Risingshadow has posted the cover and synopsis of The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock, the first book in a new trilogy: The Sanctuary of the White Friars, coming soon (-ish) to a bookstore near you.

Here’s the synopsis:
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UK Readers: Michael Moorcock Reprints Are Here!

A while back, SF Gateway reported the Gollancz Michael Moorcock Publishing Project. This is a two-year publishing project to release the entire back catalogue of Michael Moorcock’s science fiction and fantasy work in both print (by Gollancz) and eBook editions (by SF Gateway), as well as “a substantial amount of his literary fiction”.

The wait is over…
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Great news for the genre community!

It’s been 18 months since we first reported the return of Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds Magazine. Now it’s finally here: Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds website is live!

The website features fiction (currently from Luke R Pebler, Jetse de Vries, Laura E. Goodin, and Geoffrey W Cole), non-fiction articles (like Iain M. Banks’ article on Ayn Rand), art, video, and reviews.

It requires registration to get in, and most of the content requires you to buy the issue (for 3 UK Pounds).

[via Boing Boing]

Cover & Synopsis: “The Land Leviathan” & “The Steel Tsar” by Michael Moorcock

We’ve already seen the new cover for Michael Moorcock’s The Warlord of the Air, now here’s the cover art and synopsis of the 2nd and 3rd novel of the trilogy A Nomad of the Time Streams : The Land Leviathan and The Steel Tsar by Michael Moorcock.
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I stumbled across this one on Amazon. It’s the upcoming reprint of Michael Moorcock’ classic novel The Warlord of the Air, first in the series A Nomad of the Time Streams.

Here’s the synopsis:

It is 1973, and the stately airships of the Great Powers hold benign sway over a peaceful world. The balance of power is maintained by the British Empire – a most equitable and just Empire, ruled by the beloved King Edward VIII. A new world order, with peace and prosperity for all under the law. Yet, moved by the politics of envy and perverse utopianism, not all of the Empire’s citizens support the marvelous equilibrium.

Flung from the North East Frontier of 1902 into this world of the future, Captain Oswald Bastable is forced to question his most cherished ideals, discovering to his horror that he has become a nomad of the time streams, eternally doomed to travel the wayward currents of a chaotic multiverse.

The first in the Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy, The Warlord of the Air sees Bastable fall in with the anarchists of this imperial society and set in train a course of events more devastating than he could ever have imagined.

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (January 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781161453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161456

For kicks (because this is how I get my kicks), I’ve assembled this side-by-side gallery of covers for The Warlord of the Air

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My next piece on the Kirkus Review Blog is on Elric: The Balance Lost Volume One.  Chris Roberson, author of Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, iZombie, and the new science fiction novel Further: Beyond the Threshold, and illustrator Francesco Biagini, pick up the tale of the 428th Emperor of Melniboné for a comic series from Boom! Studios.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Talk to a fan of the sword and sorcery genre, and it won’t take long for the conversation to turn to Elric, the 428th Emperor of Melniboné. With alabaster skin, and wielding the soul-eating sword Stormbringer, Elric is the Eternal Champion, someone who is chosen to fight for the cosmic Balance. In Moorcock’s stories, Elric is one of many such Champions, who exist in every different version of reality throughout the multiverse. Each Champion must fight for the balance between Law and Chaos, two opposing forces locked in an eternal struggle for dominance. Should either side win, all would be lost.

Check out the full article over on the Kirkus Reviews blog.

Over at the FictionMags Yahoo Group, David Pringle (editor of Interzone between 1982 and 2004 and author of such books as Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels) posted the following message about the return of Michael Moorcock’s seminal New Worlds magazine, which originally had a 201 issue run between 1946 and 1971.

The new magazine will be published in print and electronic formats and have a website. Michael Moorcock himself will lend his name to the masthead.

Here’s David’s message with more details…


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In honor of the Shared Worlds teen SF/F writing camp, we asked this week’s panelist for writing advice…

Q: What was the best writing advice you received as a teenager/young adult, and who gave it to you? For bonus points, If you knew then what you know now about the writing life, would you have continued to pursue it? How much of a disconnect is there between your vision of the writing life and the reality of it?

Here’s what they said…


Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler‘s The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was short-listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. Fowler’s latest books include Wit’s End and the upcoming collection What I Didn’t See.

I wasn’t trying to be a writer as a young adult so no one was giving me advice about how to do it back then. What I was doing was a ton of reading, which turned out to be the best thing I could have been doing anyway. What was particularly good about my reading was that I hadn’t learned to make a distinction between one kind of book and another; I hadn’t ever told myself I liked one kind of book, but not another. So I read widely — books for children and for adults, poetry by Emily Dickinson and Garcia Lorca, The Lord of the Rings and Don Quixote and The Hunting of the Snark. I read hundreds of YA’s whose titles I’ve forgotten, but whose stories I still remember about high school proms and football teams and how to be popular. I read Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie mysteries, short story collections like Junior Miss and The Night the Bed Fell and collections of humor and horror. I read non-fiction like Men Against the Sea and Old Bones, the Wonder Horse, and historical biographies of all sorts. When I came to writing, many years later, I realized that I had unconsciously picked up techniques from all those sorts of books. And that I had no limiting vision of what I could or could do in any particular piece, although many tried to convince me otherwise. I had a good solid sense of there being no rules at all.

The best advice no one actually gave me was to read a lot of any and everything.

The thing I didn’t understand about the writing life was how public it can be. It looked very private when I imagined it — there you are, alone in your room, pulling images as fast as you can from that clown-car between your ears we call your brain. You need please no one, but yourself. I didn’t think at all about reviews and reader reactions and sales figures. I didn’t picture interviews and readings. The alone-in-your room part is still the part I like best.

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