The English Assassin: A Romance of Entropy
The English Assassin: A Romance of Entropy is a 1972 novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock, first published in the UK by Allison & Busby and in the US by Harper & Row. Subtitled "A romance of entropy" it was the third part of his long-running Jerry Cornelius series.
Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Cover artist||Richard Glyn Jones|
|Publisher||Allison & Busby|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|LC Class||PZ4.M8185 En3 PR6063.O59|
|Preceded by||A Cure for Cancer|
|Followed by||The Condition of Muzak|
Cornelius is the "English Assassin" of the title, although he spends much of the book near death himself. Darker in tone than other volumes in the series, the novel offers eight alternative catastrophes in a world of chaos and barbarous collapse. The usual glittering array of supporting characters such as the anarchist Una Persson, the occasionally evil Miss Brunner, Professor Hira and the grotesque Bishop Beesley make their appearances amid the rubble of swinging London with the rest of Jerry's colourful clan—his blousy mother, villainous brother Frank and the doomed angelic Catherine.
- "Internet Speculative Fiction Database". Retrieved 2007-12-16.
- "Moorcock's Miscellany". Retrieved 2007-12-16.
- Brown, Charles N.; William G. Contento. "The Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984–1998)". Retrieved 2007-12-16.
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