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Coming Soon: THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville

threeChina Miéville’s legions of fans are no doubt looking forward to his upcoming story collection, Three Moments of an Explosion (August.)

Here’s the synopsis:

The fiction of multiple award–winning author China Miéville is powered by intelligence and imagination. Like George Saunders, Karen Russell, and David Mitchell, he pulls from a variety of genres with equal facility, employing the fantastic not to escape from reality but instead to interrogate it in provocative, unexpected ways.

London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse’s bones—designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to . . . what?

Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty-eight stories in this collection—many published here for the first time. By turns speculative, satirical, and heart-wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face-to-face with the deep weirdness of the world—and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves—Three Moments of an Explosion is a fitting showcase for one of our most original voices.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 4, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 110188472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101884720

UPDATE: Here’s the table of contents (* denotes stories original to this collection) :

  1. “Three Moments of an Explosion”
  2. “Polynia”
  3. “The Condition of New Death”*
  4. “The Dowager of Bees”*
  5. “In the Slopes”*
  6. “The Crawl”*
  7. “Watching God”*
  8. “The 9th Technique”
  9. “The Rope Is the World”
  10. “The Buzzard’s Egg”*
  11. “Säcken”
  12. “Syllabus”*
  13. “Dreaded Outcome”*
  14. “After the Festival”*
  15. “The Dusty Hat”*
  16. “Escapee”*
  17. “The Bastard Prompt”*
  18. “Rules”*
  19. “Estate”
  20. “Keep”*
  21. “A Second Slice Manifesto”*
  22. “Covehithe”
  23. “The Junket”*
  24. “Four Final Orpheuses”*
  25. “The Rabbet”*
  26. “Listen the Birds”*
  27. “A Mount”*
  28. “The Design”


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

6 Comments on Coming Soon: THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville

  1. Sensawunda // March 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm //

    W A N T

  2. I found his earlier collection LOOKING FOR JAKE wildly uneven, but it had some striking moments.

  3. Fabien Lyraud // March 22, 2015 at 4:14 am //

    How many of these stories take place in the Bas Lag milieu ?

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