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Michael Moorcock named 25th SFWA Grand Master
By The Cosmic Balance at Feb 28 2008 - 18:14

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA®) has announced that writer and editor Michael Moorcock has been named the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for 2008. The Grand Master represents the SFWA's highest accolade and recognizes excellence for a lifetime of contributions to the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

Michael Moorcock is the twenty-fifth writer recognized by SFWA as a Grand Master. He joins Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber (1981), Andre Norton (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), Poul Anderson (1997), Hal Clement (1998), Brian Aldiss (1999), Philip Jose Farmer (2000), Ursula K. LeGuin (2003), Robert Silverberg (2004), Anne McCaffrey (2005), Harlan Ellison (2006), and James Gunn (2007).

Update on Mike's Surgery
By The Cosmic Balance at Feb 28 2008 - 01:26
Following his operation on Tuesday, Mike has been back online with an update:

Originally Posted by Michael Moorcock View Post
I'm home. Not quite as good as I'd hoped, because the gangrene had advanced rapidly, as it sometimes does, but it only makes it a question of taking no risks with the stitches. Otherwise no complications but back to the Belle of Austin in a day or so. Problem is getting from house to car and back. Once that's solved, we're cooking with gas.
Yesterday (Feb. 27th) was Mike's first day back in hyperbarics, with more treatments to follow.

Further details can be found in the Q&A forum

Moorcock's Miscellany Friends send their best wishes to Michael Moorcock for his operation on February 26th
By The Cosmic Balance at Feb 26 2008 - 03:25
The members and volunteers of Moorcock's Miscellany send their best wishes to Michael Moorcock for his foot surgery on Tuesday, February 26th at 11am CST (5pm GMT)

Michael Moorcock has recently been going to hyperbaric treatments due to an ongoing medical condition that began with his herniated foot. On Tuesday he is scheduled for surgery on his foot which will involve an amputation of another toe. The operation, Mike points out, is not life-threatening, but all surgical procedures are a matter for concern, and we wish both Mike and Linda all our best wishes that the procedure will pass without incident.

Although most of his treatment will be as an outpatient, the fact that Mike continues to be active at Moorcock's Miscellany and makes himself available to his readers is a mark of Mike's courage and resilience in the face of difficult circumstances, and we respect his willingness to talk openly about this matter.

We hope you will all join with us in wishing Mike a speedy recovery.

'Michael Kane' Trilogy Re-Published
By The Cosmic Balance at Feb 20 2008 - 15:53

Paizo Publishing are re-publishing the Michael Kane trilogy in 2007/8 through their Planet Stories imprint. Volume 1, City of the Beast, was published in September 2007, with Volume 2, Lord of the Spiders scheduled for publication in March 2008 and the third and final volume, Masters of the Pit, following in June 2008. Each volume is priced at $12.99.

Very much in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars stories, the Michael Kane novels were originally published in 1965 under the pseudonym Edward P. Bradbury as Warriors of Mars, Blades of Mars and Barbarians of Mars before being retitled and re-issued under Moorcock's own name in 1970. The trilogy was collected in the omnibuses Warrior of Mars (NEL, 1980) and Kane of Old Mars (White Wolf, 1998). Unusually for Mike's work, he has refrained from revising the novels much since their original publication, preferring to leave them as originally written. Mike's father felt they were the best things his son ever wrote.

Media Hive Grand Opening
By Reinart der Fuchs at Jan 7 2008 - 22:12

A couple of months ago we resurrected a number of media files and posted them into an Image Hive album called the Media Hive, which contains a number of interesting sub-albums. The most interesting Media Hive album would have to be MP3z that contains numerous MP3 files, including Michael Moorcock and Deep Fix and the Michael Moorcock Audio Art Soundscape. The former is entitled The New Worlds Fair, an album that Mr. Moorcock offers for free exclusively at this website, and the latter is a single experimental audio bit created by members of this website for one of Mr. Moorcock's birthdays.

You can also find PDFs, including Photocopied Fanzines, video clips, and many other media types and surprises.

Michael Moorcock selected as one of the 50 greatest post-war authors
By lemec at Jan 7 2008 - 16:42
Michael Moorcock has been selected as one of the 50 greatest post-war authors by The Times.

The Times newspaper has selected the fifty greatest British writers since 1945 and Michael Moorcock has been placed at number 50.

Erica Wagner writes: "You might begin by asking how we came up with our half-hundred; and the order in which we placed them. Because there is no scientific method for making such a list in the correct order, we applied no scientific method. But we considered a number of factors — sheer quality of writing, longevity, lasting impact and, naturally, commercial success."

According to The Times Online: "Most of Moorcock’s 80-plus novels are unashamedly pulp. But he wins his place for a series of genre-crossing novels linked by a taste for metafictional devices — he often appears in them himself and characters occur and recur in “historical” and “fantasy” guises. Early work such as Behold the Man, a deconstruction of the Christ story with time travel, was called science fiction, and he was closely linked to the West London hippy scene of the 1960s, celebrated and satirised in The Cornelius Quartet. These work were a key influence on writers such as William Gibson and Neil Gaiman, but Moorcock moved away from sci-fi, setting out his own idiosyncratic view of history in the Between the Wars quartet, in which the monstrous Colonel Pyat charts the course from the Russian Revolution to the concentration camps. Perhaps his best work, Mother London, is a history of the capital from the Blitz, and blazed a trail picked up by Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd."

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