Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Michael Moorcock - Blue Tyson

Michael Moorcock is an extraordinarily prolific and talented author in multiple genres, most noted for his extremely complex Eternal Champion Cycle and its complicated interrelations through space, time and universes. The most well known of these Eternal Champions is Elric of Melnibone. I believe he has triple figure publications in both the long and short form, and many collections of his stories amongst that. However, one of the Eternal Champions is named Kane, a Warrior of Mars just like John Carter. These three books, under either of their titles, (having Mars in the title or not) are decent enough.

Moorcock, a friend of Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton also wrote something that was more homage to is his friend and less of a direct copy than the Mars books were of Burroughs in Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel. You can find a version of this online. The Blood Red Game [The Silent Worlds] has an interstellar adventurer who ends up playing a deadly game in an arena, and having to keep winning to save his race.

Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel

The Blood Red Game [The Sundered Worlds]

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