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By (author) China Mieville

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 197mm x 25mm | 296g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2016
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 033053307X
  • ISBN 13: 9780330533072
  • Edition statement: Reprints
  • Sales rank: 8,013

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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.

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Author information

China Mieville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian). His most recent novel, Kraken, was published in 2010.

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By Ben Cowell 22 Aug 2012 5

China Mieville just go further than any other author I've read, and I've been a fan of the genre since I could read Dan Dare! I often to reread sections as I lose track. After Perdido Street Station (which my daughter lost grr) there was no going back. Embassy Town pushes you through the immer! Far out as we said in the sixties and this is! Onto his next, need a fix badly! B Cowell