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Giddily hallucinative science fantasy,
This review is from: The Final Programme (Paperback)
The Final Programme is the first of Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius novels, and makes a breathtaking start to the series. Despite being written in 1965 The Final Programme still reads like an ultra-modern challenge to the more staid and rule-bound tropes of science fiction. Obviously inspired by the 'swinging sixties' London, the novel filters a science fiction plot of super-computers and a plan to create the ultimate human being through a haze of psychotropic substances, fashion, music, and sexual and moral ambivalence. A giddy look at a decadent society on the brink of collapse, brimming with deadpan comedy, outlandish concepts, and written with the breakneck pacing of a Boy's Own adventure. A breath of fresh air against the stuffiness of hard-sf, and an invigorating read. Highly recommended.