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The Moorcock Who

It seems that Michael Moorcock will be writing a Dr Who novel:

The author of the Elric, Eternal Champion and Jerry Cornelius novels, and an inspiration to many creators such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Wiliam Gibson and Ian Sinclair, posted on his forum that;

Looks like it’s official. I’ll be doing a new Dr Who novel (not a tie-in) for appearance, I understand, by next Christmas. Still have to have talks etc. with producers and publishers but we should be signing shortly. Should be fun.


It'd be nice if it was written under the influence of a ton of drugs. I mean, I think Dr Who is one of the great all time wastes of brain space, I don't really dig franchise novels--the authors are, by and large, writing just for the cash and it shows--but if there was a press release that said, "Six months ago, we delivered 112 kilos of cocaine to Michael Moorcock's house. We locked the doors. We played endless episodes of Dr Who on giant screens outside his house. We give to you now what emerged."--well, I reckon if there was a press release that said that, I'd have to overcome my prejudices.

(crossposted)

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angriest
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I always picked you for a Star Trek kind of a guy. Or maybe Stargate.
angriest
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I totally haven't picked you as a Star Trek or Stargate kind of a guy.
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
lol. you have or you haven't?

i don't like either. in fact, most franchise SF stuff kinda bores me, since they're mostly soap operas with genre props.
nick_kaufmann
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Heck, I would reach Moorcock's Dr. Who novel in a heartbeat--and I don't normally like Dr. Who novels!
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
says the man with a dalek icon ;)
nick_kaufmann
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've only read one, and if it's any indication of how they all are, I don't consider it any big loss to skip them. They tend to take things much too seriously.
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
doctor who is serious business!
angriest
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
It's like most things - there are probably about 200 or so original Doctor Who novels (i.e. not novelisations of TV episodes), and out of them maybe 20 or more are genuine good, clever science fiction novels.

I'd suggest that's a pretty solid ratio for science fiction novels actually - that 10% are worth your time. I suspect we'd find it's a similar ratio among spec fic as a whole.
ataxi
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'd read it.

Although I've got a feeling it'll be disappointing for some reason.
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
time'll tell, i guess--you can be the test reader for everyone ;)
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
You've never actually read a "franchise" novel, have you?
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
sure. plently, actually. i grew up on a lot of them and i use them to teach with.
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
really! Last time we argued about this subject you said you refused to read franchise novels. Glad to see you've broadened your horizons. I don't generally read them myself but the Dr Who ones I read a few years back were pretty good (as opposed to the ones available when I was a kid)
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
i do refuse to read franchise novels nowadays. that's mostly because i know what the quality is like--and if i dig an author, i'd rather se them do their original stuff than write something for cash. in addition to that, i think franchise books run are actually damaging to the reputation and way in which spec fic genre fiction is marketed and viewed. a longer argument, i guess.

but, y'know, i get kids to read, and i'll use whatever i can to do that. it's easy to get kids to read a resident evil novel and use it as an intro text.
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
there are Resident Evil novels? Can't imagine how that would work out. Isn't RE all about shooting up stuff?
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
it's like, horror action stuff. zombie dogs and virus' and shooting. 13 year old boys love them.
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
cool. I believe that's a hard age and gender to get reading.
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
zombie dogs'll get you far. if they're not into that, world of warcraft novels will grab a few (mostly cause the kids are playing the game)
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
... and from there is just a short jump to Moby Dick and Pride & Prejudice!
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
nah, but BATTLE ROYALE isn't too far off ;)
catsparx
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Ha!
angriest
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I find this amusing simply because the only franchise novels I ever found to be a worth a damn were the Doctor Who ones (and you're wrong about Doctor Who, but possibly because you're coming from the angle of it being a science fiction series, rather than a brilliant wacky horror-fantasy for ten year-olds).
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
kids won't read dr who. well, that's not true. some might. but none i teach are the audience--in fact, in my own experience, dr who's audience are adults going for the retro fix.
angriest
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Well I can't speak for Australia cause I honestly don't keep track of the audience there, but in the UK last weekend more than 9m viewers watched the latest episode - that's a mass audience that will absolutely include a lot of children.
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
*shrug* like i said, i'm sure there are.
angriest
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I must say one of the funniest things I see is adult science fiction fans complaining that things in Doctor Who are "childish" or "silly", simply because they're not willing to admit that their favourite television drama is made for kids.
ironed_orchid
Nov. 18th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
I loved Who novels when I was about 12. I read pretty much all of them cos the library had them.
ironed_orchid
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I will be reading that.

So, is the Docter an eternal champion? Ans also, will he try to marry his sister who will be killed by his bother the master... I can only hope.
benpeek
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
lol
ironed_orchid
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I should not type before drinking coffee
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