Metricizing Michael…

All right-thinking folk are agreed that the Peckham-based author and visionary Michael Moorcock is a core colossus of the counter-culture. As the Guardian put it in 2007, he’s “the incendiary keystone of the visionary vortex that crystallized around New Worlds magazine in the 1960s, sparking a transgressive tornado that has sculpted paradigm-defying narratives of mutant sexuality, psychology and politics on an almost daily basis for over fifty years.”

But how often have keyly committed components of the Moorcock-fan community wished they had some objective mode of metricizing the coreness of the colossusness of his counter-culturality?

Well, the wait is over dot dot dot

site: “in terms of”

About 4,910 results (0.56 seconds)

• in terms of sci-fi recommendations, I gotta go — Moorcock’s
• They’re really rebellious in terms of gender, in terms of sex, in terms of politics, the portrayal of society and race, and I really want that to be …
• In terms of games I am rediscovering Zelda: Majora’s Mask with updated graphics and sound.
• … and to describe such elements in terms of Good and Evil seems (as I hope I demonstrate) a rather useless way of looking at our problems.
• We’ve reached a point, in this new century, that can be identified as both technologically and sociologically, futuristic, even in terms of the very recent past and …
• I’m wondering about stillborn-siblings in terms of esoterica: are they the next sibling born after the stillbirth, making a short appearance (i.e. is …
• I can say I’ve had one good experience with a press release distribution service, in terms of acquiring reviews.
• In terms of chronology, however, it would have to fit in somewhere between the novels The Fortress of the Pearl and The Sailor on the Seas of [Fate]

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4 thoughts on “Metricizing Michael…

  1. Google’s telling lies. When I search for this term I get 4,800 results, the same as you. But as I click through the pages, there are no more after page 8 or so (80 results). Even if I include omitted results (so that redundantly indexed pages appear), there’s only 95 or so uses on the entire site. Try it yourself.

    I’ve never read anything by Moorcock except his screed against Tolkien. It can be strange to read hippy-era fantasy/sf writers of the 70s and 80s, and how they thought they were revolutionaries and the bleeding edge of cool. Most of them now seem hopelessly dated and unreadable in 2015, while the old masters they made fun of are still going strong.

    • Google’s telling lies.

      Yes, but: Se non è vero, è ben trovato.

      I’ve never read anything by Moorcock…

      I liked him when I was young and hadn’t noticed how badly he wrote. Compared to Clark Ashton Smith, he’s Jeffrey Archer. That his politics are Guardianista was an added extra bonus in terms of my starting to dislike him.

      Most of them now seem hopelessly dated and unreadable in 2015, while the old masters they made fun of are still going strong.

      Yes. The avant garde dates very fast.

      • Compared to Clark Ashton Smith, he’s Jeffrey Archer.

        You just reminded me of something: when I was about 11 or 12 I was the world’s biggest Jeffrey Archer fan. I used to spend all my pocket money on his books. Maybe I was the world’s only Jeffrey Archer fan. I’ve never heard anyone express positive opinions of his books anywhere, except myself when I was 12. Also, he has a punchable face.

      • Disturbing. As the Overlord once posted:

        I felt as though I needed a shower after the first word of the first sentence of the first story in Gweel. That’s how reprehensible’n’repulsive this book is in terms of issues around feralness’n’fetidity. I’ve read Sade, I’ve read Guyotat, I’ve read Archer – I have never read anything that made me despair of life and humanity the way Gweel did. And still does. — It’s The Gweel Thing…

        I liked Arthur Hailey and James A. Michener at the same age. I also liked Ian Fleming, but he is a good author at any age.

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