The Middle Kingdom is volume three in David Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series, out in October in a smart new edition from Corvus at £14.99. The Middle Kingdom was first published in 1989 – so here is a great opportunity to catch up on the saga.
It’s 2196: “The great Empire of Ice, Chung Kuo, has finally been shaken after, more than a century of peace. The Minister of the Edict has been assassinated. The seven ruling T’ang struggle to maintain Stasis, even as their mile-high, continent-spanning cities descend into chaos.
Amid the chaos, the rebels responsible for the assassination seize the opportunity to effect Change. But the assassination was orchestrated by those far closer to the ruling power, and this betrayal will lead them all into the world-shattering War of Two Directions.”