US cover and extract from This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Today io9 has our first sneak peek at This Census-Taker, the upcoming novella by China Miéville. It’s due out on January 5th, 2016 from Penguin Random House in the US, and February 25th from Macmillan in the UK.

(Edit: it’s actually coming out in the UK via Macmillan’s imprint, Picador, who generally publish more literary fiction. From this I assume the story will be fairly light on the SFF/weird content, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!)

Here’s the cover:

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Like the US cover for Three Moments, it’s a little boring. But if you go over to io9 you can read a small extract which is much more intriguing. That poor boy…

To be honest, since I heard this was a novella (~200 pages) and since the announcement of a full-length novel coming later in 2016, I’m much less excited for this. But, it could end up being excellent. Who knows? Also, much like Alastair Reynolds’ recent Slow Bullets, expect to pay full novel price for this novella. It had better be worth it.

More info: US/UK

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