What do you 'think' of Michael Moorcock?

 

You've got a colleague out there: http://www.multiverse.org You like it? What do you *think* of Michael Moorcock? Is he worth something by himself, compared to other SF writers? And how does he compare to yourself? regards, David Geelan

 


 

ANSWER

 

I never read science-fiction. Well, almost never - I used to read some short stories of the fifties, but since then, I feel the genre has deteriorated.

It used to be sort of fun - what if this or that - maybe not exactly literature, but, well, fun. Nowadays it's all Star Trek, humanoid aliens with Greek names, as if all the writers were retired dungeon masters.

I like logical developments of simple premises. After all, with the physical sciences gone mad and reading more and more like the mystical writings of the middle ages, a demon is no object, just as long as it's Maxwell's. Hard sci-fi - the way I write it - is, after all, much more fantastic than Fantasy, which is plain silly.

If you can simulate the conditions leading up to the Big Bang, why not create a new universe? And if - as quantum theory suggests - the role of the observer is more basic than the laws he observes, what is a theory, if not a sort of story?

So could not the new universe be a literary construction? And if the world is really an agreement between dreamers, what would happen, if one of them woke up?

And why is it such a big deal to change the past? In another culture that might be considered as trivial as having your house redecorated.

By the way, are your children caught up in the Pokemon Universe or something similar - what are our children really being educated for, and by whom? If you can simulate reality and then turn it off, can you turn reality off?

Do alternate personalities like those produced by surgical procedures like split-brain have civil rights? If Berkeley is right, and esse IS percipi, could there be an alien race that can only exist if it is perceived by us?

These are a few of the questions posed by my newest 1000+ pages sci-fi novel, RUM (ROOMS) and that to me is sci-fi, to boldly think what no one has thought before. Alas, I don't seem to find that in my contemporaries, whatever their genre or nationality might be. Maybe I'm just too crazy ...