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China Miéville on Sept 04 episode of Fast Forward

17/09/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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UK author China Miéville is interviewed on this month's episode of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. Miéville talks about metaphor, monsters and politics, and how they all fit into his latest novel, Iron Council.

In conversation with host Tom Schaad, Miéville discusses our society's obsession with turning even minor criminals into "monsters." According to Miéville, "What I wanted to do in these books was investigate a society which takes that metaphor of the monstrous and literalizes it."

The September 2004 episode of Fast Forward also features Colleen Cahill's review of the novel The Grand Crusade, by Michael A. Stackpole.

In addition, there is a special interview with Roberta Stevens of the Library of Congress, who provides information about the National Book Festival, to be held October 9th (

Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is a monthly half-hour television series about the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Fast Forward is produced by D.G. Productions through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media (formerly Arlington Community Television), in Arlington, Virginia.

The show has been in production since 1989 and can be viewed on cable systems in Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia or online at

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