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Miéville’s fanciful city—or rather cities—serveas the setting for a murder mystery.
The behavioral aspect of this sociological modelis even more peculiar than the urban planning complexities it entails.
Let’s also pretend that your curious, veiny, overdeveloped Martian brain, despite its better instincts, has become fascinated with those foolish simian earthling humanoids, particularly the “white people” and “black people” who inhabit what will be known for a little while longer as the United States of America.
Since you are a Martian, you have no childishly naïve prejudices—nor any meticulously acquired adult postjudices—about frivolities such as “racism” or “injustice” or “equality.” You merely want to know the difference between white people and black people, and to keep it “relevant” as the teen earthlings are fond of saying, you confine your search to the prior week’s news.
Yet thissame book was honored with the Hugo as bestscience fiction novel of the year.
And readersmight be equally justified in describing this storyas an extravagant exercise in fantasy literature.
One might also conclude that black people have every right to bleed resentment from every pore until this dangerously unquantifiable, highly emotional, and uniquely human notion of “justice” is achieved.