Monday, March 26, 2012

White Moon, Red Dragon (the science fiction Game of Thrones)

A new article at the LA Times (via) looks at popular science fiction in China and includes this complaint from the author of "Red Star Over America":

"I went to America to present my ideas, but they thought that the portrayal of China's superpower status was an exaggeration. Americans think that America cannot be destroyed. They laughed at this idea. They didn't believe in me."
The funny thing is that series already exists - - David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series.

The eight-book series from the 90's is basically the science fiction version of George Martin's Game of Thrones - - relentless political intrigue peppered with a heavy dose of betrayal, sex, warfare, and the frequent death of major characters. Instead of feudal fantasy, the series takes place in a near-future where China has conquered the world.

Years ago I started with book 6 in the series, White Moon, Red Dragon, and it's still my favorite of the series by far. I can't recommend it highly enough. One of my alltime favorites. You can pick up a used copy for only 50 cents at Amazon.