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    Ok, no-one else has started this, so I guess I will.

    I joined Moorcock's Miscellany in August '04 after deciding to make another search for a good Michael Moorcock biblography. I'd started reading Mike's books in earnest about 15 years before and had become a big fan. Reading a few threads and discovering Mike was posting was enough for me. I decided to join!

    Picking a name, though, was difficult for me, being unimaginative in that department. I settled on the name I have, after remembering Mike's fictional island in the Indian Ocean, mentioned in the Oswald Bastable and Jerry Cornelius books, among others. Some puzzlement it has caused, too. And I'm glad, 'cause I didn't want it to be too obvious.

    I chose for an avatar a cut-out from a reputed picture of a famous (perhaps, the most famous) Wild West hero (below left.) The others followed over time, though I forget where I snipped them from. I decided to treat myself to a full colour avatar when the site was resurrected. (He's Windy Miller, in case you were wondering.)

    Becoming more confident in my navigation of the site I decided to fill a few holes in the Image Hive (though it was a plain old Image Gallery, back then), and informed Reinart der Fuchs that I had a few images that needed moving, and a few more to up-load. His response was to thank me, make me a Chaos Engineer (which is what he calls his helpers on the site), and tell me to do it myself!

    Since then I have tried to help out where I can with the Images, creating the Non-English Editions folder, moving and adding some images to it, among other tidying up efforts. I eagerly await Herr Fuchs' debugging of the Image Hive, so I can continue where I left off.

    Personally, I have just entered my fifth decade, am married with two sons, and live in Bath, England. (Zummerzet! Cider country! )

    Welcome to Moorcock's Miscellany. I hope you will get as much out of it as I have.

    Gov

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    "I am an observer of life, a non-participant who takes no sides. I am in the regimented society, but not of it." Moondog, 1964

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    Morgan Kane :

    53 years old, reading Fantaisy and science ficition since 14, now living in Lille North of France.

    Interested by Role playing games, history sociology and many things......

    married, one daughter almost 15 ....

    I choose the pseudonym as an hommage to MM, but not only , also Howard ( despite his racism) and to Hamilton : Morgan Chane

    But Morgan Kane is also a Character in role playing games and his biography can interest you ...... For game purposes, his biography stopped in 1923.

    Morgan Kane was born near Boston in the States, in 1880 from a well being family. Very interrested in modern science and technology, he became one of the first pilot and a top mechanic.

    Beeing a romantic,at the end of 1914, he went to France to enlist as a pilot. Having efficient letters of introduction, he became a pilot and a ace.

    But the view of the trenches and the war, talks with some frenchemen led him to take conscience of the nature of the war. In 1919, he went to Russia to join the revolution. He was desillusionned by the attitude of the bolcheviks regarding Makhno and the sailors of Crondstadt. And, in 1921, he had to leave Russia by China. He was choked by the cynism of the european and met an old man and his niece, saved their lives. They initiated him in the martial arts of China.

    In 1923, he went back to the united states with the old man and his niece, surprised his family by his ideas ( the red scare period ) and went to live in a haouse he owned. Most af the time he was in a private place in the airport, waiting forr clients or piloting.

    In 1924, returning from a flight, he passed a cloud and comming out, he found that the landscape was unknown. Arriving in a strange town, in a tavern, he had a mystical adventure and gained some powers. Since, he wanders in the multiverse.
    This explains the avatar and the signature.

    I joined the old forums just some weeks before the crash.
    Last edited by Morgan Kane; 06-25-2006, 12:47 PM.

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    • #3
      In a previous incarnation I was demos99 at the old 'Moorcock's Weekly Miscellany' site, but with the launch of the new site I've decided to come out of hiding (as it were). Will still answer to "Demos" if people are more used to using the old handle though.

      I first discovered Mike in the early '80s though the Hawkmoon books, which set me on the path of other incarnations of the Eternal Champion. Following university and other Real Life stuff like getting married and acquiring a mortgage I put my MM novels on the bookshelves and thought that was that. Then in July 2004 I discovered the MWM site although I didn't start posting seriously until nearly a year later. Since then my passion for Moorcockiana has been rekindled and I've managed to fill most of the major gaps in my book collection.

      As well as posting in the various forums I got involved with sourcing additional book covers and stuff for the Image Gallery/Hive as well as starting to flesh out the 'Moorcockopedia' - soon to be reborn as the Wikiverse in due course.

      Currently I'm part of a team working on creating a FAQ for the new site.

      My choice of avatar is Luthor Arkwright, created by Bryan Talbot by way of Mike's own Jerry Cornelius in particular and the Multiverse in general, while still being impressively original in his own right. Arkwright combines my love of Mike's novels with my long-standing interest in comics - not to mention that Talbot's 'The Adventures of Luthor Arkwright' is a great graphic novel in its own right.
      Last edited by David Mosley; 06-25-2006, 07:43 AM.
      _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
      _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
      _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
      _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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      • #4
        Yo-ho!

        Nice to see we're back....

        I've been reading Mike's work since the mid-seventies. I am a writier myself, and in my spare time I am a full-time academic.
        Last edited by nalpak retrac; 06-25-2006, 09:42 PM.

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        • #5
          Hi, everybody!

          I am a long-time reader of Michael Moorcock's works and became a member here in the first few weeks after Miscellany started. Intuitively I chose L'Etranger as my alias, because it is an important piece of literature, and because often in my life I felt like the stranger/foreigner - hence was a little outside of the inside - as I lived in many distant places and among many different peoples and cultures.
          In any case, Moorcock's Miscellany is a sort of Club House for me that I enjoy very much and I will try to make others feel at home at. The many interests, experiences and creativity in people who come here make up a strong, positive mixture and are a daily challenge. At times I am indeed a bit impulsive with my reactions, but I don't think I'm vicious. Most of the time I really enjoy the good and fruitful exchange between people of so many countries here. Why, two years ago we had great fun sending a book of Michael's around the world to be signed by his readers in so many countries! And the book actually went twice around the world in mileage before Doc in Texas could hand it over to Mr. Moorcock as a birthday present. See here: http://www.horse-balloon.co.uk/mmaas/distancecalc.php We had immense fun designing a frontispiece and keeping track of the book's progress, sometimes deeply worried it might have been lost, cursing mailmen in various countries and so on. A wonderful example of the great spirit that is at home here at M's Miscellany.

          What else? I became 50 this year, I am married with two very special daughters and live north of Munich. My avatars change sometimes with my mood. This zany little animal is a favourite, but I sometimes replace it with pre-Colombian designs that were rescued for posteriority by Antonio Grass, a painter from Colombia: (http://www.intermundos.org/grass/antonio_grass.htm)

          Cheers,
          Christian (my real name)
          Google ergo sum

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          • #6
            I started lurking here towards the end of '04, but finally signed up when another board I was involved in fell apart and I thought I might have time to read posts here properly. Also, I very much enjoy the relative lack of conflict here.

            I got heavily into Mike in the mid-70's and spent a long time reading and re-reading everything excessively. Then my interest waned for a while (so many books, so little time!) and I got back into his stuff in a big ay about four years ago when I discovered to my horror the existence of the revised Eternal Champion series in hardback and realised that I'd missed the boat on them.

            I like the idea of explaining our avatars: Mine is a depiction of the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, partly to reflect my interest in the writing of Georges Bataille, but mainly because Tezcatlipoca is also known as 'The Smoking Mirror', which is the coolest divine name that I have ever come across!

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            • #7
              H'lo. Name's actually Kirk, but you can call me PWV since it requires fewer keystrokes.

              Let's see...

              Found Moorcock's Miscellany (or Moorcock's Weekly Miscellany, as it was then) back in March of 2004 while searching the 'net for in depth info on Elric and Corum. I'd started re-reading the Elric Saga and, as I am apt to do when I get really excited about something, commenced completely immersing myself in it. I was pretty chuffed when I found the one place on the entire web where Michael Moorcock himself hangs out and chats.

              My username and signature are directly linked, yet people hardly ever make the connection. I got my username from a Blue Öyster Cult song for which Mike wrote the lyrics: Veteran of the Psychic Wars. It is, hands down, my favorite BÖC song, in no small part due to the masterful lyrics.

              My avatar has been the same from the beginning. It's Elric's face from the cover of Tales of the White Wolf, painted by BROM. Sadly, I carry this expression a lot of the time in real life, especially when I find myself in a political debate. I'll just say it now and get it over with: Don't get me started.

              In an official capacity, I've done my best to coordinate the collection of images for the Image Hive. In doing so, I've met some very cool people in the professional art world, which has been doubly cool for me since I am a graphic designer myself by trade.

              I'm 39 years old and live in the Seattle area with my perpetual fiancé and her two kids, plus some dogs and cats.

              I never wear a necktie. Don't even own one.

              Welcome to MM! Have one of the little square things with the folds of cheese and turkey on. They're delicious!

              -PWV
              Last edited by PsychicWarVeteran; 06-26-2006, 05:10 AM.
              "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
              --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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              • #8
                Hey all, my (real) name is Peter and I was also a member before what I may call the "cataclysm" of MM. My hometown is Edinburgh, which at the moment is very lovely and sunny (although I imagine that will no doubt be subject to change). I enjoy reading, studying science, writing, playing, and listening to music, and generally wasting time. I am also studying socialism and anarchy at present in a bid to ascertain my political beliefs. For a few years now I have been involved with a band named Danny Cockroach in which I play guitar and harmonica and sing. Alongside that I have an as yet unsuccessful career writing electronic and dance music. Hopefully that will come to the light of day more over the summer in my copious free time.

                Anyway, tres happy to see the return of the forum and I hope for some good debate with all the old members and the new ones who will obviously join. Very good new smilies too, especially

                HawkLord

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                • #9
                  Hi, I'm Dave, and I'm currently studying Archaeology at Edinburgh University, although I generally spend the holidays back home in North-East Scotland.

                  I got into Mike's work when I was about 14 or 15, from a friend who found Tales of the White Wolf in the school library, although my first book was the Stormbringer omnibus from the local public library. The same friend mentioned the old MWM to me, when he'd been looking for images of Elric online. I got into the site, partly due to the stimulating political debates on the current affairs forum.

                  My online name was formed from the following formula; Hawk+natural phenomon (eg Hawkwind, Hawkmoon)

                  When I'm not studying or online, I volunteer with the Green Party or the uni's People and Planet activist group. When I graduate, I'm hoping to work for the Greens or some like-minded NGO.

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                  • #10
                    Hello, I am very new to this site,but have been reading Mike's work since my late teens,soooo, thats almost 30 years!
                    Found this site, after a discussion about the Elric books, on another Forum.My enthusiasm, renewed, re read Elric. and am now finding more Moorcock to read!

                    Met Mike in the late eighties/early nineties, at the Preston Speculative Fiction Group,(UK) with Bryan Talbot and Stephen Gallagher. Bet he cant remember.I hope I didn't come over as hero struck!But probably did! I think I was the only woman there, was amazed at how tall Mike is! Nice for me to be able to actually look up to a guy!

                    I love Luther Arkwright, so sad it came to an end.
                    Read quite a lot of different things, love film, and especially,Anime.Final Fantasy, RPG becoming an obscession, the only thing stopping me getting fully immersed is the child who gets to the PS before me, drat them!
                    Collect fantasy and Sci Fi art books.

                    Live with my family,husband and two daughters, who took me away from my reading for a long time. Two horses and a mad dog!In the country, North England.

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                    • #11
                      I was going to save myself some effort and just link back to previous introductions I'd given; but, there is something to be said for periodic revision.

                      My name is Eric, or as my family calls me, "E" (sometime E-Man...and I'm not certain why). I'll answer to any number of names but I'd recomend sticking with EverKing or E since I've programmed myself to ignore Eric (I've spent too much time among other Eric's and generally assume "Eric" refers to someone else).

                      I first came to "Moorcock's Weekly Miscellany" in late December '03 or early January '04. I just drifted around for a few weeks until I finally joined later in January '04. I'm not a very prolific poster and spend more time reading than commenting. I do have periods of higher volume and occassionally you won't be able to escape me in any forum.

                      I've been a fan of Fantasy all my life. Not just my reading life either, as a very young child (late toddler even) I was drawn to the fantastic in the form of "Clash of the Titans," "Tron," "Star Wars," and "Conan: The Barbarian." By the age of 11 I was tackling Tad Williams then took a step back at 12 with various Dragonlance novels. This lead the way into an enjoyment of Tabletop RPG's; which continues to be a major part of my life even in adulthood.

                      At 14 I saw the "Tales of the White Wolf" anthology and was immediately drawn to it for various reasons; from the wonderful Brom cover art to the title itself. What settled it was when I saw that one of the stories within, "Go Ask Elric" was penned by Tad Williams.

                      I've been reading Michael Moorcock ever since. Now Moorock and Williams are the only Fantasy or Sci-Fi I read.

                      My interests--as my profile says--are "many and varied." I am a consumate researcher. Any subject, or any question that may pique my curiosity can drive me to research everything I can related to it. This has ranged from cryptanalysis to histoy to linguistics. I have recently become more interested in current events and politics, likely a reaction of age and increased maturity. I am slowly learning what I can in all areas that may lead to my becoming a better informed voter.

                      I guess that's me in a nutshell. Just know that I may pop up at anytime in any subject!

                      E

                      EDIT: my avatar, by the way, is my personal favorite rendition of Elric. It is by Robert Gould and appears on the cover of...I don't rightly remember, the DAW edition of "Sailor of the Seas of Fate" perhaps.

                      EDIT2: Forgot to add on mine: I'm 25. (I'll do the math for you...) I started reading Moorcock in '95-'96.
                      Last edited by EverKing; 06-27-2006, 08:17 AM.
                      "In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro"
                      --Thomas a Kempis

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                      • #12
                        Wellcome !

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                        • #13
                          I came to the site in early 2004. I'd been reading Mr. M's books since the 60's. The first book I read was The Stealer of Souls, then Stormbringer, after that the Runestaff tetralogy. I must admit, I've never got on with the Jerry Cornelius series. My wife thinks I'm paying his mortgage!!! . I'm not sure if Mr. M. would appreciate this, but I like The Lord of the Rings & when I got The Stealer of Souls out of the library,the blurb said, "comparable to Tolkien at his best." so I bought LOTR on this recomendation! I have to say I've been more into history than fantasy these last few years. My pseudo is obviously a reference to Prince Corum of the Silver Hand. To add I'm 59, live in the North East of England, (god's own country!) & love the North East coast, legend has it that Bamburgh Castle is Sir Lancelot's Joyeuse Gard of Arthurian legend & Lindisfarne island is simply magical, (advert over.) Other than that I like walking, photography & of course reading.
                          Last edited by silverhand; 06-26-2006, 03:24 PM.
                          Arioch, aid me! Blood and souls for Arioch!

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                          • #14
                            Greetings,

                            I'm Rose. Not The Rose, mind you

                            Been a fan of MM since the mid-70s, when I was 15 or so, and I picked up the Hawkmoon books. Fell in love with his style then and there. Unbelievably, it took me 30 years to pick up again and keep going. Still have lots to go...

                            I joined the MWM in Dec. last year, but only lurked until I posted in Feb or so. I got better acquainted with several MWM Margraves and Warriors over at Azariel's S & S forum these past few months, and between that site and this I have learned a tremendous amount and gained enourmous respect for this community. Truly unique in this virtual world.

                            My nick was Rosedoodle, which is a nickname my dad gave me when I was like 4 years old. I'm more often known as Madrigal on the Net, though... which leads me to another of my loves- music. It's an old song form, of course, and I got it from an instrumental song by Jethro Tull, King Henry's Madrigal. Not to mention I am a bit of a mad gal..

                            My greatest hobby: film photography
                            Other therapies: gardening, bike riding
                            I don't consider reading a hobby, but rather a necessity! One in which I am sadly deficient these days...
                            My avatar is from a photo I took this past April.

                            Edit: offspring- 1 boy, 18 yoa, perfection!
                            Last edited by Madrigal Rose; 06-27-2006, 04:34 PM.
                            Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
                            -Yousuf Karsh

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                            • #15
                              I'm Duncan, though I have friends who call me John (my middle name), as a sort of carry-over from University.

                              I'm a 28 year old British Expat, made the move from the UK to the US to get married to my long time girlfriend back in late 2004, about the time I started frequenting the site.

                              Now living in New Jersey and making a daily commute for New York City (somewhere I never saw myself working) - the wife got a 50% pay rise from her old job, so the pressure's currently on for me to get something decent too.

                              I got into this whole thing via Robert E Howard and Tolkien (in that order), didn't actually discover Mr M (proper) until 1997 when I picked up a set of Elric books from a second hand bookstore. Been hooked ever since.

                              I am also something of a writer in my spare time, such as it is.
                              Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

                              Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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