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The brand-new prequel to Chung Kuo, a masterwork of future history standing alongside Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation

The year is 2085, two decades after the great economic collapse that destroyed Western civilization. With its power broken and its cities ruined, life in the West continues in scattered communities. In rural Dorset, Jake Reed lives with his 14-year-old son and memories of the great collapse. Back in '43, Jake was a rich, young futures broker, immersed in the datascape of the world's financial markets. He saw what was coming—and who was behind it. Forewarned, he was one of the few to escape the fall. For 22 years he has lived in fear of the future, and finally it is coming—quite literally—across the plain toward him. Chinese airships are in the skies and a strange, glacial structure has begun to dominate the horizon. Jake finds himself forcibly incorporated into the ever-expanding "World of Levels," a global city of some 34 billion souls, where social status is reflected by how far above the ground you live. Here, under the rule of the mighty Tsao Ch'un, a resurgent China is seeking to abolish the past and bring about world peace through rigidly enforced order—but a civil war looms, and Jake will find himself at the heart of the struggle for the future.

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David Wingrove is the Hugo Award-winning coauthor of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, and the coauthor of the first three books in the Myst series.

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DANE, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by DANE)
David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series has got to be one of the best collections I've read in years. Originally released in the 1990's, the series has been expanded and re-released. Son of Heaven is the new book #1 and serves as a prequel to the original story. In it, all the countries of Earth have been conquered by China and the entire population is housed in a mammoth city that covers most of the land surface. The political system has reverted to the ancient Chinese imperial one with each continent being ruled by one of seven emperors. The novels are full of revolutionary intrigue and complicated plots and coups. A definite must-read!!
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Wingrove, David
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