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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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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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An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock

Fin-de-siecle dandyism meets seventies psychedelia.

Michael Moorcock’s Dancers At the End of Time trilogy is one of the most wonderful series of books ever written. It begins with An Alien Heat (1972) and is followed by The Hollow Lands (1975) and The End of All Songs (1976). Collected together as The Dancers At the End of Time, each individual novel is a perfect study of storytelling and characterisation – not to mention an incredible feat of imagination.dancers1

An Alien Heat is a precursor to steampunk or quite possibly the first post-modern ‘gaslight romance’ novel. Moorcock considers this series to be “a particular favourite of mine” and they cleverly balance comic and decadent elements whilst also being tragic and romantic.

An Alien Heat was originally published in 1972, but is still eminently readable today. Any book that has a mother and son picnicking on oysters and making love in the first few pages deserves your attention. Jherek Carnelian is Moorcock’s most bizarre incarnation of the Eternal Champion and he is surrounded by the most colourful cast of characters that ever stepped from a harlequinade. They are immortal and hedonistic individuals: Mistress Christia, the Everlasting Concubine; Lord Jagged of Canaria; the melancholic Werther de Goethe and the unlikely sounding Gaf the Horse in Tears.

An_Alien_heat_Ace_Books_1987Jherek lives at the end of time. The world is old and dying and humanity have powers to create anything from thin air and to resurrect the dead. All the characters consider themselves artists, borrowing ideas from the past to create vulgar pastiches of objects from our own world to great comic effect. As the society is anarchistic and amoral, there are no laws, no crimes, no illnesses or pain, which also means there is no sense of suffering and no real love or emotion. The people at the end of time are bored, having to distract themselves with pointless games, parties and meaningless sensuality.

When Amelia Underwood arrives from the nineteenth century, Jherek’s life changes as he decides to fall in love with her. Thus begins his education into such unknown concepts as ‘virtue’ and ‘self-denial’ and much of the book follows the conflict between an aesthete and an ascetic. His view of love is impractical and romantic, whilst she is married to an unsympathetic husband, yet remains faithful because of her dedication to the institute of marriage. In Moorcockian terms this embodies the conflict between the extremes of chaos and order.

The scenes in nineteenth century London are wonderfully atmospheric as Jherek meets the Dickensian character Snoozer Vine in “The Devil’s Arsehole”. It is when he is away from his homeworld that he truly learns the meaning of jealousy, pain and love as he encounters death and he also discovers that his friend, the enigmatic Lord Jagged, is more than he claims to be.

dancers2It is a beautiful, captivating work of art. You’ll be glad there are two more novels plus extra novellas and stories set in the same milieu. If The Dancers At the End of Time books don’t make you laugh, cry and feel like you’ve fallen in love all over again, then you’re probably clinically, or at least spiritually, dead.

You can read more about The Dancers At the End of Time in my book The Law of Chaos out later this year from Headpress.