The Sundered Worlds
An SF novel, originally published in two parts in Science Fiction Adventures as 'The Sundered Worlds' and 'The Blood Red Game'. Originally published as The Sundered Worlds it was retitled The Blood Red Game before reverting to its original title when it was revised, first in 1992 and then more substantially in 1994 for the Eternal Champion omnibus series by White Wolf.
On its original publication in 1962, 'The Sundered Worlds' featured the first written use of the term 'multiverse' in its modern popular sense, as confirmed by the Oxford English Dictionary.
Publishing History (UK)
- Mass Market Paperback, Compact, 192pp., F266, 1965
- Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6215-4, Jun 1970 - as The Blood-red Game
- Mass Market Paperback, Mayflower, 160pp., ISBN: 0-583-12337-6, 18 April 1974, Cover by Bob Haberfield (reprinted 1975) - as The Blood Red Game
- Mass Market Paperback, Granada, 160pp., ISBN: 0-583-12337-6, 1977, Cover by Bob Haberfield (reprinted 1984) - as The Blood Red Game
- Mass Market Paperback, Roc, 240pp., ISBN: 0-14-017351-X, 12 Mar 1992, Cover by George Underwood - revised edition
- Moorcock's Multiverse, Gollancz, 2013 (pb)
Publishing History (US)
- Mass Market Paperback, Paperback Library, 160pp., 1966
- Mass Market Paperback, Dale, ISBN: 0-89559-109-X, 190pp., 1978, Cover by Theakston - as The Blood Red Game
- POD Paperback, Fantastic Books, ISBN: 978-1617203480, 184pp., June 2011
- The Eternal Champion Vol 1: The Eternal Champion, White Wolf, 1994 (hc), 1995 (tp)
Comparison of Editions
The Compact and Mayflower editions are comprised of: Prologue, Chapters 1 - 18 & Epilogue
The Roc edition has an Introduction and is divided into two books: Book One: The Fractured Universe Prologue & Chapters 1 - 9 Book Two: The Blood Red Game Chapters 10 - 18 & Epilogue
The majority of the changes are mostly of the copy-editing and proof-reading type, with a few instances of spelling mistakes corrected, changed sentence structures and a few words exchanged for synonyms. The few actual revisions include the addition of Corum's name to the ramblings of Mary the Maze, Renark's control of his ship through a kind of patois (of which only one example is given) rather than through a manual interface, the name change of the Chair held on Earth by Professor Selinsky, the change in gender of Doctor Mann, Bossan Glinqvist's title changing from 'Lord of Orion' to 'Elected of Orion' and Adam Roffrey being described as a 'loner' rather than a 'psychopath'.
In the White Wolf edition of The Eternal Champion Vol 1: The Eternal Champion Renark the Wanderer becomes Renark von Bek . He is also named as such in the new framing sequences for the The Roads Between the Worlds omnibus, which were original to that volume, so are not revisions as such.
Moorcock added a new passage before the 'Prologue' of The Sundered Worlds called 'Limbo', as a bridge with the preceding novel, The Eternal Champion:
I dreamed I lay in a dark valley and all around me were the titanic forms of archangels. I heard distant voices and I knew these supernatural warriors were chanting a litany...
"We are the Warriors at the End of Time. We are the lost, the last, the unkind. We are the Warriors on the Edge of Time and we're tired, we're tired... We're tired of making love..."
And in my dream I walked away from those vast beings and came at length to a new place where the unshaded force of a star beat against my eyes and I saw one who was myself and not myself. I dreamed this dream many times in those years when I clung to my good fortune and my love with a joy mixed with trepidation. I knew that it must all inevitably end. The man of whom I dreamed was almost my double, but I lacked his skills, his experience or his faith. He was a mukhamir, an adept - an expert player in the great Game of Time. He ranged the mighty highways of interstellar space and had a bizarre, momentous destiny. His full name was Renark von Bek, Count of the Rim... I was in a place of roads--silver spiderwebs of roads which wound between all the Realms of the multiverse...
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