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An Alien Heat (Dancers at the End of Time Book 1)

An Alien Heat (Dancers at the End of Time Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Moorcock
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The universe is dying; at the End of Time the last remnants of Humanity live amoral lives of decadence, constantly seeking new diversions and sensations. So when Mrs Amelia Underwood is mysteriously transported to the End of Time Jharek Carnelian decides to fall in love with her, but when Amelia returns to her own period of history, Jherek follows her and finds himself plunged into the strange world of Victorian London.


This is another novel from the well-known fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, whose other books include "The History of the Runestaff" and "The Dancers at the End of Time".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite book 18 Mar 2014
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The book opens with the main character having a deep philosophical discussion whilst making love to his mother who has assumed the form of an ape, beside a gently rolling pink sea. From there it gets stranger.

The story is about the decadence and vacuousness of human society at the very end of time - which is just a series of social gatherings where each character tries to out-do the last by reshaping space and matter to various themed parties. In this environment the main character is the last naturally conceived human being who is in search of something more meaningful and fulfilling.

It is a very witty comedy of manners and errors as a prude woman from the Victorian era finds herself catapulted into the future where morality and moral values are significantly different from what she is used to. She is unable to understand the behaviour of those around her, and they find her equally peculiar and quaint. Jared immediately falls in love and desires her though he does not understand her, and pursues her through the future landscape only to find his advances foiled and obstructed by the desolate little alien Yusharisp who announces the universe is about to end, the mysterious Lord Jagged of Canaria with his Machiavellian schemes,, and a collection of other surreal characters like Mongrove the Giant, the Duke of Queens, The Iron Orchid.

This is a fantastically weird little novel set in a future that seems fantastically magical because man has learned to totally master the elements and can mould the cosmos to his own aesthetic ends. There is little understanding or true emotion. Everything is shallow and without true purpose. There is no death, no disease, only the stream of themed parties and grandstanding characters trying to out-do each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future 11 Sep 2012
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Gollancz S F Masterworks series does it again! They are single-handedly keeping quality Science Fiction in the public domain by reprinting classics from the 'golden era'. This one in particular allows you to have all of the trilogy in one volumne. I personally think of all Moorcock's prodigeous output, this trilogy and it's precursor The Cornelius Quartet are his finest moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dancers At the End of Time volume 1 14 July 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
An Alien Heat tells the story of the last humans at the end of time, and the romance between the decadent Jherek Carnelian and the stranded time traveller Mrs Amelia Underwood. A very light-hearted read, this novel is essentially a comedy of misunderstood manners, as the prim Mrs Underwood fails to understand decadence of far future society, and Jherek in turn finds himself in trouble with the law when he attempts to visit Amelia in 1896. A winning combination of exotic science fiction and comedy, An Alien Heat is the opening instalment in one of Moorcock's most enjoyable series, and is followed by The Hollow Lands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absurd but enjoyable 30 Sep 2013
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In the future, there are no limits on what you can do and the inhabitants of this world spend their lives redesigning themselves and their surroundings for their own amusement. When an inhabitant of Victorian England arrives, the world of Jherek is turned upside down. There is a lot of fun to be had in the clash of cultures in this book as Jherek realises he actually knows nothing about the era that he is supposedly an expert in. Although the characters are absurd, they are not mere caricatures and you care about what happens to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comedy 30 Aug 2013
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Humour and Sci Fi are the perfect match, I have read this so many times I have lost count. It never loses it's appeal. Moorcock takes a break from his usual serious material to write an entertaining account of how people behave at the end of time. The future meets the past in a Utopian world of complete chaos and hedonism. Funny from start to end.
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