[20] Social Science Talks: Embassytown, by China Miéville

“Word spread because word will spread. Stories and secrets fight, stories win, shed new secrets, which new stories fight, and on.”


This month we discuss Embassytown, by China Miéville. Set in a far outpost of the Empire of Bremen, Embassytown exists in an ecosystem governed by the enigmatic Hosts, who can only say what is. However, changes in the status quo take us on an adventure through the philosophy of language, the Fall, social engineering and a dangerous addiction. Join us as Matt makes a word, Kat gets metaphorical, and new contributor Phil argues that Alex should get over his hatred of plots.




Alex Hoseason

Matthew Campbell

Katharina Hone

Philip Conway


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