by China Mieville
Macmillan Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780230750760
Date: 06 May 2011 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: The loudly lauded China Miéville delivers another soon-to-be loudly lauded novel in the form of Embassytown - this time venturing into more orthodox science fictional areas than we've perhaps seen previously in his work. This new novel is presented in an all new livery by Macmillan, who are re-jacketing and reissuing Mieville's entire backlist in a very smart, eye-catching and iconic branding.
The author recently scooped both the Hugo and the World Fantasy Award for his previous novel The City and the city and if you've not yet dipped into his extraordinary work, you'd do well to come out from that rock you've been living under. Embassytown hits bookstores in May.
"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. "