Michael Moorcock Goes Metatemporal

Michael Moorcock, recently named one of the top 50 British writers of the post-war era, has written just about every kind of fiction you can imagine. That includes cross-temporal detective fiction. Say what? That's right. Cross-temporal detective fiction. In Moorcock's latest, The Metatemporal Detective, Seaton Begg and his constant companion, pathologist Dr “Taffy” Sinclair, both head the secret British Home Office section of the Metatemporal Investigation Department. As the book's dust jacket reveals, "Begg's cases cover a multitude of crimes in dozens of alternate worlds, generally where transport is run by electricity, where the internal combustion engine is unknown, and where giant airships are the chief form of international carrier." But the story is much richer and deeper than that. For example, who is the mysterious Sexton Blake? And why is Zenith the Albino such a compelling character? To get to the bottom of it all, I recently interrogated Mr. Moorcock...

Amazon.com: Why do you persist in mixing genres and ideas and milieus? Why can’t you just stand still every once in awhile?
Michael Moorcock: I'm easily bored. For that reason I usually don't read much genre fiction. I like fiction which precedes genre or when it has begun to parody or otherwise question the tropes.

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(The marvelous cover of The Metatemporal Detective, by John Picacio, side-by-side with the original art.)

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