The Cornelius Quartet

by Michael Moorcock
Release date: 1993
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, collection

An omnibus of novels. Previous edition: The Cornelius Chronicles (1977).

  • The Final Programme (1968)
  • A Cure for Cancer (1971)
  • The English Assassin (1972)
  • The Condition of Muzak (1977)


This is the saga of one of fantastic literature's greatest creations: Jerry Cornelius, English assassin, physicist, rock star, messiah to the Age of Science, time-hopping anti-hero.

William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and the original cyberpunks claimed Jerry as the first cyberpunk hero. The rock band Human League claimed Jerry as their inspiration and Hawkwind's "Needle Gun" is a Jerry Cornelius song. Cornelius was also the acknowledged inspiration for Alan Moore's "Watchmen" graphic novels; for much of Neil Gaiman's work in graphic novels; the film The Crow; and many other works.

When the books first appeared, the adventures of the highly sexed, violent and seemingly amoral Mr. Cornelius were banned in Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, Italy and Burma, among other places. Nonetheless, the Cornelius stories have appeared in eight languages around the world: but until now, the novels have never been released in uncut form in the U.S.

(updated 2011-06-10)

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