I know that the tidal wave of publicity for China Miéville’s Embassytown irritates some people in UK fandom. It is very fannish to think that anything that is popular can’t be any good. But whatever you might think of the book (and personally I like it a lot, though I don’t think it is his best), all this publicity is certainly getting science fiction treated with renewed respect. As evidence I offer this article in no less a place than the Wall Street Journal. It is a rather strange piece, and doubtless some fans will find it insulting because it doesn’t show due reverence, but hey, the Wall Street Journal. It matters. It could be the thin end of a wedge.
I was chatting to the Pan Macmillan folks about this on Monday, and the question arose as to where China hadn’t got noticed. The answer, of course, is British television. When a new Miéville novel gets noticed by the BBC and Sky Arts, then we’ll know we’ve made it.