Of all the covers Spacemen 3 did (Sun Ra, Red Krayola arguably Lou Reed) the 13th Floor Elevators’ Rollercoaster is my favorite.This isn’t the 17 minute version from Perfect Prescription. But I might like this recording better.
I’ve talked about the Elric series here before, but I can’t really convey just how fun it really is. Elric is a Melnibonean – a cruel and formal people who share some distant genes with the dragons they command who lay asleep beneath their city.
Early in the series Elric leaves his throne and decides to wander the weird lands that surround him in search of adventure and fortune. His main traveling companion is Stormbringer, a demon that has manifested in this world in the shape of a black sword. With each person Stormbringer shears in half, Elric absorbs their energy – creating a strangely dependent relationship.
These two books belong to the Chronicles of Corum – an Eternal Champion series featuring Moorcock’s Corum character, which I think falls outside the narrative presented in the Swords Trilogy I wrote about in Part 1.
The Time Dweller is a series of surreal short stories that Moorcock published in New Worlds during the sixties when he was also editing the magazine. A lot of the stories deal with notions of time and the nature of reality. Very trippy.
The Land Leviathan is a sequel to Warlord of the Air which I posted in Part One. Like that book, the story covers an alternate history that weaves in a lot of imagery you would probably call Steampunk.
The Sundered Worlds is the first book where Moorcock introduces the notion of his Multiverse – the hundreds of dimensions of reality from which his characters are drawn.
It takes us to fantastic version of Mars populated by wild creatures, magnificent cities, and of course, lots of Adventure. As you can see from the cover of this book, this series was originally published under the name Edward P. Bradbury and, in fact, Moorcock uses much the same technique as Burroughs in telling the story, making Bradbury merely a reported who tells of how he met the hero Michael Kane and came to learn all about his adventures.
This is An Alien Heat, the first book in Michael moorcock’s excellent Dancers at the End of Time series. most of the story happens in a version of what’s probably Earth somewhere in the far far future where the universe is on it’s very last legs. the story combines Steampunk, time travel, fantasy and violence in a psychedelic soup of somewhat mind melting fun.
I’m posting it because I recently checked out a library sale consisting of nothing but Sci-fi paperbacks, most of them from the sixties and seventies. Apparently the donor was moving out of state and didn’t want to take his collection with him. Why he decided to let the library sell off his treasure trove of novels at ONE DOLLAR EACH I’ll never understand, but there you have it.
Moorcock is one of my favorite science-fiction and fantasy authors ever. His output is prolific to the point of being absurd. I once found a post on his message board where he said that at the peak of his writing he would generate upwards of 15,000 words a day. Considering most of his novels are between 40,000 and 60,000 that means he was cranking out something like a novel a week.
If you’re not familiar with his fiction, it’s far out in the best sense of the word: lucid yet wonderfully psychedelic. All while weaving a dense web of internal mythology dealing with the “Eternal Champion” and an ongoing war between Law and Chaos.
I’ll be posting a number of other finds over the coming week but here are my scores from the multiverse of Moorcock (Part one):
From it’s description The Black Corridor sounds like straight up nail-biting sci-fi. Mostly I’m excited about the incredible cover art that looks like something you’d find hanging in the waiting room of a particularly strange psychotherapy office.
From the sole review I found on Amazon This sounds like kind of like a Faustian story. Again, I mostly picked this one up for the freaky cover art which, I’ll be honest, is somewhat nightmare inducing.
As the subtitle says these are both part of the Castle Brass Series which itself is part of a much bigger universe of books Moorcock created dealing with the Eternal Champion. These books stretch across different universes, dimensions and worlds each dealing with a different iteration of the same character who gets into adventures and usually has some larger destiny involving balancing the forces and gods of Law and Chaos.
Both of these books are part of the Eternal Champion Corum series which is great, weird and exceeding violent. The entire series has also been collected in an omnibus edition which I highly recommend as the books are hard to digest separately.
This book is part of the Nomad of the Time Streams series (which is again, available as an omnibus) which has a steampunk/alternate history bent.
I was home sick last week and had the chance to check out this “Filmumentary” called Raiding the Lost Ark.
Basically 70s/80s blockbuster fanatic Jamie Benning has taken Raiders of the Lost Ark and overlaid it with tons of great pop-up video style info, behind the scenes footage and interesting interview commentary. It’s a great experience for anyone who’s a big fan of Raiders – which was recently reissued in HD. Now if he would just do one for Temple of Doom.
Sometimes, when you can’t remember the last time the thermometer rose above 32 degrees, and you’re just tired of having a dull chill in your bones, it helps to escape to another place. Sometimes that place is a village on the edge of a beach somewhere in the Polynesian Islands. Maybe you’re sipping a drink from a hollowed-out coconut, preparing yourself for whatever the night will have to offer. And as you look out over the water at the sinking sun, you get a bit of an ominous feeling about the darkness to come.
And this is what it sounds like.