Books by David Wingrove

BENEATH THE TREE OF HEAVEN by David Wingrove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 1995

In the fifth volume of Wingrove's immense Chung Kuo saga of Earth in the 23rd century (The Stone Within, 1993, etc.), the rule of the seven Chinese overlords, or T'angs, is crumbling, as the need for change grows more powerful than the T'angs' ability to suppress it. This time, the focus shifts to Mars, where Howard DeVore, the secret puppet master behind the Dispersionists (revolutionaries), is slowly acquiring intelligent computers and self-aware programs. DeVore is also concealing vital facts: that Mars possesses vast undisclosed mineral wealth; that he has built underground factories all over Mars; and that the real population is many times that declared in the last T'ang census. Indeed, DeVore's imminent war against Chung Kuo on Mars is but a prelude to a projected invasion of Earth itself. Like the other books in the series: vast, dense, overpopulated, bookish, absorbing for addicts, impenetrable to outsiders. Read full book review >
CHUNG KUO by David Wingrove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 2, 1993

Fourth of Wingrove's Chung Kuo series of yarns (The White Mountain, 1992, etc.)—a vast epic of revolution and war in a relatively low-tech, overpopulated medium-future ruled by seven Chinese overlords, or T'angs. This time out, in 2209, the albino Dispersionist leader Stefan Lehmann gains control of the criminal gangs—the tongs and Triads—that order the existence of society's lower echelons. In North America, meanwhile, the House of Representatives begins to flex its political muscles; Europe also challenges the rule of the T'angs. And divisions between the T'angs themselves also grow deeper, as some progressives push for a relaxation of the Edict of Technological Control, and positive action to deal with the chronic overpopulation problem. More of the same: those already hooked on Chung Kuo will want to continue their acquaintance; the merely curious would do better to start with volume one—this is a heavy, tortuous series with a cast of thousands, and isolated installments are not readily intelligible. Read full book review >
CHUNG KUO by David Wingrove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

Chunk three of Wingrove's projected seven-book, 23rd-century megayarn: the repressed West's stealthy struggle to overthrow Chinese capitalist overlords. The conspiracy against the Chinese is coordinated by the brilliant, ice-cold Howard DeVore and his underlings—terrorist leader Jan Mach and the vicious, ambitious double agent Hans Ebert, now appointed second-in-command to Li Yuan, one of the seven T'angs who rule the world. Thanks to the rebels' efforts, the T'angs' grip on absolute power is crumbling, their scheme to install mind- controlling electrodes in their subjects' brains in ruins. DeVore, meanwhile, having masterfully wrecked Europe, looks to America as a new source of allies and funds; eventually he will go to Mars to continue his development of biological-warfare techniques. So it goes. And goes: description with exposition by cardboard characters against a backdrop that grows ever more friable and unlikely. The effect is numbing, unless you already share Wingrove's peculiar obsessions. Read full book review >