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Clarify Cornelius Chronicles confusion?

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  • Clarify Cornelius Chronicles confusion?

    I love a good alliteration.
    Anyway, I am confused. I bought The Cornelius Chronicles Volume 2 months ago and read it. It contains The Lives and Times of JC and The Entropy Tango. But the other day I found a book called The Cornelius Chronicles Book 2 Which contains the English Assassin and The Condition of Muzak.

    Why such maddeningly similar titles? Does the series have the same number of volumes collecting the same stories in different order. Which is rarer? etc etc

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    The 'Volume' collections were American (published by Avon) whereas the 'Book' omnibuses were British (published by Fontana). The prosaic explanation is that both were published in the pre-Internet era so there was very little chance of readers in one country being aware of/able to purchase foreign editions. Fast-forward to 2014 and the old boundaries have pretty much collapsed thanks to eBay, Amazon and other online sources.

    In answer to your other questions, Fontana published the Cornelius Chronicles in four individual volumes and then two omnibuses, Book One and Book Two collecting the first two and last two JC novels respectively. Avon published all four JC novels in a single omnibus (The Cornelius Chronicles) then (much) later Volumes II & III, which collected Cornelius books/stories not otherwise published in the USA. (An earlier edition of The Lives and Times, published by Dale, had been cut/censored without Mike's permission iirc.) In the UK, those stories appeared separately (as TLaToJC, The Entropy Tango, The Adventures of Catherine Cornelius and Una Persson in the Twentieth Century while The Alchemist's Question appeared in the collection The Opium General). Neither is especially rarer than the other imo apart from the fact that copies are probably more plentiful in their country of origin.

    PS. If in doubt in future, don't forget to search the Wikiverse for details of all Mike's books.
    _"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."


    • #3
      Thanks so much for the information!