Chung Kuo Press Release from publishers Corvus/Atlantic-Grove

Here is the text of the press release from Corvus, imprint of Atlantic-Grove Publishers, under which the newly-revised Chung Kuo saga is to be reprinted.


Corvus has bought world rights in Chung Kuo, David Wingrove’s terrifyingly plausible future history, from Diana Tyler at MBA Literary Agents.

 Nicolas Cheetham, Publishing Director of Corvus, said, ‘This is a major publishing event. Over twenty years in the making, the Chung Kuo series is a 2.5 million word, 19-book epic that brilliantly fuses Shogun and Blade Runner to rival the scope of Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. In a genre of big ideas and even bigger books, this is one of the biggest and most ambitious of them all – we’re all going to need bigger bookshelves.’ 

 Set 200 years in the future, the Chung Kuo sequence introduces a world dominated by China. History has been rewritten, the West’s great four-century-long experiment of Enlightenment erased and utterly forgotten. There is no official record of Shakespeare or Mozart, DaVinci or Einstein, any reminders of the past having been quite literally buried beneath the Han’s mile-high, continent-spanning cities. Within those cities, an ornate, hierarchical society of 34 billion souls is maintained only by unremitting repression. Revolution seems inevitable but in such an overpopulated world any change could spell the end of humanity. 

 Chung Kuo has been in development for over two decades. Eight books were published between 1988 and 1998, and the series was hailed as ‘one of the masterpieces of the decade’ [Washington Post]. The series is now being recast in nineteen volumes, including a new prequel and an entirely different ending, with over 500,000 additional words of new story. David Wingrove said ‘This is no Director’s Cut, but a total revision, giving the last few volumes the power and breadth of vision they were always meant to have. In the prequel I depict a world in the throes of violent change, a world in which all that is now familiar is about to pass. As the two great empires of our age clash there can only be one winner, that victory effectively ending the centuries-long rule of the West.’

 Corvus will publish the new series prequel, Son of Heaven, in September 2010 and embark on an ambitious, multi-format (including special collector’s editions and e-books) publishing programme that will see all nineteen volumes available by 2014.  

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And as I mentioned before, I`ve seen an advance rough of the cover illustration for Son of Heaven, and man, it is shiny! Hopefully, we`ll be seing it soon.

16 Responses

  1. Thanks for the update – I am really on edge… can’t wait!

  2. Same here, i’m really excited about this, as well. been waiting over a year for this.

  3. The first four volumes were among my favorite books of all time. The entire series was a lot of fun. I hugely looked forward to the revamped version. As a completist collector of all fiction with scenes of wei chi, I look forward to trying to collect every edition in each language in which Chung Kuop is published.

  4. Gotta leave another comment in order to check the “notify” boxes, so Rock On Mr. Wingrove.

  5. Great news – just a shame we have to wait another 8 months to read the prequel!

    A great writer with big big ideas, hope with this project he gets the recognition he deserves now.

  6. Any more precise date available then “Spring 2010”? Where’s that promised “Chung Kuo Central” website and blog that DW promised?🙂

  7. Am in process of contacting the Man hisself. More info when I know it.

  8. According to DW, the new Chung Kuo book 1, Son of Heaven, is now due out in September. And moves and design is afoot for a website to appear well before then. Now all we have to do is get a game deal! – yeah, a Chung Kuo realtime strategy, baby, yeah!

  9. do you know if DW plans to do any book signing events and the like prior to release? thanks

  10. Yes, I’m certain that there will be. The Chung Kuo sequence is going to be a big deal, and signing events are bound to be part of the whole PR package. Besides, I know that DW likes getting out and meeting his readers.

  11. Definitely looking forward to any bookstore appearences on the west coast of the US.

  12. Big post here on the reissues, featuring cover art and blurb for SON OF HEAVEN, all nineteen titles and Corvus-Atlantic’s ambitious release schedule:

  13. Many thanks for this, Adam – I`ll link to it in a brief post here.

  14. Any update on this? Anyone? Really looking forward to the new material.


  15. Does anyone where I can get book #8, The Marriage of the Living Dark. I have retired and want to finish the original series as I wait for the new Series. Any help would be appreciated. Oh, I have to be able to mail order. I am very excited to have found this site and information. Thank you.

  16. Hi Tommy,

    They aren’t rare as such but a bit difficult to get copies of all the same now.

    I’d keep checking out ebay every now and then for it.

    Cheapest is at a £16 at the moment after a quick look:

    It is about £50 on amazon, not available on Play. I got it for a tenner a few years ago – prices probably gone up now though with the re-issues etc.

    Or try in second hand sci-fi bookstores maybe?

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