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.

Publication Day: The Stone Within (CK Book 10)

The Stone Within, Book 10 of the Fragile Books re-publication of the Chung Kuo series, is finally published today…  sort of.

Prior to today, it was not available for pre-order or even appearing on any bookstore’s site in either the UK or the US, leaving some of us worried about the volume’s fate. Currently, it’s on the Amazon UK site (not the US, for those of us stateside), but it’s showing as out of stock. A Kindle version is not yet available, either.

Hopefully this will change soon as Amazon receives copies and makes an e-book version available. More news as it comes.

Publication date announced for The Stone Within

Mr. Wingrove has announced a publication date for Chung Kuo book 10: The Stone Within on his social media: September 20, 2018. Just a little over a month away!

It’s not appearing yet for pre-order on Amazon USA or UK, but I suspect it will soon enough.

It seems as though many of you, based on the comments on the last post, are planning on waiting until all 20 are out before collecting a set. It’s an understandable position – we’ve been burned by publishers a few times now. Personally, I think it’s important to show support by picking up each book as it comes out; I don’t think I have to spell out the logic of what could happen if everybody held off on buying.

On a personal note, I just returned from a two-week vacation in the UK (I’m US-based, if you hadn’t picked up on that already). I was pleased to see this in Forbidden Planet:

More news as it comes in (if a day or two late…).

The Stone Within to be published this year

It’s been fairly quiet on the Chung Kuo front these last few months, but Mr. Wingrove has announced on his Facebook page that Book 10: The Stone Within will be published within the year with the exact date to be known hopefully soon. Following the cover art style from the first nine books in the Fragile Books re-release, here’s the ouroboros-themed cover for the volume (click for full size).

Personally, I’ve recently started a re-read of the Chung Kuo saga. This will be my third time on this journey and I’m currently on Book 3: The Middle Kingdom. Part of this is me missing the story and involvement with this site; another part of it is just procrastinating on my PhD dissertation.

Anyone else out there doing another read-through? Feel free to drop a line below.

Reminder: Monsters of the Deep Signing

Just a quick reminder that Chung Kuo Book 9: Monsters of the Deep will be released by Fragile Books on October 19 – one month’s time. David Wingrove will be signing copies that day at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue from 6-7pm. That’s in London, I think. I don’t know, I live in Miami, where we get hurricanes. Anyhow, if anyone can send along a report or some pictures, that would be great!

Wingrove on the Passing of Brian Aldiss

David Wingrove was interviewed today on BBC Radio 4 program “Last Word” on the death of his friend and co-author, Brian Aldiss. Skip to 13:30 for the segment on Aldiss.

David also posted on Facebook earlier this week go about Aldiss’s passing.

I’ve had Finches of Mars, one of his last books, next to my bed for several months now, one of many books in a pile I’ve wanted to get through. I’ll have to make finishing it, and getting to others of his, a priority.