China Mieville

Howling Dogs and Gaming on the Fringes

Mainstream video games—the kinds that have massive advertising campaigns—have codified our genres.  They’ve done this much like film has.  There are superhero movies and science fiction tentpoles, much like there are fantasy RPGs or space action games.   These are enjoyable games, and they play well.  But they lack what my preferred fiction has.  My […]

Magic Realism vs Fantasy - Venn Diagram

Crossroads: Negotiating the Unreal in Magic Realism and Fantasy

Perhaps the most important insight I’ve gained from my research for my Crossroads series is that the borders between genres are very fluid, and the more one genre (or sub-genre) resembles another, the more contentious their relationship is likely to be. Gene Wolfe once condescendingly remarked that “magic realism is fantasy written by people who […]