‘The Steel Tsar’

The Steel Tsar: Third Volume In The Oswald Bastable Trilogy

St Albans: Granada, 1981 (December 17th) mass-sized paperback;
original price: £1·25;
155 pages;

I.S.B.N.: 0-583-13432-7;
cover artist: Melvyn (Grant);
(individual) hardcover edition.

The Steel Tsar is, as its sub-title makes clear, the third volume of Moorcock’s proto-steampunk trilogy featuring Oswald Bastable, the Nomad of Time, which (like the Cornelius books) tackles head-on the legacies of British imperialism; Empire gone sour. It was collected in The Nomad Of Time (1982) with The Warlord Of The Air and The Land Leviathanbefore being “substantially rewritten and expanded” for collection in A Nomad Of The Time Streams (1993), itself later title-reverted back to The Nomad Of Time (2013).

(Preceded by The Land Leviathan)

First edition
Granada reprint, 1982.

London: Grafton, 1990 (January 25th) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  £2·99;
155 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20998-0;
cover artist:  Paul Damon.

First American edition: New York: DAW Books, 1982 (October) mass-sized paperback;
no sub-title;
original price:  $2·25;
160 pages;

I.S.B.N.:  0-87997-773-6;
cover artist:  Walter Velez

London: Titan, 2013 (August 13th) trade-sized paperback;
sub-titled “Third Volume In The Oswald Bastable Trilogy” on title page (only);
edited by John Davey;
original price:  $9·95;
211 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  9781781161470;
cover artist:  “Amazing15”;

foreword by Kim Newman.

First standalone edition of revised text (see description above). This edition, however, was flawed, with an integral, fictionalised introduction (by Moorcock, describing a visit to him from Una Persson) left out.

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The Steel Tsar is also available as e-books: 9781781161500 (U.S.A.) & 9780575092723 (U.K.).