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Apologies re surgery
By Michael Moorcock at Jan 9 2011 - 13:46
I apologise for being a bad correspondent with many over the last couple of months. All efforts to save my
wounded foot without resort to surgery have been made and now, somewhat inconveniently, I'm seeing a surgeon tomorrow (Monday) re. amputation. Shouldn't be too serious, though, as I said somewhere, I feel a bit fed up with constantly supplying Mrs Lovett for tidbits for her bloody pies... I AM a little nervous but it's mostly to do with more things going wrong (caused by medical staff) than anything else.

Q&A original announcement thread

By John Picacio at Dec 28 2010 - 10:59
Hi, folks --

Hope everyone is hanging in there as 2010 draws to a close.

Some great news -- ELRIC: SWORDS AND ROSES -- the sixth and concluding volume in Del Rey's definitive Elric omnibus series, is now available. I'm excited for Mike that it's now out and loose in the wild. Check it out.

Elric: Swords and Roses
I was honored to illustrate the cover and interiors for this volume, and it's loaded with bonus goodies, as well as a foreword by Tad Williams. Take a bow, John Davey -- great readers' guide by JD in the back of this edition, which will be indispensable for many of us. I've already learned a few new things scanning through it.

Visit Random House's website, Suvudu, where they've just posted an exclusive short essay by me discussing some of the art for this book along with sneak peeks of a few interiors.

Q&A forum discussion thread for Elric: Swords and Roses

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Michael Moorcock comes to BOOM! in May 2011 with 'Elric: the Balance Lost'
By Sir John Barbic... at Dec 16 2010 - 14:51
Elric: the Balance Lost
December 16, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – For 40 years, Elric has thrilled comic book fandom beginning with Marvel Comics’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 in 1972. Neil Gaiman called Elric’s creator Michael Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome” — now, the godfather of the Multiverse concept brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art with BOOM! Studios’ ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST!

Written by SUPERMAN, iZOMBIE, and STAN LEE’S STARBORN New York Times bestselling scribe Chris Roberson, the adventure begins this May in an all-new, all-original FREE COMIC BOOK DAY edition that’s not simply a preview of the July series, but a prequel that will excite longtime Elric fans and serves an accessible entry point for the curious who have never experienced Moorcock’s saga.

Showcasing not just Elric, but Corum and Hawkmoon in a mammoth epic that uses Moorcock’s fascinating and intricate Multiverse as its tapestry, ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 follows the May prequel and premieres as a full-blown series this July with its first issue.

“Elric is in inspired hands. I’m enthusiastically looking forward to his appearance from BOOM! Studios,” said legendary Elric creator Michael Moorcock. “One of the best writers of his generation, Chris Roberson, will be writing a brilliantly conceived, entirely new Elric story in the grand manner! I can’t wait!”

“Publishing Michael Moorcock’s Elric feels like a dream come true,” said Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Even more so when Michael is as enthused as we are about the revival of one of his most classic creations. 2011 will be 50 years since the creation of Elric and BOOM! Studios aims to live up to the standard and tradition that Michael Moorcock has set.”

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST features the return of Michael Moorcock’s legendary Multiverse, featuring some of the greatest fantasy characters of all time: Elric of Melniboné, Corum of the Scarlet Robe, and Dorian Hawkmoon in a brand-new story that will test the courage of the Eternal Champion! In this new series, the workings of Fate are being tampered with across the Multiverse, upsetting the Cosmic Balance. Elric of Melniboné must preserve the Balance and save the entire Multiverse from ruin. But no sooner has his journey begun than he is waylaid by dark forces and lost on the Moonbeam Roads. Elric finds himself stranded on a world where Chaos holds sway and where change is the only constant. Heroes are forced into action far and wide, but will they fight on the side of Law or Chaos?

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST FCBD EDITION ships May 2011 for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, featuring an original prequel story by New York Times bestseller and SUPERMAN writer Chris Roberson and cover art by Erik Jones that leads directly into the first issue of the new ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST in July 2011.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (’s “Best Publisher” generates a wide-ranging catalog of multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic books and graphic novels featuring some of the industry’s top talent, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, 20th Century Fox’s 28 DAYS LATER and DIE HARD, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. This fall sees BOOM! teaming up with the legendary Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics’ characters Spider-Man, The Hulk, and The X-Men for a line of original superhero series, the legend’s first new original superheroes to go to print in nearly 20 years. BOOM!’s youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, is an undisputed industry leader, publishing Disney/Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary.

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Modem Times 2.0 update
By Michael Moorcock at Dec 9 2010 - 09:46
Modem Times 2.0
We just signed off on the [Modem Times 2.0] proofs so it looks like next year is definitely when it's published. I'm having a blast working with PM [Press] and I hope you'll all enjoy the running theme of the covers (photos by Linda). Byzantium Endures and Laughter of Carthage are currently in preparation. It's worth taking a look at their whole list, by the way. A LOT of good stuff.
I have to say that PM's general standards are outstanding and far better than most of the corporate publishers I've worked with.

Elric: Swords and Roses (28/12/2010)
By Sir John Barbic... at Nov 30 2010 - 20:01
Elric: Swords and Roses
Feared by enemies and friends alike, Elric of Melniboné walks a lonely path among the worlds of the Multiverse. The destroyer of his cruel and ancient race, as well as its final ruler, Elric is the bearer of a destiny as dark and cursed as the vampiric sword he carries—the sentient black blade known as Stormbringer.

Del Rey is proud to present the sixth and concluding installment of its definitive omnibus editions featuring fantasy Grand Master Michael Moorcock’s most famous—or infamous—creation. Here is the full text of the novel The Revenge of the Rose, a screenplay for the novel Stormbringer, the novella "Black Petals", the conclusion to Moorcock’s influential “Aspects of Fantasy” essay series and other non-fiction, and an indispensable reader’s guide by John Davey.

Sumptuously illustrated by John Picacio, with a Foreword by Tad Williams, Elric: Swords and Roses is a fitting tribute to the most unique fantasy hero of all time.

* Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
* On Sale: December 28, 2010
* Price: $16.00
* ISBN: 978-0-345-49867-0 (0-345-49867-4)
* Also available as an eBook.

SIGNING AT AUSTIN BOOKS - 4th December 2010
By Michael Moorcock at Nov 24 2010 - 12:07
I'll be signing at Austin Books, Saturday December 4th, to celebrate Doctor Who and The Coming of the Terraphiles. Hope to see old and new friends. I'll sign whatever you bring. Usual stipulation -- 4 books/comics/records at a time, one personalised per 4.

Contact details:
Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, Tx 78781

More details in the Q&A forum discussion thread

Doctor Who Contest #4 - ENDED
By David Mosley at Nov 9 2010 - 05:25
Doctor Who: The Coming of the  Terraphiles
We have three final proof copies of Michael Moorcock's new novel, Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles up for grabs, courtesy of (aka BBC Books)!

In order to be in with a chance of winning one all you have to do is answer the following question:
In which novel by Michael Moorcock does Doctor Who make an appearance? Is it:
A. Behold the Man
B. The Condition of Muzak
C. The End of All Songs

To enter please send your answer (including the title of the novel) plus contact details - with the subject line "Doctor Who Contest #4" - to

Contest Rules:
  • Closing date for entries is Tuesday 16th November 2011. (Entries received after this date will be declared void.)
  • One entry per person.
  • Contest #4 is open to everyone, members and guests alike, except for previous Doctor Who contest winners, the site administrators and site moderators.
  • Three winners will be selected at random from all the correct answers received.
Good luck.

Thanks once again to for the chance to offer these prizes!

This contest has now ended : thanks to all who entered!

The Doctor Who Quiz - ENDED
By Rothgo at Oct 21 2010 - 11:38
Doctor Who: The Coming of the  Terraphiles
The third in our Doctor Who contests is now open to both members and guests alike!

Just answer as many questions as you can and email us your results. Simples.

Winners (and there will be more than one) all win a Doctor Who and the Coming of the Terraphiles proof copy from - better known as BBC Books. Thanks again to them for the chance to offer these prizes!

Go to this thread for further details, including the all important email address and questions!

A simple-to-recall closing date:
Remember remember the fifth of November

This contest has now ended : thanks to all who entered! Winners have been announced here.

"Which Doctor Who Is Your Favorite?" Contest - ENDED
By Reinart der Fuchs at Oct 13 2010 - 20:12
The time has come for you to decide. Tell us who your favorite Doctor Who is for a chance to win a Doctor Who proof from, better known as BBC Books. Thanks to them for the chance to offer these prizes!

To enter this contest you have to post in this thread stating in a couple of sentences which Doctor Who is your favorite and why. For example:

William Hartnell (or "The First Doctor" or whatever gets your point across)
I only just started watching Doctor Who, and have seen the Hartnells, Troughtons and half of the Pertwees. Of the three Hartnell is my favorite, because he is the ultimate bastard operator from Hell.
Doctor Who: The Coming of the  Terraphiles

We will draw 3 winners randomly from all entries October 27, 2010. We hope that the winners will read the books straight away and blog, tweet or review the book at Amazon or any other place.

Winners of the Doctor Who Contest: Tweet The Doctor contest are not eligible for this contest; sorry about that and I hope you understand.

"Which Doctor Who Is Your Favorite?" Contest

This contest has now ended: thank you everyone who entered!

Doctor Who Book Signings
By Reinart der Fuchs at Oct 11 2010 - 09:26
BBC Books

Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock is published by BBC Books on 14th October 2010, £16.99

Sunday 17 October

Cheltenham Festival

4-5pm The Inkpot, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham – British sci-fi panel event with Iain M Banks, Gwyneth Jones and China Miéville
6-7pm Town Hall, Cheltenham – talk and signing

For tickets, please visit

Tuesday 19 October


6.30pm Waterstone’s Manchester Deansgate

91 Deansgate
Manchester M3 2BW

For further details, please call 0843 290 8485

Thursday 21 October


6-7pm Forbidden Planet, London Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue

179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JR

For further details, please call 0207 803 1900

Press enquiries to: Ed Griffiths, BBC Books / 020 7840 8628

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Black Petals (Weird Tales magazine March/April 2008)

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