A Twist in the Lines

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'A Twist in the Lines' is a short Jerry Cornelius story written by Michael Moorcock that in part is also a tribute to Moorcock’s late friend and former New Worlds collaborator Eduardo Paolozzi.

First appeared in the exhibition catalogue for Multiverse Expanded at the Akershus Kunstsenter in Lillestrøm outside Oslo in September 2011.

It was first published in the UK in a limited, numbered, edition of 150 by Piece of Paper Press in June 2013.

Publishing History

  • Multiverse Expanded, Akershus Kunstsenter, Norway, ISBN: 978-1-900813-10-5, 2011
  • Chapbook, Piece of Paper Press, POPP.027, 2013
  • London Bone and Other Stories, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2016

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When commuters board the tube at Tottenham Court Road but alight at Chatelet – Les Halles or Pelham Bay Park it is obvious that something in the multiverse is going very wrong. In Paris, Jerry’s old friend Professor Hira points out that ‘Art is science. Science is art’, and furthermore reveals that since 1984 ‘the whole of radiant time, version upon version of constructed reality, has depended for its survival on a certain artistic pattern, an essential mechanism for order.’ There is nothing else for it, Jerry must get to the Time Centre on Eel Pie Island pronto, and – armed only with a tube map and Paolozzi’s original designs – find a way back to Soho in 1982, for the central artistic pattern upon which the multiverse depends is of course Paolozzi’s iconic mosaic at Tottenham Court Road London Underground station.[1]