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Chung Kuo Vol 1: Son of Heaven update

Hot news from Corvus, soon-to-be publisher of the new, improved and expanded Chung Kuo epic from David Wingrove. Their new catalogue devotes a 2-page spread to the Chung Kuo books, including a blurbtastic summary and this terrific cover for book one:

Chung Kuo 1 - Son of Heaven

How utterly splendid is that? For more information, including that summary and the full list of the sequence’s titles, go to (see below) -


Many thanks to Adam Whitehead at the Wertzone.


Just spoken to Mr Wingrove and sadly it seems that the Corvus information is now obsolete: due to various hinderings and hamperings, book 1, Son of Heaven, is now scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. On the upside, the original text of SOH has itself undergone revisions and improvements resulting in its being turned into 2 volumes, Son Of Heaven and Daylight On Iron Mountain. Corvus had planned to show the Chung Kuo sequence in all its glory at the London Book Fair but the Volcanic-Ash-From-Hell prevented many book buyers from attending; the figure I`ve heard is something like 80% absences. However, the next big world book event is the ABA, the American Book Association jamboree at Bookexpo America in New York in May; after that, its the Frankfurt Book Fair in October (I think). More info when available.

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  1. David C Says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Yet another delay..aaagh! Whoever can promise an earlier Chung Kuo release date gets my vote-looking forward to the the recast Wingrove Armageddon:the original series was an underrated landmark.Cover looks cool-when do we get the promised Chung Kuo blog?

  2. rockitboy Says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I sympathise but publishing is a funny business – that funny-peculiar rather than funny-haha. Yes, the covers are all reputedly as fab as that one. As for the CKblog – shall try find out what the story is on that. Could be that DW and Corvus may decide to wait until winter/into the new year.

  3. Or R Says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    so now we are looking at a 20 volume series??

    wow that is one heck of a release schedule,
    are they all now written after the revisions and the additions? and they already have the covers for the entire series?

    can’t wait, this seems like it will be one hell of a ride

  4. rockitboy Says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Actually, closer examination of the Corvus/Atlantic catalogue and other sources reveal that, ahem, only the cover for book 1 has been aired so far. Ooops. And yes, we`re taling 20 books. Get new shelves, folks.

  5. Gabriel Gonzales Says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    At this point I’m not even surprised about the delays anymore. Allow me to make a prediction – a final rewrite will have to depict a future world far beyond the year ’2085,’ simply because the year 2085 in the real world will have come and gone long before this book is finally published and distributed.

  6. David C Says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I still can’t believe it’s 2010 and there’s only one sun in the sky “What’s going to happen Dave?”"Something wonderful..”

  7. jewell Says:

    May 7th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    With each new delay, my enthusiasm for Chung Kuo dies just a little bit more. Wasn’t the series supposed to be released back in spring 2009, originally?

    It’ll come when it’s ready I suppose but I’m not going to hold my breath anymore.

  8. rockitboy Says:

    May 7th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I realise that this has been a long time coming, and I understand the impatience. But life rarely takes the easy route – just look at our general election, wot a twisty tangly thing its become. But I assure you it will be coming out – Corvus have dedicated a section of their catalogue to the saga, even though thats been superceded. Its coming, just not straight away. Plenty other good books out there.

  9. rockitboy Says:

    July 8th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    As anyone perusing this blog will know, the process by which the Chung Kuo books are coming print has been unbelievably slow. Spoke with Mr Wingrove today, and again things are moving ahead; galley proofs of the 1st batch of novels are being proofread and the actual bound proof of book one is in the offing. Tough to do but…keep holding that breath.

  10. Guy Says:

    October 14th, 2010 at 5:05 pm


    amazon UK has two versions of Son of Heaven up

    one is listed as a Feb 1 2011 release by atlantic books for the price of 25

    the other is listed as a march 1 2011 release by corvus for the price of 18.99

    which is the correct one ?

  11. rockitboy Says:

    October 16th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Well, that is a conundrum. I shall find out and get back with some kind of answer.

  12. rockitboy Says:

    October 19th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Guy – had a word with Mr W. He’s noticed it and thinks that it might be separate listings for the special limited edition of SOHeaven, and the regular hardback edition. Hope that helps.

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