Tigersoap said:Ah thanks Thors, I forgot about China Mieville as well but it's not really sci-fi at all, more like a fantasy world with magic and some steam-punk technology thrown in it.
I really like the world he created through his Perdido Street Station and The Scar books.
I thought that he described some kind of police state overshadowing the city but it's more a background than anything else if I recall correctly.
I am glad that others like him, too. I agree that Mieville is definitely not Sci-Fi proper. I recall the owner of the sci-fi book shop looked at me ominously and declared the genre to be "dark urban fantasy". However, he is so good that if you like imaginary worlds you will most likely like the New Crobuzon setting. His third book, The Iron Council could just not keep up with the first two but for readers wanting a little more of the magic, he has written a collection of short stories called Looking For Jake, where the last story is a great taste of the first two novels.
If you have come across anything like him, please let me know, as that is rare, indeed :)