The characters in China Miéville’s The City & The City live their lives inside a visual challenge. We can’t see what will happen when the BBC and Mammoth Screen try to include us in that challenge.
China Miéville's foray into crime fiction, The City And The City, has already paid off handsomely. It's garnered the British Science Fiction Association's "best novel" prize, a Nebula nomination... and now, his third Arthur C. Clarke Award.
As the video above explains, Miéville's The City And The City takes place in two fictional Eastern European cities, one modern and gleaming, the other run-down. And it sounds as though, in attempting to master the tricky police-procedural form, Miéville didn't neglect the fantastic world-building and social commentary…