Falling Sky


China Miéville in the Wall Street Journal

From the Wall Street Journal:
When skeptics ask him, "How did you get into sci-fi and fantasy?" he has a response. "My answer is: How did you get out of it?" says Mr. Miéville. "Because if you look at a roomful of kids, huge numbers of them will love aliens and monsters and witches...and at a certain point, some of them will start to leave that behind and go on to what they think of -- wrongly -- as more serious stuff."


Scott Parker said...

Here's a second "amen" from the congregation. It's funny: as I embark upon my steampunk/fantasy book, I find myself manacled by the chains I wear when I write crime fiction: Keep It Real. It's not easy breaking those chains mentally and letting myself go. It's almost like I'm a bit scared to just let loose. Don't know what I'm afraid of.

Back to Mieville, I find it interesting that, in the original WSJ piece, that quote is the last thing written. It's as if the author didn't/couldn't answer the question and decided to pose the question to the readers.

Lou Anders said...

The journalist shows their limits here: "'The City' may be 'weird fiction,' but it is rooted in the real world. ...There are no elves or UFOs."

KP said...

Terrific quote - glad I have never moved on to the serious stuff. It gets in the way of the important things in life...

Lou Anders said...

I love the quote!

ces said...

And my copy arrives the day after tomorrow - Thursday!

It will make a nice break from Asimov's Foundation Series, which I am enjoying immensely.

Lou Anders said...

Quite a range. He sent me an arc of it a few months ago, but I am so snowed under with manuscripts I can't get to it yet. It taunts me.

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