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  • Win Signed China

    Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:51

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    The books of Award-winning weird fiction writer, China Mieville*, are having a makeover to coincide with the release of his new fantasy novel Embassytown published on the 6th of May.

    To celebrate, you can win a print of the cover of your choice (all in the nice banner above) signed by China and the artist**! We've got some questions below for you to answer to be in with a chance to win.

    And you can find the rest of China's newly-minted, newly-jacketed books here.

    *China Mieville lives and works in London. He is the three-time winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award, twice winner of the British Fantasy Award and this year's winner of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award. He's the author of acclaimed young adult novel, Un Lun Dun. As well as writing fantastic fiction, China's PhD thesis has been turned into a book, Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law, published in 2005. He is a member of the British Socialist Workers Party and in 2001 stood for Parliament for the Socialist Alliance in North Kensington.
    **The design process was quite organic as these things often are - We worked closely with Neil Lang (senior designer at Pan Macmillan) on developing the style. In the first instance we were directed to a China Mieville fan site where China showed us some modern American gig posters that he liked the look of. This helped us think about a stylistic approach. The next stage was to try and get the flavour of the books across as a series. The books are all quite different but do often have themes, ideas and common ways of thinking throughout. We picked up on the balance China creates between mechanical & organic, reality & surreal - this often seemed to be a play between 2 worlds. This is how the split cover came about and then for each cover we worked closely with Neil and the team to pick appropriate images to represent each book.

    Closing date is 5pm GMT, publication day - 6th of May 2011

    And here's an extract from Embassytown.

    1.How many Arthur C. Clarke Awards has China Mieville won?

    2.What type of sea creature is a kraken?

    3.What was China Mieville's debut novel called?

    4.What is the name of the alternate universe that features in several of Mieville's novels?

    5.In which English city was Mieville born?

    Please leave your details

    Posted by Adam Adam

    Categories: china, mieville, fiction, weird, fantasy

    China Mieville competition

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    1. Khor's avatar Khor

      Uhm... was this competition ever actually concluded?

      Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:41
    2. Dominic Fung's avatar Dominic Fung

      Btw do we have to pay shipping for the prizes?

      Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:42
    3. Joel Cunningham's avatar Joel Cunningham

      i like how you are hosting this contest but you can't actually *order* any of the books with the new covers.

      Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 21:27
    4. wendy colledge's avatar wendy colledge

      Woohoo!! Fingers crossed y'all! ;o))

      Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 15:17
    5. Jason Bowen's avatar Jason Bowen

      Best Prize Ever!!

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:57
    6. Norbert's avatar Norbert

      His books are amazing. I recomend them to anyone who is contemplating buying one.

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:21
    7. James Trevor Roberts's avatar James Trevor Roberts

      I might buy one of his books and resurrect a long-dead interest in fantasy novels.

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:08
    8. Tiago Teixeira's avatar Tiago Teixeira

      Hmmm got curious about his works, wouldn't mind winning one of the books :D

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:16
    9. Yagiz Erkan's avatar Yagiz Erkan

      *crosses fingers*

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:55
    10. paulo brito's avatar paulo brito

      Good luck to all.

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:11
    11. Archee Singh's avatar Archee Singh

      Pretty keen, not going to lie.

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 02:51
    12. Eric Dittloff's avatar Eric Dittloff

      I am all about this.

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 02:40
    13. Rosangela Neres's avatar Rosangela Neres

      Good luck, everyone!!

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 02:05
    14. Paulo Furtado's avatar Paulo Furtado

      Best of luck to all of you! ;)

      Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:14
    15. Kevin English's avatar Kevin English

      The best of luck to one and all.

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:00
    16. Tracy Nixon's avatar Tracy Nixon

      Lucky dust to us all! **********

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:46 Under review
    17. Emma McLean's avatar Emma McLean

      Lovely mention of the Clarke Award, it's fast approaching on the 27th April! Not that China's shortlisted this year :( Follow updates at:

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:16
    18. Joao Paulo Galo Cagica Pinto's avatar Joao Paulo Galo Cagica Pinto

      Good Luck ;)

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:04 Under review
    19. Yiwen's avatar Yiwen

      Let me have one please~ :) they sure look very nice!

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:57
    20. Vojtech Rabyniuk's avatar Vojtech Rabyniuk

      I need to win this :D

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 07:37 Under review
    21. Doireann Doyle's avatar Doireann Doyle

      Just finished Kraken - loved it! What covers are people thinking of requesting if they should win? Good luck to everyone by the way :)

      Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:25
    22. Frank's avatar Frank

      Oh, this looks nice.

      Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:39
    23. Alin Gliga's avatar Alin Gliga

      Good Luck to everybody! and to myself:p

      Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:43
    24. Paulo Gonçalves's avatar Paulo Gonçalves

      Good luck to everyone :)

      Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:08
    25. Natalie Mills Lyndon's avatar Natalie Mills Lyndon

      Oh, wow! Magnificent!

      Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:58

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