The Dreaming City: A Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
London: Jayde Design, 2021 (December 6th) trade-sized paperback;
edited by John Davey;
original price: £9·00*;
cover artists: James Cawthorn (front, also interior) + Walter Simonson (back);
foreword by Michael Moorcock;
‘La Squab’ (backispiece) by David Britton & Kris Guidio;
afterword by Davey;
no other edition.
(* Includes shipping within the U.K.;
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In June 1961, Science Fantasy magazine published ‘The Dreaming City’, the very first appearance of Elric of Melniboné, Michael Moorcock’s most enduring character. At the time, Moorcock was just twenty-one years old, but had already been involved in professional publishing for at least four years.
Fantasy fiction was in its infancy. Even by the mid-1970s, in the U.K. it was limited pretty much to Moorcock’s works and Tolkien’s tales of Middle-earth. The time of vast, multi-volume, aeon-spanning epics was still mostly a thing of the future.
The early Elric stories can be seen as the peerless progenitors of what was to follow.
There is something timelessly appealing about the visceral energy — the raw, youthful exuberance — of those first stories and the time in which they were written, when Elric’s creator and a tiny handful of other like-minded experimenters began moulding a brand-new genre from the stuff of legend.
It is a pleasure to publish this new and revised version of ‘The Dreaming City’ in the year of Elric’s sixtieth anniversary.
N.B. ‘The Dreaming City’ first appeared in Science Fantasy No. 47, edited by John Carnell. The cover artwork for this anniversary edition is from No. 55 (October 1962) containing ‘The Flame Bringers’, the fifth of nine Elric novellas in that publication. although the illustration actually depicts a scene from ‘The Dreaming City’; the original cover’s artwork was cropped, but its complete version has been used here.