Michael Moorcock

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Michael Moorcock was born in London in 1939. He began to write while still at school, starting a magazine, Outlaw's Own, in 1950. He continued to produce similar fanzines until 1962. After leaving school, he began to contribute professionally to Tarzan Adventures and edited that magazine from 1957 to 1958, writing for it his first heroic fantasy series. He contributed to the Sexton Blake Library and worked for a while as a blues singer before contributing science fiction and fantasy stories to SF Adventure and Science Fantasy. In 1964 he became a hugely influential editor of New Worlds, a position that he held, taking some breaks from it, until 1971 and the effective demise of the magazine. He has always been very prolific and, as the author of Elric, the Eternal Champion, Jerry Cornelius, Colonel Pyat, Karl Glogauer and Gloriana and Mother London, he is unquestionably one of the most important of all UK fantasy and SF writers. Michael Moorcock now lives in Texas.

Open Quote What I found lacking in Tolkien which I had found in, for instance, the Elder Edda, was a sense of tragedy, of reality, of mankind's impermanence. Tolkien really did set out to write a fairy tale and in my view that's exactly what he did-provide a perfect escape plan, which had the added attractions of having been written by an Oxford don. I knew and liked Tolkien who in a bufferish sort of way was very kind to me and encouraging. I looked forward to those books coming out. I was deeply disappointed by their lack of weight and their lack of ambitious language. They are about as likely to last as "the book of the century" as Ouida, Hall Caine or Marie Corelli, all of whom were judged the greatest writers of their day by a contemporary audience. Closing Quote

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Bibliography

  • The Stealer of Souls (1963)
  • Stormbringer (1965)
  • The Sundered Worlds (1966)
  • City Of The Beast (1965)
  • Lord Of The Spiders (1965)
  • Masters Of The Pit (1965)
  • The Winds Of Limbo (1965)
  • The Chinese Agent (1966)
  • The Shores Of Death (1966)
  • The Russian Intelligence (1966)
  • The Jewel In The Skull (1967)
  • The Wrecks Of Time (1967)
  • The Final Programme (1968)
  • The Mad God's Amulet (1968)
  • The Sword Of The Dawn (1968)
  • The Ice Schooner (1969)
  • Behold The Man (1969)
  • The Runestaff (1969)
  • The Black Corridor (1969)
  • The Eternal Champion (1970)
  • Phoenix In Obsidian (1970)
  • A Cure For Cancer (1971)
  • The Knight Of The Swords (1971)
  • Queen Of The Swords (1971)
  • King Of The Swords (1971)
  • The Warlord Of The Air (1971)
  • The Sleeping Sorceress (1971)
  • Breakfast In The Ruins (1972)
  • Elric of Melniboné (1972)
  • The English Assassin (1972)
  • An Alien Heat (1972)
  • Count Brass (1973)
  • The Bull And The Spear (1973)
  • The Champion Of Garathorm (1973)
  • The Oak And The Ram (1973)
  • The Sword And The Stallion (1974)
  • The Land Leviathan (1974)
  • The Hollow Lands (1974)
  • The Quest For Tanelorn (1975)
  • The Distant Suns (with Philip James, 1975)
  • Legends From The End Of Time (1976)
  • The Lives And Times of Jerry Cornelius (1976)
  • The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate (1976)
  • The End Of All Songs (1976)
  • The Adventures of Una Perrson and Catherine Cornelius In The Twentieth Century
  • The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (1977)
  • The Condition of Muzak (1977)
  • Gloriana; or, The Unfilfill'd Queen (1978)
  • The Golden Barge (1979)
  • The Great Rock ‘n' Roll Swindle (novella, 1980)
  • Byzantium Endures (1981)
  • The Entropy Tango (1981)
  • The War Hound And The World's Pain (1981)
  • The Steel Tsar (1981)
  • The Brothel in Rosenstrasse (1982)
  • The Laughter of Carthage (1984)
  • The City In The Autumn Stars (1986)
  • The Dragon In The Sword (1986)
  • Mother London (1988)
  • The Fortress Of The Pearl (1989)
  • The Revenge Of The Rose (1991)
  • Jerusalem Commands (1992)
  • Blood: A Southern Fantasy (1994)
  • Fabulous Harbours (1995)
  • The War Amongst The Angels (1996)
  • King Of The City (2000)
  • Silverheart (with Storm Constantine, 2000)
  • The Dreamthief's Daughter (2001)