Michael Moorcock E-Book Master List

This is my master list of e-book availability for Michael Moorcock’s works as of November 2013, as seen as a customer in the United States. Due to different publishing rights by territory, books available inside the U.S. may not be available to customers from other parts of the world, and vice versa. In fact, many more e-books are available in the UK, released recently by Gollancz. It’s enough to make a US fan pull out their hair, because the pickings are rather slim here in the United States.

Moorcock’s works have been reprinted many times with different titles, different edits, and different story order, so even when there is an e-book available (for Elric, say), it might be a different version than the volume on your shelf.

I’ll try to keep this list updated periodically, but if you notice anything that needs to be updated, please let me know.

I used Michael Moorcock’s bibliography from Wikipedia in compiling this list. You can find out more about Michael Moorcock at Moorcock’s Miscellany.

Elric of Melniboné

Elric of Melniboné
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
The Weird of the White Wolf
The Sleeping Sorceress/The Vanishing Tower
The Bane of the Black Sword
Stormbringer
Elric at the End of Time

Later novels featuring Elric include:
The Fortress of the Pearl
The Revenge of the Rose

An additional trilogy, featuring Oona von Bek as well as Elric, was published from 2001–2005:
The Dreamthief’s Daughter (later titled Daughter of Dreams)
The Skrayling Tree (later titled Destiny’s Brother)
The White Wolf’s Son (later titled Son of the Wolf)

Del Rey reprinted the series as Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné from 2008–2010. Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn included a reprint of Moorcock’s British Fantasy Award-winner “The Jade Man’s Eyes” while Elric: Swords and Roses included the first book publication of “Black Petals”, a story originally published in the March–April 2008 issue of Weird Tales.

Del Rey reprints

Elric: The Stealer of Souls
Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn
Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress
Duke Elric
Elric in the Dream Realms
Elric: Swords and Roses

A new Elric story, “Red Pearls”, was featured in the 2010 anthology Swords and Dark Magic.

Corum Jhaelen Irsei

The first trilogy

The Knight of the Swords
The Queen of the Swords
The King of the Swords

The second trilogy

The Bull and the Spear
The Oak and the Ram
The Sword and the Stallion

Dorian Hawkmoon

The first quadrilology

The Jewel in the Skull
Sorcerer’s Amulet/The Mad God’s Amulet
The Sword of the Dawn
Secret of the Runestaff /The Runestaff

The Chronicles of Castle Brass

Count Brass
The Champion of Garathorm
The Quest for Tanelorn

Jerry Cornelius

The Final Programme
A Cure for Cancer
The English Assassin
The Condition of Muzak

The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius

The Entropy Tango
The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century
The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (a.k.a. Gold Diggers of ’77)
The Alchemist’s Question

Firing the Cathedral
Modern Times 2.0

Cornelius also appeared in The Distant Suns (with James Cawthorn)

The von Bek family

The War Hound and the World’s Pain
The Brothel in Rosenstrasse
The City in the Autumn Stars

Erekosë

The Eternal Champion
Phoenix in Obsidian
The Dragon in the Sword

Kane of Old Mars

Warriors of Mars (aka City of the Beast)
Blades of Mars (aka Lord of the Spiders)
Barbarians of Mars (aka Masters of the Pit)

Jherek Carnelian and the Dancers at the End of Time

The original trilogy

An Alien Heat (Harper and Row, 1972)
The Hollow Lands (Harper and Row, 1974)
The End of All Songs (Harper and Row, 1976)

Legends from the End of Time
The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (aka A Messiah at the End of Time)

The Multiverse trilogy

The Sundered Worlds (aka The Blood Red Game)
The Fireclown (aka The Winds of Limbo)
The Twilight Man (aka The Shores of Death)

Oswald Bastable

The Warlord of the Air
The Land Leviathan
The Steel Tsar

Travelling to Utopia

The Wrecks of Time (aka The Rituals of Infinity)
The Ice Schooner
The Black Corridor

Second Ether

Blood
Fabulous Harbours
The War Amongst the Angels

Karl Glogauer

Behold the Man
Breakfast in the Ruins

Jerry Cornell

A duology of comic spy adventures (revised from two Nick Allard books, see below):

The Chinese Agent (revised from Somewhere in the Night)
The Russian Intelligence (revised from Printer’s Devil)

Nick Allard

The first was as by Roger Harris (who had written the book, with some edits by Moorcock), the other two were by Moorcock writing as Bill Barclay:

The LSD Dossier
Somewhere in the Night (later revised as the Jerry Cornell novel, The Chinese Agent)
Printer’s Devil (later revised as the Jerry Cornell novel, The Russian Intelligence)

Colonel Pyat

Byzantium Endures
The Laughter of Carthage
Jerusalem Commands
The Vengeance of Rome

Doctor Who

The Coming of the Terraphiles

Sexton Blake and Monsieur Zenith

A Caribbean Crisis (Sexton Blake)
The Metatemporal Detective (Monsieur Zenith)
Another Moorcock Zenith story, Curare, appeared in the 2012 anthology Zenith Lives!

Other novels

The Time of the Hawklords (with Michael Butterworth)
Gloriana
The Golden Barge
Mother London
Silverheart (with Storm Constantine)
King of the City
The Sunday Books (with Mervyn Peake)
Sojan the Swordsman

C.J. Cherryh E-Book Master List

This is my master list of e-book availability for C.J. Cherryh’s works as of November 2013, as seen as a customer in the United States. Due to different publishing rights by territory, books available inside the U.S. may not be available to customers from other parts of the world, and vice versa.

One of my pet peeves is the spotty availability of authors’ works in e-book format, and while C.J. Cherryh has many books available, there are some huge gaps in her bibliography, too. I’m especially disappointed that in the nearly two years since I last checked this list, only two books have been added.

I’ll try to keep this list updated periodically, but if you notice anything that needs to be updated, please let me know.

I used C.J. Cherryh’s bibliography from Wikipedia in compiling this list. You can find out more about C.J. Cherryh on Closed Circle and her personal website, Wave Without a Shore. You can also find a recent interview at Curiosity Quills Press.

The Alliance-Union universe

The Company Wars

Heavy Time
Hellburner
Downbelow Station
Merchanter’s Luck
Rimrunners
Tripoint
Finity’s End

The Era of Rapprochement

Serpent’s Reach
Forty Thousand in Gehenna
The Scapegoat (novella)
Cyteen

The Chanur novels

The Pride of Chanur
Chanur’s Venture
The Kif Strike Back
Chanur’s Homecoming
Chanur’s Legacy

The Mri Wars

The Faded Sun: Kesrith
The Faded Sun: Shon’Jir
The Faded Sun: Kutath

Merovingen Nights (Mri Wars Period)

Angel with the Sword – Merovingen Nights #0
Festival Moon – Merovingen Nights #1 (as editor)
Fever Season – Merovingen Nights #2 (as editor)
Troubled Waters – Merovingen Nights #3 (as editor)
Smuggler’s Gold – Merovingen Nights #4 (as editor)
Divine Right – Merovingen Nights #5 (as editor)
Flood Tide – Merovingen Nights #6 (as editor)
Endgame– Merovingen Nights #7 (as editor)

The Age of Exploration

Alternate Realities (contains Port Eternity, Voyager in Night, Wave Without a Shore)
Cuckoo’s Egg

The Hanan Rebellion

At the Edge of Space (contains Brothers of Earth and Hunter of Worlds)

The Morgaine Cycle

Gate of Ivrel
Well of Shiuan
Fires of Azeroth
Exile’s Gate

Other science fiction

The Foreigner universe

Foreigner
Invader
Inheritor
Precursor
Defender
Explorer
Destroyer
Pretender
Deliverer
Conspirator
Deceiver
Betrayer
Intruder
Protector
Peacemaker (due April 2014)

Finisterre universe

Rider at the Gate
Cloud’s Rider

Gene Wars

Hammerfall
Forge of Heaven

Miscellaneous

Hestia

Fantasy

The Fortress series

Fortress in the Eye of Time
Fortress of Eagles
Fortress of Owls
Fortress of Dragons
Fortress of Ice

Ealdwood

The Dreamstone ( includes material from Cherryh’s short story “The Dreamstone” and the novelette Ealdwood)
The Tree of Swords and Jewels

The Russian stories

Rusalka
Chernevog
Yvgenie

Heroes in Hell

The Gates of Hell (with Janet Morris)
Kings in Hell (with Janet Morris)
Legions of Hell

Miscellaneous

The Paladin (was available from Baen, but has since been pulled)
The Goblin Mirror
Faery Moon (updated version of Faery in Shadow)

The Evolution of The Only City Left: Part One

Cover by S.A. Hunt.

The Only City Left has been a long time in the works, and has been through three phases of existence so far. In this post I’m going to talk about its origin and the first phase of its life as a serial.

The Only City Left was inspired first and foremost by the many fine independent webcomics I was reading. I was impressed that artists, writers, and artist/writers were throwing their work out there for all the world to see, and often learning and improving as they went. I thought, “Why can’t I do the same thing with my writing?” I hadn’t written consistently for a while, and it seemed like a great way to encourage myself to write more: write for fun, set a schedule, and don’t worry about mistakes. (That last part turned out to be the most difficult of course.)

My first entry for The Only City Left was posted on 2/26/12, and there wasn’t that much preparation that went into it. In my writing notebook for 2/24/2012, I have this entry: “The entire world is underground to the level of the tops of skyscrapers. (Think Trantor, but run-down and dying.)” Yup, The Only City Left was invented and begun in less than two days. This lack of lengthy world-building meant that I didn’t get stuck on the details, but it also meant that I had some sections of the story that were bogged down while I spun my wheels trying to figure out what happened next.

In my 2/24/12 notes, I went on to list every trope, cliché, and straight-up stolen idea that I could throw into the mix: “Vampires, kung fu, robots, werewolves, nano-swarms, aliens, mutants, mutated animals, treasure caches, ghosts, guns, lasers, swords, martial weapons, avatars of gods, underground oceans w/ preserved cities, twisted gravity, portals, bad air/no air, undead/zombies, charms.”

Several of these items made it into the first draft of The Only City Left, especially early on as I struggled to write 1,000 words each week to get the story started. One goal I had, though, was to put a twist on my use of familiar tropes.

Yes, there are werewolves, but how do they transform deep underground without moonlight?

There are ghosts, but there’s a pseudo-scientific explanation of their existence.

There are mutated animals, but they’re more civilized than the remaining humans in this tired, battered Earth.

I described my planned story to myself as “Trantor meets Cube meets Mad Max meets monster movies.” While that vision of the world and the story has changed over time (and through rewrites), this description has stayed essentially the same: “1st person viewpoint of young man, orphaned, only goal is to see the surface once before he dies, but he has no idea how far down he is, and there is no clear path up.”

That young man is Allin Arcady, whose name is a nod to Arcadia “Arkady” Darell from Isaac Asimov’s Second Foundation. Asimov is a big influence on The Only City Left (see my The Caves of Steel re-read for more discussion on that), and there were even some subconscious connections I made that I didn’t realize until later, such as Allin’s mother being named Jessie, the same name as Lije Baley’s wife in The Caves of Steel.

From February to November of 2012, I wrote The Only City Left as a 1,000-word-per-week cliffhanger serial. I used NaNoWriMo to write the last 50,000 or so words, but continued to post the story one week at a time. I figured that by the time the story ended online, I would have a second book in The Only City Left series ready to go. (That didn’t happen as planned, but more on that next time.)

During that time, I learned some of the ropes of the online serial game. Share your post each week at Tuesday Serial, submit it to the Web Fiction Guide (which also gets it added to the Top Web Fiction list), respond to every comment someone leaves, and keep to your schedule as much as possible.

For a while, I posted links to each new post on all the regular social media sites, but over time I felt like this was too much bluster for too little results. (Your mileage may vary.) Most of my visitors found me through one of the sites I shared in the previous paragraph.

If I had it all to do over again, I don’t think I would change a thing about the serial. I met my goals of finishing a book, I had fun, and I earned some dedicated readers. Even without new entries, people continue to find and read through The Only City Left, which is immensely gratifying. I was even invited to have the first three sections of The Only City Left made into a podcast by Webfiction World, which was a very cool and unexpected accomplishment.

The next step in the process was to convert the serial into a novel and work on the second book in the series. More on that next time.

Harrison Re-Read: Make Room! Make Room!

Make Room! Make Room!
by Harry Harrison
ISBN-13: 978-0765318855
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads | LibraryThing

Cover by Alan Aldridge.

 

Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison is a classic look at overpopulation in crowded cities, so of course it makes sense that I would look to it for some inspiration in regards to my own story of an overcrowded world, The Only City Left. Make Room!x2 was written in 1966 and takes place in 1999, where no one is partying because there’s barely enough food, water, and space to survive, much less dance with Prince.

As in The Caves of Steel, New York is used here as the ideal City (in the Platonic sense, not the “I’d want to live there” sense). Life in this New York is miserable and crowded, with none of the amenities of far-future technology: “There was nothing to do, no place to go, the city pressed in around him and every square foot of it was like this, filled with people, children, noise, heat.”

Also similar to The Caves of Steel, Make Room!x2 (sort of) revolves around a murder.

Detective Andy Rusch is barely scraping by, sharing a small apartment with his elderly roommate, Sol, who has lived long enough to know just what he’s missing. Andy, like the rest of the cops, is overworked, and underpaid. Most crimes go unsolved because the police don’t have the time to follow up on them, but when Big Mike O’Brien is killed, political pressure is applied to make sure this case is solved.

Possible spoilers from here on out. You have been warned.

While Make Room! Make Room! is an interesting, if very depressing, look at the perils of overpopulation, it’s a bit disjointed as far as the story goes. It’s a murder mystery but not really, as the focus is only intermittently on Andy solving the crime. Instead the story jumps around from Andy to street rat Billy Chung to O’Brien’s ex-moll Shirl Greene, and to Sol, Andy’s roommate, never sticking to one point of view to any satisfying conclusion.

The characters are there to provide a look at life in New York City, and that life is horrible unless you’re into organized crime or politics (between which there is a very thin line if there is one at all). Each character has bleak, wandering story in which they are barely in control of their own existence, impotent in their endeavors, enjoying only meager and temporary successes.

No matter how well Andy does his job, he only gets crap from his boss, more assignments, and in trouble with Shirl. Shirl, for her part, is more than willing to live in poverty with Andy, but he is so caught up in his job that he ignores her to the point she must abandon him. Billy Chung resorts to crime to improve his life, ends up murdering Big Mike and fleeing without any valuables, and wanders around for the rest of the story until he dies resisting arrest. And Sol is fine until he gets fed up enough to march in protest and ends up breaking his hip and passing away for lack of proper medical care.

While this all adds to the feeling of dread and uselessness that underpins the story, which I’m sure is the point, the story is tough to read. It ends with Andy bumped back down to beat cop, completely unfairly, and the population only growing, growing, growing.

Towards the end of the book, Andy’s roommate Sol gives a long speech about overpopulation, religion, and the lack of political will to fix the world’s problems. It’s a bit heavy-handed, but the damnable thing is that it is as true today as it was when Harrison wrote the book. We might have passed by 1999 without a problem, but there’s no indication that we’re not simply kicking the world of Make Room! Make Room! down the road a bit. 2050? 2099? Who knows.

It’s a classic book, and it definitely informs the history of my far-future Earth in The Only City Left, but having read it twice now, I think it’s one I will retire from my re-read list. I can watch the news to be this depressed, but for my fiction I’d prefer a little more adventure to go with my social commentary.

Note: Although the movie Soylent Green is based on Make Room! Make Room!, there is no plot in the book about people being turned into food. Soylent steaks are mentioned but they’re only fake steaks made of soybeans and lentils.

Asimov Re-Read: The Caves of Steel

The Caves of Steel
by Isaac Asimov
ISBN-13: 978-0553293401
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads | LibraryThing

Classic Michael Whelan cover art.

The first book in Isaac Asimov’s Robot series, The Caves of Steel, is one of my all-time favorites and a definite influence on The Only City Left. It’s a murder mystery, plus it deals with the themes of man vs. robot and Earth humans vs. Spacers (humans who have colonized other planets). But the element that had the greatest impact on me was life in a big-C City.

The book takes place on Earth roughly 3,000 years from now, at a time when all major cities have been covered over and no one lives outside of these Cities except for the simple-minded robots that farm the food the humans need. The story is set in and around New York, which is the sort of Ur-City that seems to be popular with SF writers (case in point: I’ll have a post later about Harry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room!, which also showcases a “future” New York).

Our main character is Lije Baley, a 40-ish detective, married with one kid, who enjoys the small luxuries his C-5 rating allows him (the sink inside his apartment has been unlocked for private use, for one thing), but who lives haunted by the shadow of seeing his father lose all rank and privileges when Lije was a child.

He is called upon by Commissioner Julius Enderby (a friend who has risen through the ranks faster than Lije) to investigate a murder, but there a couple of hitches that make this case extremely sensitive. First, the victim is a Spacer, and he was killed in the heavily-guarded Spacetown outside of New York City, which should be an impossible feat. Second, Baley will have to take a Spacer partner and house him during the investigation.

This would be bad enough, but it turns out that his partner, Daneel Olivaw, is actually R. Daneel Olivaw, a robot. City dwellers have barely-concealed contempt for the robots that the Spacers are forcing them to use, because the robots are pushing regular folk out of their jobs. Without jobs and the status that goes with them, City life is miserable, so robots are not well liked.

Daneel is not just any robot, though. He looks completely human, albeit the Spacer ideal of human. He has some traits that give him away, like how he doesn’t breathe unless he’s talking, but for the most part he can pass for human unless someone is specifically trying to tell if he’s a robot or not.

Okay, so those are the basics. If you want to avoid possible spoilers, read no further (but do read the book, it’s a classic).

So what do I like about this book? To start with, City life. Asimov drills down into some of the minutiae of living in a City, not just at the technical level, but the social one. Like, the second you step into a public restroom, you don’t look at anyone else and you don’t talk to anyone else. Or how the mere thought of stepping outside the steel cave of the city is unthinkable to Lije. City life, despite its drawbacks, had become the new norm, and even those pesky Medievalists who want to return to nature acknowledge that they won’t be able to do it, but maybe the next generation or the next can.

Lije ends up at war with himself as to whether or not the Cities are a good thing. Early on, he is all for them: “Think of the inefficiency of a hundred thousand homes for a hundred thousand families as compared with a hundred-thousand unit Section … the endless duplication of kitchens and bathrooms as compared with the thoroughly efficient diners and shower rooms made possible by City culture.”

He even imagines the Cities growing and growing, combining with each other, overcoming the problems that will arise from population growth: “Baley had the picture of an Earth of unlimited energy. Population could continue to increase. The yeast farms could expand, hydroponic culture intensify. Energy was the only thing indispensable. The raw materials could be brought in from the uninhabited rocks of the System. If ever water became a bottleneck, more could be brought in from the moons of Jupiter. Hell, the oceans could be frozen and dragged out into Space where they could circle Earth as moonlets of ice. There they would be, always available for use, while the ocean bottoms would represent more land for exploitation, more room to live. Even carbon and oxygen could be maintained and increased on Earth through utilization of the methane atmosphere of Titan and the frozen oxygen of Umbriel. Earth’s population could reach a trillion or two. Why not?”

Ah, that’s quite an image, and if you’ve read The Only City Left, you can see where I got my inspiration (well, that and Trantor), even if only at a subconscious level. It had actually been years since I read this book when I started writing TOCL, but the seed had been planted. (Not only that, one of my characters is named Jessie, the same as Lije’s wife, and I didn’t make that connection until this re-read.)

In the end, Lije comes to see that City life is a dead end, and that humans must colonize the stars again. They can’t visit the Spacer worlds, because the Spacers, while long-lived, cannot abide the germs Earth humans would bring with them. New worlds will need to be colonized, and to do that, humans will need the help of robots. So that’s why the Spacers have been trying to foist robots on humanity! They, too, know that humans need to spread out amongst the stars to ensure humanity’s survival.

The Earth of The Only City Left, run-down and mostly abandoned, is my own take on this idea, but I never would have created it if not for Asimov’s The Caves of Steel.