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English writer, editor, criticwd:Q316138
fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
native language: English
language of expression: English
occupation: novelist, lyricist, screenwriter, musician, science fiction writer, songwriter, editor
award received: Nebula Award for Best Novella, August Derleth Award, Guardian Fiction Prize, John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
influenced by: J. G. Ballard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, Robert E. Howard, P. G. Wodehouse, T. H. White, Fritz Leiber Junior, Jack Vance, Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Mervyn Peake, Joseph Conrad, Poul Anderson
Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer and musician, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels. He is best known for his novels about the character Elric of Melniboné, a seminal influence on the field of fantasy since the 1960s and 70s.
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 (1969) 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 bands Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and his own project.
In 2008, The Times named Moorcock in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
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