Michael Moorcock

Literary Birthday – 18 December – Michael Moorcock

Happy Birthday, Michael Moorcock, born 18 December 1939.

Five Quotes

  1. The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit.
  2. Heroes betray us. By having them in real life, we betray ourselves.
  3. What happened to fantasy for me is what also happened to rock and roll. It found a common denominator for making maximum money. As a result, it lost its tensions, its anger, its edginess and turned into one big cup of cocoa.
  4. Legends are best left as legends and attempts to make them real are rarely successful.
  5. I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.

Read: Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers

Michael Moorcock is an English writer. Although primarily of science fiction and fantasy, he has also published literary novels. Moorcock became editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds. He fostered the development of the science fiction ‘New Wave’ in the UK and indirectly in the United States. Moorcock has won many awards including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel: Gloriana: Or, The Unfulfill’d Queen, the 2000 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2004 Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award.

Source for Image


Catriona Sparks, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 18th December 2012