Miéville must have been 25 or 26 when he wrote Perdido Street Station. Likely a similar age when he wrote this short story. This is flippant disregard for Miéville's character, but, we were all young once, Miéville's claim that his mail is being inspected because he's a socialist is simply just him being an edgey teen. The classic, "I'm a "radical" socialist and I'm so special and important and everyone is after me." Heck, even Marx is guilty of this, everyone has a bit of the victim complex when it comes to their politics, ideologies that believe themselves to be outside the norm more so. Perdido Street Station is likely the most disgusting book I've ever read, and it oozed with edgy teenism as well. The Scar to a slightly lesser extent. I assume as he matured he's settled down, which happens to most people. Anyhow, I'm a big fan of Miéville, thanks for doing this story, I've had this collection for years and you finally made me crack it open.
You dudes have such a measured, honest, and wise way of discussing everything. Even when you say something I passionately disagree with, you make me stop and reevaluate things. Or maybe I'm just beginning to not be an edgy teen myself.