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New Book On Michael Moorcock--Call For Submissions

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  • New Book On Michael Moorcock--Call For Submissions

    Exploring the Multiverse: A Study of the Works of Michael Moorcock

    Editor: Thomas Fortenberry.

    Submissions are invited for a new collection of essays studying the writings
    of British author Michael Moorcock. Moorcock has had a long and amazingly
    successful career as both editor and author. Winner of numerous awards
    (including the British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy Award, and being shortlisted for
    the Whitbread), he is most famous for having created a vast and fantastic
    multiverse of interconnected realities centered around the concept of a recurrent
    Eternal Champion. This collection endeavors to explore that multiverse on many
    levels and examine the many incarnations of the EternalChampion. Moorcock,
    much like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and J. R. R.
    Tolkien, has created unique worlds and memorable characters that have become
    archetypal and influenced a generation of readers and writers. There is an
    entire gaming universe and fiction subgenre of fantasy based around his doomed
    albino prince Elric of Melnibone and his giant, sentinent, magical, black
    rune-covered sword. However, Moorcock's fiction and its widespread impact have yet
    to be the subject of a major critical study, which this collection hopes to
    rectify. With over 50 novels, including dozens of series and recurrent
    characters, plus his hundreds of imitators in the fantasy genre, there is ample ground
    to explore.

    Possible topics (though certainly not all inclusive):

    The Multiverse

    The Eternal Champion

    The Eternal City

    Reincarnation/ Immortality

    Transdimensional Existence / Alternate Realities


    Magic/ Elementals

    Good and Evil

    War and Peace

    Balance, Chaos, and Order

    Gods, Devils, Demons / Deals and pacts with demigods

    The Antihero

    The Doomed Prince / Kinslayer / Destroyer

    The Swordsman, the Archer

    The Possessed Sword, Eye, Hand, etc.

    The Journey

    The Companion

    The Lover

    The Villian / Betrayer / Evil Kinsman

    TheRomance of the Rose

    The Grail / Grail Quest

    Influence of Medieval, Biblical, and Ancient Epic Literature in Moorcock

    Influence of Moorcock on modern fiction, music, film

    War and Peace

    Airships/ Steamboats

    Time Travel /End of Time / Timelessness

    Baroque Europe

    Nazi Germany

    Literary London

    Imaginary American South

    There is no deadline for submissions. Abstracts and full essays welcomed by
    interested scholars, writers, and critics in all areas. Work should be of
    serious depth yet relatively jargon free for all readers. Because of the immense
    amount of topics, essays should be 10 pages or less due to space
    restrictions. Please include a cover letter explaining your proposed topic, with CV and
    bibliography included. Within a few months I will begin assigning topics,
    characters, and series, on a relatively first come, first serve basis. Be
    explicit if you are requesting a specific area for study.

    Submissions should be .RTF attachments or snailmail documents.

    e: [email protected]

    Multiverse Project
    6011-F Delta Crossing Lane
    Charlotte, NC 28212 USA

    From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
    [email protected]
    Full Information at
    or write Erika Lin: [email protected]

  • #2
    That sounds great Carter. I'll definitely start working on something. :D
    When they had advanced together to meet on common
    ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
    and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
    each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
    mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
    killing, and the ground ran with blood.

    Homer, The Illiad


    • #3
      I've got an idea for something that I just might submit to this.


      • #4
        Sounds good.

        [ahem] I don't suppose you need any illustrations, do you? I'm quick, and I work for bagel crumbs!

        "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild


        • #5
          Cripes! Another project I want in on... curse my ADD!
          "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
          --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars