The David Wingrove/Chung Kuo Home Page

These pages contain some original material kindly provided by David himself. I have not yet posted all of it and still hope to do so.

The ChungKuo series completed with the publication of Book 8, Marriage of the Living Dark, in a July 1997 British edition. US publication was much delayed, and a trade paperback finally appeared in July 1999. The US edition did not stay in print for very long, and as of this writing (February 2001) it is no longer available. This is most unfortunate. I get numerous questions about book availability. I can only recommend that you try http://www.bookfinder.com or a British source such as the one listed below.

David has also written several excellent book in the Myst series, and I recommend these highly.

I don't know anything about David's current (2005) work and projects. Last I heard he was doing screenplays and other things. We all wish him continued success.

Click for information about the Edinburgh Band Tranceport and their music for Chung Kuo; I don't know if this CD is still available. I understand it was bundled with some of the US trade copies of Book 8. It's a good CD and well worth having.

Check out the Chung Kuo Online WikiWiki Forum! This is once again in working order and contains all the posts from the old website. Please add your comments about this series.

The Chung Kuo series, which is now complete, consists of eight novels about a future in which the Chinese have dominated the world, rewritten history, and built enormous indoor continent-spanning cities three hundred levels in height. The novels in the series are:

The Middle Kingdom, 1989. Released in the US as a Delacorte Press hardover in 1990.

The Broken Wheel, 1990. Released in the US as a Delacorte Press hardcover; later mass-market paperback.

The White Mountain, 1991. Released in the US as a Delacorte Press hardcover; later mass-market paperback.

The Stone Within, 1992. Released in the US as a Delacorte Press hardcover(?), trade paperback, and mass-market paperback.

Beneath the Tree of Heaven, 1994. Released in the US by Delacorte as a trade paperback in 1995(?). Delacorte gave up on the hardcover editions, instead opting for an initial trade paperback, followed in 1996(?) with a mass market paperback. If you're in the States and you want hardcovers from here on, you'll have to buy the British editions.

White Moon, Red Dragon, 1995. Released in the US from Dell, trade paperback only, July 1996. The War of the Two Directions comes to an end with the return of DeVore and the final days of the Cities.

Days of Bitter Strength (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1995. US publication July, 1997. The series takes a new turn as Li Yuan builds his "China on the Rhine." The book begins with a very useful, and at this point necessary summary of the story as told in the first six books.

The Marriage of the Living Dark (Published July 1997 in hardcover, from Hodder and Stoughton, London. Published as a trade paperback in July 1999 in the US and now unfortunately out of print.)

With Brian Aldiss, David Wingrove is also co-author of the award-winning The Trillion-Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1986). He also coauthored, with Rand and Robyn Miller, a series of books based on the popular computer game Myst beginning with Myst: The Book of Atrus (1996). With Brian Griffin, David Wingrove is co-author of Apertures: A Study of the Writings of Brian Aldiss, 1984.

David John Wingrove was born in 1954 in the UK, and currently lives in north London with his wife Susan, and daughters Jessica, Amy, Georgia, and Francesca.

Additional info:

Three Questions is the text of a 1989 talk by David just after the launching of the series.

Second Thoughts is an article by David reflecting back about mid-way in the series.

A Profile of David Wingrove is actually David's thoughts on the origins of the series idea.

David's 1993 trip to China is described in his lengthy diary entries.

Researching Chung Kuo is covered in David's lengthy notes which use the Tower of Babel as metaphor.

A Great Wheel Turning captures some of David's early thoughts on the series.

Why China? is David's explanation of his choice of a China-dominated world for Chung Kuo.

Broad Paths and Narrow Ways is David's reflections after the first seven volumes.

Coming someday, maybe: dictionary of Mandarin terms, cast of characters, and much more.

American Netsurfers: order US editions of David's books on-line from Amazon Books!

Interested in the British editions? Contact The Internet Bookshop for further information. I have had numerous reports of excellent service and quick shipment to the US from the Internet Bookshop. I have dealt with them myself and was very satisfied.

Questions? Comments? Bad links? Write bnewell@bobnewell.net.