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A Nomad of the Time Streams The Multiverse universe upon universe of alternate Time and Space in which Law and Chaos wage a continuous struggle to change the fundamental rules of existenceThe Eternal Champion doomed to live forever in a thousand incarnations A key player in the Game of Time, Captain Oswald Bastable is forced to question his most cherished ideas as he becomes a nomad of the time streams, eternally travelling the wayward currents and nameless branches of a chaotic multiverseThis fourth volume in Michael Moorcock s classic sequence, rewritten, expanded and revised for its first US appearance, introduces Oswald Bastable, former Captain of the rd Royal Lancers and Special Air Police, now guided through a multitude of alternate futures only by the Red Republican chrononaut, Una Person There is nothing which gives one strength at a time of need than the presence of comrades who share the same ideas about humanity and justice I understood that it is only the very best in us, our capacity for love and self respect, that enable us to survive in a perpetually fragmenting multiverse Only our deepest sense of justice allowed us to remain sane and relish the wonders of chaotic Time and Space, to be free at last of fear Further violence would bring only an endless chain of blo There is nothing which gives one strength at a time of need than the presence of comrades who share the same ideas about humanity and justice I understood that it is only the very best in us, our capacity for love and self respect, that enable us to survive in a perpetually fragmenting multiverse Only our deepest sense of justice allowed us to remain sane and relish the wonders of chaotic Time and Space, to be free at last of fear Further violence would bring only an endless chain of bloodshed and an inevitable descent of our race into bestiality and ultimate insentience To survive, we must love The Steel Tzar, 2 7 388 9 Warlord of the Air Oswald Bastable is trapped in a cave in in 1903 and wakes up in 1973, a 1973 with a strong British Empire and it s navy of airships Oswald struggles to belong and runs afoul of The Warlord of the Air Can Oswald find his way back to 1903 As I ve said before with Dancers at the End of Time and Gloriana, Moorcock s non Elric stuff is what enchants me as I get older Warlord of the Air is a good alternate history novel and is widely regarded as one of the forerunners of steampun Warlord of the Air Oswald Bastable is trapped in a cave in in 1903 and wakes up in 1973, a 1973 with a strong British Empire and it s navy of airships Oswald struggles to belong and runs afoul of The Warlord of the Air Can Oswald find his way back to 1903 As I ve said before with Dancers at the End of Time and Gloriana, Moorcock s non Elric stuff is what enchants me as I get older Warlord of the Air is a good alternate history novel and is widely regarded as one of the forerunners of steampunk You ve got airships, a British empire, and Lenin, Ronald Reagan, Mick Jagger, and Che Guevara in roles other than what you d normally see them in Bastable s a good lead character and the fish out of water angle keeps the story moving The Warlord of the Air was far from the supervillain I thought he d be based on the title.The Land Leviathan Bastable emerges from the ruins of the Temple of the Future Buddha in a 1904 that is not his own, where the world became a utopia due to the intellect of one Chilean boy, then plunged into another dark age, where the Black Attila has aspirations of freeing the black and conquering the world Will he oppose the Attila or join him The second Bastable story is similar to the first Once again, Moorcock creates a multi dimensional villain and has Bastable join up with him for a time Una Perrson and the captain from the previous book make appearances, as do Al Capone and Gandhi, although in roles other than the ones they had in our world Cicero Hood, the Black Attila, is the most interesting member of the cast, eveninteresting than Bastable The tech in this book is even better than in the last You get giant tanks, air ships, and drilling machines Not bad for a story told in the 70 s.The Steel Tsar Bastable winds up in a world where the Japanese have aspirations of world conquest and Britain, Russia, and Germany have banded together to oppose them Will Bastable stop the Steel Tsar or join him I ll be honest While the Steel Tsar has all the charm of the first two books, there weren t a lot of surprises By the third book, I could pretty much predict the plot twists To top it off, I already knew how it was going to end based on Bastable s appearances in later Moorcock works Not a bad book but not revolutionary, especially after the first two.All in all, I enjoyed the Nomad of Time It was full of proto steampunk goodness and should appear to fans of Michael Moorcock as well as those of Jules Verne I have readfiction by Moorcock than by any other writer I have, in fact, almost read everything he has ever published The Oswald Bastable stories, however, were a gap in my completist aspirations I bought this omnibus volume back in 1986 when I was 19 and I only got round to reading it this year It consists of three novels written over a 10 yearperiod these novels feature a soldier who is projected into a sequence of alternate Earths after he stumbles into the underground labyrin I have readfiction by Moorcock than by any other writer I have, in fact, almost read everything he has ever published The Oswald Bastable stories, however, were a gap in my completist aspirations I bought this omnibus volume back in 1986 when I was 19 and I only got round to reading it this year It consists of three novels written over a 10 yearperiod these novels feature a soldier who is projected into a sequence of alternate Earths after he stumbles into the underground labyrinth of a peculiar temple high in the Himalayas.The first volume, The War Lord of the Air , is the weakest of the three, in my view, serving mainly to set the tone for the others, a tone that combines the gung ho gusto of late Victorian adventure stories with amodern political vision It s competent enough visually , full of airships and other curiously retro future marvels it has been credited with being one of the first steampunk novels, long before the word was coined and consists of a well managed headlong race through various Moorcockian specialised concerns, dabbling in questions of anarchism, imperialism, justice, freedom, etc But ultimately it feels a little thin, a little rushed in the composition.The second volume, The Land Leviathan , is better darker andtroubling and denser both in story and prose It s almost a sidewise homage to the Black Panther movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but not quite Moorcock is always interested in the ramifications of responsibility and here the complexities of the consequences of wanting to radically change the world are resolved less neatly than in the first volume The central section of the novel, the battle between the fleet of the Black Attila and the Austro Japanese Alliance is extremely well written, as good as anything Moorcock has ever written, of a comparable standard to the prose of his four Pyat novels his masterpieces, to which this sequence seems almost a pulp trailer.By the time of the third volume, The Steel Tsar , I was growing slightly bored with Oswald Bastable and the mildly lazy contradictions inherent in his character and situation for instance, he keeps protesting that he s just a simple soldier with no interest in politics and then a few pages later explains the differences between anarchism and scientific socialism , albeit indirectly, through the mouths of the characters he is observing and reporting on all three volumes pretend to be manuscripts entrusted to Moorcock or his grandfather Yet in some ways this is perhaps the most structually coherent novel of the three.Taken as a whole The Nomad of Time sits midway between Moorcock s pulp fiction Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, etc and hisadvanced works The Dancers at the End of Time, The City in the Autumn Stars, etc I m glad I finally got round to reading it but I doubt I shall ever re read it Told in note perfect Victorian style evoking Conrad, Verne, and Wells this book collects three alternate histories that deal with imperialism, racism, and war All quite grim but still with a sense of adventure Delights include Mick Jagger as a zeppelin captain, Joseph Conrad as submarine captain, Stalin as a robot, Ronald Reagan as a racist boy scout troop leader, and lots of zany steampunk sci fi gadgets airships, drill cars, fungus bombs, giant tanks Really fun and really smart.

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