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The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock

The novel “The Eternal Champion” by Michael Moorcock was published for the first time in 1970. It’s the first novel in the Erekosë series.

John Daker is a man of the 20th century. His sleep is disturbed by strange dreams until he answers a call from another time. He gets evoked in a world at war where he’s told that he’s Erekosë, a legendary hero of the past brought back to life to save humanity from the Eldren enemies.

John has no memories of Erekosë yet has a strange familiarity with the legendary sword that belonged to the hero. He agrees to fight to save humanity, also because the Eldren are described as demons. Before going to war at King Rigenos’s side, John / Erekosë meets princess Iolinda, with whom he begins a romantic relationship. The situation becomes complicated when humans don’t look so good, the Eldren don’t seem and strange dreams seem like memories of other lives in other worlds.
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Happy birthday Harlan Ellison!

Harlan Jay Ellison was born on May 27, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He’s famous as a writer and screenwriter. He wrote many science fiction stories, often winners of Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, but also detective stories, thrilles and other genres. In 1967, Harlan Ellison was the editor of the famous anthology “Dangerous Visions”, which represents.

Working for television, Harlan Ellison wrote screenplays for several TV shows includining the original “Star Trek” series and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”. He was also the creative consultant for the version of the ’80s of “The Twilight Zone” and later for “Babylon 5″.
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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

The novel “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” by Douglas Adams was published for the first time in 1988. It’s the sequel to “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”.

Kate Schechter has to catch a plane but when she’s at the check-in an explosion disrupts her life. She’s taken to a hospital, where luckily the doctors find nothing serious but she ends up involved in a story that becomes stranger and stranger, mainly because of Thor, the god of Norse mythology.

Dirk Gently, the holistic detective who operates under the assumption that there’s a fundamental interconnectedness of all things, was hired by a wealthy client haunted by a monster. Unconvinced by this and other details of the his client’s claims, he ends up being involved in a much more complex story in which he meets Kate Schechter and the gods of Valhalla.
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R.I.P. Lucius Shepard

On Tuesday March 18, 2014, the American writer Lucius Shepard passed away. He was appreciated in the world of science fiction, horror and fantasy and occasionally he wrote stories of other genres. Born on August 21, 1943 in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, he wrote mostly short fiction. Among his science fiction novels, “Green Eyes” and “Life During Wartime” are particularly famous.
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The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein

The novel “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag” by Robert A. Heinlein was published for the first time in 1942 in the magazine “Unknown Worlds” under the pseudonym John Riverside.

Jonathan Hoag has no memory of what he does during the day. He found under his fingernails remains of a substance that could be dried blood but when he asks a doctor to check it he’s asked to leave and never be seen again. His last hope is to turn to Ted and Cynthia Randall, a couple of private investigators, so they follow him to find out what happens in the hours he can’t remember.
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Happy birthday Rutger Hauer!

Rutger Oelsen Hauer was born on January 23, 1944 in Breukelen, in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. During his career he participated in a lot of movies of various genres. His roles have been very diverse but he’s most remembered for the role of the replicant Roy Batty hunted by the character played by Harrison Ford in the masterpiece “Blade Runner”.
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