Lag series)


Book Overview: Perdido Street Station

WINNER OF THE AUGUST DERLETH AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS - A masterpiece brimming with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and fierce characters, from the author who "has reshaped modern fantasy" (The Washington Post)

"[China Miéville's] fantasy novels, including a trilogy set in and around the magical city-state of New Crobuzon, have the refreshing effect of making Middle-earth seem plodding and flat."--The New York Times

The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the center of the world. Humans and mutants and arcane races brood in the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the river is sluggish with unnatural effluent and foundries pound into the night. For a thousand years, the Parliament and its brutal militias have ruled over a vast economy of workers and artists, spies and soldiers, magicians, crooks, and junkies.

Now a stranger has arrived, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand. And something unthinkable is released.

The city is gripped by an alien terror. The fate of millions lies with a clutch of renegades. A reckoning is due at the city's heart, in the vast edifice of brick and wood and steel under the vaults of Perdido Street Station.

It is too late to escape.

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China Miéville is a renowned British author, best known for his works in fantasy fiction. Born in Norwich, England, in 1972, Miéville pursued both a bachelor's degree and PhD in International Relations from the University of London. He published his first novel, "King Rat", in 1998 which hinted at the distinct, imaginative style that would later become his signature. His breakthrough came with "Perdido Street Station", an unconventional fantasy released in 2000, setting the tone for the acclaimed Bas-Lag trilogy. Throughout his career, Miéville has been a beacon of genre innovation. His works blend elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, showcasing imaginative world-building and intricate plotlines. This unique style, termed the 'New Weird,' regularly serves up a thoughtful examination of social and political issues. Miéville's remarkable storytelling abilities have been acknowledged with multiple prestigious awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award. Beyond his contribution to literature, Miéville is also an active participant in British politics. He's been candid about his socialist beliefs and was a member of the International Socialist Organization. This political engagement frequently threads through his fiction and is a testament to his ability to interweave the personal with the universal, the real with the fantastic. With his rich, thought-provoking narratives and revolutionary approach to genre, China Miéville continues to leave an indelible mark on contemporary literature.


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