1 September 1954 |
North Battersea, London
David Wingrove (born September 1954 in North Battersea, London) 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.
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Between 1972 and 1982 he wrote over 300 unpublished short stories and 15 novels.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.
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 abandoned the project after Cheetham left, but Cheetham reacquired it for his new publishers, Corvus Atlantic, in 2009. 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. However, this was followed by news of a delay to Spring 2011 and the addition of a second prequel novel, Daylight on Iron Mountain.
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 very different novels, The Beast with Two Backs, Heaven's Bright Sun, and Roads to Moscow.
Original publication sequence (1989–1997):
- The Middle Kingdom (1989)
- The Broken Wheel (1990)
- The White Mountain (1991)
- The Stone Within (1992)
- Beneath the Tree of Heaven (1993)
- White Moon, Red Dragon (1994)
- Days of Bitter Strength (1995)
- The Marriage of the Living Dark (1997)
'Recasting' publication sequence (2011–14, planned):
- Son of Heaven (February 2011)
- Daylight on Iron Mountain (October 2011)
- The Middle Kingdom (October 2012)
- Ice and Fire (December 2012)
- The Art of War (March 2013)
- An Inch of Ashes (July 2013)
- The Broken Wheel (November 2013)
- The White Mountain (March 2014)
- Monsters of the Deep
- The Stone Within
- Upon a Wheel of Fire
- Beneath the Tree of Heaven
- Song of the Bronze Statue
- White Moon Red Dragon
- China on the Rhine
- Days of Bitter Strength
- The Father of Lies
- Blood and Iron
- King of Infinite Space
- The Marriage of the Living Dark
- Myst: The Book of Atrus (Cyan / Hyperion)
- Myst: The Book of Ti'ana (Cyan / Hyperion)
- Myst: The Book of D'ni (Cyan / Hyperion)
Roads to Moscow
Beginning in 2014, Wingrove's second science fiction series will be published by Del Ray Books. The series is a trilogy titled Roads to Moscow.
- The Empire of Time (April 2014) 
- The Language Of The Blood
- The Master of Time
- Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (with Brian Aldiss)
- A page dedicated to the Chung Kuo series
- David Wingrove at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database