A Nomad of the Time Streams (Eternal Champion, #4)
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A Nomad of the Time Streams (Eternal Champion #4)

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The Multiverse - universe upon universe of alternate Time and Space in which Law and Chaos wage a continuous struggle to change the fundamental rules of existence.

The Eternal Champion - doomed to live forever in a thousand incarnations. A key player in the Game of Time, Captain Oswald Bastable is forced to question his most cherished ideas as he becomes a nomad of the time...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by White Wolf Publishing (first published 1971)
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Dan Schwent
Warlord of the Air:
Oswald Bastable is trapped in a cave-in in 1903 and wakes up in 1973, a 1973 with a strong British Empire and it's navy of airships. Oswald struggles to belong and runs afoul of The Warlord of the Air. Can Oswald find his way back to 1903?

As I've said before with Dancers at the End of Time and Gloriana, Moorcock's non-Elric stuff is what enchants me as I get older. Warlord of the Air is a good alternate history novel and is widely regarded as one of the forerunners of steampun...more
I have read more fiction by Moorcock than by any other writer. I have, in fact, almost read everything he has ever published. The ‘Oswald Bastable’ stories, however, were a gap in my completist aspirations. I bought this omnibus volume back in 1986 when I was 19 and I only got round to reading it this year. It consists of three novels written over a 10 year...period; these novels feature a soldier who is projected into a sequence of alternate Earths after he stumbles into the underground labyrin...more
Ross Kitson
Out of all speculative fiction authors, Michael Moorcock dominates my TBR list. Part of that is his prolific back catalogue, and part of it is the fact he has written so very much in so many genres. The Nomad of Time, which has recently been re-released in its three original books on Kindle, is a book I have been curious about ever since I started reading the Steampunk genre. The settings it describes, a sequence of alternate timestreams, contain many of the trappings of the genre: airships, emp...more
Dan Choquette
The adventures of Oswald Bastable, former british cavalry officer and present reluctant time traveler, as recounted to Moorcock's grandfather. Bastable journeys to alternate versions of 1973, another version of his own 1904, and finally to 1941, always confronting a version of the Apocalypse, sometimes accompanied by fellow time travelers Mrs. Persson and Ulric von Bek.
I read an earlier version of this book, put out by the Sci-Fi Book Club in the mid-eighties. This new version reads much more...more
Joe Stamber
I couldn't find the edition of this Oswald bastable trilogy that I read, which was called simplt, "The Nomad of Time". I'm asuming that this is a later editon of the trilogy which includes "The Warlord of the Air", "The Land Leviathan" and "The Steel Tsar". I've no idea why it is subtitled "Eternal Champion 4" either, as it has nothing to do with the Eternal Champion series. In keeping with MM's style, it is a series of wacky sci-fi/fantasy tales about a reluctant time traveller with a penchant...more
B. Jay
Moorcock does a wonderful job of fusing turn-of-the-century Victorianism with the genres of fantasy, science-fiction and the sub-genres of time travel and alternate history to produce one of the forefathers of steampunk. The stories of Oswald Bastable's battles are laced with enough political overtones to lend the novels true depth and meaning, but never enough to bore or ostracize readers. Von Bek and the other members of the mysterious League Bastable encounters are kept deliciously in the bac...more
Jan 10, 2008 Adam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This edition is a three-book omnibus and I just finished the first novel in the series: The Warlord of the Air. This story is classic Moorcock, for those who've read him. It features Lt. Bastable, a British soldier circa 1902 who is adrift in time and ends up in a 1973 very unlike the one we know. It was fighting dirigibles, faux Victoriana, and more dime-story philosophy than you can shake a stick at. I love it!
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Zeiten im Wandel

Na, es gehört schon etwas Mut dazu, eigentlich zweimal den identischen Roman, nur mit leichter Abwandlung der Geographie, so zu veröffentlichen. Letztlich ist "The Land Leviathan" nämlich sowohl in Struktur als auch Erzählungsweise eine direkte Kopie von "The Warlord of the Air", nur halt mit einem afrikanischen statt einem asiatischen, verkannten Weltveränderer. Der dritte Roman, "The Steel Tsar", passt auch fast in dieses Schema, ist aber ganz klar der deutlichste schwächste de...more
I found it difficult to like. The author inverts many expectations by describing steampunk or proto-steampunk alternate histories before such were trendy or had the appellation (where high technology is driven by steam or where everything has a sort of Victorian style about it) and he deconstructs and reverses belief structures such as racism or imperialism or the nature of socialism.

Unfortunately I found Moorcock's writing to be sparse and insufficient to carry the imagination, and felt at sev...more
To quote from another reviewer:

"I couldn't find the edition of this Oswald Bastable trilogy that I read, which was called simply "The Nomad of Time". I'm assuming that this is a later editon of the trilogy which includes "The Warlord of the Air", "The Land Leviathan" and "The Steel Tsar". I've no idea why it is subtitled "Eternal Champion 4" either, as it has nothing to do with the Eternal Champion series."

Having said that, this was fascinating. I read it because Neil Gaiman tweeted that he thou...more
• I’m really of two minds about this book. On the one hand, the story is very well written and entertaining. It consists of three short stories about the same character, Oswald Bastable. These stories are presented as memoirs or actual events, which in my view makes them all the more entertaining. On the other hand however, this story has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Eternal Champion. Many people may look at this books inclusion into the Eternal Champion series as a blatant attem...more
Sep 30, 2011 Jon added it
Actually a collection of three novels. I liked the first one, Warlord of the Air. The second one seemed a bit stretched, although reading about a different version of Gandi was amusing. The third, Steel Tsar, got a little corny towards the end, although there's some cool ideas. (Not radically new, similar to other books I've read that came out of the 70's in fantasy about alternative realities but still good). [return][return]But The Temporal League of Justice, or whatever it is? Kinda hokey. [r...more
Jeremy Preacher
More philosophical and less pulpy than the previous volume, it manages to be simultaneously better-crafted and less interesting. While the look at three different ways the twentieth century might have gone differently is a a good conceit, in practice it's rather repetitious and not all that profound, particularly since, in order to have airships, technology had to take a very similar direction in all three.

It's not bad, but it's not my favorite (which honor still belongs to Von Bek, I believe.)
Told in note perfect Victorian style (evoking Conrad, Verne, and Wells) this book collects three alternate histories that deal with imperialism, racism, and war. All quite grim but still with a sense of adventure. Delights include Mick Jagger as a zeppelin captain, Joseph Conrad as submarine captain, Stalin as a robot, Ronald Reagan as a racist boy scout troop leader, and lots of zany steampunk sci-fi gadgets (airships, drill cars, fungus bombs, giant tanks). Really fun and really smart.
May 30, 2007 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people into airships
Shelves: scifi
Another of Moorcock's flights into the alternate history/scientific romance genres, a territory he returns to frequently but where he never really shines. These stories, however, represent some of his best work in the area. Each one is basically a political parable, told in linear fashion with tight narrative economy. The anarcho-collectivist rhetoric never quite reaches a Randian level of preachiness, and is generally compensated for by the presence of cool robots and blimps with cannons.
In this Eternal Champion collection, Michael Moorcock explores several alternate histories of twentieth century Europe and Asia. He focuses largely on imperialism and socialist/anarchist revolution. The story-lines themselves are interesting and somewhat thought-provoking, but the overall approach is heavy-handed and preachy, featuring lengthy passages of rambling conversations packed with revolutionary philosophy/rhetoric/sophistry.
I really enjoyed this collection of three alternate history novels, that could also be classified as "steampunk" and it's so hard to find good steampunk novels.

The main character of this series is Oswald Bastable, a British Military Officer at the turn of the century who is cursed by a South Asian mystic to witness the destruction of alternates Earths under various racist and imperialist dogmas.

The 3 stories seemed to have a lot repetition. I liked the variation on his usual multiverse stories but the second and third stories should have had more action around the titular technologies: the land leviathan and mechanical men. Too much about airships. Moorcock's placement of himself and his grandfather into the narrative was clever.
I enjoyed reading this set of proto-steampunk novels. Moorcock presents a set of three alternate histories for the 20th century, examining issues such as imperialism, British colonialism, socialism and racism. Very entertaining.
Randolph Carter
Dec 21, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Michael Moorcock, alternate history enthusiasts, steampunk fans
My second favorite book in the Eternal Champion series after Von Bek (volume II). Steam punk/alternate history all the way. Great characters and less silly than some of Moorcock's other Eternal Champion efforts.
Scott Fernandez
Of all the Eternal Champion series this is by far my favorite. A lost soldier falls down a rabbit hole in the Himalayas into an alternate timestream of steampunk airships and intrigue.
Apr 22, 2010 Jmot17 is currently reading it
If your looking for some outdated but intresting science fiction than this book by Michael Moorcocks is worth it.
This book stayed with me for a very long time.
Mar 14, 2013 Larisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Thoughtful, introspective swashbuckling.
Corny, old school alternate history scifi.
I've been meaning to re-read this one.
James Clark
Really enjoyed this book.
Donny marked it as to-read
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