The Best of Michael Moorcock

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 traveller 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 Newer work handpicked by an expert editing team includes one previously unpublished story and three uncollected stories.

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[ERIC, WHO HAD slept well and revived himself with fresh-brewed herbs, was in improved humour as he mixed honey and water into his glass of green breakfast wine A PORTRAIT IN IVORY]

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(@TachyonPub, 1 May 2019, 403 pages, ebook, copy from @TachyonPub and voluntarily reviewed)

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I’d never heard of the author before. Like The Very Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan I didn’t know what to expect. This is a huge collection spanning almost forty years. The stories are so wide, diverse and completely different than no two stories are the same. The stories here made me want to read more of his work. I expected the stories to be more science fiction but they fit better into the speculative fiction box. I enjoyed every story here. This collection is a true pleasure to read. The gems include the reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix, a time travel journey to meet Jesus and John the Baptist and experience their world, a love story played out across holes in the fabric of the universe in an alternate history of the United States with a restaurant at the vortex of time and space. I was impressed with this collection.

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