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Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse

THE LAW OF CHAOS: THE MULTIVERSE OF MICHAEL MOORCOCK is now out in paperback and eBook formats.

Jeff Gardiner’s ‘The Law of Chaos’ is a must for any fan of Michael Moorcock’s work. Here you’ll find fascinating stories about the author’s life, but also a thorough appraisal of his vast catalogue of work, plus an examination of the enormous influence Mike has had – and continues to have – upon the SF and Fantasy genres. A work of love – and written with colour and style.’                                                                 Storm Constantine

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From Jerry Cornelius and the Eternal Champion fantasies to Pyat and more recent novels, THE LAW OF CHAOS is an entertaining reader’s guide that explores the life and achievements of MICHAEL MOORCOCK, one of modern literature’s most influential figures. All Moorcock’s works are examined and discussed in detail, from early fantasies to his later philosophical novels.

With an introduction and other material by Moorcock himself, THE LAW OF CHAOS travels the moonbeam roads through the enigmatic multiverse of a celebrated literary icon that is accessible to all.

 “Jeff Gardiner’s excellent book has offered me many fresh insights into my own work. I can genuinely celebrate the publication of this book.”                                                                                                                 Michael Moorcock

 

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‘A well-written overview of Michael Moorcock’s complete works. This is an ideal book for anyone looking to get a quick critical grasp on Moorcock … very illuminating.’                            Stephen Theaker

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PICA – COVER REVEAL

accentya logo (2)‘PICA’ – book 1 in the Gaia Trilogy – will be published in March 2016 by Accent Press.

I can now finally reveal the fantastic cover.

Pica Pica is the Latin name for magpie.  The novel is set in the modern day exploring the awakening of ancient magic and our relationship with nature.

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And … yes, that is a cover quote from the great Michael Moorcock!

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THE LAW OF CHAOS

My book about author Michael Moorcock – the man and his works – is out in hardback as a special edition with colour plates.

THE LAW OF CHAOS: THE MULTIVERSE OF MICHAEL MOORCOCK examines the major novels,  fiction and music of this iconic British writer.

It is only available from the publisher’s website, for now.  The paperback and e-book will  follow soon.

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From Jerry Cornelius and the Eternal Champion fantasies to Pyat and more recent novels, THE LAW OF CHAOS is an entertaining and accessible reader’s guide that explores the life and achievements of Michael Moorcock, one of modern literature’s most influential figures. All Moorcock’s works are examined and discussed in detail from early fantasies to his later philosophical novels.

With an introduction and other material by Moorcock himself, THE LAW OF CHAOS travels the moonbeam roads through the enigmatic multiverse of a celebrated literary icon.headpress logo

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Reviews

“Jeff Gardiner’s excellent book has offered me many fresh insights into my own work. I can genuinely celebrate the publication of this book.” Michael Moorcock

Jeff Gardiner’s ‘The Law of Chaos’ is a must for any fan of Michael Moorcock’s work. Here you’ll find fascinating stories about the author’s life, but also a thorough appraisal of his vast catalogue of work, plus an examination of the enormous influence Mike has had – and continues to have – upon the SF and Fantasy genres. A work of love – and written with colour and style.’   Storm Constantine

‘…an indispensable guide to one of our most important speculative writers’.    David Seed

“This new book, the latest Moorcockian meteorite to flash across the heavens, is a timely reminder of the scope, depth, heart and magnificence of an author with numerous readers, bright-eyed fans, global correspondents, but far less mainstream acknowledgement than he deserves. The glory of the work, in its astonishing reach and range, is that it can be freshly excavated by every rising generation.” Iain Sinclair

“A well-written overview of Michael Moorcock’s complete works. This is an ideal book for anyone looking to get a quick critical grasp on Moorcock … very illuminating.” Stephen Theaker

“When literary critics of the next century want to understand our times, it’s the chaos-storm of Moorcock’s fiction which will be their first port of call and Jeff Gardiner’s book their necessary introduction to the maelstrom. Moorcock’s legion of present-day fans will be grateful for Gardiner’s clearly-written and informative account of Moorcock’s work: an essential guide to the complexities of a very prolific writer. At last we have a sense of the entirety of Michael Moorcock’s vast achievement. Congratulations, Jeff, for allowing Moorcock and his works to speak to us!” Andy Sawyer – Librarian of the Liverpool Foundation SF Collection

 

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Review of ‘Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds’

Review of Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds by David Brittain (Savoy Books, 2013)

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Subtitled Science Fiction and Art in the Sixties, this superbly researched and well-expressed exploration into the art of New Worlds magazine – especially the influence and legacy of Eduardo Paolozzi – is tightly focussed and very entertaining. It includes a forward by the author, and introduction by artist and curator Rick Poynor.

New Worlds magazine, under the editorship of Michael Moorcock, moved quickly away from its science fiction roots to become, as described by Brittain: “a catalyst for change within the genre”. Turning its back on the pulp fiction of boys’ adventure yarns, the magazine became instead an avant-garde “controversial forum” for debate about art, literature and modern culture. David Brittain further explains that, “Moorcock possessed a maverick temperament and a strong sense of mission that brought him into conflict with tradition”. This led to the joining of many like-minded writers and artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, JG Ballard, Charles Platt and Pamela Zoline. New Worlds also championed the likes of Wyndham Lewis, Mervyn Peake, William Burroughs and MC Esher.

Once they received a modest grant from The Arts Council of Great Britain they changed to a larger format allowing them greater flexibility for the inclusion of artwork and appreciations of artists such as Paolozzi. By 1967 Eduardo Paolozzi was the official artist, under the guise of ‘Aeronautics Adviser’.

David Brittain’s book contains colourful reproductions of many designs, covers, sculptures and collages by Paolozzi and others. The main section of the book is an extended essay entitled ‘Denizens of the Media Landscape’; followed by new interviews and a selection of extracts to give a taste of the New Worlds style and to contextualise Paolozzi’s work.

If you are fascinated by the relationship between popular literature, particularly literature, and visual art forms, then this book will interest you. Paolozzi’s style is experimental pop art employing collage, juxtaposition, technological iconography, machines, circuit boards and cybernetics. The forms he seemed to take pleasure in were sculpture, dot matrix, collage and test patterns.

I was particularly interested to read that Moorcock storyboards his own works before sitting down to write.

Bash 1971 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005

‘Bash’ by Eduardo Paolozzi (Tate Gallery)