Macmillan Publishers Ltd is an international publishing company owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. It operates in more than thirty others. Macmillan was founded in 1843 by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, two brothers from the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Daniel was the business brain, while Alexander laid the literary foundations, publishing such notable authors as Charles Kingsley, Thomas Hughes, Francis Turner Palgrave, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold and Lewis Carroll. Alfred Tennyson joined the list in 1884, Thomas Hardy in 1886 and Rudyard Kipling in 1890. Other major writers published by Macmillan included W. B. Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Seán O'Casey, John Maynard Keynes, Charles Morgan, Hugh Walpole, Margaret Mitchell, C. P. Snow, Rumer Godden and Ram Sharan Sharma. Beyond literature, the company created such enduring titles as Nature, the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy. George Edward Brett opened the first Macmillan office in the United States in 1869 and Macmillan sold its U.
S. operations to the Brett family, George Platt Brett, Sr. and George Platt Brett, Jr. in 1896, resulting in the creation of an American company, Macmillan Publishing called the Macmillan Company. With the split of the American company from its parent company in England, George Brett, Jr. and Harold Macmillan remained close personal friends. Macmillan Publishers re-entered the American market in 1954 under the name St. Martin's Press. Macmillan of Canada was founded in 1905. After retiring from politics in 1964, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan became chairman of the company, serving until his death in December 1986, he had been with the family firm as a junior partner from 1920 to 1940, from 1945 to 1951 while he was in the opposition in Parliament. Holtzbrinck Publishing Group purchased the company in 1999. Pearson acquired the Macmillan name in America in 1998, following its purchase of the Simon & Schuster educational and professional group. Holtzbrinck purchased it from them in 2001.
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A ball pit is a padded box or pool filled with small colorful hollow plastic balls no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Instead of balls, other spherical objects can be used, such as balloons, it is employed as a recreation and exercise for children. Ball pits are found at nurseries, amusement parks, fun centers, fast-food restaurants, large video arcades. Chuck E. Cheese's and Discovery Zone had ball pits and they were incorporated into larger play structures, such as mazes and jungle gyms. Ball pits may be rented for parties, smaller versions are sold for use in the home. While ball pits are traditionally intended for children, some are large enough to accommodate adults. Ball pits may be used together with a trampoline, or combining the two by filling a closed trampoline with the balls. In 1976 Eric McMillan created the first ball pit at SeaWorld Captain Kids World in San Diego as a result of his experience at Ontario Place. Beginning in the late 1990s, a number of urban legends arose about children being injured or killed due to ball-pit encounters with venomous snakes or hypodermic needles.
Although there is no truth to these stories, workers have reported finding dirty diapers, half-eaten food and syringes in ball pits. In the Rugrats episode "Piggy's Pizza Palace", the Rugrats jump on a costumed pig named Piggy as an act of revenge to get Angelica's tickets back, it causes the ball pit structure to split right open and all of the balls fall out all over the restaurant. In season 3 episode 14 of the TV series The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon seeks inspiration in a ball pit at a mall, hides from Leonard, who spends a good amount of time and effort trying to retrieve Sheldon from the ball pit. In 2014, a YouTube vlogger under the name Roman Atwood made a video of transforming the living room of his home into a massive ball pit, intended as a prank for his girlfriend who has returned from a trip, he collaborates with another vlogger, Freddie Wong, to create a comedy video involving giant ball pit and "ball monster" prank. In 2016, a pop-up "ball pit bar" opened in San Francisco. Closed inflatable trampoline Dashcon, for the "extra hour with the ball pit" meme
Embassytown is a science fiction novel by British author China Miéville. It was published in the UK by Pan Macmillan on 6 May 2011, in the US by Del Rey Books on 17 May 2011. A limited edition was released by Subterranean Press; the plot of the novel surrounds the town of Embassytown, the native alien residents known as Ariekei, their Language, the human interaction with them. The novel was well won the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Embassytown takes place in the city of the title, on the planet Arieka. Embassytown exists on the edge of the "Manchmal", suspected to be the third iteration of the known universe, which, given its distance from everything else, is only accessible by sailing through the "Immer", a permanent universe with differing concepts of time and space. Embassytown is a colony of a state called Bremen. Avice Benner Cho, an "Immerser", has returned to her childhood home from her adventures in the "Out". On the planet of Arieka humans and "exots" co-exist with the indigenous, enigmatic Ariekei—otherwise known as the Hosts.
Few people can speak the language of the Hosts, as it requires the orator to speak two words at once. The Ambassadors speak with two mouths and one mind and as such can be understood by the Ariekei allowing for trade in their valuable biotechnology; the Hosts' Language does not allow for lying or speculation, the Language reflects both their state of mind and reality as they perceive it. Avice herself serves as a human simile, “the girl, hurt in the dark and ate what was given to her". Ariekei compete at Festivals of Lies to see who can most approximate speaking an untruth, an act both thrilling and taboo; the relationship between humans and Ariekei has proceeded in relative tranquillity for many years. However when a new Ambassador arrives, named Ez/Ra, who has not been genetically engineered to speak Language, yet can still manage to, everything changes; the speech of the new, Bremen-engineered Ambassador intoxicates the Hosts and results in the entire Ariekei population becoming addicted to the Ambassador's speech regardless of content, to the extent that they cannot live without it.
The situation deteriorates, Avice is drawn into a search for a solution, having a special relationship with the Hosts as a human simile. With assistance from sympathetic Ambassadors, she trains a small group of Hosts to be able to use metaphors and utter lies. Due to the interconnectedness of thought and Language, this has the effect of altering their minds and now the words of Ez/Ra lose their addictive properties; the names in Embassytown which are presented in fractional notation are supposed to be spoken by two mouths. Avice Benner Cho – Embassytown native and Immerser, wife to Scile and lover of CalVin Scile – non-native linguist and husband to Avice. Becomes known as the "God Drug". Bren – ex-Ambassador still living in Embassytown and advisor to Avice, one half of the "cleaved" Ambassador BrenDan Ehrsul – an "autom", best friend of Avice Wyatt – Bremen's contact in Embassytown Hasser – a human "simile" used by the Ariekei as part of Language. Killer of Surl/Tesh-echer. Surl/Tesh-echer — the most successful Ariekei liar.
Hasser murders it during a Festival of Lies. Spanish Dancer – an Ariekei with markings reminiscent of a Spanish dancer. A follower of Surl/Tesh-echer with an interest in the similes. YlSib — ex-Ambassador living in the Host city. Miéville had the idea for the Ariekei at age 11, in "an early draft of what became Embassytown", written while he was in school, they next featured in a short story he wrote eight years which Miéville intended to get published in Interzone magazine. In attempting to portray an authentically "alien" alien race, Miéville commented that he finds it impossible, stating "if you are a writer who happens to be a human, I think it's definitionally beyond your ken to describe something inhuman, something alien." 2011, UK, Pan Macmillan ISBN 978-0-2307-5076-0, pub date 28 April 2011, Hardback 2011, USA, Del Rey Books ISBN 978-0-3455-2449-2, pub date 17 May 2011, Hardback 2011, USA, pub date 27 Jun 2011, Audiobook 2011, USA, Subterranean Press ISBN 978-1-5960-6410-2, pub date 30 Sep 2011, Signed limited edition hardback 2012, UK, Pan Macmillan ISBN 978-0-3305-3307-2, pub date 5 Jan 2012, Paperback 2012, USA, Del Rey Books ISBN 978-0-3455-2450-8, pub date 31 Jan 2012, Paperback Ursula K.
Le Guin, reviewing the book for The Guardian, wrote "Embassytown is a achieved work of art...works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being." Publishers
Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station is a weird fantasy novel by British writer China Miéville, the first of three independent works set in the fictional world of Bas-Lag, a place where both magic and steampunk technology exist. The novel has won several literary awards. In an interview, Miéville described this book as "basically a secondary world fantasy with Victorian era technology. So rather than being a feudal world, it's an early industrial capitalist world of a grubby, police statey kind!"Perdido Street Station is set in Bas-Lag's large city-state of New Crobuzon: the title refers to a railway station at the heart of the city. Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is a scientist living in the city of New Crobuzon, he is approached by Yagharek, a member of a birdlike species known as garuda, who has had his wings removed as a punishment in his native land. He asks Isaac to allow him to fly again. Isaac agrees and starts collecting samples of flying creatures for his research with the aid of Lemuel Pigeon, a fence with links to the criminal underworld.
One sample he receives is a unusual caterpillar, stolen from a government research lab. The caterpillar sickens, it starts to pupate. After reaching maturity, it emerges as a monstrous flying beast known as a slakemoth with the power to paralyse its victims using its wings, it escapes after leaving him catatonic. Isaac and Lemuel resolve to re-capture or destroy it. Isaac's girlfriend Lin is an insect-like humanoid and an artist, she is commissioned by a mob boss, to make a sculpture of him. Mr. Motley harvests their milk to sell as drugs; when Isaac's slakemoth frees its siblings, Mr Motley discovers Isaac's connection to the slakemoths. He imprisons Lin; the slakemoths start to terrorise New Crobuzon, feeding on its inhabitants. With the aid of Derkhan, a journalist and friend of Lin, Isaac discovers that Mr. Motley purchased his slakemoths from the government; the security forces become aware of the activities of the slakemoths and begin to suppress the various rebellious elements within the city.
To re-capture the slakemoths, they attempt to enlist the help of demons and the Weaver, a spider-like creature who moves through dimensions, obsessed with patterns and its own peculiar view of beauty. The demons refuse to assist and the Weaver soon ends up aiding Isaac. Isaac and his friends kill one of the slakemoths with the aid of a sentient machine known as the Construct Council, they destroy the eggs that the slakemoths have laid before laying a trap for the remainder of the creatures. The trap is successful, but the last slakemoth escapes and returns'home' to Mr. Motley's facility; the Weaver transports Isaac to the warehouse where they find Lin, tortured but is still working on the sculpture. A confrontation occurs, during which Lin's mind is half eaten and the last slakemoth is killed by Mr. Motley's men. Isaac prepares to leave the city. Isaac learns of Yagharek's crime, a rape of one of his own species, refuses to help him fly again. Lin never recovers and Yagharek is left alone in the city, pulling out his feathers and having to accept his new flightless identity.
Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, a human scientist, dabbling in all fields but obsessed with his pet theory of "crisis energy". Lover to Lin, close friends with Derkhan Blueday. Yagharek, an exiled and de-winged garuda from the Cymek Desert, far south of New Crobuzon, he comes to Isaac to have his flight restored, willing to accept any price. Lin, Isaac's khepri lover, an artist, commissioned by the gangster Mr. Motley to create a sculpture of his form. Derkhan Blueday, a middle-aged journalist and seditionist, co-editor of the underground newspaper Runagate Rampant. Lemuel Pigeon, Isaac's contact with New Crobuzon's criminal underworld. Mr. Motley, New Crobuzon's most feared ganglord, who runs a dreamshit harvesting operation, among many other nefarious activities, he has altered his body many times through remaking, into an amorphous collection of body parts and appendages. Mayor Bentham Rudgutter, the corrupt mayor of New Crobuzon who bargains with crime syndicates and demons alike. MontJohn Rescue, an ambassador of the feared handlingers, working for the mayor.
Lublamai Dadscatt, a researcher who shares lab space with David Serachin and Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, first victim of the slakemoth. David Serachin, shares lab space with Isaac and Lublamai. Teafortwo, a dim-witted and friendly wyrman who runs small favours for Isaac. Construct Council, a hive-mind artificial intelligence formed in the city's rubbish dump, it controls many constructs in New Crobuzon. The Weaver, a multi-dimensional being in the form of a giant spider, who speaks in a never-ending torrent of free-verse poetry; the novel was nominated for the 2002 Nebula Award for Hugo Award for Best Novel. It won the British Fantasy Society's August Derleth Award in 2000, the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2001, the Premio Ignotus Award in 2002, the Kurd Laßwitz Award in 2003, it won the Amazon.com Editors' Choice Award in Fantasy in 2001. In May 2009, it was made available as an audiobook from Random House. Michael Moorcock reviewed the book and said "Perdido Street Station, a massive and gorgeously detailed parallel-world fantasy, offers us a range of rather more exotic creatures, all of whom are wonderfully drawn and reveal a writer with a rare descriptive gift, an unusually observant eye for physical det
Railsea is a young adult novel written and illustrated by English writer China Miéville, published in May 2012. Miéville described the novel as "weird fiction", io9 labelled its mix of fantasy and steampunk elements as "salvagepunk" and the story has been seen as an "affectionate parody" of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby-Dick drawing on Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novels Treasure Island and Kidnapped. Railsea is set on a dystopian world whose lands are covered by endless interconnecting tracks of rails, known as the "railsea"; the earth is colonised by ravenous giant naked mole-rats and other carnivorous giant forms of familiar animals, such as earwigs and antlions as well as stranger non-identifiable creatures that reside in the polluted sky. These threats mean that humanity are confined to'islands' of harder rock through which the animals cannot burrow and the spaces between can only be safely traversed by use of trains. Sham Yes ap Soorap is a young assistant doctor on a moletrain, captained by Abacat Naphi, that hunts giant moles for meat in a similar fashion to whaling.
Naphi is obsessed with one mole named Mocker-Jack and after one encounter, they discover an abandoned train. Sham enters it, discovering a corpse and a camera buried in the ground. Sham and Naphi view the images and are shocked to see an image of a single rail leading off into the distance, an apparent impossibility as it is believed that the railsea is endless; as rumours spread of Sham's discovery, his investigations lead him to Dero Shroake. They are the son and daughter of two explorers who ventured to the furthest reaches of the railsea before disappearing. Sham tells them of the content of the camera, they resolve to retrace their parents steps aboard their own train. Sham returns to the moletrain. Before it departs, he is captured by pirates who demand that he provide them with instructions as to how to reach the Shroakes as they believe that there is treasure to be found beyond the railsea. After receiving a message from Sham, Naphi reluctantly abandons the chase for Mocker-Jack and sets out to find him.
Sham convinces his former trainmates to assist the Shroakes, who are being sought by both pirates and the navy. They rescue them from their now incapacitated train and with a navy wartrain in close pursuit, venture out onto the lonely rail leaving the sea behind them. After a three way confrontation between the navy, Mocker-Jack and a robotic sentinel train that guards the exit of the railsea, the mole train escapes and Mocker-Jack falls into a chasm; the moletrain crew decide to return with their valuable salvage to the known world, whilst Sham and the Shroakes press on by foot to see what lies beyond. They are joined by Naphi, now directionless following the death of Mocker-Jack, they reach the end of the line and find the ancient descendants of the railway controllers, confirming an ancient rumour. After reaching an ocean they take a boat, left by the Shroakes' parents, sail out into the unknown. Railsea was well received by critics. USA Today's reviewer appreciated Miéville's mix of "emotional drama, Godzilla-esque monster carnage" and high adventure that would satisfy teenagers as well as Miéville's adult fans.
Stephen Burt remarked on Miéville's inventive language and world-building, noted that the author's far-left politics are reflected in the emerging history of Railsea's derelict world, which amounts to a "funny, far-reaching indictment of modern capitalism". Several reviewers highlighted the metafictional nature of the novel. Writing for io9, Chris Hsiang noted that it abounds with "impish literary games", praised its avoidance of either "dystopian romance tropes" or political sermonising in favour of a challenging, weird but still approachable language and structure. Others were more critical of Railsea's metafictional approach. Jason Heller of the A. V. Club wrote that while Miéville's swift and absorbing prose and lean plot yielded a "brainy and thrilling" result, it would have been improved "if only he'd stopped less to comment on his own cleverness along the way". Railsea title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Un Lun Dun
Un Lun Dun is a young adult fantasy novel by China Miéville, released in 2007. The title is derived from ` UnLondon,' the name of the alternate realm, it contains illustrations by Miéville. It was first released as a hardback in the United Kingdom in January 2007 by Macmillan Publishers in the United States on 13 February 2007 by Del Rey Books; the novel won the 2008 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book. The book begins with two twelve-year-old girls and Deeba, who have begun to notice several strange things happening around them, all of them centring on Zanna. After she and her friends are attacked by a dark cloud, Zanna spends the next two nights at Deeba's house. Deeba is awoken in the middle of the night by spies moving a broken umbrella; the girls follow it into the basement of a building, where they are drawn through a gap between the worlds of London and Un Lun Dun. UnLondon is a nonsensical mirror version of London, inhabited by various creatures and animated items that have been discarded by the inhabitants on London.
A boy named Hemi saves them from a roving pile of trash but is shooed away by the tailor Obaday Fing who reveals that the boy is a ghost, trying to get close enough to them to possess one of them. In conversation he realises that Zanna is the "Shwazzy," a prophesied chosen one, destined to save UnLondon from the Smog – an evil, sentient cloud of pollution. With the help of Fing, Conductor Jones, Rosa the bus driver, the Slaterunners and Deeba make their way to the Propheseers where they learn more about the Smog. After the Smog was created in London, a group of weatherwitches called the "Armets" battled it with a magic weapon called the "Klinneract." However, the Smog was not killed. Instead, it travelled to UnLondon, it is prophesied in The Book that the Shwazzy would save UnLondon. But, in spite of what is prophesied, Zanna fails in her first battle against the Smog. Brokkenbroll, master of broken umbrellas arrives in time to shoo the Smog away using a new technique he and Benjamin Unstible came up with.
Zanna is injured and is sent home with Deeba with her memories of the city erased. Instead, the city turns to Brokkenbroll and Unstible who begin handing out Smog-resistant unbrellas to defend the people of UnLondon. However, who still remembers UnLondon, begins to search for things related to it on the internet, hoping she can find someone to talk to, she discovers that Armets is RMetS. This leads her to question everything. Upon further investigation she discovers that Unstible has been reported dead but that he had been studying the Clean Air Act. Just as UnLondoners misheard "RMetS" as "Armets," they misheard "Clean Air Act" as "Klinneract." She decides to travel back to UnLondon. After several tries, she finds a way back, she goes to the town of ghosts. With the help of Hemi she sets out to warn the Propheseers. On the way and Hemi are taken to Brokkenbroll, revealed to be working with the Smog, which has re-animated Benjamin Unstible's body, they escape to warn the Propheseers. They run from them as well.
The Book, although it has proved to be less-than-accurate, agrees to help them fulfil the Shwazzy's tasks and defeat the Smog in the limited time Deeba has before everyone in London forgets that she exists. Deeba and Hemi are aided in their quest by Obaday, Jones, they collect an ultimate weapon which can be loaded with anything. Deeba, under the banner of ` the Unchosen One', uses it to save UnLondon. Since Deeba takes Zanna's place as the saviour of UnLondon, she is called "the UnChosen." On Zanna's first day at Kilburn Comprehensive, Deeba is able to make her laugh, something most people can't do. She likes to do things her own way, is not a stereotypical hero. Along the way, she is joined by her pet milk carton, Curdle, a half-ghost named Hemi, a talking prophecy book that gets information wrong. Zanna has the title "the Shwazzy,", related to the French adjective "choisie," meaning "chosen", she hates her given name, "Susanna," but she hates "Sue" more. She is tall and striking, with blond hair.
This doesn't work well. When she is attacked by a Stink-Junkie, a servant of the Smog, in UnLondon, she breathes in Smog and falls ill. Zanna is sent back to London by Brokkenbroll, leader of unbrellas, with her memories of UnLondon erased forever. Hemi is the result of a union between an UnLondoner and a dead Londoner. While normal ghosts cannot speak in a way that non-ghosts can hear them, Hemi can speak to both ghosts and non-ghosts, he has trouble fitting in because both ghosts and non-ghosts despise him for being a'half-breed'. Most inhabitants of Wraithtown do not have to eat. Since Hemi does, he's taken to "extreme shopping," as he calls it. Was killed by Smog but brought back to life and possessed by Smog. While possessed, he was credited with developing a formula for making the unbrellas Smog-proof. In reality Brokkenbroll controlled the unbrellas and they were part of Smog's plan to take over UnLondon The Smog is a living radioactive cloud, created by a different mixture of chemicals in the air of London.
It thinks of no one but itself and consuming new gases to add to its mixture. It is hungry for knowledge and
Iron Council is a weird fantasy novel by the British writer China Miéville, his third set in the Bas-Lag universe, following Perdido Street Station and The Scar. In addition to the steampunk influences shared by its predecessors, Iron Council draws several elements from the western genre. Iron Council is the most overtly political of China Miéville's novels to date, being inspired by the anti-globalization movement, tackling issues such as imperialism, terrorism, racial hatred, culture shock, labour rights and war; the novel won the Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards in 2005, was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards the same year. Iron Council follows three major narrative threads. Although Miéville weaves back and forth between narrative and space, this summary will follow each narrative individually, discussing their relation to each other toward the end; the novel is set around New Crobuzon, a sprawling London-esque city. New Crobuzon has for some unknown time been at war with Tesh, is attempting to build a railroad across the outlying desert as a new means of conducting this war.
Against this backdrop, the novel follows the deeds of three main characters—Ori and Judah Low. Judah's story begins some twenty years before the novel's opening. Judah was hired as a railroad scout for New Crobuzon, charged with mapping terrain and informing the land's inhabitants of the railroad's coming. While doing so, he spends time with the Stiltspear, a race of indescribable creatures who can disguise themselves as trees and conjure golems, living creatures made from unliving matter. Judah attempts to warn the Stiltspear away, but they will not listen and he must settle for making a few recordings and beginning to learn their golemetric arts, he returns to the railroad, which does indeed wipe out the Stiltspear. Shortly afterward, Judah, a prostitute named Ann-Hari, a Remade named Uzman lead a revolution in which the rail workers drive the overseers away, free the Remade, hijack the train, transforming it into a moving socialist dwelling. Iron Council, the perpetual train, moves through the desert, gathering track from behind and laying it in whichever direction its citizens decide.
The Council keeps moving to avoid the New Crobuzon militia, who are anxious to reclaim the train and destroy the rebellion-inspiring Council. Judah returns to New Crobuzon, where he immerses himself in esoteric golemetry literature, emerging as a master of the art. Judah returns to the Iron Council, having spread its word throughout New Crobuzon, intent on using his golemetry to protect it. Cutter, whom the reader joins at the novel's opening, was a friend and lover to Judah during Judah's return to New Crobuzon. Cutter leads a group consisting of other disciples of Judah in search of the Iron Council, to warn of the impending attack of the New Crobuzon militia. Although the militia was defeated by Iron Council, it has amassed a force now capable of destroying the "perpetual train". After living and working with the Council for a while, Cutter returns with Judah and others to New Crobuzon to inspire revolt with the news of Iron Council, which has decided to return to the city and confront the militia on its own turf.
After learning of the failed uprising by the Collective, Judah sends Cutter back to dissuade the citizens of the Council from returning. He is unsuccessful, at the novel's climax, Judah conjures a time-golem to freeze the train in time, thus saving it at the point of attack from destruction by the militia; as the novel ends, Iron Council has become a public monument of sorts, poised on the verge of attacking New Crobuzon's exterior until the undisclosed time in which Judah's time golem will dissipate. Judah is murdered by Ann Hari for halting the Council's attack, Cutter re-immerses himself in New Crobuzon's underground resistance movements, revitalising the protest publication Runagate Rampant. Happening somewhat with most of the preceding summary are the deeds of Ori, a dissatisfied revolutionary who cannot abide the endless talk of his fellow Runagaters. Seeking action, Ori is led by Spiral Jacobs, a half-crazed homeless old man, to join the militant gang of Toro. Committing robberies and murder, Toro's group proceeds mercilessly on its quest to assassinate the mayor of New Crobuzon, a plan, revealed to be personal rather than political.
During Ori's struggles with and against his new gang, an uprising by The Collective, a union of revolutionary groups, threatens to wrest New Crobuzon from the hands of its corrupt parliament and militia. After several days of fighting, the Collective is destroyed. Shortly after the fall of the Collective, Ori learns that Spiral Jacobs is in actuality a powerful sorcerer sent from Tesh to introduce a dark, destructive force into the midst of New Crobuzon. Here Judah and Cutter cross paths as they unite to stop Spiral Jacobs, trying to raise Phasma Urbomach, a powerful entity which would destroy the entire city, they manage to stop him with the help of Qurabin, a disciple of a Teshi religious tradition whom Cutter and Judah met on the journey to Iron Council.