The Middle KingdomDavid Wingrove
18 October 2012
Published by Corvus
The year is 2196. The great Empire of Ice, Chung Kuo, has finally been shaken after more than a century of peace enforced by brutal tyranny. The Minister of the Edict – an official responsible for licensing all technology that could lead to Change – has been assassinated. The seven ruling T’ang struggle to maintain Stasis, even as their mile-high, continent-spanning cities descend into chaos.
Amid the chaos, the rebels responsible for the assassination seize the opportunity to effect Change. But the assassination was orchestrated by those far closer to the ruling power and this betrayal, the first of many, will lead them all into the world-shattering War of Two Directions.
WAR IS COMING…
Awesome. CHUNG KUO carries the hallmark of legend.
Love, tragedy, joy... all human life (and death) is here
Colossal. A long-awaited, elaborately frightening vision of the future.
Quite extraordinary... finally delivers SF into the hands of an English ProustBrian Aldiss
One of the masterpieces of the decade
Excellent... with a well-imagined universe, well-executed characters and action that doesn't let up, this is Orwell's 1984 but on an enormous canvas packed with detail
Toronto Globe and Mail
Massive. Brutal. Excellent.