50 Page Fridays: China Mieville


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

In RAILSEA, by China Mieville, we enter a terrifying post-apocalyptic world where giant monster moles burst from the earth, harpoonists attempt to capture or kill them, and many are maimed or die in the process. Blurring the lines between the hunter and the hunted, this vivid reimagining of Melville’s Moby Dick will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.

DRS editor, Mark Tavani tells us more:

“Over the course of nine books, bestselling and award-winning novelist China Mieville has constructed the most fascinating and memorable worlds to appear in fiction in recent years. Now he does something new, venturing simultaneously into the past and into the future with Railsea.

Inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, or the Whale, first published more than 150 years ago, but set in a topsy-turvy future in which a toxic sky hovers above civilization and oceans have been replaced by barren stretches of desert veined with iron train tracks, Railsea is a perfect blend of adventure tale and speculative fiction.

Sham Yes ap Soorap, young doctor’s assistant, is in search of life’s purpose aboard a diesel locomotive on the hunt for the great elusive moldywarpe, Mocker-Jack. But on an old train wreck at the outskirts of the world, Sham discovers an astonishing secret that changes everything: evidence of an impossible journey. A journey left unfinished…which Sham takes it on himself to complete. It’s a decision that might cost him his life—

—and the beginning of a remarkable adventure.”

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Please enjoy this excerpt of RAILSEA, by China Mieville, on sale everywhere May 15th!

RAILSEA by China Mieville, Excerpt