The Cosmolabe online Magazine is inspired by the life and works and associations of author, musician, freethinker , Michael Moorcock that great organic mind with its constant its intersections with his own characters created such as Corum , Hawkmoon, Erekose , Ulrich von Bek , John Daker Illian of of Garathorm, Elric and of course Jerry Cornelius all manifestations of the “eternal champion” which i’ve always felt was the everyman , us the reader both hero and anti hero. it Elric the earliest of these that Michael himself most closely identifies at least as being his younger self being the reflection of all his teenage angst of the time.
As with in the tangible world artists and movements and “happenings” synchronicity past present future history in this Brane of existence and others when the moonbeam roads shift and connect in the mind of Moorcock “real” people from his life are drawn into it most clearly in the experimental Fantasy / Autobiography “Swarm” series written to reflect that this happens in all his work so as he says to show his lifetimes body of work to be “one giant novel ” and so his friends become characters fellow writers JG ballard “Allard” in his latest work, Barrington Bayley his Metaphysical his old flat mate ,Musicians such as Eric Bloom the ” Fireclown” , Mick Jagger himself one of the models for Cornelius , played by his friend actor John Finch in the 1973 movie of “The Final Programme ”
The name ” The Cosmolabe ” is from his latest work “The Whispering Swarm” a further coalescing of the kaleidoscopic worlds of the multiverse that are spawned from the fertile mind of Mr M . it is a Machine a type of super orrery displaying in ” real time ” or more properly “radiant time” all the alternate universes inhabited by the eternal champions incarnations and all their peoples connected by wires that represent the “moonbeam” roads that connect them. It is built by Prince Rupert of the Rhine the 17th Stuart nephew of the doomed Charles I who should definitely not be in 1950s and sixties London, thus Moorcock the main character in in the novel which his himself suspects he suffering an acid flash back or the ” Alsacia” he discovers in labyrinthine back streets of fleet street is a colony of actors or lunatics , this complicated still further when falls in love with the flame haired “Moll ” there . A highwaywoman who robs equally incongruous 20th century trams , this while at the same time he has to juggle his real life as fleet streets youngest Editor happily Married writer Hillary Bayley but not perfectly , with two daughters he adores and pushes around the showing them the London he loves in a huge pram like a ” Sherman tank ” .
The title refers to the sound that constantly distresses him something like tinnitus though it seems to be a murmuring shouting clamoring ocean of voices calling him from the multiverse, See John Daker ,as Moorcock points out the only cure for the Anxious writer experienced or wannabe is writing itself therefore only in “Alsacia” which seems to be inhabited by characters he is then writing up as a hack book comic writer does he experience complete relief from the ” Swarm ”
We want this ” Cosmolabe ” to be similar type of machine that will show the myriad worlds and art and culture and opinion on current events a place were what Robert Anton wilson ” reality tunnels” may find each other and explore each others different points of view in this maddening chaotic wondrous enigmatic world of human existence. what are hoping to ferment and share and bank and invest in is the wonderful flow of “Ideas” that can come from such collision of “Branes ” as well as brains . Just as one theory of quantum mechanics now suggests , universes bump into each other ,make love and procreate whole new universes !
As long term fans inspired by his thought and ideas by the great artists , writers he introduced the world through his groundbreaking New Worlds magazine we hope to carry on in the spirit that brought us into that glittering peacocks tail of possibilities. There will be much we hope on display here of a colourful and surprising nature hopefully enough for everyone of many varied tastes opinions creeds paths: attitudes . Free thought and Free speech is the essence of Mr Moorcock’s thought and political stance and a life long detestation of censorship .
Creativity he has inspired and supported in so many budding writers and we hope to do the same.
Gurus are ten a penny like snake oil on the net these days ,for some of us hes literally an intellectual , philosophical and Moral compass , with which steer the myriad words of multiverse possibility .The genre busting, (only good genre a dead genre ), he did with SF kicked it up the back side ,exactly as was needed in that Moribund genre trapped ,in “its cowboys in space” formula which Star Wars proves much of its popular form still is . New Worlds gave a platform to the likes of PKD whose seemingly half mad genius in fact far more half sane and accurate than most of Contemporaries about his future and our present and coming future than many of of his Techonophile contemporaries such as Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlien . It is also more often than not that PKD now populates your screens Sci Fi ever since he was introduced there in Blade Runner ,
Its now time to give back and to Honour Michael Moorcock his world his freinds and Associates in Literature art and music by this “Cosmolabe” which can steer your way though informational cultural philosophical moon beam roads of the cyberspace multiverse.
our “logo” the image created to try and convey the idea of compass and cosmolabe incorporating the Metaphysical Principles of Chaos ,Law and the Balance central to the workings Moorcocks Multiverse has been magnificently rendered by Welsh artist Shaun Durham, from whom we commissioned it. A perfect example of creativity stemming from the sharing and bouncing back and forth of ideas not like in a boardroom so much but more like ” Brainstorm” in the more Hawkwind sense take an image take inspiration take an idea an run with it