- Publisher: Corvus
- Format: Hardback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 254mm x 38mm | 798g
- Publication date: 1 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1848877307
- ISBN 13: 9781848877306
- Sales rank: 899,874
THE MIDDLE KINGDOM. The year is 2196. After more than a century of peace and stability, Chung Kuo - the great Empire of Ice controlled by seven ruling kings, the T'ang - has finally been shaken. Lwo Kang, Minister of the Edict - the legal instrument that prevents change - has been assassinated; blown away while in the imperial solarium. As the T'ang strive to maintain peace through what many see as a stagnating tyranny - their seven great mile-high, continent-spanning cities descend into chaos. As a small group of European elite, calling themselves the Dispersionists, seize the opportunity to effect change, so others emerge, like the politically-motivated Ping Tiao, the Sons of Benjamin Franklin - rich sons of powerful men who wish to re-establish the American Empire - and The Black Hand, brutal killers from amongst the teeming dispossessed. But the assassination was orchestrated by those far closer to the ruling power; far closer to those in 'The Above', sparking a devastating conflict and the world-shattering War of Two Directions.
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David Wingrove is the Hugo Award-winning co-author (with Brian Aldiss) of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. He is also the co-author of the first three MYST books - novelizations of one of the world's bestselling computer games. He lives in north London with his wife and four daughters.
"The achievement of a master world-builder." --"Omni"