The Best of Michael Moorcock

by Michael Moorcock
Release date: April 30, 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, mainstream, short stories

Edited by John Davey with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

From the legendary author of the Elric sagas, a Science Fiction Grand Master, a platinum album-receiving rock star, and the controversial editor of the New Wave's New Worlds, this definitive collection captures the incomparable short fiction of one of science fiction and literature's most important contemporary writers.

These exceptional stories range effortlessly from the genre tales that continue to define fantasy to the author's critically-acclaimed mainstream works. Classic offerings include the Nebula award-winning novella "Behold the Man," which introduces a time traveler and unlikely messiah that H.G. Wells never imagined, "The Visible Men," a recent tale of the ambiguous and androgynous secret agent Jerry Cornelius, the trilogy "My Experiences in the Third World War," where a Russian agent in an alternate Cambodia is powerless to prevent an inevitable march toward nuclear disaster, and "A Portrait in Ivory," a Melniboné story of troubled anti-hero Elric and his soul-stealing sword, Stormbringer.

Newer work handpicked by the expert editing team includes one previously unpublished story and three uncollected stories. With all of his finest stories finally collected in one volume, this book is a long-overdue tribute to an extraordinarily gifted, versatile and much-beloved author.


  • A Portrait in Ivory (2007)
  • The Visible Men (2006)
  • A Dead Singer (1974)
  • Lunching with the Antichrist (1993)
  • The Opium General (1984)
  • Behold the Man (1966, novella version)
  • A Winter Admiral (1994)
  • London Bone (1997)
  • Colour (1991)
  • Going to Canada (1980)
  • Leaving Pasadena (1980)
  • Crossing into Cambodia (1979)
  • Doves in the Circle (1997)
  • The Deep Fix (1964)
  • The Birds of the Moon (1995)
  • The Cairene Purse (1990)
  • A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club (2008)
(updated 2010-09-07)

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