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Sailing to Utopia [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Millennium Orion Publishing Group (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857983068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857983067
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,392,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best so far! Sept. 6 1997
By Michael Battaglia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the best things about Michael Moorcock is his immense variety. I mean, even when he works within the same genre, his stories are so drastically different it's almost like you're reading a new author every time. Sailing to Utopia is science-fiction, but it's of a science-fiction that is most unlike that of A Nomad of the Time Streams or The Roads Between the Worlds. Unlike those two, there are no framing sequences, and these don't even have the same characters. What they do have is a largeness of vision that is unparelled in scope. Some comments follow:

The Ice Schooner: A world that worships ice while in the midst of an Ice Age and refuses to believe that the ice will ever go away. Okay, I'll buy it. This is a good start, though compared to the other three it pales in comparsion.

The Black Corridor: I loved this one. It seems simple enough in the beginning, you know, a guy who is travelling while the others are in hibernation. But the flashbacks reveal something else, and the dreams sequences make the book worth reading. It gets really weird toward the end, but it doesn't matter. A classic.

The Distant Suns: The most "normal" science-fiction of the trio, but that doesn't matter, because Jerry Cornelius finally appears! All right! The best of the Eternal Champions in an interesting story about a far away planet with people not unlike themselves. Good, but nothing compared to the Jerry Cornelius quartet (Cure for Caner, Final Programme, English Assassin, and The Condition of Muzak). Hey, White Wolf, why don't you publish these, either as something separate or an addition to the Eternal Champion series! Anybody listening?

Flux: Moorcock's short stories tend to inhabit a new catagory of strange, and this is no exception. This time another Von Bek (Max) travels the time stream and discovers some very disquieting things. Ends things on an odd note, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Halfway through the series now, and eagerly awaiting Kane of Old Mars
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Voyages Oct. 16 2002
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
White Wolf Publishing did a superb job in collecting Michael Moorcock's fantasy work into these beautiful omnibus editions. This volume, eight in the series, contains three novels and one short story, none of which have any obvious connection to the "Eternal Champion" theme. The tales do have some common elements, however; all four pieces feature a group of travelers fleeing a crumbling or decaying society and looking for solutions elsewhere, or "elsewhen."
The Ice Schooner depicts a future Ice Age. A small civilization is established on the ice fields, cities are built into crevasses, and trades and whalers ply the frozen oceans in their ice ships. Konrad Arflane, a typically moody and grim Moorcock hero, undertakes a quest to New York to discover why the ice is melting and his civilization possibly coming to an end. A rare example of pure SF from Moorcock; well told and atmospheric, with a perhaps too hasty resolution.
The Black Corridor, written with Moorcock's then-wife Hilary Bailey, reads more like a Robert Silverberg novel than Moorcock piece. A group of space travelers in cryogenic freeze are fleeing an Earth where xenophobia and war are destroying civilization. One man remains awake to operate the spaceship, and reflects on his final years on Earth, as the world crumbles around him. This is one of Moorcock's best works, taut, suspenseful, evocative, and horrifying. I've read this one three times since it originally appeared in 1969, and it still has an impact... and I'm not sure I completely understand it.
The Distant Suns, a collaboration with British artist and author James Cawthorn, appears in this volume for the first time in the U.S. Again, civilization is crumbling and a trio of space explorers set out to find an answer. (The characters are Jerry, Frank, and Catherine Cornelius, but names aside, they have no apparent connection to the Cornelius characters of Moorcock's other stories.) Written in a hyperventilating pulp style, the purpose here is perhaps to satirize pulp SF clichés, but the authors mimic the purple prose of the 40s too closely for my taste, and I quickly tired of this one, skimming through the last hundred pages to get a general idea of the plot. This ranks as one of Moorcock's misses for me... or perhaps I just missed the point.
Flux, a short story written with Barrington J. Bayley, describes a near future Europe, again facing imminent destruction, which sends an operative into the future to discover a solution. Anyone familiar with Bayley's work will not be surprised to find this story brimming over with madcap ideas. While not as polished as Bayley's later writings (to say nothing of Moorcock's) this is an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys Moorcocks' early SF and fantasy works.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing to Utopia is a fabulous way to spend an evening.... Jan. 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sailing to Utopia is definately one of Moorcock's best works. It's sparse language and epic plot lines will leave you terrified, yet at the same time you are completely fulfilled. Each story in the novel is fabulous, even though they don't tie in to each other. Moorcock has written concurrent stories with other Eternal Champion novels (Hawkmoon, Corum: the Coming of Chaos), you can't let this influence you in any way of how intense this book is. Instead of having a concurrent plot line throughout, Moorcock's places themes behind his stories that tie them together as one. However, each story is so enriched with life that each one can definately stand alone as an extraordinary piece of writing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Black Corridor",readers may want to leave the light on. Nov. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
All of the short stories were excellent, but "The Black Corridor" really got the heart moving. Imagine the movie 'Event Horizon' actually done well, heck I think I was hearing things after I finished that piece.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubting my own sanity! Feb. 4 2001
By Moomin Fruitbat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This review is mainly concerning The Black Corridor.
I just read it (mostly yesterday and finished it in the bath). It's a shortish story which starts off harmlessly enough, almost blandly, and yet slowly draws the reader in. But by the end...
Put it this way, right now I'm surfing around trying to find somewhere or someone I can discuss this story with, ask their opinion, what does it mean? What did they think? Where was the line between reality and madness?
How strange that something so short and seemingly unimportant can generate such an emotion. Maybe I need to take some Proditol (read it).
I read it, it greatly stirred my emotions, five stars, enough said.

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