What's It All About?
Welcome to "The Further Adventures of Jerry Cornelius" collection, where we publish short stories from various authors involving Michael Moorcock's creation, Jerry Cornelius.
Who's Michael Moorcock?
According to that bastion of veracity, Wikipedia, "Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels ... As editor of the British science fiction magazine New Worlds from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction 'New Wave' in the UK and indirectly in the United States. His publication of Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad as a serial novel was notorious; in Parliament, some British MPs condemned the Arts Council for funding the magazine. He is also a successful recording musician, contributing to the band Hawkwind, and his own project [Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix]. In 2008, The Times newspaper named Moorcock in its list of 'The 50 greatest British writers since 1945'."
Who's Jerry Cornelius?
Good question. One of Moorcock's most popular creations is Jerry Cornelius, the ambiguous, amoral, androgynous English Assassin; the same characters featured in each of several Cornelius books. These complex works argue - especially the first - for a blending of 'masculine' and 'feminine' traits to produce a balanced human being. They also tackle head-on the legacies of British imperialism - Empire gone sour - and continue to feature as another variation of the Multiverse theme. The first book, The Final Programme (1968), was made into a feature film in 1973; half of its storyline is essentially identical to two of the Elric stories: The Dreaming City and While the Gods Laugh.
Since 1998, Moorcock has returned to Cornelius in a series of new stories including The Spencer Inheritance, The Camus Referendum, Cheering for the Rockets, Firing the Cathedral (which was concerned with 9/11) and Modern Times 2.0. The main tetralogy of novels was collected as The Cornelius Quartet (1993), supplementary novels and novellas in A Cornelius Calendar (2015) and shorter stories in Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times (2014). Additionally, a version of Cornelius also appeared in Moorcock's 2010 Doctor Who novel The Coming of the Terraphiles.