Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

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Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
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Cover of the first U.K. hardcover edition of Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
AuthorChina Miéville
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, weird fiction, short stories
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Publication date
30 July 2015
Pages400
ISBN 978-0230770171

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories is a collection of short stories by British author China Miéville. It was published in the U.K. by Pan Macmillan on 30 July 2015, [1] and in the U.S. by Del Rey Books on 4 August 2015. [2] It features twenty-eight short stories, ten of which had been published previously.

China Miéville English writer

China Tom Miéville is a British urban fantasy fiction author, essayist, comic book writer, socialist political activist and literary critic. He often describes his work as weird fiction and allied to the loosely associated movement of writers sometimes called New Weird.

Del Rey Books publisher

Del Rey Books is a branch of Ballantine Books, which is owned by Random House and, in turn, by Penguin Random House. It is a separate imprint established in 1977 under the editorship of author Lester del Rey and his wife Judy-Lynn del Rey. It specializes in science fiction and fantasy books, and formerly manga under its Del Rey Manga imprint.

Contents

Stories

Three Moments of an Explosion contains the following stories:

  1. "Three Moments of an Explosion"
  2. "Polynia"
  3. "The Condition of New Death"
  4. "The Dowager of Bees"
  5. "In the Slopes"
  6. "The Crawl"
  7. "Watching God"
  8. "The 9th Technique"
  9. "The Rope Is the World"
  10. "The Buzzard’s Egg"
  11. "Säcken"
  12. "Syllabus"
  13. "Dreaded Outcome"
  14. "After the Festival"
  15. "The Dusty Hat"
  16. "Escapee"
  17. "The Bastard Prompt"
  18. "Rules"
  19. "Estate"
  20. "Keep"
  21. "A Second Slice Manifesto"
  22. "Covehithe"
  23. "The Junket"
  24. "Four Final Orpheuses"
  25. "The Rabbet"
  26. "Listen the Birds"
  27. "A Mount"
  28. "The Design"

A number of the stories have been previously published. These include "The Rope is the World" (on iconeye.com, February 2010), "Covehithe" (on guardian.co.uk, 22 April 2011), "Estate" (in The White Review issue 8, August 2013), "The 9th Technique" (in The Apology Chapbook given out for free at the World Fantasy Convention 2013), "The Design" (in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern issue 45, December 2013), "Polynia" (on tor.com, July 2014), and "Säcken" (in Subtropics issue 17, Winter/Spring 2014).

<i>The White Review</i>

The White Review is a London-based magazine on literature and the visual arts. It is published in print and online.

The World Fantasy Convention is an annual convention of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of fantasy. The World Fantasy Awards are presented at the event. Other features include an art show, a dealer's room, and an autograph reception.

<i>Subtropics</i> (journal)

Subtropics is an American literary journal based at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

In addition, the stories "Three Moments of an Explosion", "The Crawl", and "Four Final Orpheuses" were first published on the author's blog Rejectamentalist Manifesto.

The remaining eighteen stories are new to this collection.

Reception

Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, saying Miéville "moves effortlessly among realism, fantasy, and surrealism in this dark, sometimes horrific short story collection" and that the stories' characters are "invariably well drawn and compelling". The review concludes by stating that "what the stories have in common is a sense that the world is not just strange, but stranger than we can ever really comprehend." [3]

<i>Publishers Weekly</i>

Publishers Weekly (PW) is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. Published continuously since 1872, it has carried the tagline, "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling". With 51 issues a year, the emphasis today is on book reviews.

Kirkus Reviews also gave a starred review, stating that in the book, "horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally". The review summarized Miéville's style as "Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing." [4]

<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> American semi-monthly book review magazine founded by Virginia Kirkus in 1933, independent to 1970

Kirkus Reviews is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). The magazine is headquartered in New York City.

Ray Bradbury American author and screenwriter

Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.

Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language and universal literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph, published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, philosophy, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, and mythology. Borges' works have contributed to philosophical literature and the fantasy genre, and have been considered by some critics to mark the beginning of the magic realist movement in 20th century Latin American literature. His late poems converse with such cultural figures as Spinoza, Camões, and Virgil.

Adaptations

The short story "Estate" was adapted into a 20 minute movie, due to be released in 2019. [5]

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