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May 7, 2012

Two Classic Michael Moorcock Novels Back In Print

Continuing our program of bringing the classics of science fiction back into print, Fantastic Books is pleased to announce the publication of two early titles by Grand Master Michael Moorcock: The Shores of Death and The Wrecks of Time. Long out of print, these two classics are now available in beautiful, long-lasting trade paperback editions.

These latest two Moorcock books join three others available from Fantastic: The Sundered Worlds (ISBN: 978-1-61720-348-0), The Winds of Limbo (ISBN: 978-1-61720-069-4), and The Distant Suns (co-written with Philip James; ISBN: 978-1-61720-025-0).

The Shores of Death ($13.99, 142 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-363-3)

In the far future, Earth's rotation has been halted by powerful aliens searching for the end of the universe. Happening upon Earth, the aliens took from it what they needed and moved on. The human race is now divided; some living on the cold night side, some the sweltering day side, yet others in the thin twilight between the two regions.

Living a life of pleasure and decadence in the twilight region, Valta Becker impregnates his daughter who dies shortly after giving birth to Clovis, last of the twilight children.

Neglected by his father, Clovis leaves home for the more technologically and philosophically sophisticated daylight region, where lifespans stretch to hundreds of years and the marvels of future science still flourish. He makes a name for himself in politics, rising to almost god-like stature. When catastrophe strikes, rendering the daylight people sterile due to an after-effect of the aliens' strange energies used in halting the planet's rotation, Clovis Becker must find an answer or the human race will perish.

Thus begins a taut adventure filled with warring political ideologies, End of the World parties, flower forests and floating carriages, shadowy figures attempting to shape mankind's destiny for their own ends, colorful descriptions worthy of Jack Vance and Mervyn Peake—and a love story for the ages as Clovis and Fastina Cahmin—the last born of the daylight people—seek immortality… but at what cost?

Michael Moorcock is one of the most widely read SF authors in the world, and here his fertile imagination is on full display.

The Wrecks of Time ($13.99, 136 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-364-0)

From the Prologue:

"There they lay, outside of space and time, each hanging in its separate limbo, each a planet called Earth. Fifteen globes, fifteen lumps of matter sharing a name. Once they might have looked the same, too, but now they were very different. One was comprised almost solely of desert and ocean with a few forests of gigantic, distorted trees growing in the northern hemisphere; another seemed to be in perpetual twilight, a planet of dark obsidian; yet another was a honeycomb of multicoloured crystal and another had a single continent that was a ring of land around a vast lagoon. The wrecks of Time, abandoned and dying, each with a decreasing number of human inhabitants for the most part unaware of the doom overhanging their worlds. These worlds existed in a kind of subspacial well created in furtherance of a series of drastic experiments…"

Who has the immense power to create entire worlds only to discard them as failures in the backwaters of the space-time continuum?

Who would then maliciously destroy these less-than-perfect worlds and their human inhabitants, and to what end?

Professor Faustus and the loyal men and women dispersed on these alternate Earths have dedicated their lives to eradicating the demolition teams and the Unstable Matter Situations the D-squads create. As they soon discover, much more is at stake, as they fight a seemingly losing battle with the very pattern of the Universe in the balance.

Thought-provoking and full of surprises, The Wrecks of Time weds science, religion, myth, and history into a page-turning narrative, a grand concept tale that has proven to be one of Michael Moorcock's most innovative science fiction works.

About Michael Moorcock: Michael Moorcock has been inducted in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and received the Lifetime Achievement World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Prix Utopiales Awards.

About Fantastic Books: As with all Fantastic titles, The Shores of Death and The Wrecks of Time are available from all major online retailers, by special order from any physical bookstore, and directly from the publisher (we exhibit at science fiction conventions). All Fantastic titles are distributed by Ingram. The entire Fantastic catalog is available online at www.FantasticBooks.biz.

In addition to our reprint line, Fantastic also publishes the best in new speculative fiction. The company has recently signed contracts to publish T. Jackson King's new novel, Star of Islam, and Daniel Kimmel's first novel, Starstruck. Fantastic previously published King's YA novel Little Brother's World, and Kimmel's nonfiction Jar Jar Binks Must Die, which is currently a Hugo Award finalist in the Best Related Work category.