London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (Paperback)

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By Michael Moorcock (Editor), Allan Kausch (Editor), Iain Sinclair (Foreword by)
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Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock has long been considered one of the top names in science fiction and fantasy. Here, Moorcock has personally selected his best published and unpublished essays, articles, reviews, and opinions—all uncensored. Covering a wide range of topics including books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes, this collection is the definitive compilation for any serious fan of Moorcock, or science fiction in general. Drawn from more than 50 years of writing, including Moorcock’s most recent work from the Los Angeles Times and the Guardian—along with obscure and now unobtainable sources—the prose in this compendium showcases Moorcock at his sharpest.

About the Author

Michael Moorcock is an award-winning author who has written more than 80 works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Cornelius Quartet, Doctor Who, and Elric: The Stealer of Souls. His nonfiction has appeared in Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Bastrop, Texas. Allan Kausch is the editor of more than 1,100 projects for Lucasfilm Ltd., and has also edited five volumes of Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, in addition to 80 other books. He lives in San Francisco. Iain Sinclair is the author of Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, and A Walk Around the M25.

Praise For…

"A prime selection of Moorcock's articles, reviews and opinions selected by the man himself. Moorcock writes with fondness and verve about his home city, his life as a writer, and about literature and culture." —

"Whether he is describing the bleakness of 50s London ('all my girlfriends wore black and thought a lot about suicide') or the 'smugness' and conformity of modern London ('I like my classes mixed'), Moorcock writes with genuine love for the city." —Guardian (April 11, 2012)

“Moorcock's reviews and critical essays seem to me exemplary. They are never routine, never obligatory, never tired. They seem to me to be models of what a creative writer should do when producing critical prose. His writing here is always a conversation, never a monologue . . . we feel lucky to be listening in.”  —Alan Wall, author, The School of Night

"It's invaluable for the Moorcock enthusiast, but even a newcomer will find a lot to enjoy here. Like a map or a guidebook, it's filled with irresistible routes and destinations, from London to Melniboné to Mars and beyond. And you'll want to follow, whether you've traveled those paths before or are lucky enough to be visiting them for the first time." —

"It's a privilege to have such a collection of humanistic and touching articles between the covers of one book." —West End Extra (March 9, 2012)

"Moorcock's prose is as limpid and fluid as a mountain stream, carrying the reader along effortlessly, while still achieving poetic effects that a lesser writer would strain for with pyrotechnics. In all cases, his voice rings out with sincerity, forcefulness, authority and passion." —

"Moorcock's charming curmudgeonliness makes this collection a true pleasure, balancing scathing wit with flashes of nostalgia and melancholy." — (May 8, 2012)

"At a moment when so many of us have lost faith in our country and our ourselves, it's nice to have a science fiction writer from the UK remind us that a better world is still possible and ours to make." —
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604864908
ISBN-10: 1604864907
Publisher: PM Press
Publication Date: January 25th, 2012
Pages: 408
Language: English