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Now that Wingrove’s new series Roads to Moscow has found a publisher, I face a dilemma with this site. Should Of Gifts and Stones remain solely focused on Chung Kuo, or should I cover other of David Wingrove’s works as well? Help me out and click on the poll below. Comments are welcome, too.

Written on November 22nd, 2013 , Housekeeping, Opinions, Reflections

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    Goonda commented

    I voted for Everything Wingrove.

    I don’t think there would be any loss to Chung Kuo content by adding coverage of David’s other works, and as things stand Chung Kuo will continue to be the dominant topic for discussion. It helps that, by the time The Empire of Time is published, Chung Kuo will have been around for 25 years and have 16 published volumes with a further 12 to come. And that isn’t even counting the huge collection of extended universe stuff that is released and planned.

    Besides, David has been very generous in providing content for this site over the last few years. I think it could be nice for him to continue having a single point of contact for his fan base.

    Of course, once Roads to Moscow is published, this all may have to be reevaluated. We can only hope it ends up becoming a huge critical and popular success that will cause this site to completely out grow the limits of Matt’s generosity.

    November 23, 2013 at 12:23 am
    Brad commented

    Make it everything Wingrove, keep the site name.

    Nice to see his other series getting picked up… I’m finishing up the Myst Reader for the first time and was wondering if he was going to ever get something else published. Will be getting it for sure, though I assume there will be a delay releasing it on my side of the pond.

    November 23, 2013 at 1:54 am
    Gabriel Gonzales commented

    There’s nothing wrong with keeping Wingrove fans abreast of his other projects on this site. This is the first I’ve heard that Roads to Moscow will finally be published.

    December 1, 2013 at 1:56 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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