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The Final Programme: The Cornelius Quartet 1 (The Eternal Champion) (Paperback)

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“Out of print for over a decade, the 2016 reissues of Michael Moorcock’s THE CORNELIUS QUARTET are already the best thing that will happen this year. This is the science fiction contribution to 60s Swinging London. If you’re an Alan Moore or Grant Morrison fan then this is the ground zero you’ve been looking for. The first volume, The Final Programme, is released to today so pour yourself a drink, pop a blue pill, and put on a Hawkwind record cause Jerry Cornelius is here to party!”

— Joe T.


Jerry Cornelius is a scientist, a rock star, and an assassin. He is the hippest adventurer of them all: tripping through a pop art nightmare in which kidnappings, murder, sex and drugs are a daily occurrence. Along with his savvy and ruthless partner-in-chaos, Miss Brunner, Cornelius is on a mission to control a revolutionary code for creating the ultimate human being, a modern messiah— the final programme.

The first book in the Cornelius Quartet is the groundbreaking introduction to the misadventures and vendettas of Jerry Cornelius, one of modern literature’s most distinctive characters, the product of a bewildering post-modern culture, and an inspiration for generations of characters since.

About the Author

Born in London in 1939, Michael Moorcock now lives in Texas. A prolific and award-winning writer with more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction to his name, he is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat, amongst many other memorable characters. In 2008, The Times  named Moorcock in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Praise For…

“Moorcock’s story takes flavor from popular media at the time (The Prisoner, The Avengers, et. al) and pulp sci-fi (Cornelius’s psychotropic needle gun), but mixes in metaphysics, mythology, and his own bizarre flourishes to create a violent and strange but compellingly readable story of weird science and shifting identities in a brightly colored, blitzed-out alternate Earth.” - Barnes & Noble 

“The trappings of the 1960s, including drugs (particularly hallucinogens), rock and roll, and sexual experimentation, are all over this novel. Add science fiction staples from the pulps such as needle guns, the Hollow Earth, and fringe science. Then add Eastern mysticism.” - Fate SF

“There's an experimental sense to the narrative from page one, as though absolutely anything could happen to its singularly odd protagonists” - Lit Reactor

“Flashback fun” - Pop Cults

“Like reading a Jackson Pollock painting” - Retrenders

“The Final Programme doesn't feel at all dated...Here his (Moorcock’s) Prose sparkles, at turns wry, playful, and deadly serious. When the needle gun goes in, you'll feel it.” - Singular Points

 “Sardonic, violent and poppishly sparkly, The Final Programme holds up as one of this great s-f writer’s most entertaining reads." - Blog Critics

“SF/F became respectable, even cool, thanks in no small part to Michael Moorcock” -  Pop Mythology
Product Details
ISBN: 9781783291779
ISBN-10: 178329177X
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: The Eternal Champion