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Publication Order of Chronicles Of Corum Books

The Knight of the Swords (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen of the Swords (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King of the Swords (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oak and the Ram (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bull and the Spear (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword and the Stallion (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Colonel Pyat Quartet Books

Byzantium Endures (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Laughter of Carthage (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jerusalem Commands (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vengeance of Rome (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Count Brass Books

Count Brass (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Champion of Garathorm (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quest for Tanelorn (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dancers At The End Of Time Books

An Alien Heat (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hollow Lands (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends from the End of Time (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of All Songs (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming / A Messiah at the End of Time (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric at the End of Time (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elric Saga Books

The Vanishing Tower / The Sleeping Sorceress (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric of Melniboné / The Dreaming City (With: P. Craig Russell) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird of the White Wolf / The White Wolf (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bane of the Black Sword / Song of the Black Sword (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stormbringer (With: P. Craig Russell) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fortress of the Pearl (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revenge of the Rose (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dreamthief's Daughter (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Wolf's Son (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Citadel of Forgotten Myths (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Elric Saga Books

Elric of Melniboné / The Dreaming City (With: P. Craig Russell)(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fortress of the Pearl(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird of the White Wolf / The White Wolf(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Tower / The Sleeping Sorceress(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revenge of the Rose(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bane of the Black Sword / Song of the Black Sword(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stormbringer (With: P. Craig Russell)(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dreamthief's Daughter(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Wolf's Son(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Citadel of Forgotten Myths(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elric Saga Short Stories/Novellas

The Jade Man's Eyes (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return to Melniboné (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elric Saga Collections

with P. Craig Russell, Lovern Kindzierski
The Singing Citadel (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric: Stormbringer (With: P. Craig Russell,Lovern Kindzierski) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elric Saga Graphic Novels

The Dreaming City (With: Roy Thomas,P. Craig Russell) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric at the End of Time: The Graphic Novel (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Making of a Sorcerer (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric: The Balance Lost, Vol. 1 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric: The Balance Lost, Vol. 2 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric: The Balance Lost, Vol. 3 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elric: The Moonbeam Roads Books

Daughter of Dreams (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny's Brother (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Son of the Wolf (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Eternal Champion Books

with Howard Chaykin
The Eternal Champion (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phoenix in Obsidian / The Silver Warriors (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corum: The Coming of Chaos (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earl Aubec and Other Stories (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Swords of Heaven, the Flowers of Hell (With: Howard Chaykin) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragon in the Sword (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Roads Between The Worlds (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawkmoon (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Nomad of the Time Streams (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kane of Old Mars (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Skrayling Tree: The Albino in America (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
When reading this series in chronological order, The Skrayling Tree comes after The Dragon in the Sword.

Publication Order of Jerry Cornelius Books

The Final Programme (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cure for Cancer (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Nature of the Catastrophe (With: Maxim Jakubowski,Langdon Jones) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The English Assassin (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Una Persson & Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century / Persson and Catherine (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Condition of Muzak (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Entropy Tango (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Opium General and Other Stories (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firing the Cathedral (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pegging the President (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jerry Cornell Books

The Chinese Agent (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Russian Intelligence (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Karl Glogauer Books

Behold the Man (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakfast in the Ruins (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Last Emperor Of Melnibone Books

The Stealer of Souls (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Rescue Tanelorn (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sleeping Sorceress (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duke Elric (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elric in the Dream Realms (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swords and Roses (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of London Books

Mother London (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
King of the City (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Michael Kane Books

Warriors of Mars / The City of the Beast (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blades of Mars / Lord of the Spiders (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barbarians of Mars / Masters of the Pit (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oswald Bastable Books

The Warlord of the Air (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land Leviathan (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Steel Tsar (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Runestaff/Hawkmoon Books

The Jewel in the Skull (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mad God's Amulet / Sorcerer's Amulet (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword of the Dawn (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Runestaff / The Secret of the Runestaff (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sanctuary Of The White Friars Books

The Whispering Swarm (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woods of Arcady (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Second Ether Books

Blood (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fabulous Harbors (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War Amongst the Angels (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Time Of The Hawklords Books

with Michael Butterworth
The Time of the Hawklords (With: Michael Butterworth) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queens of Deliria (By: Michael Butterworth) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Von Bek Family Books

The Sundered Worlds / The Blood Red Game (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War Hound and the World's Pain (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brothel in Rosenstrasse (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The City in the Autumn Stars (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lunching with the Antichrist (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Wrecks of Time / The Rituals of Infinity (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fireclown / The Winds of Limbo (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twilight Man / The Shores of Death (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deep Fix (With: James Colvin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Corridor (With: Hilary Bailey) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ice Schooner (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Dweller (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Distant Suns (With: Philip James) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gloriana (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Barge (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sailing to Utopia (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silverheart (With: Storm Constantine) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Moorcock's Book of Martyrs / Dying for Tomorrow (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
England Invaded (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sojan (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince with the Silver Hand (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Experiences in the Third World War (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Casablanca (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from the Texas Woods (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Bone (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Metatemporal Detective (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Michael Moorcock (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sojan the Swordsman / Under the Warrior Star (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (With: Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moorcock's Multiverse (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakfast in the Ruins and Other Stories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Travelling to Utopia (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brothel in Rosenstrasse and Other Stories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

with Don Lawrence, Ted Cowan
Michael Moorcock's Multiverse (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karl the Viking, Vol. 2: The Voyage of the Sea Raiders (With: Don Lawrence,Ted Cowan) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Retreat from Liberty (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters From Hollywood (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Law and Chaos: The Stormbringer Animated Film Projects (With: Wendy Pini) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizardry and Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death is No Obstacle (With: Colin Greenland) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunday Books (With: Mervyn Peake) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mervyn Peake: A Memoir (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Media Web: Selected Short Non-Fiction, 1956-2006 (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Best SF Stories From New Worlds Books

Best S.F. Stories from New Worlds (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 2 (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Stories from New Worlds3 (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 4 (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 5 (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 6 (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Michael Moorcock Library Books

by P. Craig Russell
Elric of Melniboné (With: Roy Thomas,Michael T. Gilbert,P. Craig Russell) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird of the White Wolf (With: Roy Thomas,Michael T. Gilbert,P. Craig Russell) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Zenith: The Best in New British Science Fiction Books

with Lisa Tuttle, Stephen Baxter, Garry Douglas Kilworth, Storm Constantine, Brian M. Stableford, Ian Macdonald, Colin Greenland, Eric Brown, John Gribbin, David S. Garnett, Simon D. Ings, Jojo Bling, Elizabeth Sourbut
Zenith (By: Lisa Tuttle,David S. Garnett,Elizabeth Sourbut) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zenith 2: The Best In New British Science Fiction (With: Lisa Tuttle,Stephen Baxter,Garry Douglas Kilworth,Storm Constantine,Brian M. Stableford,Ian Macdonald,Colin Greenland,Eric Brown,John Gribbin,David S. Garnett,Simon D. Ings,Jojo Bling) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Outspoken Authors Books

The Human Front (By: Ken MacLeod) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Left Left Behind (By: Terry Bisson,Eleanor Arnason) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucky Strike (By: Kim Stanley Robinson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underbelly (By: Gary Phillips,Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoths of the Great Plains (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Girls (By: Ursula K. Le Guin,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (With: Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (By: Cory Doctorow,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Report from Planet Midnight (By: Nalo Hopkinson,Eleanor Arnason) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science of Herself (By: Karen Joy Fowler,Eleanor Arnason) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (By: Eleanor Arnason,Paul Krassner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Taboos (By: John Shirley) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raising Hell (By: Norman Spinrad,Eleanor Arnason) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Life, My Body (By: Marge Piercy) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy (By: Carter Scholz,Eleanor Arnason) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (By: Joe R. Lansdale,Eleanor Arnason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire. (By: Elizabeth Hand,Eleanor Arnason) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Totalitopia (By: John Crowley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist in the Attic (By: Samuel R. Delany,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thoreau's Microscope (By: Michael Blumlein,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beatrix Gates (By: Rachel Pollack) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Made of Words (By: Paul Park) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of PM's Outspoken Authors Books

The Presidential Papers (By: John H. Kessel) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Human Front (By: Ken MacLeod) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underbelly (By: Gary Phillips,Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoths of the Great Plains (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (With: Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfing the Gnarl (By: Rudy Rucker) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (By: Eleanor Arnason,Paul Krassner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raising Hell (By: Norman Spinrad,Eleanor Arnason) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy (By: Carter Scholz) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (By: Joe R. Lansdale,Eleanor Arnason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire. (By: Elizabeth Hand,Eleanor Arnason) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist in the Attic (By: Samuel R. Delany,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beatrix Gates (By: Rachel Pollack) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talk Like a Man (By: Nisi Shawl) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Girl (By: Meg Elison) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planetbreaker’s Son (By: Nick Mamatas) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Utopias of the Third Kind (By: Vandana Singh) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Shift (By: Eileen Gunn) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collapsing Frontier (By: Jonathan Lethem) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Adventures Books

Nuclear Time (By: Oli Smith) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Runaway Train (By: Oli Smith) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apollo 23 (By: Justin Richards) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Humans (By: David Llewellyn) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Monsters (By: David Llewellyn) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forgotten Army (By: Brian Minchin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Glamour Chase (By: Gary Russell) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Dragon (By: Una McCormack) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coming of the Terraphiles (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Riders (By: Justin Richards) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hunter's Moon (By: Paul Finch) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead of Winter (By: James Goss) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heart of Stone (By: Trevor Baxendale) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way Through the Woods (By: Una McCormack) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good, the Bad and the Alien (By: Colin Brake) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackout (By: Oli Smith) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Touched by An Angel (By: Jonathan Morris) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradox Lost (By: George Mann) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borrowed Time (By: Naomi Alderman) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain of Terror (By: Mike Tucker) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Stars Go By (By: Dan Abnett) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror of the Space Snakes (By: Gary Russell) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Horizons (By: Jenny Colgan) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silurian Gift (By: Mike Tucker) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dalek Generation (By: Nicholas Briggs) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shroud of Sorrow (By: Tommy Donbavand) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plague of the Cybermen (By: Justin Richards) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doctor: His Lives and Times (By: James Goss,Steve Tribe) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Trenzalore (By: Justin Richards) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Engines of War (By: George Mann) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
System Wipe (By: Oli Smith) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Extra Time (By: Richard Dungworth) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water Thief (By: Jacqueline Rayner) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terrible Lizards (By: Jonathan Green) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terminal of Despair (By: Steve Lyons) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebellion on Treasure Island (By: Bali Rai) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sexton Blake Library Books

The Silent Thunder Caper (By: Mark Hodder) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake and the Great War (By: Mark Hodder) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake and the Master Crooks (By: Mark Hodder) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake's Allies (By: Mark Hodder) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake on the Home Front (By: Mark Hodder) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake's New Order (By: Mark Hodder) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexton Blake: Caribbean Crisis & Voodoo Island (With: Mark Hodder) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Traps of Time(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Against Man(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
New World Quarterly 3(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
New World Quarterly #4(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds 5(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Factions(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds Nine(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantastic Stories Special - 1975 Sword & Sorcery Annual(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds 6(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends from the End(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before Armageddon, Vol. 1(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds 10(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of British SF 2(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Heroes Volume 8(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Fantasy(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exploring Fantasy Worlds(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales From the Forbidden Planet(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zenith 2: The Best In New British Science Fiction(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarot Tales(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Third Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
New World Quarterly 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Worlds No. 221(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pawn of Chaos(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 3(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brit-pulp!(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Furthest Horizon(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cities(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 8(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breaking Windows(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cross Plains Universe(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Ships, Black Sails(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Weird(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kizuna: Fiction for Japan(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zenith Lives!(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Mars(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Traveler's Almanac(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Michael Moorcock's Legends of the Multiverse(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reports from the Deep End(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Michael Moorcock is an award winning English writer of fantasy and science fiction books but has also published literary novels. He was born in London, and the area of London particularly Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate is a vital inspiration in some of his fiction books. Moorcock became a published author in 1961 when his first novel The Stealer of Souls was published. He continually revises his work meaning that there are latest editions of his work that you should always watch out for. The author’s writings are noted for their political content and nature. And besides using fiction to explore the world of politics, Moorcock also gets involved in political activism.

The author began writing while he was still at school; he regularly contributed to Outlaw’s Own Magazine from 1950 onwards. He became an editor at the age of 17 for the Tarzan Adventures and also published over a dozen of his own Sojan the Swordsman stories. Some of Moorcock famous characters include Jerry Cornelius and Elric of Melnibone.

Eric of Melnibone

This is the first novel in Elric series; the book introduces Elric, not your typical fantasy hero, he is the emperor of Melnibone. He is an albino and possesses white skin and white hair and red eyes. Elric is weak and to maintain his strength, the strength of an average man, he has to take drugs every few hours.

Most people view Elric as a demon- for he sure looks like one- and many of his servants and subjects would prefer to see his place at the throne occupied by his cousin Yyrkoon. A man who appears and acts like a leader- he is strong, nationalistic, agile and wants to return the throne to its former glory.
While Elric cousin is acting like a noble man and planning to him Elric, on the other hand, Elric spends most of his time thinking about social justice, tradition, and his duty to the nation. Is it Elric obligation to give the people he rules what they want- powerful leader, culture, war and total domination over other states or is it better to be humanistic and try to lead the people he rules against their wishes, and lead them to cooperation and peace with its neighbors? Will he have to sacrifice his ideas to be the leader that his people want him to be?

The first novel in Elric series is a quite fast paced story that takes us into the violent and the decadent land of Melnibone where the sorcerers live in harmony with the demons, and dragons of his and lower planes. The Melniboneans spent their days in pointless ceremonies, rituals and spend their nights in illusion dreams. The characters are well crafted; there is Elric, the young albino man who assumed the throne after their father’s death. He wishes to see that his people are well guarded and embraces peace with other nations. However his wishes to do not match with the wishes of those he rules, as the people prefer someone who is a more “capable leader” than him; his cousin. Elric is always uncomfortable with the dark ways of his people and their allegiance to the Lord of Chaos, and when he tries some reforms in the society, he faces all kind of opposition from the people and is viewed as a troublemaker and a weak upstart.

This factor brings about one of the fundamental themes in the novel as Elric must find his identity and place in a society that does not value him. Moorcock wrote a rich and emotional without being long winded; the narrative is also infused with twists and turns and some hints of melodrama that ideally works well with this type of tale.

The other thing that you will find amazing about this novel is the concept of “dream couch” which the Melnibonean rulers make use of. While in the dream couch, an hour can be equivalent to thousands of years. It is on this dream couch that the rulers including Elric learn the art of combat, sorcery, and other skills that would otherwise take them a lifetime to master.

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

Leaving Yrkoon as the acting monarch of the throne of Melnibone, and his cousin Cymoril weeping and waiting for his return, Elric sails from the Dreaming City to seek an secret goal in a world where Melniboneans are disliked.

The novel starts after Elric escapes from prison and is being pursued by his captors when strange ship approaches and he is rescued. This is not a typical ship, – it is shrouded in mist and mystery and aboard its old timbers are three Eternal Champions who their job is to travel between the universes where they appear at different times and places and fight evil forces of Chaos Corum, Erekose, and Hawkmoon. The three have fought side by side countless times before but since time is different in the distinct worlds and thus their memories are not all the same. Elric does not even realize that he is one of them. However, the ship’s captain has brought them together and is leading them in a battle against an adversary that threatens to take total control over the Multiverse.
After this encounter, Elric meets a treasure hunter adventurer who wants to sail to the island of R’lin K’ren A’a the original home of the Melniboneans. Elric accompanies him with hopes to discover more about his origins and the events that changed his people and drive them a bit crazy.

Elric tales are interesting and fun for readers who love short and fast paced sword & sorcery adventures. The main character, Elric is not only brave and courageous, but he is also complex and an introvert. Even though he likes to think of himself as a humanist, he also possesses the selfish tendencies which are also evident in other Melniboneans. The novel is divided into three parts, the first being Sailing to the Past, the second, Sailing to the Present and the last part, Sailing to the Future. These three parts are connected to each other but each with its distinct feel.

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One Response to “Michael Moorcock”

  1. Peter Clarke: 2 years ago

    Excellent great to sort out order of Elric books

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