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The Rope is the World

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ebook, online fiction, 5 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by

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Jul 06, 2014 Nataliya rated it really liked it
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I like to (conceitedly) imagine that China Miéville somehow, through a time loop, read my comment that at this point I'd happily read ANYTHING that he writes including and not limited to toothpaste ads, and in response to that came up with The Rope is the World, publishing it in Icon Magazine which self-describes as "one of the world's finest architecture and design magazines." And yes, I loved every word of it, even though it is very different from the stories that I'm used to reading. Well, a ...more
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Aug 06, 2015 Althea Ann rated it liked it
When I was a kid, Arthur C. Clarke's 'The Fountains of Paradise' was one of my favorite books. I must've read it more than half a dozen times, checking it out from the library. The book has to do with the creation of a space elevator, and though I haven't read it, now, in over 30 years, I remember it dealing beautifully and sensitively with the conflicts between traditionalism and social and technological progress. It follows one scientist's 'impossible dream' to fulfillment, and although the ...more
May 26, 2016 Clouds rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A fantastic little slice of Miéville.
Can be read in 10 minutes.
Made me want far, far more.
May 11, 2012 J.P. rated it really liked it
China Miéville thinks big. No tiny little ideas in this guy's writing. Here we've got an elevator. As in a veritable behemoth that launches payloads into outer space. For some writers attempting this topic the result would be a bore, but put into the author's capable hands it's another fine short story with such finesse you can imagine standing and looking up at it. And I loved this bit:
"the visitors uttered alien equivalents of polite, uninterested “hmmm”s, like a queen visiting a biscuit facto
Dec 26, 2012 Klytia rated it really liked it
Dear China,

please, please, please write a novel set in the world of the Rope.
I'd really like to know the stories of the people living up there, what they see from the portholes when they look up at space, and the earthling and alien travellers visiting the tower.

If you prefer to set it in the I Can’t Believe it’s a Space Elevator tower instead, I'll be happy as well.

May 09, 2012 Pixelina rated it really liked it
Would be interesting to read a whole novel taking place inside the Rope. I wanna know more of those people that never even sat foot on the planet, the haunted ghost stories they tell of the deserted sections.
Dec 26, 2013 Villate rated it liked it
Another interesting idea from Mieville. I'm not sure that a whole novel could come out of this, but certainly it's fertile ground for more short stories.
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A British "fantastic fiction" writer. He is fond of describing his work as "weird fiction" (after early 20th century pulp and horror writers such as H. P. Lovecraft), and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial, genre clichés of Tolkien epigons. He is also active in left-wing politics as a member of the Socialist ...more
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