Firing the Cathedral

by Michael Moorcock
Release date: 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

A novella. Introduction by Alan Moore.

British Fantasy Award nominee 2003.


In the 1960s Jerry Cornelius was the coolest assassin on the Ladbroke Grove block.

By the 1970s The Condition of Muzak had won the Guardian Fiction Prize and The Final Programme was a feature film starring Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre, Hugh Griffiths and Sterling Hayden.

In the 1980s the world's first cyberpunk continued to inspire a generation of writers including William Gibson, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and bands like The Human League.

By the 1990s he was up and running towards the guns again in stories like The Spencer Inheritance, The Camus Connection and Cheering for the Rockets, which dealt with the ikons and key events of the day.

Now, in Firing the Cathedral, he responds to the attacks on America of September 2001 and their consequences, to the realities of global warming and global terrorism and, once again, the apocalypse has never seemed more terrifying, never been more fun. Cooler, sharper, his fingers firmly on the pulse of the 21st century, Jerry Cornelius is back, counting names and taking heads. And modern life will never feel the same to you again.

updated 2011-03-10

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