Queerversity: Desire and Sexuality in China Miéville’s Fiction

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I’ve got a new article in Alluvium! It’s basically my paper from the academic stream at last year’s Worldcon (the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention / Loncon 3), now with more material and better editing. (Thank you, Caroline!)

Another big thank you goes to my friend Joy, who introduced me to the Queer Theory of Antke Engel.

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Exploration: Betina, Croatia

This village is a genuine labyrinth of alleyways. If I lived there, I’m sure I could lose any potential pursuer in under a minute.

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Before the main feature: a prophecy (on the way to Betina).

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Prophecy fulfilled (don’t be alarmed: I don’t drive).

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The common sea slinky.

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Dalí (I wish)

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Just what I was looking for. (Proceed with caution.)

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Local superhero.

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Sidekick.

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Major Rush.

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Enter the labyrinth.

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What’s this…?

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…The world’s sexiest saint.

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At the heart of the zone.

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Portal.

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Spire.

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Every route from here…

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Exit.

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The Village after all?

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Ominous sign.

Weird Superheroes

Here’s a link to my Alluvium article on identity and consciousness in China Miéville’s superhero comic series Dial H. I love this series, and it never ceases to surprise me with the most wonderful plot-twists, literary cross-references and meta-commentary on the genre of superhero comics. It’s a shame that it was cancelled, and there will be no more issues after #15 (which will be 48 pages long). Let’s hope that the series will return some day (as it’s done before). In the meantime, I’ll run around enthusiastically recommending it to everyone around. Seriously, take a look at it. It will blow your mind.