Michael Moorcock

Fiction, Fantasy and the World’s Pain

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About the Book

Prolific, popular and critically acclaimed, Michael Moorcock is the most important British fantasy author of his generation. His Elric of Melniboné is an iconic figure for millions of fans but Moorcock has also been a pioneer in science fiction and historical fiction. He was hailed as the central figure of the “New Wave” in science fiction, and has won numerous awards for his fantasy and SF, as well as his “mainstream” writing.
This first full-length critical look at Moorcock’s career, from the early 1960s to the present, explores the author’s fictional multiverse: his fantasy tales of the “Eternal Champion”; his experimental Jerry Cornelius novels; the hilarious science-fiction satire of his “End of Time” books; and his complex meditations on 20th century history in Mother London and the Colonel Pyat tetralogy.

About the Author(s)

Mark Scroggins is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. He has published seven previous books of poetry, criticism, and biography, and lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Scroggins. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6307-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2417-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1. The Multiverse and the Champion 15

2. A Messiah for the Age of Entropy 35

3. New Avatars, New Time Streams and a Farewell to Fantasy 60

4. Reality and Its Bitter Myths 86

5. Consolidating the Multiverse 112

6. The Second Ether, the Moonbeam Roads and Beyond 142

Conclusion 166

Appendix: The Eternal Champion Omnibus Editions 171

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 191

Index 195

Book Reviews & Awards

“Incisive, illuminating and full of good sense, Mark Scroggins’ stimulating book told me a lot about my own work! Thanks!”—Michael Moorcock.