Questions tagged [bas-lag]

the steampunk-influenced fantasy world in which three of China Miéville's novels (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and The Iron Council) and additional shorter works are set. Questions involving these books or the world they're set in should be tagged with this tag.

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Do the hypnotic moths in these works share a common origin?

In The Worst Witch TV series (2017), there's a creature called a hypnapillon. It's a moth, described as feeding off of people's "minds, fears, imagination," and it hypnotizes its prey with patterns on ...
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Does Bellis Coldwine appear in Perdido Street Station?

In The Scar by China Miéville one of the major viewpoint characters is Bellis Coldwine, who is leaving the city in the wake of the events of Perdido Street Station. She is described as an ex-...
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What is the population of Bas-Lag?

China Miéville's novels Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council have all been set in the fictional world of Bas-Lag, which has a long history with numerous empires and societies and several ...
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Reading order of the Bas-Lag books by China Miéville

I know that the Bas-Lag books are not connected to each other, but I'm still worrying that I'll "miss" something if I start with The Scar instead of Perdido Street Station. The reason I want to start ...
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Who feeds New Crobuzon?

China Miéville's Bas-Lag novels (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council) is fantasy with realistic political and economic structures. So I don't expect the city of New Crobuzon to be isolated: ...