Veteran fantasy and SF author and comic creator Michael Moorcock is the latest guest of Forbidden Planet TV, chatting with host and Executive Vice President of the Titan Entertainment Group, Andrew Sumner.
“I’ve never had a dull conversation with Mike and this one’s no different,” says Andrew, who caught up with Moorcock late at night because of time differences. (Zones, not some fiction-come-life aberration, we must hastily add).
“We start out talking about the imminent publication of his long-awaited all-new Elric novel, The Citadel of Forgotten Myths, before easing into a wide-ranging conversation about many things: the essence of creativity; the glorious elasticity of the human liver; Mike’s dark times writing Byzantium Endures; the potentially corrosive effect of hero worship; our ongoing podcast series, Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse, and Titan Comics’ beautiful series of Michael Moorcock Library comics archive editions.
“Good times in the wee small hours of the morning (well, the wee small hours for me – it was early evening in the American heartland for Mike!)”
In The Citadel of Forgotten Myths, Elric, along with his companion Moonglum return, in this prequel set within the early days of Elric’s wanderings, in order to investigate the history of Melniboné and its dragons, known as the Phroon. This novel is the latest addition to the Elric Saga from World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Moorcock.
Elric is the estranged emperor of the Melnibonéan empire, struggling with his nature while desperately striving to move forward with his dying empire alongside the constant thirst of his soul-sucking sword, Stormbringer. Elric is on the hunt for the great Citadel of Forgotten Myths while traveling through the remnants of his empire with his tragic best friend Moonglum, as Elric seeks the answers to the nature of the phroon of The Young Kingdoms. Taking place between the first and second book in the Elric Saga, The Citadel of Forgotten Myths is perfect for longtime fans and those new to this epic fantasy series.
Michael Moorcock is one of the most important and influential figures in speculative fiction and fantasy literature. Listed recently by The Times as among the fifty greatest British writers since 1945, he is the author of 100 books and more than 150 shorter stories in practically every genre. He has been the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards, including the Prix Utopiales, the SFWA Grand Master, the Stoker, and the World Fantasy, and has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
He has been awarded the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. He has been compared to Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Ian Fleming, Joyce, and Robert E. Howard, to name a few.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.