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Fantasy: The 101 Best Books

By Michael Moorcock and James Cawthorn

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Fantasy is one of the most appealing and yet most puzzling of literary genres. Appealing because it can offer dreams, the fulfillment of wishes, and escape; but puzzling because it spans such a wide and diverse range of books. In Fantasy: The 100 Best Books, James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock present a wide-ranging cross-section of the fantasy genre, from its eighteenth century Gothic origins through nineteenth century literary classics, pulp-era weird fiction, and on to modern favorites. Recognized classics are accompanied by lesser-known works ripe for rediscovery, resulting in an interestingly idiosyncratic and uniquely valuable guide to two-and-a-half centuries of fantastic stories.

Biographical Notes

Michael Moorcock (1939-)
Michael Moorcock is one of the most important figures in British SF and Fantasy literature. The author of many literary novels and stories in practically every genre, his novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Whitbread and Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1999, he was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award; in 2001, he was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame; and in 2007, he was named a SFWA Grandmaster. Michael Moorcock is also a musician who has performed since the seventies with his own band, the Deep Fix; and, as a member of the prog rock band, Hawkwind, won a gold disc. His tenure as editor of New Worlds magazine in the sixties and seventies is seen as the high watermark of SF editorship in the UK, and was crucial in the development of the SF New Wave. Michael Moorcock's literary creations include Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, Jerry Cornelius and, of course, his most famous character, Elric. He has been compared to, among others, Balzac, Dumas, Dickens, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. Although born in London, he now splits his time between homes in Texas and Paris.
For more information about Michael Moorcock and his work, please see his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, visit his website at www.Multiverse.org, or send S.A.E. to The Nomads Of The Time Streams, Mo Dhachaidh, Loch Awe, Dalmally, Argyll, PA33 1AQ, Scotland, or P.O. Box 385716, Waikoloa, HI 96738, USA.

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  • ISBN: 9781473219847
  • Publication date: 30 Nov 2017
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W&N

I Must Belong Somewhere

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Authors:
Jonathan Dean

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Trapeze

Wild Embers

Nikita Gill
Authors:
Nikita Gill

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Gateway

Loose Canon

Charles Platt
Authors:
Charles Platt

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Orion

Don't Look For Me

Mason Cross
Authors:
Mason Cross

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Gateway

Canary Fever

John Clute
Authors:
John Clute

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Gateway

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John Clute
Authors:
John Clute

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Gateway

Scores

John Clute
Authors:
John Clute

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Gateway

Stay

John Clute
Authors:
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Gateway

Look at the Evidence

John Clute
Authors:
John Clute

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Gateway

Strokes

John Clute
Authors:
John Clute
Orion

A Monstrous Commotion

Gareth Williams
Authors:
Gareth Williams

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Gollancz

Mother London

Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock

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Gollancz

King of the City

Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock

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Gollancz

London Bone and Other Stories

Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock

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Orion

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Mason Cross
Authors:
Mason Cross

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W&N

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Authors:
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W&N

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Authors:
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W&N

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Nigel Balchin
Authors:
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Gollancz

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Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock

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Gollancz

The Whispering Swarm

Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock