The Best of Michael Moorcock

The Best of Michael Moorcock

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"He is the master storyteller of our time."--Angela Carter

Michael Moorcock: Legendary author of the Elric saga, Science Fiction Grand Master, platinum album-receiving rock star, and controversial editor of the new wave fiction movement's New Worlds. In this definitive collection, discover the incomparable stories of one of our 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 Newer work handpicked by an expert editing team includes one previously unpublished story and three uncollected stories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 403 pages
  • 150 x 227 x 27.94mm | 497g
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1892391864
  • 9781892391865
  • 336,861

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Praise for The Best of Michael Moorcock

"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."

"[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."

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

"I enjoyed every story here. This collection is a true pleasure to read."
--The Book Lover's Boudoir

"Something for everyone to love . . . This collection illustrates the breadth of Moorcock's talent. A long-overdue retrospective."
--The Guardian

"A concise compendium of unrelenting quality."

Praise for Michael Moorcock

"The greatest writer of post-Tolkien British fantasy."
--Michael Chabon

"Moorcock's writing is intricate, fabulous, and mellifluous."
--Walter Mosley

"Moorcock weaves history, myth, and alternate realities into a seamless whole."
--Publishers Weekly

"He is a giant. If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction, you must read Michael Moorcock."
--Tad Williams

"A major novelist of enormous ambition."
--Washington Post

"He is the master storyteller of our time."
--Angela Carter

"The 20th century's central fantasist."
--John Clute

"No one at the moment in England is doing more to break down the artificial divisions that have grown up in novel writing--realism, surrealism, science fiction, historical fiction, social satire, the poetic novel--than Michael Moorcock."
--Angus Wilson

"Michael Moorcock is one of the secret architects of 21st-century pop culture."

"Moorcock is the wielder of the wandlike pen."
--SCI FI Wire

Praise for Elric: Stealer of Souls

"The spells that first drew me and all the numerous admirers of his work with whom I am acquainted into Moorcock's luminous and captivating web."
--Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta
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About Michael Moorcock

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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