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Not too much in terms of news lately in the world of Chung Kuo, until today, that is! Book 5: The Art of War is out today! If you haven’t already, buy it now at! Also, I hear that Barnes and Noble in the US will have limited runs of the UK editions in their brick-and-mortar stores. So, fellow Yankees, head out to your local B&N and check it out.

Also going on today is this: the cover art for Book 6: An Inch of Ashes, featuring… Fei Yen. Click for full size.

I know what you’re thinking… wasn’t Fei Yen on the cover for The Middle Kingdom? That’s what I thought too. Evidently, that’s Lin Yua, Li Yuan and Li Han Ch’in’s mother who died in childbirth (that’s not really a spoiler if you’ve read the first five pages of TMK). That makes the official cover line-up:

  1. Son of Heaven: Jiang Lei
  2. Daylight on Iron Mountain: Tsao Ch’un
  3. The Middle Kingdom: Lin Yua
  4. Ice and Fire: Li Shai Tung
  5. The Art of War: Howard DeVore
  6. An Inch of Ashes: Fei  Yen
  7. The Broken Wheel: Li Yuan

This could clear up any remaining confusion about that, at least until #8 comes along…

Last bit of news is that today is also publication day in France for Lever du jour sur la montagne de fer. That’s French for “Book 2,” I think. 😉

More news at it comes in.

Written on February 1st, 2013 , News

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    Goonda commented

    I’m still seeing either “This title has not yet been released.” or a March 1 release date. on all the sites I am looking at. This is on the kindle, paperback, and limited editions on both US and UK amazon sites.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm
      Matt commented

      I’m seeing the same thing. That’s all the info I have. We might need to wait until March 1 for the standard copies. In the past, the ebook has come out with the special hardcover, right?

      February 4, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Anonymous commented

    I was also thinking about that. One site listed the limited edition of this book as cancelled. Any news regarding that?

    February 3, 2013 at 10:16 am
      Matt commented

      I haven’t heard anything. Do you recall what site that was? I’ll post news at it comes in.

      February 4, 2013 at 10:08 am
        Darke commented

        So did we find out any information about the limited edition of the Art of War being cancelled or not? I have heard rumors that it was myself. Corvus Books is not responding to email inquiries.

        February 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm
          Matt commented

          As of now, I haven’t heard anything to that effect. If I do, I’ll update.

          February 8, 2013 at 8:08 am
    Brad commented

    I like this woman as Fei Yen better.

    February 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm
      Matt commented

      I completely agree.

      February 5, 2013 at 9:27 am
    Adrian Banks commented

    How prophetic is the final sentence in the article below?

    February 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm
      Matt commented

      Very cool. Or sad. Or both. Not sure. Going to post about this now.

      February 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Adam Whitehead commented

    Corvus have released their new catalogue. AN INCH OF ASHES has a release date of 4 July whilst THE BROKEN WHEEL is dated for 7 November. Looks like they may be downsizing to three books a year rather that four.

    February 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

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Wang An-feng stood there, looking out across the barren surface towards the earth, which rested low in the sky. Behind her, its dome-like skeletal form only faintly drawn in the darkness, was the massive frame of Tai Huo, the new city they were building.

It had been a long day. Things were happening. Even as she stood there, things were changing. At least, that was what she’d heard. The colonists had had enough. Now they were wresting the power from the hands of those who, like Fan Fa-liang, were not Mars born, but servants of the seven great Lords, back on Chung Kuo. Making Mars their own. Throwing off the shackles of the last eighty years.

If rumour could be trusted, Governor Fan was already dead, shot through the helmet by one of his own bodyguards while visiting the new oxygen-generation plant up in Biblis Patera. Whether it were true or not, it was significant that there even was a rumour. Mars had always been tightly governed. Treated more like a prison camp than the new frontier.

Yes, and if anyone knew the truth of that, it was Wang An-feng, for she had been here almost fifty years now. Part of the second wave that had turned a base camp into a Colony. One of the ‘Old Hundred’ who had crossed the dark of space to come to this desolate place. Perhaps the last of them.

Those had been hard times. Of the hundred who had come, only thirty were alive ten years later.

She glanced at the display lozenge at her wrist. Ninety eight and falling. She would need to get inside real soon, or freeze to death out here, among the red sands. Besides, Kan Jiang would be waiting for her. Worrying about her safety.

Wang An-feng took one long, last look at it, the longing she always felt undiminished. Earthlight. How beautiful it was.

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