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A Nomad of the Time Streams: A Scientific Romance (Eternal Champion) [Hardcover]

Michael Moorcock
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Aug 1995 Eternal Champion (Book 4)
Containing "The Warlord of the Air", "The Land Leviathan" and "The Steel Tsar", this is one of the Millennium Uniform Editions of Moorcock's work, omnibus volumes with revised texts and new introductions. Each volume is full of adventure as the characters wrestle with fate to find salvation.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: White Wolf Pub; Subsequent edition (Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565041798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565041790
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,083,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, James Joyce, 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best! 30 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Philip Pullman's Amber Knife, Moore's From Hell, Talbot's Luther Arkwright, Mieville's Perdido Street Station, Morrison's Invisibles -- you name them, they all recognise Moorcock as the originator of what is sometimes called 'steam punk' but which I call 'alternate urban adventure' since they tend to focus on the darker aspects of City Life. But what Moorcock also shares with these authors is his constant, unwavering suspicion of authority. Before this there were no steam-driven airships and the like,
no alternative futures, no examination of the underbelly of government, no dark, alternate Londons. This looks at three imperial dreams -- the British, the American and the Russian -- and shows in the first -- and by far the best -- Warlord of the Air how those empires are maintained by injustice, brutality and hypocrisy. Moorcock has not just given us a lot of good, original stories -- he has given many different authors who followed him a range of different methods. This is one method (the future as seen from the past) but Jerry Cornelius is another, Dancers at the End of Time are another and, of course, he changed the whole face of fantasy fiction with Elric and Co -- and that's without mentioning the literary fiction, the Pyat books, Mother London and all the non-fiction. In the 60s and early 70s Moorcock anticipated Black Holes and the Multiverse, both ideas once considered too outrageous by science, now highly respectable ideas debated in NATURE and NEW SCIENTIST. His scientific vision alone ranks him beside Wells and Clarke and his words have entered the language in the same way.
Oswald Bastable is a decent, idealistic young Army officer on the North West Frontier, circa 1900.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ground breaking pice of work! 30 Jun 2001
The first of these stories, "Warlord of the Air" can be taken in two ways; either as a brilliant and imaginative stand-alone work in the steampunk sci-fi genre (one of the first of its kind), or as part of the Eternal Champion Saga for which Moorcock is famous. Steampunk concerns iself with alternate futures where technology has taken distinctly differnet routes (usually steam power), and this novel plays it out in a wonderfully real way, blowing your mind with its great airships, and charmingly British feel to it!
The second story, "The Land Leviathan", is not bad in many respects, is shows Bastable's moral evolution, though it just seems to lack the finesse of the first, and is clearly not as well thought out. It does however begin to show Bastable's role as the Eternal Champion towards the end.
The third story is an all out sequel to the first book, and is undoubtably an eternal champion novel, complete with all the complex multiverse metaphysics that can really bog the story down. The story in this book is electric and should be fast paced if not for the pages and pages of pointless dialogue that you wouldn't find outside of a world summit of philosophy PHD's, or an episode of Dawson's Creek.
Despite seeming a little sterile in places where characterisation is weak, this is a great novel and well worth the time, even if you aren't a Moorcock verteran the first story is worth the price of the book alone
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5.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better! 25 Aug 1997
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This book is probably the most science-fictional of the four books in the series I have read thus far, and I'd probably consider it the best. The three tales of Oswald Bastable are rife with ideas and imagination. As usual, here are comments on the individual books:

Warlord of the Air: Great introduction to Bastable. I thought Moorcock in the beginning was him, so it was neat to see Bastable actually show up later. The future of 1973 that he goes to is great on the surface, but dark underneath, and the political arguments are anything but one-sided, highlighting both sides. Oh, and Oswald drops a bomb.

The Land Leviatian: This one reminded me of Heinlein's novel Farnham's Freehold, for some reason. The premise of blacks taking over the world in response to the crimes against them by whites is an interesting study of our world. Still, Bastable still feels lousy for helping to destroy the obviously unrepentant whites. Go figure.

The Steel Tsarr: Longest of the three, and probably the most complex, set in a democratic Russia at war with its Cossacks. Poor Bastable finally gets some peace with the help of Mrs Perrson. And is it me, or is the Steel Tsar a dead ringer for Stalin?

I enjoyed reading about Bastable and hopefully Moorcock will include more about him in the later book in the series. In this one, he mentions that Bastable is mentioned in Warriors at the End of Time, so perhaps he's there. I can't wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior Pulp 1 July 2003
These stories are pulp fiction - quick to read, simple in structure, and disposable. They're also written by Moorcock, which means witty, exciting, strange, and thoroughly enjoyable. Lacking the pathos or depth found spread through other multiverse stories, these three novels are "just" huge fun. Don't be suprised if you put the book down to find that the hours have flown by and you've finished it at a sitting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Moorcock I've Read
Michael Moorcock is a brilliant character writer. All of his books are full of intriguing and cleverly written characters and this collection is no exception. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Greg Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars haunting sci-fi
I first read this trilogy when I was 13 and it has stuck in my mind since. It was the first thing I ever ordered from Amazon and it is the type of thing the service was invented... Read more
Published on 7 May 2009 by Richard Montgomery
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't start here....
I first read this series when i was 17 after hearing all about Michael Moorcock from various friends and magazines. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2008 by Harl E Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars The British (and American) Empire Rises Again
The British Empire as a benign force, maintaining a Pax Britannica with the use of mighty aerial battleships, the dream
of Kipling and others. Read more
Published on 15 May 2003 by "frenchylefou"
3.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Sci-Fi meets Imperialist Regimes...
Volume 6 in Moorcock’s newly ordered and revised ‘The Tale of the Eternal Champion’ series contains the following 3 novels:
THE WARLORD OF THE AIR (1971)... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2003 by Jane Aland
5.0 out of 5 stars Airships, colonial wars, nuclear terrorism
It's all here. A great read but chillingly prescient. Moorcock confirms his uncanny visionary powers. An enduring favourite and
even more relevant now.
Published on 6 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial dreams
Moorcock has written about imperialism in all its forms since the mid-19th century and his fantasy novels are equally obsessed with the subject. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2001 by "jugadora"
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The first story in this omnibus is probably one the best examples ever written of "Alternative History". Read more
Published on 22 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Moorcock's very best
The three volumes of the Oswald Bastable series are collected here in a somewhat revised form (the final chapters of "The Steel Tsar" have been completely rewritten and... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
"A Nomad of the Time Streams" is a unique and fun read, somewhere between Rudyard Kipling and H.G Wells. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 1998
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