‘Jerry Cornelius: His Lives And His Times’

Jerry Cornelius: His Lives And His Times

London: Gollancz trade-sized paperback, 2014 (May 29th);
part of the Michael Moorcock Collection;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  £9·99;
xxii + 389 pages;

includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by John Clute (pp. vii–xii);
also includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by Moorcock (pp. xiii–xviii);
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-473-20072-2;
cover artist:  unknown;

illustrated by Harry Douthwaite, Mal Dean & David Britton;
“Original artwork, by Richard Glyn Jones, withdrawn by artist”;
no American edition.

Jerry Cornelius — the ambiguous, amoral, androgynous English Assassin —

Jerry Cornelius: His Lives And His Times is a collection of linked short fiction (published between 1968 & 2011) — see below — much expanded from The Lives And Times Of Jerry Cornelius (1976). Although not stated explicitly in this larger edition, it should be borne in mind that (as stated in the ’76 ed.) “The stories are published in order of writing, and should be read as a continuous narrative”.

(+ later reprint[s], £12·99)
Copyright page states “Revised versions”, but should be more accurately ‘Versions contain minor textual amendments’.

Contents:-
p. vii: ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection (non-fiction) by John Clute;
p. xiii: Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection (non-fiction) by Moorcock;
p. xix: contents page;
p. xxifrontispiece by Harry Douthwaite;
p. xxii: artists’ credit page;
p. 1: dedication page;
p. 3: epigraph page;
p. 5: ‘The Peking Junction’;
p. 19: ‘The Delhi Division’;
p. 31: ‘The Tank Trapeze’;
p. 53: ‘The Nature Of The Catastrophe’;
p. 65: ‘The Swastika Set-Up’;
p. 101: The Sunset Perspective: A Moral Tale(as ‘The Sunset Perspective’ only, on contents page);
p. 125: ‘Sea Wolves’;
p. 147: Voortekker: A Tale Of Empire(as ‘Voortrekker’ only, on contents page);
p. 173: ‘Dead Singers’;
p. 181: ‘The Longford Cup’;
p. 197: ‘The Entropy Circuit’;
p. 215: ‘The Entropy Tango (fragment)’, “Lyrics by Michael MoorcockMusic by Pete Pavli and Michael Moorcock”;
p. 221: ‘The Murderer’s Song’;
p. 247: ‘The Gangrene Collection’;
p. 253: ‘The Romanian Question’;
p. 283: ‘The Spencer Inheritance’;
p. 319: ‘The Camus Referendum’;
p. 337: ‘Cheering For The Rockets’;
p. 353: The Visible Men; or, Down the multiversal babbit hole(as ‘The Visible Men’ only, on contents page);
p. 359: ‘Walking The Hog’;
p. 373: ‘Epilogue: The Dodgem Decision’ (originally published in 1969, outside of the otherwise chronological running order);
p. 385: end-piece by Douthwaite;
p. 387: Acknowledgements.

Jerry Cornelius: His Lives And His Times is also available as an e-book: 9781473226487.