04 Jan 2012
Few books commanded as much love as the fantastic EMBASSYTOWN when it was released in hardback last year. This is China Mieville’s first foray into actual science fiction, and we are delighted to bring out the paperback edition this month with a real weight of critical acclaim behind it. We have also had the *fantastic news* anounced this week that EMBASSYTOWN has been shortlisted for the BSFA Awards in the best novel category, and this has already been covered by the Guardian.
To discover more about the book itself, here’s an extract, you can see China talking about his book here and there’s something on the plot below. Also, a small sampling of the amazing reviews also follows:
Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts – who cannot lie. Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes. Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts. And that is impossible.
PRAISE FOR EMBASSYTOWN
‘Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art … compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being’
Ursula K. Le Guin, Guardian
‘Raving to all and sundry about China Mieville’s novel Embassytown, a science-fiction smartbomb of a book which riffs on the nature of language, the politics of colonisation and alien junkies hooked on speech. Outstanding’
‘Language is the principal theme of Embassytown, a particularly deep-thinking entry in a tradition of using the speculative resources of science fiction to address how language shapes culture and society’
New York Times
‘Embassytown plays out as a novel of metropolitan-colonial conflict, holding out the hope that language might not serve only as a tool of oppression, but be reclaimed as the instrument that makes resistance possible’
‘Here he lays out a stall of riches. . . Miéville has constructed a breathtaking world’
‘Embassytown is daring and exhilarating’