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Signal boost

Posted on 2010.10.20 at 12:54
1601 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto
CA 94304
6 October 2010

Dear Facebook People,


1) The short version:

At least one person, if not more, is/are impersonating me on Facebook, with (a) fake profile(s) claiming my identity. Despite me repeatedly bringing this to your attention, you have taken no action to remedy the situation. And I’m getting very annoyed.

2) The full version:

This thing you hold is called a letter. This is the third time I’ve contacted you, and I’m doing so by this antiquated method because, and I realise this may shock you so brace yourself, I have no Facebook account. Which means it is nigh-on impossible for me to get in touch with you. Kudos for your Ninja avoidance strategies.

Back when you had a button allowing me to alert you to a fake profile despite not having an account myself, I contacted you that way. I was answered with a resonant silence. Subsequently, when the problem persisted, I hunted lengthily for, found and left a message on the phone number you go out of your way to hide. Absolutely nothing happened. So here we go again: third time’s a charm.

I am being imitated on Facebook. I believe the only reason anyone is bothering to do this is because I’m a novelist (published by Macmillan and Random House), a writer and broadcaster, with a minor public profile. I think there are one or two community pages about my stuff on Facebook – that of course is very flattering and nice of people to bother. The problem is that there is or are also pages by someone(s) purporting to be me. This is weird and creepy. What’s worse is I know for a fact that some readers, friends and colleagues are friending ‘China Miéville’ under the impression that it is me, and that others are wondering why ‘China Miéville’ refuses to respond to them. And I have no idea what dreadful things or ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’ are being claimed as mine, nor what ‘I’ am saying.

I know lots of people enjoy being on Facebook. Great. More power to them. Vaya con Dios. Me, though: not my thing. I have absolutely no interest in it. I am not now nor have I ever been a Facebook member. Short of some weird Damascene moment, I will not ever join Facebook – and if that unlikely event occurs, I promise I’ll tell you immediately. In the meantime, though, as a matter of urgency, as a matter of courtesy, as a matter of decency, please respond to my repeated requests:

• Please delete all profiles claiming to be me (with or without the accent on the ‘é’ – last time I looked, I found one ‘China Mieville’, and one more accurately rendered).
• Please do not allow anyone else to impersonate me. I have neither time nor inclination to trawl your listings regularly to see if another bizarre liar has sprung up.
• And while you’re at it, please institute a system whereby those of us with the temerity not to sign up to your service can still contact you on these matters and actually get a [insert cuss-word] answer.

I appeal to you to honour your commitments to security and integrity. Of course as a multi-gajillion-dollar company I have absolutely no meaningful leverage over you at all. If David Fincher’s film doesn’t embarrass you, you’re hardly going to notice the plaintive whining of a geek like me. All I can do is go public. Which is my next plan.

I’m allowing a week for this letter to reach you by airmail, then three days for you to respond to me by phone or the email address provided. Then, if I’ve heard nothing, on 16 October 2010, I’ll send copies of this message to all the literary organizations and publications with which I have connections

some of the many books bloggers I know; and anyone else I can think of. I’ll encourage them all to publicise the matter. I’m tired of being impersonated, and I’m sick of you refusing to answer me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
China Miéville



Posted on 2010.07.29 at 19:46


More details on request

Posted on 2010.07.20 at 08:57
In about two weeks time it's my birthday and I was planning on having a picnic somewhere (pending weather) on Saturday 31st. If you know me you're welcome. Drop me an email and I'll send out details closer to the time.



Posted on 2009.02.18 at 08:55
I think anyone who has been even remotely paying attention knew this would happen at some point.




Posted on 2008.12.07 at 21:15
I have a oldish 14" crt monitor that has been living in a corner of my room for the last year. My charity has run out and it needs a new home, pronto. It's a bit grubby, but still in fully working order. Would anyone on here like it? First refusal will go to Rich, since I think I got it from him originally. If not, i'll freecycle it in a couple of days.

Let me know asap, I'm keen to be rid of it.

Posted on 2008.10.12 at 04:53
I may not be easily available for the next few days, anyone wanting to talk to me would be advised to try calling but if that does not work then to send an email. I may not have reception a lot of the time.

Thanks, to everyone. You know who you are.


Made of win

Posted on 2008.10.05 at 11:17
I'm sure many of you have already seen it, but this is awesome.




Posted on 2008.10.03 at 12:01
I have been given a two week free trial account for Lord of the Rings Online to give away to a friend. Anyone interested?

On a not entirely unrelated note, me and my friends are in the market for one or two more people to gang up with in the game. While we're doing fine in most cases there are a couple of instances which are giving us some grief. A dourhand dwarf overseer, which is kind of okay because he's hard as nails. And a bunch of bloody goblins, which is less so because they're fucking goblins dammit.

Come on you lot, save me from ignominious defeat at the hands of the lowest ranking monster on the food chain.

Posted on 2008.09.30 at 14:40
I'm not quite sure whether to be pleased or slightly alarmed that the apple I bought in Sweden to eat on the flight back here, ie a month ago, was still fresh and crisp and juice when I ate it earlier today.


A recent conversation

Posted on 2008.09.11 at 10:33
Current Mood: amusedEntertained
sentientfiction: I don't understand why I don't have any space left on my C drive, the computer is brand new and there shouldn't be much on it.
Irrumator: Honey, like I said earlier please just wait until I get home and can take a proper look at it.
sentientfiction: But I don't understand because I hardly have anything on it, just a few pictures and some music and word files.
Irrumator: Honey, I have to tell you that I think a badger has got into your computer and eaten your hard drive.
sentientfiction: What?? Oh my god, oh my god, do you think I said the wrong thing to my antivirus?!
Irrumator: Um, honey, you did hear what I just said about a badger..?
sentientfiction: Isn't that some kind of virus or something, like a worm?
Irrumator: No dear, a badger is a big furry thing in the forest.
sentientfiction: ...

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