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Michael Moorcock

"An Alien Heat" (nv)
(The Dancers at the End of Time 1)
© 1972, Harper Books
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

"Behold the Man"
(Karl Glogauer)
© New Worlds # 166, 1966
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--novella : 1968 Nebula W
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /20

--/ cool sf story

"Breakfast In The Ruins" (nv)
© 1971, NEL Books
--/ cool sf novel

"The Cairene Purse"
(Von Bek)
© Zenith # 2, ed. D. Garnett, 1990
Lunching With The A.C., 1995
--novella : 1991 Locus /18

"The Condition of Muzak" (nv)
(Jerry Cornelius)
© Allison & Busby, 1977
The Cornelius Chronicles, 1977

"Consuming Passion"
© New Worlds, Apr 1966
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ cool sf story

"A Dead Singer"
© Factions, ed. G. Gordon, 1974
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976

"The Deep Fix"
(as by James Colvin)
© Science-Fantasy # 64, 1964
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award

"Dying For Tomorrow" (coll)
(also as "Moorcock's Book of Martyrs")
© Quartet Books, 1976
also - DAW Books, 1978

"Environment Problem"
© Space # 1, ed. R. Davis, 1973

"Escape from Evening"
© New Worlds, Mar 1965
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Final Programme" (nv)
(Cornelius Chronicles)
© 1968, Gollancz

(with Barrington J. Bayley)
© New Worlds, Jul 1963
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ awsome scale

"The Golden Barge"
(as by William Barclay)
© New Worlds, Oct 1965
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Goodbye, Miranda"
© New Worlds, Jul 1964
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"The Greater Conqueror"
© Science-Fantasy # 58, 1963
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976

"The Hollow Lands" (nv)
(The Dancers at the End of Time 2)
© 1972, Harper Books
--August Derleth Award (novel)
--1976 British Fantasy W

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

"The Ice Schooner" (nv)
© 1969, SF Impulse, Nov-Dec
novel: Sphere Books
Sailing to Utopia, 1993
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

(also as "Not by Mind Alone")
© New Worlds, Sep 1963
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"The Jade Man Eyes"
© Flashing Swords! # 2, ed. L. Carter, 1974
--/ cool f novella

"The Jewel In The Skull" (nv)
(Runestaff Series 1)
© 1967, Gollancz
1977, DAW Books

"The Last Vigil"
(also as "Waiting for the End of Time...")
© Vision of Tomorrow, Aug 1970
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

"London Bone"
© New Worlds, ed. D. Garnett, 1997
--novelette : 1998 Locus /16

"Lord Of The Spiders" (nv)
(Michael Kane # 2)
© 1965, DAW Books / NEL

"Lost Sorceress Of The Silent Citadel"
(Leigh Brackett' Mars series)
© Mars Probes, 2002
--novelette : 2003 Locus /17
--/ cool sf novella

"Masters Of The Pit" (nv)
(Michael Kane # 3)
© 1969, DAW Books / NEL

"Moorcock's Book of Martyrs" (coll)
(also as "Dying For Tomorrow")
© Quartet Books, 1976
also - DAW Books, 1978

"The Mountain"
© New Worlds, 1965
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ cool sf story

"Not by Mind Alone"
(also as "Islands")
© New Worlds, Sep 1963
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"Pale Roses"
(Una Persson)
© New Worlds # 7, 1974
Legends from the End of Time, 1976
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale

"The Pleasure Garden Of Felippe Saggitarius"
(sequel to "Ruins")
(as James Colvin)
© New Worlds, 1965
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ cool sf story

"The Ruins"
(as by James Colvin)
© New Worlds, Apr 1966
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Singing Citadel"
(Elric series)
© The Fantastic Swordsmen, ed. L. De Camp, 1967
The Singing Citadel, 1970
The Weird Of The White Wolf, 1977
--fantasy series : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /32 (tie)

"The Time Dweller"
© New Worlds, Feb 1964
The Time Dweller, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Time Dweller" (coll)
© Faber / DAW, 1969
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award

"Waiting for the End of Time..."
(also as "The Last Vigil")
© Vision of Tomorrow, Aug 1970
Moorcock's Book of Martyrs, 1976
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

© 1966, Compact Books
The Time Dweller, 1969


Michael Moorcock
"The Warlord of the Air" (nv)

(Oswald Bastable series)
© 1971, DAW Books, Ace Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

Seminal early steampunk novel, with wonderful airships jumping off the page, and Japanese animation-like action thunders into your ears - with some color and silly plot to boot.


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