Also published under the title The Fireclown.
In the towering City of Switzerland, after a century of peace, political power was deadlocked between the Solar Referendum Party and the Radical Liberal Movement.
Until the laughing Fireclown arrived.
His jovial personality, grotesque appearance and powerful speeches in favour of a return to Nature: all these excited the masses – and struck fear into the ruling élite.
Was the Fireclown merely a romantic anachronism, a potential votecatcher, an issue with which to distract the populace from Earth's real problems? Or was he a genuine threat to humanity's future?
Only Alan Powys and Helen Curtis tried to understand what the Fireclown was really saying...
Michael Moorcock (born 1939) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy. Moorcock's most popular works have been the Elric novels, starring the character Elric of Melniboné. In 2008 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him as a Grandmaster of SF.
Selected mainstream works
1. The Chinese Agent (1970)
2. The Russian Intelligence (1980)
Between the Wars (Colonel Pyat Quartet):
1. Byzantium Endures (1981)
2. The Laughter of Carthage (1984)
3. Jerusalem Commands (1992)
4. The Vengeance of Rome (2006)
Mother London (1988)
King of the City (2000)