Happy birthday to the legendary Michael Moorcock
Not only did the singular Michael
Moorcock create numerous legendary characters such as the definitive
fantasy anti-hero Elric, the proto-cyberpunk Jerry Cornelius, and
arguably the first modern steampunk protagonist Oswald Bastable, but
he pioneered the concepts of the multiverse and as the editor of NEW
WORLDS, ushered in the New Wave literary movement.
His over 100 novels
include notable works such as STORMBRINGER, BEHOLD THE MAN, THE
FINALE PROGRAMME, GLORIANA, OR THE UNFULFILL’D QUEEN, THE DANCERS AT
THE END OF TIME, THE BROTHEL IN ROSENSTRASSE, MOTHER LONDON, Colonel Pyat sequence (BYZANTIUM
ENDURES, THE LAUGHTER OF CARTHAGE, JERUSALEM COMMANDS, and THE
VENGEANCE OF ROME),
and THE WHISPERING SWARM.
seminal nature of his career,
Moorcock has been awarded the
1993 British Fantasy
Award (Committee Award), 2000 World Fantasy Award for Life
Achievement, 2004 Prix Utopiales “Grandmaster” Lifetime
Achievement Award, 2004 Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in
the horror genre, 2008 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, and
2008, THE TIMES
named Moorcock in its list of “The 50 greatest British writers
since 1945”. Among the numerous accolades for his individual
works include the 1967 Nebula Award (BEHOLD THE MAN), 1972-73 and
1975-75 August Derleth Fantasy Award (THE KNIGHT OF THE SWORDS, THE
KING OF THE SWORDS, THE SWORD AND THE STALLION, and THE HOLLOW
LANDS), British Fantasy Award (Best Short Story, “The Jade Man’s
Eyes”), 1977 Guardian Fiction Award (THE CONDITION OF MUZAK), 1979
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
(GLORIANA), and 1979 World Fantasy Award (GLORIANA).
His shorter works
have been collected in several volumes including THE DEEP FIX, THE
TIME DWELLER, MOORCOCK’S BOOK OF MARTYRS, MY EXPERIENCES IN THE THIRD
WORLD WAR, THE OPIUM GENERAL, CASABLANCA, LUNCHING WITH THE
ANTICHRIST, TALES FROM THE TEXAS WOODS, EARL AUBEC, LONDON BONE, and
THE BEST OF MICHAEL MOORCOCK. Among his many edited
anthologies are BEST SF STORIES FROM NEW WORLDS (1-8), THE TRAPS OF
TIME, BEFORE ARMAGEDDON, ENGLAND INVADED, and THE NEW NATURE OF THE
Moorcock impressive output has also included work in comics, music,
film, and criticism. As if all this wasn’t enough, he’s the
maintainer of The Jack Trevor Story Award, whose
previous winners include Howard Waldrop and Steve Aylett.
All of us at Tachyon
wish the extraordinary Michael, a happy birthday. May the winds of
limbo continue to roar!
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Cover by Ann Monn