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  • ISBN: 9781743295366
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/06/2012
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Science fiction
  • Imprint: Macmillan
  • Price: $9.99

Venture into the Railsea in this extraordinary novel from bestselling author China Mieville

"Fiction of the new century" Neil Gaiman

On board the moletrain Medes, a boy called Sham watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. The giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one's death and the other's glory are extraordinary. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham senses that there's more to life. Even if his captain can think only of her obsessive hunt for one savage mole.

When they find a wrecked train, it's a welcome distraction. But the impossible salvage Sham finds there leads to trouble. Soon he's hunted on all sides: by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.


"Mieville's work is thrillingly imaginative ... immensely witty and utterly unforgettable" Scotland on Sunday

"One of the most imaginative young writers around in any kind of fiction" Guardian

imagined societies may be fantastic, but they are utterly coherent... wonderfully infectious"
Daily Telegraph

"Miéville presents a future world that is wondrous and believable in equal measures, while never easing the pace of a runaway train ride of a novel." Independent on Sunday

Author Information

China Mieville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award & has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka & Orwell and Philip K. Dick. His previous novel, Embassytown, was a first and widely praised foray into science fiction (published in 2011).

China Mieville has lived all his life in London. His first novel, King Rat, received superb reviews and was nominated for fantasy awards, and his second, Perdido Street Station, astonished the literary world with its imaginative power and sheer inventiveness. It won the Arthur C Clarke award and the British Fantasy Award in 2001.

The Scar followed that book in 2002, and in 2004, China's fourth novel, Iron Council was published. It won the Arthur C Clarke award for 2005. His most recent work is Looking for Jake.