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A Nomad of the Time Streams - The Steel Tsar Paperback – August 13, 2013
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tedious exercise in political philosophy (?). Do yourself a favor and read just the first book in this
trilogy. It's the only one worth the time.
"The Steel Tsar" (1981) by Michael Moorcock is book 3 in the trilogy "Oswald Bastable" the other two books are "Warlord of the Air" (1971) book 1 and "The Land Leviathan"(1974) book 2". Just to be accurate the series is also referred to as "Nomad of the Time Streams" a title which I prefer.
The "The Steel Tsar" is a departure in theme from books 1 and 2 in that author Moorcock jumps right into the narrative without the detailed introductions of the previous volumes. I found this a less satisfying reading experience and bearing in mind that the book was published six years after book 2 I'm not sure what new readers would make of this. Nonetheless political satire and anti-war sentiments are in the forefront of this "alternate history/reality" story. In this novel three factions via for military supremacy in Russia. Oswald Bastable is manipulated to pilot an dirigible by the Steel Tsar - a caricature of Joe Stalin. The Steel Tsar wears a metal mask and "Stalin" is translated as steel in Russian so you see the reference. The Steel Tsar has a stock pile of A-bombs and wants to just blow everything to smithereens. In a short author's note at the end of the book we learn that Bastable literary presents in future "Nomad of the Time Streams" tales will be dispensed with.
This science-fiction novel by acclaimed British author Michael Moorcock (b1939 -) falls into the category of "alternate histories" a popular if somewhat overuse SF trope particularly during the last 15 years or so.Read more ›
Fun swash buckler! Reminds me of Burroughs Mars series.