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The English Assassin

Michael Moorcock

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Fiction, Science fiction

The entropy-laden third installment of the Cornelius Quartet.

The multiverse is exposed in all its sordid glory as we are shown glimpses of eight different futures, each in the form of 'The Alternative Apocalypse'. Treating time as the mutable imposter it is, the third Jerry Cornelius novel ranges across the ages from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the swinging London of the '60s and '70s, from turn-of-the-century music halls to 1930's seaside resorts. Leading us across time and space are the likes of Jerry's beloved sister Catherine and villainous brother Frank, wily adversary Miss Brunner, the grotesque Bishop Beesley and cool, anarchist revolutionary Una Persson, while Jerry Cornelius - the English Assassin - lies close to death's door. For now.

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Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock (1939-)
Michael Moorcock is one of the most important figures in British SF and Fantasy literature. The author of many literary novels and stories in practically every genre, his novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Whitbread and Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1999, he was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award; in 2001, he was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame; and in 2007, he was named a SFWA Grandmaster. Michael Moorcock is also a musician who has performed since the seventies with his own band, the Deep Fix; and, as a member of the prog rock band, Hawkwind, won a gold disc. His tenure as editor of New Worlds magazine in the sixties and seventies is seen as the high watermark of SF editorship in the UK, and was crucial in the development of the SF New Wave. Michael Moorcock's literary creations include Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, Jerry Cornelius and, of course, his most famous character, Elric. He has been compared to, among others, Balzac, Dumas, Dickens, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. Although born in London, he now splits his time between homes in Texas and Paris.

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