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Michael Moorcock is an acclaimed British science fiction and fantasy author. He has written many highly regarded series, including the Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum sequences. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him a Grandmaster of SF in 2008 and he has won the Nebula, John W. Campbell, World Fantasy, British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards.
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  • Series: Nomad of the Time Streams
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178116147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moorcock's trilogy starts strong with "Warlords of the Air," but finishes weakly with this bloviating,
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.
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"The Steel Tsar" by Michael Moorcock (652 - SF novel - October 26, 2015)

"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.
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This is the third volume of the adventures of Oswald Bastable, the nomad of the time streams, and like its predecessors, The Warlord of the Air and The Land Leviathan, it's being marketed in this edition as a steampunk novel. And perhaps it should be. In any event, my reaction to this novel is about the same as I had to Leviathan. Once again we are presented with a wonderfully atmospheric, suspenseful and engaging prologue of sorts, this time Bastable's recounting of his washing up on an island that had until recently served as an outpost of the British Empire. It's 1941, however, and in this alternative universe Japan is seemingly sweeping East Asia with its airships and other forces. The Europeans who remain on the island are part of a delicate equilibrium that seems ready to totter, and Bastable tries mightily to use a wireless to send for help. And someone does arrive...After that marvelous beginning, the book begins to lean in the direction of somewhat sketchy action and somewhat repetitious exposition concerning politics and philosophy. Indeed, the very end of the story is mired in such endless, circular debate. And it's not that Moorcock has nothing to say; rather, that he sacrifices coherent story for metaphysics. Moreover, one of the foundations of this story and its forerunners -- the ability of some people to willfully travel from one timeline to another -- is never explained or codified, allowing for a few deus ex machina moments that suggest laziness on the part of the author rather than the desire to construct a well-oiled storyline whose parts match just right. So in the end, I find it and its two companion volumes rather unsatisfying, but the first portions of this book and Leviathan are so nicely wrought that I'm not suggesting that you bypass them. They are worth at least one look.
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The concept of infinite universes is actually dealt with very well, especially after the first book.
Fun swash buckler! Reminds me of Burroughs Mars series.
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