London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction

Overview

Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock has long been considered one of the top names in science fiction and fantasy. Here, Moorcock has personally selected his best published and unpublished essays, articles, reviews, and opinions—all uncensored. Covering a wide range of topics including books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes, this collection is the definitive compilation for any serious fan of Moorcock, or science fiction in ...

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Overview

Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock has long been considered one of the top names in science fiction and fantasy. Here, Moorcock has personally selected his best published and unpublished essays, articles, reviews, and opinions—all uncensored. Covering a wide range of topics including books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes, this collection is the definitive compilation for any serious fan of Moorcock, or science fiction in general. Drawn from more than 50 years of writing, including Moorcock’s most recent work from the Los Angeles Times and the Guardian—along with obscure and now unobtainable sources—the prose in this compendium showcases Moorcock at his sharpest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wry and dry are Moorcock's (Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles) modus operandi in this collection of nonfiction selected by the author and Allan Kausch. Among the old book reviews, meditations on London, and diary entries are personal musings, wherein the author points out, for example, the parallel between Willie Nelson and God, noting that the former was once arrested for marijuana in Texas (where Moorcock lives for half the year) and immediately acquitted, whereas the cop who did the cuffing was fired. Moorcock also has a generous selection of portraits and remembrances of his contemporary literary friends, including JG Ballard and Andrea Dworkin. The lengthy, lyrical rumination on the ruined landscape of his childhood in Blitz-era London (where he found "the camaraderie of hopelessness") is of particular note, as it is neither romanticized nor diluted, vividly presenting the discovery of buried treasure and dead bodies in the rubble of bombed houses. Most of the selections are taken from the author's regular contributions to English magazines and newspapers, particularly the Guardian and the Financial Times, and have a distinctly political air. Though his assertions can get repetitive, Moorcock's charming curmudgeonliness makes this collection a true pleasure, balancing scathing wit with flashes of nostalgia and melancholy. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604864908
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2012
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Moorcock is an award-winning author who has written more than 80 works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Cornelius Quartet, Doctor Who, and Elric: The Stealer of Souls. His nonfiction has appeared in Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Bastrop, Texas. Allan Kausch is the editor of more than 1,100 projects for Lucasfilm Ltd., and has also edited five volumes of Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, in addition to 80 other books. He lives in San Francisco. Iain Sinclair is the author of Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, and A Walk Around the M25.

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