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Cover & Synopsis: “The Warlord of the Air” by Michael Moorcock (+ Cover Gallery!)

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

[via Amazon browsing and then, through googling, Graeme's Fantasy Book Review]

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9 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “The Warlord of the Air” by Michael Moorcock (+ Cover Gallery!)

  1. Pssst!


  2. I’ve got a well-thumbed omnibus from when White Wolf was in the process of publishing a good hunk of Moorcock’s work. Hope there’ll be an eBook version as well!

    Great alternate history/steampunk for those who have not read it; an influence on the sub-genre. Father? Grandfather? If you haven’t read it, give it a try!

  3. I have the first and third editions, precisely because they are my favorite covers. Don’t much like the new one.

    And like Fred said, READ IT. Excellent stuff. Moorcock is the black-sheep uncle of steampunk.

  4. This sounds great. Just pre-ordered the e-book.
    (I too get a kick out of comparing covers of different editions of books.)

  5. David Greybeard // March 16, 2013 at 8:32 am //

    oOOO. Thanks for all the old covers! Just about made my day!

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