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The Best of Michael Moorcock
     

The Best of Michael Moorcock

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by Michael Moorcock, John Davey (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)
 

From the legendary author of the Elric saga, a Science Fiction Grand Master, a platinum album–receiving rock star, and the controversial editor of the new wave’s New Worlds, this definitive collection captures the incomparable short fiction of one of science fiction and literature’s most important contemporary writers.

These exceptional stories

Overview


From the legendary author of the Elric saga, a Science Fiction Grand Master, a platinum album–receiving rock star, and the controversial editor of the new wave’s New Worlds, this definitive collection captures the incomparable short fiction of one of science fiction and literature’s most important contemporary writers.

These exceptional stories range effortlessly from the genre tales that continue to define fantasy to the author’s critically acclaimed mainstream works. Classic offerings include the Nebula Award–winning novella “Behold the Man,” which introduces a time traveler and unlikely messiah that H.G. Wells never imagined; “The Visible Men,” a recent tale of the ambiguous and androgynous secret agent Jerry Cornelius; the trilogy “My Experiences in the Third World War,” where a Russian agent in an alternate Cambodia is powerless to prevent an inevitable march toward nuclear disaster; and “A Portrait in Ivory,” a Melibone story of troubled anti-hero Elric and his soul-stealing sword, Stormbringer.

Newer work handpicked by the expert editing team includes one previously unpublished story and three uncollected stories. With his finest stories finally collected in one volume, this book is a long-overdue tribute to an extraordinarily gifted, versatile, and much-beloved author.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A major novelist of enormous ambition."
Washington Post

“The 17 stories in this collection demonstrate the breadth of scope and the excellence in storytelling of SF Grand Master and multigenre author Moorcock.... Moorcock crosses genres, bends boundaries, and breaks rules as only a master storyteller can.”
Library Journal

“...Moorcock is a throwback to such outsized 19th-century novelistic talents as Dickens and Tolstoy.”
Locus

“[Moorcock] introduced me to the ridiculously powerful things that happen when you put a sophisticated, contemporary literary vocabulary at the service of a blackly grim high-fantasy imagination. A giant of the genre in every possible sense.”
TIME Magazine

“It is all quintessential Moorcock—a wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock’s talent very well, thank you.”
Booklist

“...a handy, one-volume collection that serves as a superb introduction to the boundless imagination of this unique and fascinating author....”
Bookgasm

“..something for everyone to love.... This collection illustrates the breadth of Moorcock’s talent. A long-overdue retrospective.”
The Guardian

Publishers Weekly

Readers new to the work of Grand Master Moorcock may be a bit put off by this wandering collection of short stories, grouped neither chronologically nor by style and acknowledged in the introduction as an "almost random" selection. Those seeking links to the renowned fantasy saga of Elric will find only the enigmatic eight-page "A Portrait in Ivory," which, while evocative and well-written, will have much less impact for those who have not previously encountered the mercenary antihero. Similarly, only three of Moorcock's four Reminiscences of the Third World War stories are included, and the other selections range from hard science fiction to the brief and "wholly non-fantastical" tale "A Winter Admiral." Moorcock's writing is top-notch, but only completists will be able to fully appreciate its exemplars here. (June)

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Manchester Guardian
Something for everyone to love . . . this collection illustrates the breadth of Moorcock's talent.
Bookgasm

A handy, one-volume collection that serves as a superb introduction to the boundless imagination of this unique and fascinating author.

Sci Fi Wire

Moorcock is the wielder of the wand-like pen . . . a remarkable window through which to gaze in upon a fascinating writer.

Booklist

It is all quintessential Moorcock-a wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock's talent very well, thank you.

Time Magazine's Nerd World Blog
A giant of the genre in every possible sense
Locus
Moorcock is a throwback to such outsized 19thcentury novelistic talents as Dickens and Tolstoy.
Library Journal

From a poignant, contemplative moment in the life of antihero Elric of Melniboné ("A Portrait in Ivory") to a previously unpublished new revision of the 1993 story "Lunching with the Antichrist," the 17 stories in this collection demonstrate the breadth of scope and the excellence in storytelling of sf Grandmaster and multigenre author Moorcock. VERDICT One of the progenitors of the sword-and-sorcery genre as well as the New Wave literary sf movement, Moorcock crosses genres, bends boundaries, and breaks rules as only a master storyteller can. This important contribution to the author's oeuvre contains variant versions and some previously uncollected stories; a must read for his most ardent fans.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892391865
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Moorcock is among the most influential British authors of fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream literature. His many novels include the Elric series, the Cornelius Quartet, Gloriana, Mother London, and King of the City. Moorcock has received the Nebula, World Fantasy, and British Science Fiction awards and is a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. As editor of the science-fiction magazine New Worlds, Moorcock was one of the progenitors of the experimental and controversial new-wave literary science-fiction movement. His nonfiction has appeared in many UK outlets, including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, and New Statesman. A member of the progressive rock band Hawkwind, Moorcock received a platinum disc for the album Warrior on the Edge of Time.

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