At a time when most sf has become bland, safe and too neat for its own good, Moorcock still flies the old flags of innovation and radicalism. This, as Alan Moore says in his introduction, shows that Jerry Cornelius was at least forty years ahead of his time and writing about the world we are just beginning to know.
Angry, careless of the world's approval, full of eloquence and wild wit, FIRING THE CATHEDRAL shows that Moorcock is still the boss. The majority of those who once sought to follow him have fallen into doing safe riffs on old themes. Only Moorcock and Ballard, of the 60s New Wavers, continue to forge into unknown territory and offer us stimulus where even the most ambitious of
their contemporaries have set themselves up as oil refiners.
FIRING THE CATHEDRAL is about blood, betrayal and butchery, about hypocrisy and horror. About whistling a happy (or at least sardonic) tune as the world turns to crap. This is what the young folk should be doing and which, sadly, so few of them are
turning out, these days. Read it with Stuart Home's 99 Things To Do With A Dead Princess and feel the blood start to move in your veins again!