Iron Council

Iron Council (2004) is a weird fantasy novel by the British writer China Miéville, his third set in the Bas-Lag universe, following Perdido Street Station (2000) and The Scar (2002). In addition to the steampunk influences shared by its predecessors, Iron Council draws several elements from the western genre.

Iron Council
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorChina Miéville
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SeriesBas-Lag novels
GenreSteampunk, Western
PublisherDel Rey
Publication date
2004
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback), E-book
Pages576
AwardLocus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2005)
ISBN0-345-46402-8
OCLC55019061
823/.914 22
LC ClassPR6063.I265 I76 2004
Preceded byThe Scar 

Iron Council is one of China Miéville's most overtly political novels, being strongly inspired by the anti-globalization movement, and tackling issues such as imperialism, corporatism, terrorism, racial hatred, homosexuality, culture shock, labour rights and war. The novel won the Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards in 2005, and was also nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards the same year.[1]