China Miéville is a relatively new British author of speculative fiction. He graduated from Cambridge in 1994 and is currently working on his PhD in economics. He is also a politically active socialist who will be running in the next election.

Miéville's first novel is "King Rat" (1998), an urban fantasy set in contemporary London, offering a different perspective on the legend of the Pied Piper.

"Perdido Street Station" (2000), Miéville's second novel, is a masterful blend of urban fantasy, steampunk, horror and slipstream, set in the fictional metropolis New Crobuzon.

In 2002, Miéville released "The Scar", another excellent novel set in the same world as "Perdido Street Station".