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Modem Times 2.0 (PM Press Outspoken Authors #5)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Jerry Cornelius—Michael Moorcock’s fictional audacious assassin, rockstar, chronospy, and possible Messiah—is featured in the first of two stories in this fifth installment of the Outspoken Author series. Previously unpublished, the first story is an odyssey through time from London in the 1960s to America during the years following Barack Obama's presidency. The secondpie ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by PM Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeffrey J

I loved the interview, reading the stories were difficult this time around. Jerry just didn't transmit well.
I do not know what "happened" in this book, but the author captured a zeitgeist.
"The monsters created from this mass, born of shed blood and human fright, bestrode the ruins of our sanctuaries and savored our fear like connoisseurs: Here is the Belsen ’44; taste the subtle flavors of a Kent State ’68 or the nutty sweetness of an Abu Ghraib ’05, the amusing lightness of a Madrid ’04, a London ’06. What good years they were! Perfect condition. These New York ‘01s are so much more full-bodied than
Joyce Reynolds-ward
Michael Moorcock writing a Jerry Cornelius novella. Plus "My Londons," an essay about growing up in London during/post WWII, and an interview.

What's not to like?

Well worth the read.
What just happened?
Steev Hise
When I was a kid I used to be a big Michael Moorcock fan, especialy his Elric of Melnibone books. But in retrospect I now recognize most of his output as SF and Fantasy "trash." Swords-and-Sorcery pulp. It's nice that Moorcock is now this outspoken anarchist radical, but that's probably the only reason PM Press has published this book. The title story is a weird sort of experimental plotless reverie featuring one of Moorcock's signature heroes, Jerry Cornelius, of which I read a lot of back in t ...more
Always nice to refresh my life with a bit of Mr. Moorcock. The interview presents a nice bit of the history of science fiction from his well-balanced perspective. Used to be I always had a book of his on my reading list. Either I lost track or he slowed down a bit. Probably a bit of both...
Probably only a Four Star rating due to my '80s obsession with the Cornelius Quartet, but even I could sense that Moorcock's nostalgia was threatening to overwhelm any other points the Jerry Cornelius story may have had. It was lovely to revisit those old characters, though.

The WWII reminiscence and interview were well worth the read. This Outspoken Authors series - a novella, a non-fiction piece and an interview - is an excellent format, and I'll be seeking out the other books in the series.
Robert Davies
Great Jerry Cornelius story covering the last 50 years or so and some years into the future. Good stuff. Also has a revealing interview with MM about his career and current projects. This is the first I have read from the Outspoken Authors line of books from PM Press; I will be ordering the others asap.
Ed Erwin
I found the story too confusing. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had been familiar with some of the earlier stories featuring Jerry Cornelius. And despite not enoying this one much, I found the character interesting, and am likely to seek some of the older stories
Ross Lockhart
An engaging mix of a Jerry Cornelius novella, a short essay, and Terry Bisson's interview with Michael Moorcock. Well-packaged, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining.
Jerry Cornelius, the avatar of swinging London, is feeling a little out of sorts in the 21st Century. Moorcock's satire drifts perilously close to nostalgia.
Shannon Appelcline
Not Moorcock's best work, but as a whole, worth reading. The bibliography and the "My London" non-fiction are the best parts.
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Read too much like a schizophrenic episode to bother continuing with.
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
More about Michael Moorcock...
Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1) Stormbringer (Elric, #6) The Vanishing Tower (Elric, #4) The Weird of the White Wolf (The Elric Saga, #3) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric, #2)

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