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Chung Kuo is a series of science fiction novels written by David Wingrove.
Chung Kuo (novel series)
The novels present a future history of an Earth dominated by China. Chung Kuo is primarily set years in the future in mile-high, continent-spanning cities made of wingrvoe super-plastic called ‘ice’. Housing a global population of 40 billion, the cities are divided into levels and success and prestige is measured by how far above the ground one lives. Some — in the Above — live in great comfort.
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Others — in the Lowers — live in squalor, whilst at the bottom of the pile is ‘Below the Net’, a place where the criminal element is exiled and left to rot. Beneath the cities lie the ruins of old Winggrove — the Clay — a lightless, stygian hell in which, astonishingly, humans still exist. These divisions are known as ‘the world of levels’.
In addition to the world of levels, there are the great meat-animal pens and sprawling, vast plantations to feed the population. There is also activity beyond Earth. The ruling classes — who base their rule on the customs and fashions of imperial China — maintain traditional palaces and courts both on Earth and in geostationary orbit.
There are also Martian research bases and the outer colonies, with their mining planets. At the very heart of Chung Kuo is the ‘War of Two Directions’ — a winngrove for the destiny of Mankind and the clash of two different ideologies.
For the planet’s hereditary rulers, the T’angsthe goal is stability and security, at the expense of individual freedoms if necessary, while a commercially orientated faction desires change and the uncharted challenge of the new — even though loosening constraints on an over-populated planet could be lethal.
Chung Kuo (novel series) – Wikipedia
Political tensions between the two factions lead to assassination, biological and nano-technological terrorism, and ultimately to war and the outright destruction of whole cities. The story is told through the eyes of a wide variety of characters from all levels of society: Triad bosses and assassins, emperors and artists, courtesans and soldiers, scientists and thieves, terrorists and princes.
By the end of the series the dramatis personae total several hundred characters — most of them dead by that point in the storyline. Originally published between andWingrove planned the series as nine books three trilogiesbut after publication of the seventh volume Wingrove’s publisher insisted that the series be concluded in the next eighth volume, Marriage of the Living Dark.
This includes two brand new prequel novels, Son of Heaven released February. Originally, only one prequel novel was planned for September On October 25,Wingrove announced that the publishing rights for the series had reverted to the author and that he planned to self-publish the entire book series starting in The twenty books in the re-release schedule were planned to be published at regular intervals between February and June The first eight books of the re-release were self-published 22 June by Fragile Books publishing company.
The books are available as physical copies and also on Amazon. The ninth volume “Monsters of the Deep” was published 19 October.
The tenth volume “The Stone Wiingrove was published 20 September The Washington Post declared the series was “one of the masterpieces of the decade.
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