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The Final Programme

Michael Moorcock

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Fiction, Science fiction

The explosive first novel of the Cornelius Quartet.

Jerry Cornelius - secret agent and adventurer, scientist and superhero, saint and sinner - fights out a grim vendetta in a French chateau, gunning his way through the fleshy jungle of a devastated London and across the icy wastes of Sweden. Dogging him every step of the way is the wily Miss Brunner, ruthless techno-magician with a sado-masochistic bent. Kidnappings and killings are mere stage dressing to Cornelius and Brunner's battle to control a revolutionary code for producing the ultimate human being: the Final Programme.

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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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