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Voted by the London Times one of the best fifty writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock was shortlisted with Salman Rushdie and Bruce Chatwynd for the Whitbread Prize (Mother London) and won the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Condition of Muzak. He has won almost all major SF and Fantasy awards and several lifetime achievement awards including the ‘Howie’, the Prix Utopiales and the Stoker.

He received the BSFA award for his editorship of New Worlds magazine which blended genre and literary fiction, science and the arts. Best known in the USA for his rule-breaking SF and Fantasy, including the classic Elric and Hawkmoon series, Behold the Man, The Warlord of the Air, Gloriana and The Dancers at the End of Time, he is also the author of several graphic novels including Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse and Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer. His political essay 'The Retreat from Liberty' predicted the manner of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall.

He has written movies including the cult classic 'The Final Programme' and received a gold disc while with the British prog-rock band Hawkwind. Records with his own band The Deep Fix include The New Worlds Fair and The Brothel in Rosenstrasse (also a novel). He played on a variety of records including the Eno-produced Robert Calvert masterpiece Lucky Leif and the Longships. He wrote the novel accompanying the Sex Pistols movie The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle.

Moorcock’s ‘Colonel Pyat’ quartet has been described as an authentic masterpiece of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is currently working on a new album Live from the Terminal Café for the Spirits Burning label and a novel The Whispering Swarm, combining autobiography and fantasy. His journalism appears in The Spectator, The GuardianThe Financial Times and The L.A.Times. His latest novel is an SF comedy featuring Dr Who, The Coming of the Terraphiles.

Born in London, Moorcock now divides his time between Paris, France, and Austin, Texas. He is married to Linda Steele and has three children by his previous marriage.


Praise

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

"Moorcock's writing is top-notch."
--Publishers Weekly


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


“He casts a heady, enslaving spell.”
--Daily Telegraph

 

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The Vengeance of Rome: The Fourth Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet
Author: Michael Moorcock with an introduction by Alan Wall
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-494-6
Published: August 2013
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 by 6
Page count: 608 Pages
Subjects: Fiction
$24.00

Byzantium Endures, the first volume of Michael Moorcock's legendary Pyat Quartet, appeared in 1981. The Laughter of Carthage (1984) and Jerusalem Commands (1992) followed. Now the quartet is complete. Pyat keeps his appointment with the age's worst nightmare.

Born in Ukraine on the first day of the century, a Jewish antisemite, Pyat careered through three decades like a runaway train. Bisexual, cocaine-loving engineer/inventor/spy, he enthusiastically embraces Fascism. Hero-worshipping Mussolini, he enters the dictator's circle, enjoys a close friendship with Mussolini's wife and is sent by the Duce on a secret mission to Munich, becoming intimate with Ernst Röhm, the homosexual stormtrooper leader. His crucial role in the Nazi Party's struggle for power has him performing perverted sex acts with "Alf," as the Führer's friends call him.

 

Pyat's extraordinary luck leaves him after he witnesses Hitler's massacre of Röhm and the SA. At last he is swallowed up in Dachau concentration camp. Thirty years later, having survived the Spanish Civil War, he is living in Portobello Road and telling his tale to a writer called Moorcock.

This authoritative edition presents this work for the first time in the United States, along with a new introduction by Alan Wall.

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Jerusalem Commands: The Third Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet
Author: Michael Moorcock
Introduction by Alan Wall
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-493-9
Published March 2013
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 by 6
Page count: 496 Pages
Subjects: Fiction
$23.00

”I will admit I was lured into temptation during the Twenties and Thirties, and I blame no one for what happened then, least of all myself.”

Unmistakably, this is the voice of Colonel Pyat, addict, inventor, and bizarre Everyman for the twentieth century. In Jerusalem Commands, the third of the Pyat quartet, our hero schemes and fantasises his way from New York to Hollywood, from Cairo to Marrakesh, from cult success to the utter limits of sexual degradation, leaving a trail of mechanical and human wreckage in his wake as he crashes towards an inevitable appointment with the worst nightmare this century has to offer.

It is Michael Moorcock’s extraordinary achievement to convert the life of Maxim Pyatnitski into epic and often hilariously comic adventure. Sustained by his dreams and profligate inventions, his determination to turn his back on the realities of his own origins, Pyat runs from crisis to crisis, every ruse a further link in a vast chain of deceit, suppression, betrayal. Yet, in his deranged self-deception, his monumentally distorted vision, this thoroughly unreliable narrator becomes a lens for focusing, through the dimensions of wild farce and chilling terror, on an uneasy brand of truth.

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The Laughter of Carthage: The Second Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet
Author: Michael Moorcock
Introduction by: Alan Wall
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-492-2
Published September 2012
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 by 6
Page count: 552 Pages
Subjects: Fiction
$23.00

Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski, that charming but despicable mythomaniac who first appeared in Byzantium Endures, is back. Having fled Bolshevik Russia in late 1919, Pyat's progress is a series of leaps from crisis to crisis, as he begins affairs with a Baroness and a Greek prostitute while undertaking schemes to build flying machines in Europe and the United States. His devotion to flamboyantly racist, particularly anti-Semitic doctrines—like his devotion to cocaine—remains unabated, and he both sings the praises of Mussolini and lectures across America for the Ku Klux Klan. (His best kept secret is of course, the fact that he is Jewish.) As the novel ends, Pyat is in Hollywood—his new Byzantium—hobnobbing with movie stars and dreaming of making films like those of his hero, D.W. Griffith.
 
Engineer, braggart, addict, Pyat is a magnificent invention, a genius of innocent vituperation: his finest achievement (and that of the author) is that his own warped and deluded vision is powerful enough to redefine reality. This authoritative edition presents the first time this work has been available in paperback in the U.S., along with a new introduction by Alan Wall.
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Byzantium Endures: The First Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet
Author: Michael Moorcock
Introduction by: Alan Wall
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-491-5
Published: March 2012
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 by 6
Page count: 400 Pages
Subjects: Fiction
$22.00

Meet Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski, also known as Pyat. Tsarist rebel, Nazi thug, continental conman, and reactionary counterspy: the dark and dangerous anti-hero of Michael Moorcock's most controversial work.
 
Published in 1981 to great critical acclaim—then condemned to the shadows and unavailable in the U.S. for thirty years—Byzantium Endures, the first of the Pyat Quartet, is not a book for the faint-hearted. It's the story of a cocaine addict, sexual adventurer, and obsessive anti-Semite whose epic journey from Leningrad to London connects him with scoundrels and heroes from Trotsky to Makhno, and whose career echoes that of the 20th century's descent into Fascism and total war.
 
This is Moorcock at his audacious, iconoclastic best: a grand sweeping overview of the events of the last century, as revealed in the secret journals of modern literature's most proudly unredeemable outlaw. This authoritative U.S. edition presents the author's final cut, restoring previously forbidden passages and deleted scenes

Praise:

“What is extraordinary about this novel…is the largeness of the design. Moorcock has the bravura of a nineteeth-century novelist: he takes risks, he uses fiction as if it were a divining rod for the age’s most significant concerns. Here, in Byzantium Endures, he has taken possession of the early twentieth century, of a strange, dead civilization and recast them in a form which is highly charged without ceasing to be credible.”  —Peter Ackroyd, Sunday Times

"A tour de force, and an extraordinary one. Mr. Moorcock has created in Pyatnitski a wholly sympathetic and highly complicated rogue… There is much vigorous action here, along with a depth and an intellectuality, and humor and color and wit as well."  —The New Yorker

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Modem Times 2.0

Author: Michael Moorcock
Publisher: PM Press (Outspoken Author Series)
ISBN: 978-1-60486-308-6
Published: January 2011
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Size: 7.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Fiction
$12.00

As the editor of London’s revolutionary New Worlds magazine in the swinging sixties, Michael Moorcock has been credited with virtually inventing modern Science Fiction: publishing such figures as Norman Spinrad, Samuel R. Delany, Brian Aldiss and J.G. Ballard.

Moorcock’s own literary accomplishments include his classic Mother London, a romp through urban history conducted by psychic outsiders; his comic Pyat quartet, in which a Jewish antisemite examines the roots of the Nazi Holocaust; Behold The Man, the tale of a time tourist who fills in for Christ on the cross; and of course the eternal hero Elric, swordswinger, hellbringer and bestseller.
 
And now Moorcock’s most audacious creation, Jerry Cornelius--assassin, rock star, chronospy and maybe-Messiah--is back in Modem Times 2.0, a time twisting odyssey that connects 60s London with post-Obama America, with stops in Palm Springs and Guantanamo. Modem Times 2.0 is Moorcock at his most outrageously readable--a masterful mix of erudition and subversion.

Plus: a non-fiction romp in the spirit of Swift and Orwell, Fields of Folly; and an Outspoken Interview with literature’s authentic Lord of Misrule.

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Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion
Editors: Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-096-2
Published August 2011
Format: Paperback
Size: 8 by 5.5
Page count: 256 Pages
Subjects: Anthology
$19.95

Burn, Baby, Burn.

An incendiary mixture of genres and voices, this collection of short stories compiles a unique set of work that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution. From the turbulent days of unionism in the streets of New York City during the Great Depression to a group of old women who meet at their local café to plan a radical act that will change the world forever, these original and once out-of-print stories capture the various ways people rise up to challenge the status quo and change up the relationships of power. Ideal for any fan of noir, science fiction, and revolution and mayhem, this collection includes works from Sara Paretsky, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Summer Brenner.

Samples from the Table of Contents:

I Love Paree” by Cory Doctorow & Michael Skeet: The story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard Army.

One Dark Berkeley Night” by Tim Wohlforth: In a story spanning decades, the ambush shooting of a cop one lonely night in Berkeley in the ‘70s echoes into the present for several people who have a lot to lose should the truth come out.

Orange Alert” by Summer Brenner: A disparate group of elderly women get together at their local café, and plan a radical act the world won’t soon forget.

Poster Child” by Sara Paretsky: Is a murder mystery where the sides are archly drawn when an anti-abortion activist is beaten to death near a pro choice fundraiser.

Two Days in June” by Rick Dakan: A young internet salesman on his rounds in today’s Berlin is drawn into a clouded past via personal and cyber memories when East Berlin wasn’t just a geographic designation.

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London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
Author: Michael Moorcock
Edited by: Michael Moorcock and Allan Kausch with an introduction by Iain Sinclair
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-490-8
Published: March 2012
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 by 6
Page count: 408 Pages
Subjects: Literary Collection, Current Affairs
$23.95

Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has won almost all the major Science Fiction, Fantasy, and lifetime achievement awards including the “Howie,” the Prix Utopiales and the Stoker. Best known for his rule-breaking SF and Fantasy, including the classic Elric and Hawkmoon series, he is also the author of several graphic novels.

Now, in London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction, Michael Moorcock personally selects the best of his published, unpublished, and uncensored essays, articles, reviews, and opinions covering a wide range of subjects: books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes. Drawn from over fifty years of writing, including his most recent work from the pages of the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, along with obscure and now unobtainable sources, the pieces in London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction showcase Moorcock at his acerbic best. They include:

“London Peculiar,” an impassioned statement of Moorcock’s memories of wartime London. The architectural “improvements” wrought by the rebuilding of the city after World War Two brought cultural changes as well, many to the detriment of the city’s inhabitants.

Review of R. Crumb’s Genesis, previously unavailable in English, this lengthy review of the underground comic artist’s retelling of the first book of the Bible leads Moorcock to address nostalgia for the sixties.

“Michael Moorcock 1939–” is the best autobiographical article to date, with a succinct recounting of Moorcock’s exciting, eventful life. From his childhood, to the heady days of editing New Worlds in the swinging sixties, to his world travels in the following years, and up to the present day as a Texan elder statesman of letters, this essay sums up a lifetime of writing and adventurous living.

These, along with dozens more, make this a collection Moorcock fans won’t want to miss, and the perfect introduction for new readers who will soon discover why Alan Moore (Watchmen) says: “Moorcock seizes the 21st century bull by its horns and wrestles it into submission with a Texan rodeo confidence.”

Praise:

“Moorcock's reviews and critical essays seem to me exemplary. They are never routine, never obligatory, never tired. They seem to me to be models of what a creative writer should do when producing critical prose. His writing here is always a conversation, never a monologue…we feel lucky to be listening in.”  —Alan Wall, writer, poet, and Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Chester, UK.

London Peculiar is the first full sampling of Moorcock’s most important and imperishable musings on subjects both vast and various: movies and music, science and politics, the old days at New Worlds, from Philip K. Dick to R. Crumb, classics from Huxley to Pynchon, and tasty tidbits from the Tea Party to Texas barbecue. Gleaned from a full half century of opinion and outcry, London Peculiar is the work of a man of letters in the grand tradition of Orwell and Dr. Johnson. It’s Old School and it’s all you need to know about Tomorrow.” 
—Terry Bisson, Hugo and Nebula award-winning novelist

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An Interview with SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
by R.K. Troughton
Amazing Stories
January 22nd, 2014
Photo by Betsy Mitchell

ASM: Famously, lines were drawn between the science fiction traditionalists and the revolutionaries. Editorials, reviews, and speeches were devised to both condemn and support the New Wave. What was life like in the trenches during the early years of the transformation?

MM: Schizophrenic was what it was like! I thought SF readers, of all people, would be open-minded and welcome innovation! At first most of my support came from the non-fandom world of regular newspapers and journals. As I said, I was a little surprised. I received quite a lot of negative mail from ‘old guard’ SF readers who felt we were somehow attacking ‘their’ SF.  At a big conference about what was being called ‘The New SF’ in 1968 attended by philosophers, poets and arts professionals as well as writers, Mike Kustow, the former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who had brought in innovations during his term there, said he called it the ‘anxious ownership’ syndrome. People somehow thought we were trying to ‘take away’ the SF they enjoyed. Of course this was not the case. What we were trying to do was broaden what could be done in fiction by using some SF conventions. I certainly didn’t want to see ‘old school’ SF writers, many of whom were my friends, put out of work and that of course didn’t happen. Far from it. In fact we were a bridge from conventional fiction to SF.

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lpRadiant Time: An Interview with Michael Moorcock
by Jerome Winter
Los Angeles Review of Books
January 20th, 2013

Michael Moorcock: As usual I find myself qualifying or quarreling with myself. Aldiss didn’t reject modernism. He was some years older than Ballard and me and wanted to bring SF in line with modernism. Ballard and I in particular argued against nostalgia as a form of sentimentality that distorts all experience. I thought all fiction of that time rotten with it! Ballard agreed. There were of course a number of reasons that brought so many individuals together at the same time. Some of those reasons would be the ones that later split us apart. Same as rock bands, really. Our common passion brought us together; our individual passions — our egos if you like — ultimately made us take pretty different paths.

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byzByzantium Endures: A Review
by Greg Baldino
NewCity Lit
August 20th, 2012

It is a comic novel, though not a comedic one, utilizing the tropes and techniques of both modern farce and classical Commedia dell’Arte. One such scene that exemplifies Moorcock’s use of comic misdirection for emotional impact is the scene mid-novel where a triumphant sexual romp reveals itself through Pyat’s obliviousness as a drug-fueled rape. For all his selfishness, ignorance and hate, there is a charismatic energy to the man that is found in all the truly terrible ideologues in history. Reflected in Pyat, we see not the man who sent millions to the gas chamber, but the millions who let him under the delusional guise of profit and progress.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Jamais Jochim
City Book Review
June 21, 2012

From a fan’s perspective there is a lot here. Most authors would merely release a biography of some sort and let the fans be happy with that. As Moorcock has always been a brilliant author, it would have been a let-down; instead, he has put together a book that gives the reader a personal insight into his world, with not only his history looked at but also his opinion. Although the book does occasionally get into some dry material, and the amount of detail in some areas can bog things down a little, such as the detailing of his army miniatures, the book does give some valuable insight into the author, making it a valuable read.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
Locus Online
by Paul Di Filippo
June 24th, 2012

Moorcock's prose is as limpid and fluid as a mountain stream, carrying the reader along effortlessly, while still achieving poetic effects that a lesser writer would strain for with pyrotechnics. Frequently he will employ a kind of "Martian observer" cold-blooded objectivity to good use. "Clinical technicians observing on screens London's wired-up sleepless-sufferers from apnoea [sic], insomnia, and night anxieties-are sometimes shocked at the level of terror or rage they find." ("City of Wonderful Night.") At other times he makes pronouncements or coins maxims that are more personal and judgmental. "Authoritarianism stops time. It corrupts history. The best artists working under dictatorships either escape time altogether, into fabulism, or move into an imaginary future or idealised past." ("A Review of Another Fool in the Balkans.") In all cases, his voice rings out with sincerity, forcefulness, authority and passion. But he's never dismissive of the viewpoints of others or caustic, but rather simply affirmatory of his own visions and stances.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
Weird Fiction Review
June 12, 2012

Moorcock is famed for his stories detailing the adventures of Jerry Cornelius and Elric of Melnibone, among many other acclaimed and award-winning works, and also for his editorship of the British science fiction magazine New Worlds, which published the work of groundbreaking writers such as J.G. Ballard, M. John Harrison, Harlan Ellison, and William Burroughs. In his writing and his editorial work, Moorcock has challenged preconceived notions of speculative literature and often pushed genre writing into fresher, more progressive territory.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Paul Durica
New City
June 2012

Recommended: Michael Moorcock is a difficult fellow to pigeonhole. He’s won practically every award given to writers in the genres of fantasy and science fiction (or speculative fiction, if you prefer), including the Nebula and Bram Stoker Award. As the editor of New Worlds, he helped shape the course of science fiction writing in the mid-twentieth century. Then there’s his career as a musician and as a historian of London. Recently, he wrote a “Doctor Who” novel. Who else could claim friendships with figures as divergent as Woody Guthrie, William S. Burroughs, Arthur C. Clarke and Alan Moore? Who else would begin life in the East End of London during the Blitz, and end up spending his golden years in the hill country outside Austin, Texas?

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Jeff VanderMeer
Omnivoracious
March 29, 2012

In his afterword, Moorcock notes that although he has “been a working journalist all my life,” he believes U.S. readers will “be surprised by what they find here,” given his reputation in this country primarily as a “writer of imaginative fiction.” Perhaps, however, this highly entertaining collection will only confirm what most readers know: Moorcock is ubiquitous in the best possible way.

PM Press has also done an excellent job with the design of London Peculiar: it invites extensive and comfortable reading, and also includes a comprehensive bibliography of Moorcock’s works. Highly recommended.

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lpThe Background to the Moorcock Multiverse: London Peculiar
by Karin L Kross
Tor.com
March 30, 2012

London Peculiar is thus a kind of career-spanning director’s commentary on Moorcock’s fiction.

This is where you’ll learn about his history, influences, and contemporaries, and about the politics and social concerns that inform his work. As such, it’s invaluable for the Moorcock enthusiast, but even a newcomer will find a lot to enjoy here. Like a map or a guidebook, it’s filled with irresistible routes and destinations, from London to Melniboné to Mars and beyond. And you’ll want to follow, whether you’ve traveled those paths before or are lucky enough to be visiting them for the first time.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by PD Smith
The Guardian (UK)
April 10th, 2012

Whether he is describing the bleakness of 50s London ("all my girlfriends wore black and thought a lot about suicide") or the "smugness" and conformity of modern London ("I like my classes mixed"), Moorcock writes with genuine love for the city. There are heartfelt pieces on fellow Londoners JG Ballard, Angela Carter and Iain Sinclair, as well as authors, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs ("a master tale-spinner"), Philip K Dick and Mervyn Peake, whose Titus Groan novels he describes as "idiosyncratic works of genius". It's a pity there's no index but nevertheless this is a fine selection.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by John H. Stevens
SF Signal
April 11th, 2012

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A prime selection of Moorcock’s articles, reviews and opinions selected by the man himself. Moorcock writes with fondness and verve about his home city, his life as a writer, and about literature and culture.
MY REVIEW:
PROS:
Delightful variety; evocative writing; meticulous and enjoyable reminiscences and ruminations.

CONS: Some entries are flat, while others may not be of interest to genre fans.

BOTTOM LINE: A mosaic memoir of Moorcock’s life that shares his insights into life and literature.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
Midwest Book Review
March 2012

Michael Moorcock is one of the best writers of the twentieth century, but his skill is not just in fantasy and science fiction. Michael Moorcock: London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction is a collection of the man's writings on many topics related to writing and everything else. An intriguing look into the mind and the workings of a man responsible for many fantasy and science fiction worlds, Michael Moorcock is an essential addition to any literary and current events collection of writing, highly recommended.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Don Dammassa
dondammassa.com
February 24, 2012

Michael Moorcock has had a distinguished career as both writer - Elric and many others - and editor, New Worlds. Somehow despite his very large output of fiction, he found time to write quite a body of nonfiction, much of which is collected here. They range over the breadth of his career and several have not been previously published. Although he is largely associated with SF and fantasy, the topics here are much more varied, including reviews and commentary on music, mainstream books, early and recent fantastic fiction, as well as political commentaries and miscellaneous subjects. Many of them are quite outspoken - Moorcock makes no effort to sugarcoat his indictments of what he perceives as silly, evil, or stupid, and he finds plenty of it to point his metaphorical fingers. There are a lot of different pieces here, more than sixty, and while I didn't find them all equally interesting, they are all well written, witty, and straightforward. One of the most entertaining collections of essays I've read recently.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Widgett Walls
needcoffeedotcom
March 1, 2012

Wow. That's what I think when I start perusing Michael Moorcock's collection London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction, out from PM Press. It weighs in at over 360 pages, and may not seem like much (or I don't know, maybe it does--depending on your fear of the written word (or perhaps just your reading speed)), but take a look at the table of contents and you've got a buffet of stuff here. Diary entries, book intros, reviews. He writes on people, politics and music. I am thin on my Moorcock--I admit it freely--but the really scary bit is that you get to the afterword and you find that this is mostly stuff from the last five years or so, and is a companion to a larger collection put out earlier (and with no input from the man himself). Criminy. Not to be missed, just to point out a couple: Moorcock writing about being a child at Christmas during the Blitz and his review of a couple of books on Elvis that's just fantastic in its ability to transcend. Fans of Moorcock--this is a no-brainer for you. And honestly, if you want just good, sold non-fiction writing--no-brainer as well. Highly recommended.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
by Dan Carrier
West End Extra
March 8, 2012

It’s a privilege to have such a collection of humanistic and touching articles between the covers of one book.

In the introduction, editor Allan Kausch says: “Compassion and anger can be used against the bastards who enslave us, that the only art that matters is the truth.”

This book illustrates such a sentiment perfect­ly – Moorcock’s works combine truth, beauty, insight and humour in well-measured portions.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Eamonn Murphy
SF Crows Nest
January 3, 2012

To appreciate everything on display here, one’s tastes would have to be as wide ranging as Moorcock’s and mine are not. I certainly share his love of pulp fiction and graphic novels but I am not really into the high flown literary stuff or not the modern’s anyway. Moorcock likes low, alternative and high art but has little interest in the middlebrow stuff, which he would probably call mediocre. It’s hard to imagine him settling down with the latest John Grisham.

This is probably the sort of book to keep by the bedside and dip into occasionally. Having a deadline to meet, I read the pieces in commercial breaks while watching, on the television, crime scene investigators at various locations across the United States. However you do it, it’s an entertaining and enlightening gaggle of stuff. Moorcock is many things but he is never boring.

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lpLondon Peculiar and Other Nonfiction: A Review
by Bryan "zepp" Jamieson
Electric Review
February Spotlight

There’s a sense in the essays themselves of looking back, rather than forward. He’s likely to write about HG Wells and Conan Doyle, but little or nothing about present-day writers such as Gaiman, the Foglios, or Stephenson. About the only active writer he deems worthy of more than cursory mention is Alan Moore.

Not many people will read every article in the book. But everyone who reads it will find jewels along the way, and come away with the realization that the things Moorcock treasures in his surroundings, his friends, and his fellow artists are among the very best that life has to offer.

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modemModem Times 2.0
by James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
May 23 2011

Jerry Cornelius is the time-travelling hipster spy hero who has played a significant role in Michael Moorcock’s fiction since the late 1960s. A protean figure, he comes in many guises – moulded by his creator to fit any context. He even featured in Moorcock’s recent Doctor Who novel, The Coming of The Terraphiles, which is as idiosyncratic as anything this prolific author has written.

In Modem Times 2.0, part of PM Press’s Outspoken Authors series, Cornelius provides the constant in a shifting narrative landscape. Through him we experience a series of vignettes that flicker between past and present and from one reality to another. The novella sets up tragic echoes between the optimism of London in the post-austerity period and today’s apocalyptic cynicism.

It’s a disorientating work, full of puns, allusions, quotations and parodies, with cameos from several of Moorcock’s other characters. Imprecise connections and breakneck scene changes evoke a dreamlike sensation of both nostalgia and dread.

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modemMichael Moorcock's Modem Times 2.0 is a good introduction to the literary legend
By Joe Gross
The Statesman
April 3, 2011

Look on his works, ye mighty, and, well, at least be a bit intimidated at his productivity and his imagination. It really is something else.

But if you have no idea who the man is, his most recent book is not a bad introduction.

Modem Times 2.0 is an entry in PM Press' "Outspoken Authors" series and comprises an appropriately baffling and non-linear Jerry Cornelius short story (slightly revised from a story published in 2008); the essay "My Londons," a clear-eyed reflection on Moorcock's life in that most iconic of cities; and an interview with Moorcock conducted by series editor Terry Bisson. (You might know Bisson from his excellent alternate-history novel Fire on the Mountain; if you don't, you should.)

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modemMichael Moorcock's Modem Times 2.0 is a good introduction to the literary legend
Publishers Weekly
April 4, 2011

In the fifth of PM's Outspoken Authors series, chronospy Jerry Cornelius takes a swirling run through the multiverse with stops to run guns to the Navaho in the contemporary American Southwest, sample the waters of post-spill New Orleans, and assist Queen Jennifer as a future England surrenders to the airships of Hannover, finally heading home for Christmas 1962. SFWA Grand Master Moorcock (Mother London) mixes in rock 'n' roll dialogue ("Hi, hi, American pie chart"); quotes from periodicals, advertisements, travelogues, and interviews; and short, sharp jabs at politics and literature, some quite obscure. The nonlinear narrative skips along like a scratched DVD, but never loses sight of the central concern: how does the tension between remembering and forgetting sustain us through the stress of unending disasters? Also included are "My Londons," a short reminiscence of Moorcock's life from the '40s to the '90s, and a wonderfully insightful interview ("Get the Music Right") conducted by editor Terry Bisson.

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