David Wingrove publishes new Chung Kuo short story

As we wait patiently for Beneath the Tree of Heaven, Mr. Wingrove has generously published a new short Chung Kuo story on his website entitled A Day Like This. Set in 2043, it takes place concurrently with some of the events in Book 1: Son of Heaven. I plan on reading this tonight. Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below!

Myst TV show adaptation in the works

AV Club and others are reporting that film production company Village Roadshow is moving forward with plans to adapt the Myst video game franchise into a television show. It’s unclear if or how much the show will rely on stories or materials from the three published Myst novels (plus one unpublished) penned by David Wingrove, but we can only hope! It’ll be the first we’ll see any of Mr. Wingrove’s stories on screen.

The fantastic Myst trilogy was actually my entry point into Mr. Wingrove’s works prior to reading Chung Kuo, although I never really got into the video game series. Have other Chung Kuo fans out there read the Myst books too? Feel free to drop thoughts in the comments.

More news as it comes!

Book 13 cover and delay; CK short story forthcoming

David Wingrove has posted an update on his Facebook page with a few new updates, including the cover for the Fragile Books re-release of Chung Kuo Book 13: Beneath the Tree of Heaven. Unfortunately, publication of the volume has been delayed because of the COVID-19 situation.

However, he teased the release of a Chung Kuo short story, presumably to be published on his own website or that of Fragile Books. Good news indeed!

While you patiently wait on this story, remember that there a couple of his Chung Kuo short stories here on this this site: Paperhouse and Black Stone, White.

More news at it arrives!

Book 12 and 13 updates

Many thanks to site commenter Ross for providing an update about the status of Book 12 (Beneath the Tree of Heaven) and Book 13 (Song of the Bronze Statue). He writes that David Wingrove let him know:

Hey Ross, the cover’s just in. Book is typeset. So going into production next week. Sorry for the delay. I’m hoping book 13 will be following not too long afterwards. Cheers, David

Hopefully this is good news for those of us who have been waiting for any news since the publication of Upon a Wheel of Fire in November of last year.

Upon a Wheel of Fire released

Apologies for the late news on this as I’ve been out of the country for a couple week, but anyhow: Chung Kuo Book 11: Upon a Wheel of Fire has now been released… I think?

On Amazon UK, it is available, but David Wingrove’s name is not listed as author, possibly making it tough for some folks to find. There’s also no cover image, although of course we’ve seen it previously.

In the US, it’s only available from third-party sellers without Prime, so who knows how long it’ll take to arrive on my doorstep.

There’s no word on Kindle versions, I’m afraid. Hopefully this doesn’t take too long and we don’t face another Kindle debacle. If you know anything else I don’t, please feel free to drop a comment.

Release date and cover for CK Book 11: Upon a Wheel of Fire

Today, David Wingrove announced the release date of the Fragile Books release of Chung Kuo Book 11: Upon a Wheel of Fire: July 11, 2019, less than three months away. He also shared the cover of the volume which continues with the Jim Burns-created dragon ouroboros motif, this time in fiery orange (makes sense).

Good timing for me, personally, on this, as I’ve just finished the delayed Kindle version of Book 10: The Stone Within. Here’s to hoping there are no snags with the Kindle version of Book 11!

DW: Book 11 coming out this summer; explanation for Book 10 Kindle delay

Last June, I made the best social media decision possible and de-activated my Facebook account, and my life has never been better. However, sometimes I do miss David Wingrove’s Facebook updates. Luckily, his author page is public and there’s some news hiding in the comments.

First, the reason for the delay of Chung Kuo Book 10: The Stone Within was a staffing change with Fragile Books. Evidently, Amazon would only deal with the contact on record, leading to confusion and delays.

Second, Book 11: Upon a Wheel of Fire is currently in production and is due this summer in print and Kindle versions. Hopefully there will be no delays this time around!

The Stone Within (CK #10) on Kindle

For those of you who have been patiently holding out for the long-delayed Kindle version of Chung Kuo Book 10: The Stone Within, you’ll be pleased to know that it was released a couple weeks ago on February 17. Here are the links.

I’m afraid I have no news regarding publication dates for Book 11: Upon a Wheel of Fire. If anyone knows anything, feel free to drop me a line.

The Art of Chung Kuo

Like many of you, I’m also patiently waiting on the Kindle version of Chung Kuo Book 10: The Stone Within. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some details from another book: Transluminal: The Art of Jim Burns.

Jim Burns is widely known as one of the most prolific and influential science fiction book artists, and he has long been involved in the Chung Kuo series. If you’re a reader or collector of the original books, you’ve certainly seen his cover art on several issues; if you’re reading the new Fragile Books releases, you’ve seen the dragon ouroboros imagery that adorns each cover.

Transluminal, published in 2000, is one of a couple books of Jim Burns’s art and the volume that covers the art of the original Chung Kuo novels. In addition to the cover images, the book also includes narrative accounts of Burns’s experience with the source material and his thought process as he created each piece. The section on Chung Kuo art is several pages long and his write-up on the pieces is fascinating. For example, he discusses the shuttle in the background of the original cover for The Stone Within (book 4 in the classic sequence):

We are told that the technology of the time (about 200 years into the future) is essentially American-derived stuff and one gets the impression that technology progress has in some ways slowed down. So I wanted the shuttle in the background to look like a fairly near-future development of the kind of design-thinking we have now…

Transluminal is a great conversation-starter and coffee table book, and it’s a nice glimpse in the history of classic Chung Kuo. It looks like there are plenty of copies floating around if you’re interested in a companion to your CK novels.

Jim Burns’s portrayal of Fei Yen with the City in the distance, also featured in Transluminal