‘The Sundered Worlds’

The Sundered Worlds

London:  Compact Books, 1965 (January) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  3/6;
190 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  none (code: F266);
cover artist:  unknown;

no (individual) hardcover edition.

The Sundered Worlds (1965) was revised from two novellas originally published in Science Fiction Adventures in 1962 and ’63 (as ‘The Sundered Worlds’ and ‘The Blood Red Game’ respectively) (q.v.). It was later retitled as The Blood Red Game (1970), then later still significantly revised and retitled back to The Sundered Worlds (1992). In this form it was collected in The Eternal Champion (U.S. omnibus only, 1994) and in Moorcock’s Multiverse (2014). The Sundered Worlds was the first book to introduce Moorcock’s concept of a multiverse of alternative realities — infinite variations of our own universe and experience — a notion and indeed term long since embraced by modern, mainstream scientific theory.

First edition

First American edition:  New York: Paperback Library mass-sized paperback, 1966 (November);
original price:  50¢;
159 pages;

I.S.B.N.:  none (code: 52-368);
cover artist:  unknown.

New York: Fantastic Books trade-sized paperback, 2011 (June);
as by “Michael Moorcocok” on front cover & spine;
sub-titled “The First Book Of The Multiverse” on front cover (only);
original price:  $13·99;
182 pages;

no introduction;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-61720-348-0

cover artist; Ian Randal Strock;
text follows 1992 revisions.

Science Fiction Adventures No. 29 (not to scale), Nov. 1962, ed. John Carnell;
cover artist: “Singleton”.
Science Fiction Adventures No. 32 (not to scale), May 1963, ed. Carnell;
cover artist: Gerard Quinn.

First revised edition: London:  Roc mass-sized paperback, 1992 (December 3rd);
sub-titled “The First Book Of The Multiverse” on front cover (only);
original price:  £4·99;
x + 220 pages;

includes Introduction by Moorcock (pp. viix);
I.S.B.N.:  0-14-017351-X;
cover artist:  George Underwoood.

Corrected edition (2011), as by Moorcock;
reprinted 2018 (I.S.B.N. 978-1-5154-2356-0).

(Click here for Foreign Editions)