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The Diary: Michael Moorcock - Financial Times
By Michael Moorcock at May 14 2010 - 15:40
Michael Moorcock writes about finishing his Doctor Who novel, his predictions as a SF writer, living in Texas and the UK General Election in "The Diary" for the Financial Times.

The Diary: Michael Moorcock
Financial Times - Saturday, 15 May 2010

"I’m just completing my ‘Doctor Who’ novel. It’s been fun and also harder work than I expected. I’ve no idea how it will be received. Humour and wild science fiction ideas are the series’ hallmark, so I decided to write it as if PG Wodehouse and Arthur C Clarke had collaborated. I hope it comes up to the high standards the existing TV writers have set..."

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Enclave Short Story Challenge 2010
By The Cosmic Balance at May 4 2010 - 02:47
May 1st 2010 saw the start of the annual Enclave Short Story Challenge 2010. This is the third year that Moorcock's Miscellany has hosted the challenge and all members are welcome to participate. The challenge is being overseen by Groakes so please contact him if you have any questions or are interested in taking part.

Below are the rules for this year's Challenge:

The following may be considered the 'rules' for the Enclave 2010 Story Challenge:
  • All participants will write a story using a character named by Michael Moorcock in any of his writings so long as that charcter has not been the principal subject of any published work by MM. Principal Characters may appear as secondary characters in the short story.
  • Each participant may write in whatever genre they choose as long as they use a previously named character.
  • Stories must be no more than 10,000 words.
  • A significant component of the narrative must take place in a location recognizeable as London. This does not have to be a historical or "real" London.
  • Participants may post weekly or fortnightly instalments in a dedicated thread during the length of the contest. Alternatively, they may indicate at the start that they prefer to wait until they have something they're happy to show in public.
  • All participants must declare themselves by the end of the 2nd week of the contest by starting a new thread with the Title of the shortstory being the thread title. No latecomers will be accepted.
  • Contest starts on Saturday May 1st and ends on Sunday September 5th.
  • Please do not post messages in anyone else's thread, whether participating in the challenge or not. We will create a dedicated thread for people to post comments about the stories instead.
For further information or to see this year's entries please go to the Enclave Story Challenge (2010) forum.

Meng and Ecker's cigarette card collection
By Rothgo at Apr 29 2010 - 12:52
The shreaks and howls of the maimed and dying finally filtered past the sound of his own heavy breathing, amplified as it was within the comforting embrase of his battle mask. He looked around for a better blade than the one he currently carried, his own having been lost to the battle when he ran that enormous barbarian through early in the day. A smile - invisible to the outside world - broke accross his face at the memory; the barbarian had been an impressive creature right enough, killing three of his elite guard before he had personally dispached it to whatever hell these brutes believe in. A light fog now covered the battle field, a flicker of a suggestion perhaps? With a flick of a hidden catch the lower section of his mask opened, allowing him to supply his own cloud of smoke to the field of play: the gently spiced smoke of the truly refined, Meng and Ecker's Special 0, the gentleman's choice!

John Collier has recently produced the first in a run of cigarette card designs to celebrate TOR's reissue of the Runestaff books, starting with the Grand Constables of Granbretan, others hopefully to follow. All virtual as yet, but who knows what the future holds?

You can see all his cards in full resolution on John's page within the ImageHive.

Hawkmoon: The Mad God's Amulet available (April 2010)
By The Cosmic Balance at Apr 6 2010 - 11:36
Tor Books continue their reprinting of Michael Moorcock's classic Hawkmoon fantasy series with the publication of the second book in the series, The Mad God's Amulet.

After withstanding the power of the Black Jewel and saving the city of Hamadan from the conquest of the Dark Empire of Granbretan, Hawkmoon set off for Kamarang, where friendship and love await him. But the journey is beyond treacherous. With his boon companion, Oladahn, the beastman of the Bulgar Mountians, Hawkmoon discovers the peaceful city of Soryandum, which holds the power to transcend the confines of time and space. This power, which keeps the city from falling to the Dark Empire, could keep Kamarang safe. But alas his love Yisselda is now a prisoner of the Mad God, whose powerful amulet is linked to Hawkmoon’s ultimate destiny: a power that began at creation and calls heroes to arms throughout existence. Hawkmoon must rip this amulet from the neck of the Mad God if he hopes to save the city of Kamarang and free his friends and his one true love from the Dark Empire's relentless wrath.

Featuring original illustrations by Vance Kovacs, The Mad God's Amulet is published by Tor Books priced $13.99. The third book in the series, The Sword of the Dawn, is due from Tor Books in August 2010.

Read an extract from The Mad God's Amulet at
Discuss the Hawkmoon novels with Michael Moorcock in the Q&A Forum.
See also Hawkmoon novels due from Tor Books in 2010

ISBN: 9780765324740 / ISBN-10: 0765324741
Trim: 5-5/8 x 8-¼ inches, 208 Pages

Moorcock at the BFI (Advance Notice)
By Michael Moorcock at Mar 27 2010 - 11:49
I keep trying to remember to mention that the British Film Institute is running The Final Programme followed by a Q&A from me. Its in August, I think, South Bank, London.

Norman Spinrad starts chemo
By Michael Moorcock at Mar 25 2010 - 15:32
Someone else for your prayers and thoughts, pards. One of my oldest friends...

Ursprungligen postat av Norman Spinrad
The update on my condition is that as of now, the primary stomach cancer is not now operable, due to spread to some lymph nodes. I’m starting chemo on Monday to try to reduce that, and if it works, a month or two from now at least, it may then be operable. I am at least now convinced that I’m in the hands of the best there is, at least in the US, and the doctor, himself rather bald, says that with what’s being tried now at least, I’ll keep my hair. So as an article of faith, I’ve just gotten a haircut.
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Norman Spinrad Appreciation Group on Facebook

Norman Spinrad is the author of the novels Bug Jack Barron (serialised in New Worlds during Mike's editorship), The Iron Dream, The Void Captain's Tale, Journals of the Plague Years, the Jerry Cornelius story 'The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde' and the Star Trek episode 'The Doomsday Machine' amongst many other works.

Event in Austin: April 8 Harry Ransom Center
By Michael Moorcock at Mar 20 2010 - 12:55
Iain Sinclair and I will be having A Conversation, mostly about London, at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Tx on April 8th. There will be a Q&A session and we'll be signing books. Sorry this is short notice. I only just received a schedule. Should be a good evening. 7pm.
Don't have any other details.

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Doctor Who Novel Update (Work in Progress)
By Michael Moorcock at Mar 18 2010 - 02:52
I think you'll find there's a lot of humour in the [new Doctor Who] book which is really the first interstellar story I've written since The Sundered Worlds [1962]. There is also a major theme which is a bit like Dancers at the End of Time. I got a bit worried the other day when I saw an interview with Steve Moffatt in which he referred to eight-year-olds as the imagined audience for the show. This book is definitely not for eight-year-olds...

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Living With Music: A Playlist by Michael Moorcock - New York Times (blog)
By Michael Moorcock at Mar 10 2010 - 04:18
Living With Music: A Playlist by Michael Moorcock
New York Times (blog)

I write such diverse books that my regular readers probably won’t be surprised that I play everything from B.B. King to Bartok when writing, but I do have some regulars I play over and over, depending on the kind of book I’m writing. I’ve also written and performed music from straight rock ’n’ roll to fairly progressive contemporary stuff, but the last thing I ever want to do of course is play my own records. Here are 10 favorites I enjoy while working:

See Mike's playlist in full at
Discuss Mike's choices in the Q&A forum

Moorcock Chalice Winner for 2010
By Reinart der Fuchs at Mar 1 2010 - 22:13
And the winner of The Moorcock Cup of 2010 is...

Elric of Melniboné

"Probably Mike's most well known creation Elric was identified by many readers as the touchstone that introduced them to the Multiverse. Certainly Elric is right up there in the pantheon of Fantasy heroes (and anti-heroes). He combines the worldly and the philosophical, the lover and the warrior, the weak and the strong in a multilayered character that can be read and enjoyed on many levels."

Moorcock Chalice Winner for 2010

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