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Michael Moorcock’s Jerry Cornelius

March 28, 2009

Michael Moorcock


Jerry Cornelius, an enigmatic anti-hero, physicist, rock star, assassin, time traveller, failure, society host, secret agent, and spirit of the age (false?) messiah first appeared in The Final Programme in 1969 and stayed around until 1984 – then vanished. He recently reappeared in a number of uncollected short stories. At present, his whereabouts are unknown.


Here is a list of the books (novels and short story collections) that Jerry Cornelius appears in:


The Cornelius Quartet:


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The Final Programme (1969)

A Cure for Cancer (1971)

The English Assassin (1972)

The Condition of Muzak (1977)

The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius (1976)


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and in:


A Cornelius Calendar:


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The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the Twentieth Century (1976)


The Entropy Tango (1981)


Gold Diggers of 1977 (1980)


The Alchemist’s Question (1984)


There are also a number of uncollected Short Stories:


Firing the Cathedral


The Murderer’s Song


The Gangrene Collection


The Romanian Question


The Entropy Circuit


All the Way Round Again


The Spencer Inheritance


The Camus Connection


Cheering for the Rockets


Modem Times


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Jerry Cornelius’s adventures are almost essential reading. Michael Moorcock is a master story teller and his writing addresses issues that are in dire need of debate and resolution. The stories are also very entertaining and well-written.


Try them. You’ll have a great time. They’re fun.



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