Tom Chatfield

Author of "Fun Inc." and other books on digital culture; game-player and writer; speaker at TED & elsewhere; writer of lists; drinker of tea

An interview with China Miéville

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China Miéville is one of the most important writers working in Britain today. The author of ten novels of "weird fiction"—as well as short stories, comics, non-fiction, a roleplaying game, and academic writing on law and ideology—his 2011 science fiction novel Embassytown was acclaimed by Ursula K le Guin, among others, as "a fully achieved work of art" busy "bringing the craft of science fiction out of the backwaters".

We share the same British publisher, Pan Macmillan, and so—ahead of the publication on May 24 of his newest book, Railsea, a fantastical novel set in a world whose "seas" are an endless web of railway lines—I spent an hour with him discussing fiction, fantasy, giant moles, and the limits of contemporary geekdom.

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Ending an endless game: an interview with Julian Gough, author of Minecraft's epic finale

Born in 1966, raised in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, and now resident in Berlin, Julian Gough has been many things: lyricist and singer for cult Irish rock band Toasted Heretic; author of the novels Juno & Juliet, Jude: Level 1 and most recently Jude in London; poet, playwright and polemicist.

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Cataclysm Coming: how the WoW expansion will change MMO gaming

A wave hundreds of feet high is breaking, poised to sweep away the statue whose open arms greet visiting ships. “Booty Bay is going down,” I whisper to my wife. “I’m not sure I’m going to like this,” she replies.

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