David Wingrove

David Wingrove (born September 1954) is a British science fiction writer. He is well known as the author of the Chung Kuo novels. He is also the co-author (with Rand and Robyn Miller) of the three Myst novels.

David Wingrove
Born1 September 1954 (age 64)


Wingrove worked in the banking industry for seven years until he became fed up with it. He then attended the University of Kent, Canterbury, where he read English and American Literature.

He is married and, with his wife Susan, has four daughters: Jessica, Amy, Georgia, and Francesca.


Between 1972 and 1982 he wrote over 300 unpublished short stories and 15 novels.

He started work on a new fictional project called A Perfect Art. Between 1984 and 1988, when it was first submitted, the title was changed twice, becoming first A Spring Day at the Edge of the World and then finally Chung Kuo, under which title it was sold to 18 publishers throughout the world. The Chung Kuo series ran to eight of nine planned volumes before the series was cancelled and the author had to prematurely finish the story in the eighth volume, which both he and readers found unsatisfying.[1]

In 2008, Nicolas Cheetham at Quercus Publishing bought the rights to the series and planned an ambitious reprinting and repackaging of the sequence, 'recasting' it as eighteen shorter novels (including a radically re-written finale) and an all-new prequel novel, provisionally entitled When China Comes. Quercus Publishing abandoned the project after Mr. Cheetham left, but Mr. Cheetham reacquired it for his new publishers, Corvus Atlantic, in 2009.[2] The reissuing of the series was planned to run from September 2010 to May 2014, commencing with the prequel novel, now retitled Son of Heaven.[3] However, this was followed by news of a delay to Spring 2011 and the addition of a second prequel novel, Daylight on Iron Mountain.[4]

Wingrove also has plans for further novels, including a first person character novel called Dawn in Stone City set in the Chung Kuo setting. He is also working on three novels, The Beast with Two Backs, Heaven's Bright Sun, and Roads to Moscow.

Chung Kuo

Original publication sequence (1989–1997):

  1. The Middle Kingdom (1989)
  2. The Broken Wheel (1990)
  3. The White Mountain (1991)
  4. The Stone Within (1992)
  5. Beneath the Tree of Heaven (1993)
  6. White Moon, Red Dragon (1994)
  7. Days of Bitter Strength (1995)
  8. The Marriage of the Living Dark (1997)

'Recasting' publication sequence (2011–14, planned):

  1. Son of Heaven (2011)
  2. Daylight on Iron Mountain (2011)
  3. The Middle Kingdom (2012)
  4. Ice and Fire (2012)
  5. The Art of War (2013)
  6. An Inch of Ashes (2013)
  7. The Broken Wheel (2013)
  8. The White Mountain (2014)
  9. Monsters of the Deep (2017)
  10. The Stone Within (2018)
  11. Upon a Wheel of Fire
  12. Beneath the Tree of Heaven
  13. Song of the Bronze Statue
  14. White Moon Red Dragon
  15. China on the Rhine
  16. Days of Bitter Strength
  17. The Father of Lies
  18. Blood and Iron
  19. King of Infinite Space
  20. The Marriage of the Living Dark


Roads to Moscow

Wingrove's second science fiction series was published by Del Rey Books. The series is a trilogy titled Roads to Moscow.

  1. The Empire of Time (April 2014)
  2. The Ocean of Time (March 2015)
  3. The Master of Time (June 2016)


  • Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (with Brian Aldiss)


  1. ^ David Wingrove's assessment of the series
  2. ^ Bookseller report Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Corvus Autumn 2010 catalogue
  4. ^ Interstellar Tactics blog

External links

45th World Science Fiction Convention

The 45th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Conspiracy '87, was held 27 August–1 September 1987 at the Metropole Hotel and The Brighton Centre in Brighton, England.

The initial chairman was Malcolm Edwards, who had to scale back his involvement several months before the con, and was succeeded by Paul Oldroyd with the title of "Coordinator", later recognised as chairman. The toastmaster was Brian W. Aldiss. Total attendance was 4,009, out of 5,425 paid memberships.

Alraune (1928 film)

Alraune (also called Unholy Love, Mandrake, or A Daughter of Destiny) is a 1928 German silent science fiction, horror film directed by Henrik Galeen and starring Brigitte Helm in which a prostitute is artificially inseminated with the semen of a hanged man. The story is based upon the legend of Alraune and the powers of the mandrake root to impregnate women. In this version the symbiosis caused by the sexual union between the human and the root causes the girl to kill all men who fall in love with her.

Atlantis, the Lost Continent

Atlantis, the Lost Continent is a 1961 American science fiction film in Metrocolor from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, produced and directed by George Pal, that stars Sal Ponti (under the screen name of Anthony Hall), Joyce Taylor, and John Dall.The storyline concerns the events leading up to the total destruction of the fictional continent of Atlantis during the time of Ancient Greece.

Beasts (Crowley novel)

Beasts (ISBN 0-385-11260-2) is a novel by American writer John Crowley, published in 1976 by Doubleday.

Childhood's End

Childhood's End is a 1953 science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke. The story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

Clarke's idea for the book began with his short story "Guardian Angel" (published in New Worlds #8, winter 1950), which he expanded into a novel in 1952, incorporating it as the first part of the book, "Earth and the Overlords". Completed and published in 1953, Childhood's End sold out its first printing, received good reviews and became Clarke's first successful novel. The book is often regarded by both readers and critics as Clarke's best novel and is described as "a classic of alien literature". Along with The Songs of Distant Earth (1986), Clarke considered Childhood's End to be one of his favourites of his own novels. The novel was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2004.

Several attempts to adapt the novel into a film or miniseries have been made with varying levels of success. Director Stanley Kubrick expressed interest in the 1960s, but collaborated with Clarke on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) instead. The novel's theme of transcendent evolution also appears in Clarke's Space Odyssey series. In 1997, the BBC produced a two-hour radio dramatization of Childhood's End that was adapted by Tony Mulholland. The Syfy Channel produced a three-part, four-hour television mini-series of Childhood's End, which was broadcast on December 14–16, 2015.

Chung Kuo

Chung Kuo may refer to:

Chung Kuo (novel series), a science fiction novel series by David Wingrove

Chung-kuo or China

Chung Kuo, Cina, a 1972 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

"Chung Kuo", a song by Vangelis from China

Chung Kuo (novel series)

Chung Kuo is a series of science fiction novels written by David Wingrove. The novels present a future history of an Earth dominated by China.

List of University of Kent people

A list of people related to the University of Kent.

M. John Harrison

Michael John Harrison (born 26 July 1945), known for publication purposes primarily as M. John Harrison, is an English author and literary critic. His work includes the Viriconium sequence of novels and short stories (1971–1984), Climbers (1989), and the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy, which consists of Light (2002), Nova Swing (2006) and Empty Space (2012). He is widely considered one of the major stylists of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a "genre contrarian". The Times Literary Supplement described him as 'a singular stylist' and the Literary Review called him 'a witty and truly imaginative writer'. Robert Macfarlane has said: "Harrison is best known as one of the restless fathers of modern SF, but to my mind he is among the most brilliant novelists writing today, with regard to whom the question of genre is an irrelevance."

Münchhausen (film)

Münchhausen is a 1943 fantasy comedy film directed by Josef von Báky. Science fiction author David Wingrove has commented that this work "sidesteps immediate political issues whilst conjuring up marvellous visual images of an ageless pastoral Germany."

Ring Around the Sun (novel)

"Ring Around the Sun" is also a SF short story by Isaac Asimov.

Ring Around the Sun is a science fiction novel by American writer Clifford D. Simak. Its anti-urban and pro-agrarian sentiments are typical of much of Simak's work.

Rite of Passage (novel)

Rite of Passage is a science fiction novel by American writer Alexei Panshin. Published in 1968 as an Ace Science Fiction Special, this novel about a shipboard teenager's coming of age won that year's Nebula Award, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969.

The Alien Encounters

The Alien Encounters is a 1979 science fiction film written and directed by James T. Flocker. It is an American B movie which follows the story of an investigator who is sent to locate an alien probe which has landed on Earth. Aliens from Barnard's Star have created a machine known as a betatron which has remarkable rejuvenating effects.

Described by leading science fiction author David Wingrove in his Science Fiction Source Book as a "Deathly dull B-movie UFO story with dire effects and no real encounters at all...Endless desert scenes and interminable talk-overs disguise crank concerns of writer/director James T. Flocker", the film received generally poor reviews.

Filmed in and around the Calico Mountains including Mule Canyon Road and scenes on the lake bed, off Ghost Town Road and Interstate 15, 7 miles north of Barstow, California.

The Atomic Kid

The Atomic Kid is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction comedy film from Republic Pictures, produced by Maurice Duke and Mickey Rooney, directed by Leslie H. Martinson, that stars Mickey Rooney and Robert Strauss.

The Deep (Crowley novel)

The Deep is a 1975 speculative fiction novel by American writer John Crowley. The novel is set in a medieval world where the two factions, the "Reds" and the "Blacks", struggle for supremacy through battle. Crowley has said that his first, unfinished, novel was about the Wars of the Roses, but this novel owes more to the life and wars of Edward II.

The Legion of Space

The Legion of Space is a science fiction novel by the American writer Jack Williamson. It was originally serialized in Astounding Stories in 1934, then published in book form (with some revisions) by Fantasy Press in 1947 in an edition of 2,970 copies. A magazine-sized reprint was issued by Galaxy in 1950, with a standard paperback following from Pyramid Books in 1967. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books in 1977. The Legion of Space has been translated into German, French and Italian. It has also appeared in the omnibus Three from the Legion, which compiles the novel and all but one of its sequels.

The Myst Reader

The Myst Reader is a collection of three novels based on the Myst series of adventure games. The collection was published in September 2004 and combines three works previously published separately: The Book of Atrus (1995), The Book of Ti'ana (1996), and The Book of D'ni (1997). The novels were each written by British science-fiction writer David Wingrove with assistance from Myst's creators, Rand and Robyn Miller.

Each novel centers on the family of Atrus, a scientist and explorer who has the ability to write special books which serve as links to other worlds, known as Ages. This ability, known as the Art, was practiced extensively by an ancient civilization known as the D'ni, who were only mentioned briefly in the original Myst game. The plot of each book reveals more of the Myst back-story and the workings of the D'ni.

Upon release, reception of the novels have been mixed. Many reviewers expressed surprise that a novel based on a videogame worked; others found the prose dull and uninteresting, or that the book could not stand on its own without the game. The individual books sold well, with The Book of Atrus making USA Today's Best-Selling Books list. At least two more novels were planned; a sample of the first, The Book of Marrim, was packaged with an edition of Myst V: End of Ages.

Wingrove (surname)

Wingrove is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Billy Wingrove, English freestyle footballer

David Wingrove (born 1954), English writer

Elsie Wingrove (born 1923), Canadian baseball player

Francis Wingrove (1863–1892), Australian cricketer

Gerald Wingrove, English writer

Nigel Wingrove (born 1957), English film director

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