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China Miéville

Geburtstag: 6. September 1972
Andere Namen: تشاينا ميفيل

China Tom Miéville ist ein englischer Fantasy-Autor, Comic-Texter und Wissenschaftler. In seinen Werken finden sich jedoch ebenso Merkmale der Science Fiction, der Horrorliteratur und des Steampunk. Er selbst beschreibt sein Werk gern als „Weird Fiction“ . Er gehört einer losen Gruppe von Autoren an, den sogenannten New Weird. Sie versuchen, die Fantasy-Literatur weiter zu entwickeln und distanzieren sich von den eher konservativen Inhalten, die ihrer Meinung nach z. B. die für das Genre stilbildenden Romane Tolkiens charakterisieren.

Miéville ist ein aktiver linksorientierter Politiker und Mitglied der Internationalen Sozialistischen Allianz . 2001 kandidierte er mit dieser Partei, ohne Erfolg, für das englische Unterhaus. Bis März 2013 war er Mitglied der englischen Socialist Workers Party. Nachdem Vorwürfe wegen sexueller Übergriffe die Parteiführung belasteten, verließ er die SWP, bleibt aber Mitglied der US-amerikanischen International Socialist Organisation. Er gehört zu den Herausgebern der Zeitschrift Historical Materialism – Research in Critical Marxist Theory.

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Die Narbe / Leviathan
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„So I want to have monsters as a metaphor but I also want monsters because monsters are cool.“

—  China Miéville

interview with 3am
Kontext: The thing about good pulp is that you trust the reader and you know that the mind is a machine to process metaphors so of course all those connections will be there. But you've also granted the fantastic its own dynamic and allowed that awe. There's no contradiction. So I want to have monsters as a metaphor but I also want monsters because monsters are cool. There's no contradiction.

„I refute that—I think that those are inevitable components, but it’s the surrendering to the impossible, the weird, that characterizes genre.“

—  China Miéville

Interview with Joan Gordon
Kontext: There’s simultaneously something rigorous and something playful in genre. It’s about the positing of something impossible—whether not-yet-possible or never-possible—and then taking that impossibility and granting it its own terms and systematicity. It’s carnivalesque in its impossibility and overturning of reality, but it’s rationalist in that it pretends it is real. And it’s that second element which I think those who dip their toes in the SF pond so often forget. They think sf is “about” analogies, and metaphors, and so on. I refute that—I think that those are inevitable components, but it’s the surrendering to the impossible, the weird, that characterizes genre. Those flirting with SF don’t surrender to it; they distance themselves from it, and have a neon sub-text saying, “It’s okay, this isn’t really about spaceships or aliens, it’s about real life,” not understanding that it can be both, and would do the latter better if it was serious about the former.

„It’s about the positing of something impossible—whether not-yet-possible or never-possible—and then taking that impossibility and granting it its own terms and systematicity.“

—  China Miéville

Interview with Joan Gordon
Kontext: There’s simultaneously something rigorous and something playful in genre. It’s about the positing of something impossible—whether not-yet-possible or never-possible—and then taking that impossibility and granting it its own terms and systematicity. It’s carnivalesque in its impossibility and overturning of reality, but it’s rationalist in that it pretends it is real. And it’s that second element which I think those who dip their toes in the SF pond so often forget. They think sf is “about” analogies, and metaphors, and so on. I refute that—I think that those are inevitable components, but it’s the surrendering to the impossible, the weird, that characterizes genre. Those flirting with SF don’t surrender to it; they distance themselves from it, and have a neon sub-text saying, “It’s okay, this isn’t really about spaceships or aliens, it’s about real life,” not understanding that it can be both, and would do the latter better if it was serious about the former.

„Marxism isn’t about saying you’ll get a perfect world: it’s about saying we can get a better world than this one, and it’s hard to imagine, no matter how many mistakes we make, that it could be much worse than the mass starvation, war, oppression, and exploitation we have now.“

—  China Miéville

interview with Joan Gordon
Kontext: Although we revolutionary socialists are always accused of being Utopian, nothing strikes me as more Utopian than the reformist belief that with a bit of tinkering and some good faith, we can systematically improve the world. You have to ask how many decades of broken promises and failed schemes it will take to disprove that hope. Marxism isn’t about saying you’ll get a perfect world: it’s about saying we can get a better world than this one, and it’s hard to imagine, no matter how many mistakes we make, that it could be much worse than the mass starvation, war, oppression, and exploitation we have now. In a world where 30,000 to 40,000 children die of malnutrition daily while grain ships are designed to dump food into the sea if the price dips too low, it’s worth the risk.

„But I prefer to think of it as a quantum Hugo and that Paolo Bacigalupi and I oscillate between between Hugo particle and wave form, this year. So it's properly science-fictional.“

—  China Miéville

on winning the Hugo Award in 2010, asked in a conference in France http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o70YRXlhopY&feature=related
Kontext: But it's a prize that... if you're into science-fiction and fantasy you grow up reading books with "Hugo [Award-winner]" on the cover. And this is very, very moving, to be in that position oneself. It's an odd situation [too], because, as you say, it was a tie, which is very rare with the Hugo, which has happened, like three times over sixty years, or something. But I prefer to think of it as a quantum Hugo and that Paolo Bacigalupi and I oscillate between between Hugo particle and wave form, this year. So it's properly science-fictional.

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