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By Michael Moorcock at Mar 19 2013 - 16:27

Ships of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake
16 March - 18 May 2013
Gerald Moore Gallery

Ships of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake takes a new look at the work of the visionary artist, writer and illustrator by focusing on one of Peake’s lifelong obsessions: islands. The exhibition uses audio recordings to bring Peake’s writings alive alongside objects and artworks that span his career, many of which are on public display for the first time. Boundaries between real, imaginary and metaphorical islands are blurred in illustrations for Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939) and Treasure Island (1949), paintings and drawings from his time on the Channel Island of Sark, and in his descriptions of the symbolic island of Gormenghast Castle, the setting of the novels for which he is best known.

The exhibition features major loans from the Mervyn Peake Estate as well as works from the National Portrait Gallery and other public collections in the UK.

More info at

Gerald Moore Gallery
Eltham College
Mottingham Lane

T. 020 8857 0448

The Moorcock Cup 2012
By Rothgo at Nov 6 2012 - 05:42
The Moorcock Cup 2012

Welcome once again to the playoff of the year: The Moorcock Cup (Grail if you must!)

This year there will be a little change to the traditional format, as behooves any self-respecting chaos engineer. Rather than looking at single novels, we have invited the big-guns this year - it's Omnibus time!

The first round will be fought out in Champions League-style qualifying groups: the top two books from each group qualify to go into the following knockout rounds.

Knockout match-ups are assigned randomly, with the priviso that qualifiers from same group will be kept seperated in the first knockout round.

Those are the rules: by the end of the year, there can only be one. Feel free to promote any favorite you may have in any group or match-up as you see fit. Round one is now open and will close on Sunday 18th Nov.

Let The War Amoungst the Omnibuses begin...!


Gollancz announces major new Michael Moorcock publishing project
By Whiskers at Aug 24 2012 - 23:31
Gollancz logo
Gollancz has announced a major two-year publishing project to release the entire science fiction and fantasy back catalogue of Michael Moorcock in both print and eBook editions, as well as a substantial amount of his literary fiction.

Starting in February 2013, the programme will bring back all of Moorcock’s genre works including Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, the Eternal Champion books and, of course, his most famous creation, Elric. At the same time Gollancz will also publish Moorcock’s Jerry Cornelius novels, The Brothel in Rosenstrasse and other non-genre fiction.

The newly published books are definitive editions, carefully prepared with the author and his long-standing friend, bibliographer and editor, John Davey. The new versions will be particularly important to fans as they will present the Elric stories in a consistent internal chronological order together with associational material never previously published.

The books will be published by Gollancz as print omnibus editions with a matching livery. Individual eBooks will be published by SF Gateway, Gollancz’s ground-breaking online SF&F digital library of classic genre fiction. The programme begins with the publication of the last three Elric novels: Daughter of Dreams, Destiny’s Brother and Son of the Wolf.

“I am extremely pleased to be continuing a relationship with Victor Gollancz which began nearly fifty years ago,” said Moorcock. “This new programme will make available many of my books which have been hard to obtain in any form and will now be available in both print and electronic form in newly revised definitive editions prepared by myself and my long-standing friend and editor John Davey.”

Feel free to discuss this news in the Q&A forum.

CONTEST TIME - The Laughter of Carthage
By Reinart der Fuchs at Jul 12 2012 - 13:52
The Laughter of Carthage
Hey everyone!

PMPress, our ever generous benefactors of contests related to Mike's latest books and their most excellent covers and contents, have once again reached deep down into their grab bag of goodies and come up with three prizes for an all new contest.

Well, since you guys aren't especially excited about contests, it'll be a sweepstakes again and there is a very simple way to enter, details of which you can find here: CONTEST THREAD - The Laughter of Carthage.

So what are you waiting for? Start posting!

London Peculiar Contest #3: A CHRISTMAS BLITZ
By Whiskers at Mar 12 2012 - 03:24
London Peculiar
Courtesy of the generous folk at PM Press, we have three copies of Michael Moorcock's new book, London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning the third and final copy all you have to do is answer the following question:

'A Child's Christmas in the Blitz' is featured in London Peculiar: where was it originally published?
a) The Guardian
b) Dodgem Logic
c) New Worlds

More info can be found in the Q&A thread London Peculiar Contest #3: A CHRISTMAS BLITZ

Good luck on all three competitions everyone (though you can only win one regardless!)

London Peculiar Contest #2: LIP ORACLE DUNNO
By Whiskers at Mar 5 2012 - 02:48
London Peculiar
Courtesy of the generous folk at PM Press, we have three copies of Michael Moorcock's new book, London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning the second copy we want you to do submit a list of as many unique words (of two or more letters) you can find in the words 'London Peculiar'. The entry received by the closing date with the highest score wins a copy of London Peculiar.

Valid words are those found in a single standard dictionary (e.g. British English; US English; French; German; Spanish etc) as long as the Roman alphabet is used. Only one dictionary can be used, so no British/US English intermixing or English plus French or the like.

More info can be found in the Q&A thread London Peculiar Contest #2: LIP ORACLE DUNNO

Good luck everyone.

London Peculiar Contest #1: HUNT THE MOORCOCK
By Whiskers at Feb 27 2012 - 02:55
Moorcock in the wild!
Courtesy of the generous folk at PM Press, we have three copies of Michael Moorcock's new book, London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning the first copy, we've devised a small 'scavenger hunt' style contest for you all. To enter, all you have to do is take a photograph of any of Mike's books 'in the wild', that is, on a shelf in a public space. For the purposes of this contest, 'public space' includes retail bookshops, second-hand bookshops, public libraries, etc. It does not include private homes and/or offices. All photographs must be taken within the duration of the contest.

More info can be found in the Q&A thread London Peculiar Contest #1: HUNT THE MOORCOCK.

Good luck and happy hunting!

London Peculiar - special preview
By David Mosley at Jan 8 2012 - 04:06
It is with great pleasure - and much gratitude to Mike and PM Press - that we're able to give everyone a special preview of Mike's forth-coming collection London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction by sharing Iain Sinclair's Introduction, 'The Man on the Stairs' with you all here first.

The Man on the Stairs: An Introduction to Michael Moorcock by Iain Sinclair

London Peculiar
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 include:

* The first appearance in English of a review of R. Crumb’s Genesis (previously only available in French)
* A previously unpublished review of Angus Wilson’s No Laughing Matter
* An introduction to the online 'Paraxis' (not yet in print elsewhere)
* The first appearance in English of the Introduction to Titus Alone (previously only available in German)
* A 2008 review (now unavailable) of Alan Wall’s Sylvie’s Riddle
* An introduction to Barrington Bayley from a now defunct site
* A previously unpublished review of Iain Sinclair’s The Falconer and Slow Chocolate Autopsy
* A forthcoming Introduction to Rudolf Nassauer’s The Hooligan

London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction will be published in the USA by PM Press and in the UK by Merlin Press in March 2012.

An ebook edition is currently available from the PM Press web site. (Other formats for the Kindle, etc. will be forthcoming.)

Multiversal e-Books
By Michael Moorcock at Dec 4 2011 - 09:20
I'm at the point of signing a big contract with Victor Gollancz (Orion) which ultimately will make pretty much all my books available as e-books in the UK. The process might be slower in the US but Titan will publish Bastable as e-books.

** UPDATE ** 1st February 2012:
I just signed the first of many contracts with Orion. This one will release minor works ONLY as e-books but the rest of my books (pretty much all of them apart from Mother London, King of the City, London Peculiar and the Pyat books) should be published in the UK from this year on and be available as e-books or paper.

King of the City released a Kindle eBook
By David Mosley at Aug 31 2011 - 06:31
Michael Moorcock's novel KING OF THE CITY has been released as an eBook for the Kindle by HarperCollins.

King of the City
First published in 2000, King of the City is the follow-up novel to Moorcock's critically acclaimed 1988 novel, Mother London. Narrated by celebrity photographer and erstwhile rock star Dennis Dover - who could also be the grown-up version of the 'real' Jerry Cornelius from The Condition of Muzak, Moorcock's award-winning 1977 novel - King of the City charts a chaotic ride through London from the sixties to the end of the Twentieth century.

"Looking back over his upbringing in the inner city London area of Brookgate, Dover talks about his relationship with his beloved cousin Rosie and describes the unscrupulous rise to power of another cousin, John Barbican Begg. Through Dover's boozy, drug-hazed memoirs, Moorcock addresses the confused, corrupt, mythical and historic post-Diana London into which are woven local hard men, ex-boxers, South London music halls, rock and roll stars, lovers, ancestors and empire building corporate tyrants. In his vivid portrait of contemporary London, Moorcock conveys forcefully many of the city's mistakes and tragedies, yet never forgetting its often obscured but underlying magic." (Kirkus UK)

Read a preview of King of the City for Kindle

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