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Breakfast in the Ruins


Discussing the works of prolific British fantasist Michael Moorcock, as well as other bits of 60s and 70s fantasy and scifi.

Discussing the works of prolific British fantasist Michael Moorcock, as well as other bits of 60s and 70s fantasy and scifi.


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Discussing the works of prolific British fantasist Michael Moorcock, as well as other bits of 60s and 70s fantasy and scifi.




Michael Moorcock Birthday Special 2020

It's December 18th 2020, Michael Moorcock and Phil share a birthday AGAIN (weird right?) and, with the help of some friends, we celebrate a great day and take a look at Mike's Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger. In addition we consider the broad appeal of Moorcock and how it crosses some boundaries that in this strange day and age are often extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and we get to showcase some great music. Happy birthday Mike and Phil!


Sonic Assassins - Moorcock and Hawkwind Part One

On our first purely music focused show we talk Hawkwind with biographer and writer Ian Abrahams. We also muse on how notice boards on launderette walls can produce great results. Also, Loz calls in to Derry & Toms to drink some traditionally stupid beers and reminisce about the days of yore, sleeping dogs and the Giantkind track Breakfast in the Ruins.


The Rituals of Infinity (sort of) with KEK-W

After getting caught between worlds and never managing to quite hook it up, through a radio link between Earths 2 and 5 we finally get it together to discuss Moorcock with comics luminary and 2000AD Script Droid KEK-W! We talk Moorcock, The Rituals of Infinity, comics, Dark Judges, music and the disturbingly beautiful art of Dave Kendall. I continue to learn regarding online recording, with mixed results. Gerard Arthur Connelly gets his slippers wet. As discussed on the show Jim’s...


The Knight of the Swords Book Two

Loz returns as we head up to the Roof Garden to ruminate over Corum's endless jawing with a slightly dubious sorceror in The Knight of the Swords Book Two. Multiple varieties of pants are considered along with a couple of actually palatable beers. Progress I say!


Halloween Special - The Rats

It's Halloween, so Phil and I enjoy some spooky old fashioneds and engage with the horror of James Herbert's 1974 debut novel, The Rats! It's got the lot. A creepy hero... out of order tramps... vicious critters... and an abundance of thigh references! STAY SAFE!!!


The Final Programme Phase Two

Finally, the Spheres align and Hussein and I manage, after ten months, to get it together and look at Phase Two of The Final Programme. We talk about Mike's uncanny prescience, wrestling in Featherstone Library, and Hussein rags on sci-fi again. It's a fun time all round. Also, GAC reaches the village of Treybach. Foxes may be abroad.


The Eternal Champion Part Three

We're back, and this time Phil joins me at Derry and Toms to conclude our coverage of The Eternal Champion. Turns out Erekosë is just a horny jock. Who knew? We also find that if you're being peer pressured into genocide you just need a bath, dinner and an intervention... it's just so relatable!


The Knight of the Swords Part One

We're back at Derry and Tom's and unfortunately so are the challenging porters. REJOICE as we finally get around to covering Corum... SIGH as we continue to fail to avoid weird beer... DESPAIR as our energy levels dip in the second half... GASP at chapter two of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly...


Moorcock RPGs and the Journal of GAC

Phil, Loz and I celebrate an all too brief interlude in lockdown life to drink weird porters and muse upon Moorcock’s treatment at the hands of tabletop role-playing games. Phil taunts us with her syrupy beer avoidance skills, two-man canoes get far too many mentions and Loz gatekeeps Moorcock RPG play (the rotter). Also, The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly debuts with chapter one. There are 5 more to come (and if I don’t get pelted with rottent tomatoes I may write more).


The Jewel in the Skull Part Three

Tash returns from her exile in Sri Lanka and finally we get together after a four month Covid delay to finish The Jewel in the Skull. Stand by as we flatten the curve! REEL at the variable sound quality as my Tascam once again has to do some heavy lifting. MARVEL at the disagreements over the last few chapters. HOWL at Tash's toilet allocation of an all new (to me) classification of a certain type of fantasy novel. SHOEGAZE to the mellow sounds of Breakfast in the Ruins by the mighty...


The Eternal Champion Part Two

We're back. The Eternal Champion continues on his crusade to defeat the enemies of humanity and further proves himself an absolute duffer with the ladies. Phil reveals a penchant for watching extreme violence against Ewan McGregor and Channing Tatum. I wring my hands at the horror of it all. JOIN US!


The Eternal Champion Part One

We're back in Derry & Toms roof gardens to mull over 1970's The Eternal Champion, the novel debut of Erekosë/John Daker. It's got everything. Bad pronunciation, silly names and nudity. Phil returns to the co-host chair, we drink an old old-Fashioned or two and draw comparisons between Noonos and Grimsby, adding that ancient port-town to our list of mildly insulted settlements.


Elric of Melniboné Part Three

Loz is back as we conclude our coverage of the 1972 Moorcock novel Elric of Melniboné. Join us as we are horrified by a challenging beer and Loz offends Scunthorpe (as well as narrowly avoiding a date with Dannus). As usual we struggle with pronunciation and saying The Ship That Sails Over Land and Water.


The Jewel in the Skull Part Two

Natasha is back with me as we continue our deep dive into the first Hawkmoon novel, The Jewel in the Skull. MARVEL at Tash's brutal takedown of mothers-in-law... SIGH at the rambling non-sequiturs... GASP at Tash's salty sailor talk... WONDER at the gradual breakdown of recording discipline... WEEP at the continual intrusion of traffic, crisp packets and leather furniture...


Elric of Melniboné Part Two

Loz is back with me at Derry and Tom's as we dive into Straasha's ocean depths to prize open the mysteries below and discuss (most of) Book Two of Elric of Melniboné. Excellent beverages are consumed along the way.


The Final Programme - Phase One

After a degree of arm-twisting and one false start, Hussein finally gets his head into a sci-fi/fantasy book and agrees to tell the tale! We cover the first Phase of The Final Programme, the introduction of Jerry Cornelius into the Multiverse of Michael Moorcock. Hussein marvels at the wonders of psychedelic 70s scifi covers and I keep mixing up my Perssons and my Brunners.


Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock

One of the twitter gang tipped me off a few weeks ago that December 18th is Michael Moorcock's birthday. It took a while for the penny to drop, but when it did and my brain was penetrated by the copper and grub of ten thousand grasping fingers, I was taken aback for a second. December 18th is also my brilliant and long-suffering partner Phil's birthday, so I made her read something because CONTENT! So happy birthdays all around!!!


Elric of Melniboné Part One

Loz is back with me at Derry and Tom's as we tackle the 1972 novel Elric of Melniboné. We have a few drinks and muse upon Elric's early pre-wanderer, Stormbringerless years on the Ruby Throne of Imrryr. We also ponder the news of a possible Elric TV show and attempt to get comfortable on Lord Shark's Ostentatious Couch (spoiler, we don't).


The Jewel in the Skull Part One

Natasha and I discuss Book One of The Jewel in the Skull. It's got it all! Moorcock discussion? Check! Moorcroft? Sure, why not! Bagging small English towns? Check! Dogs wagging tails? Check and check! NOW IN THC SOUND! Note: The bulk of this was recorded before Episode One, so we're already entering into the true spirit of Moorcock by confusing our own internal chronology.


The Dreaming City (Elric)

Join Loz and I as we discuss the first published Elric story, The Dreaming City. In this, the first full-blooded episode of Breakfast in the Ruins we take a look at the first published story featuring (arguably) Michael Moorcock’s most enduring creation, the moody albino warrior-sorcerer-emperor-wanderer Elric. All music in this episode is courtesy of Giantkind.