In February 1917, in the midst of war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this transformation take place? How was a ravaged and semi-feudal country, swept up in an unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions? October tells the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the individuals who made 1917 an epochal year, rendered by novelist China Miéville, whose knack for the fantastic commends him to the task of capturing the strangeness and excitement of a moment both impossible and inevitable. “China Miéville is a magician,” says NPR, “who can both blow your mind with ideas as big as the universe and break your heart with language so precise and polished, it’s like he’s writing with diamonds.” China Miéville is the author of The City and the City, Embassytown,This Census-Taker, and many other works of fantastic fiction. He has won the Hugo, World Fantasy and Arthur C. Clarke awards. His non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London’s Overthrow and Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law. Miéville is joined in discussion by Benjamin Kunkel, who is a founding editor of n+1, and the author of Utopia Or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis, as well as the novel Indecision.