China Miéville

China Miéville
Miéville at Utopiales (2010)
Miéville at Utopiales (2010)
BornChina Tom Miéville
(1972-09-06) 6 September 1972 (age 46)
Norwich, United Kingdom
OccupationShort-story writer, novelist, essayist and comic book author
Period1998–present
GenreUrban fantasy
Weird fiction
Steampunk
Literary movementNew Weird
Notable worksPerdido Street Station (2000)
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China Tom Miéville FRSL (əl/ AY-vəl; born 6 September 1972) is a British urban fantasy fiction author, essayist, comic book writer, socialist political activist and literary critic. He often describes his work as weird fiction and is allied to the loosely associated movement of writers called New Weird.

Miéville has won numerous awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award (thrice), the British Fantasy Award (twice), Locus Awards for Best Fantasy Novel (four times) and Best Science Fiction Novel and Best Novelette and Best Young Adult Book, as well as the Hugo, Kitschies, and World Fantasy Awards.

Miéville is active in left-wing politics in the UK, and has previously been a member of the International Socialist Organization (US), and the short-lived International Socialist Network (UK). He was formerly a member of the Socialist Workers Party, and in 2013 became a founding member of Left Unity.[1] He stood for Regent's Park and Kensington North for the Socialist Alliance in the 2001 UK General election, gaining 1.2% of votes cast. He published his PhD thesis on Marxism and international law as a book in 2005. During 2012–13 he was writer-in-residence at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2015.[2]

Early life

Born in Norwich, Miéville was brought up in Willesden and has lived in London since early childhood. He grew up with his sister Jemima and mother Claudia, a translator, writer and teacher. His parents separated soon after his birth, and he has said that he "never really knew" his father.[3] They chose his first name, China, from a dictionary, looking for a beautiful name.[3] By virtue of his mother's birth in New York City, Miéville holds dual American and British citizenship.

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العربية: تشاينا ميفيل
تۆرکجه: چین میویل
български: Чайна Миевил
čeština: China Miéville
español: China Miéville
français: China Miéville
հայերեն: Չայնա Մևիլ
Bahasa Indonesia: China Miéville
italiano: China Miéville
Nederlands: China Miéville
norsk nynorsk: China Miéville
português: China Miéville
română: China Miéville
Türkçe: China Miéville
українська: Чайна М'євіль