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Thanks to Wert for digging this out:

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.

Sounds lovely. I’ve only read The City & The City by Mieville, but this sounds just wonderful. Mieville’s known for writing dense, weird stories, and big Space Opera seems like a great opportunity for him to really let loose. It’s easy to see some similarities to Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness in the blurb. It should be interesting to see how he handles some of the genre’s more prominent tropes. I’m prepared for my mind to melt as it tries to comprehend Mieville + spaceships.

Discussion
  • Andrew Liptak November 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Very interesting. I really dug The City and The City, and I’ll be interested to see how he tackles this element of Speculative Fiction.

  • T.N. Tobias November 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I can’t wait for this one. Thanks for the update.

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  • Sarah (Bookworm Blues) November 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, this one does look really good. I’ve only read “The Scar” by him, but I loved his writing. This looks promising.

  • Strings November 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Almost sounds like a tie-in to City and The City. Looking forward to it regardless.

  • redhead November 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I was hoping for another Bas Lag novel, but this is looking nice and weird and wonderful and vintage Mieville. He does non-human characters like nobodies business.

  • Pip Hunn November 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so excited! I’ve got all of Mieville’s books in multiple editions… Can’t wait to see how Subterranean Press handle a sci-fi novel. I love how hard it is to categorise Mieville’s writing under anything but ‘weird fiction’.
    – Pip

  • Blake Charlton November 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    i’m fully expecting this one to blow my linguistic-geek brain into something resembling sausage filling in a delightful and entertaining way .