Modem Times 2.0, by Michael Moorcock, PM Press, RRP$12, 128 pages
In Modem Times 2.0, part of PM Press’s Outspoken Authors series, Cornelius provides the constant in a shifting narrative landscape. Through him we experience a series of vignettes that flicker between past and present and from one reality to another. The novella sets up tragic echoes between the optimism of London in the post-austerity period and today’s apocalyptic cynicism.
It’s a disorientating work, full of puns, allusions, quotations and parodies, with cameos from several of Moorcock’s other characters. Imprecise connections and breakneck scene changes evoke a dreamlike sensation of both nostalgia and dread.