The Final Programme

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A novel in The Jerry Cornelius Tetralogy, parts of which were first published in New Worlds as the short stories:

A further part, Phase 1, was subsequently collected in Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn.

Publishing History (UK)

  • Hardcover, Allison & Busby, 168pp., ISBN: 0-85051-012-1, 1969, Cover by Mal Dean
  • Mass Market Paperback, Mayflower, 160pp., ISBN: 0-583-11822-4, 1971, Cover by Bob Haberfield
  • Mass Market Paperback, Mayflower, 160pp., ISBN: 0-583-11822-4, 1973, Cover by Bob Haberfield
  • Hardcover, Allison & Busby, 168pp., ISBN: 0-85051-012-1, 1976, Cover by Richard Glyn Jones
  • Mass Market Paperback (Revised Edition), Fontana, 192pp., ISBN: 0-00-615341-0, 28 June 1979, Cover by Bill Sanderson

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Omnibus Publication

Publishing History (US)

  • Mass Market Paperback, Avon, 191pp., 1968 (with unauthorised cuts), Cover by Harry Douthwaite
  • Hardcover, Gregg Press, 184pp., ISBN: 0-8398-2335-5, 1976, Frontispiece by Richard Powers, Introduction by Norman Spinrad
  • Paperback, Titan Books, 240pp,, ISBN-13: 978-1783291779, February 2016, Introduction by John Clute - The Repossession of Jerry Cornelius

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Omnibus Publication

Mike Says

  • "I wrote The Final Programme in 1965 and bits of it (slightly cut up) were reprinted in New Worlds. It took a while for the book to be published, since the first publishers who saw it pronounced it, among other things, 'evil', 'incoherent' and one suggested I should write a 'proper' novel (I had already written several!) because it was clear I hadn't learned to write one yet. However, I took this to heart and wrote The Ice Schooner, for instance, just to make sure I COULD write a proper novel. Allison and Busby bought the book around the time they bought Behold the Man,while Avon in the US commissioned the whole sequence. But these delays meant that the novel itself wasn't published for several years after being written."[1]



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