Books: Westward Ha the Laughter of Carthage

by Michael Moorcock Random House; 561 pages; $17.95

The author of dozens of books, Michael Moorcock, 45, is a British writing machine who seems never to have been slowed by a rejection slip. He is aligned with the writers of science fiction's so-called new wave, who have tried to merge futurism into the mainstream of modern literature. The Laughter of Carthage is a formidable example, a work in which science and technology are subordinated to narrative techniques not usually found in popular fiction. The style is better appreciated when the novel is considered as a continuation of Moorcock's Byzantium Endures (1982), a work of similar grand design that introduced...

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