Embassytown (Photo credit: draxil)

Embassytown by China Miéville is a science fiction novel by the most imaginative writer writing today. In this recent novel, he portrays an alien world populated by intelligent aliens who speak with two mouths at the same time. Human ambassadors train in pairs for many years so that they can respond in kind and be understood by the aliens. Lying is unknown on the alien planet and when the human ambassadors are caught in a lie, pandemonium breaks out. At first, the aliens are entranced by lies because they are something new and alien to their thinking and culture. Eventually, the aliens react violently to lies and begin killing each other and ultimately the human ambassadors and their supporting staff. The Romney campaign reminded me of this book which I read shortly after it was published in May, 2011.

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2 thoughts on “Embassytown

  1. This is great. They talk out of both sides of their mouths; LOL. Unbelievable. Probably based the book on the Republican Party. Is there any Goose-stepping or rallies with tens of thousands of people screaming “Seig Heil”?

    • No, the aliens actually have two mouths. If you want to read some really good science fiction, I recommend this author. I have read all his books at least once, sometimes more.

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