‘New Worlds’ (magazine: the Carnell era)

New Worlds Nos 1–3
New Worlds Nos 4–12
New Worlds Nos 13–21
New Worlds Nos 22–30
New Worlds Nos 31–42
New Worlds Nos 43–54
New Worlds Nos 55–66

New Worlds Nos 67–78
New Worlds Nos 79–89
New Worlds Nos 90–101
New Worlds Nos 102–110
New Worlds Nos 111–119
New Worlds Nos 120–132
New Worlds Nos 133–141

New Worlds magazine was preceded by four issues of a fanzine version (q.v.), which itself followed an earlier fanzine, Novae Terrae — Latin for ‘New Worlds’ — (29 issues, 1936–’39). Wartime paper shortages curtailed the N.W. fanzine’s run, but gave rise after the War (see below) to the magazine which would go on to become the most seminal of speculative fiction periodicals.

Nos 1–3

New Worlds Vol. 1 No. 1
London:  Pendulum Publications pulp, 1946 (July);
edited by John Carnell;
prices:  2/-
(original cover) & 1/6 (variant cover);
64 pages;
cover artists: R.A. Wilkin
(original cover) (also interior) & Victor Caesari (variant cover).

Original cover
Variant cover, (re)published due to poor sales of original issue No. 1 (and good sales of issue No. 2 [see below])

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘The Mill Of The Gods’ by Maurice G. Hugi;
p. 22: Editorial by John Carnell (as “The Editor”);
p. 23: ‘Solar Assignment’ by Mark Denholm (a.k.a. John Russell Fearn);
p. 30: ‘Knowledge Without Learning’ by K. Thomas (a.k.a. Fearn);
p. 36: ‘Sweet Mystery Of Life’ by John Russell Fearn;
p. 43: ‘The Three Pylons’ by William F. Temple;
p. 58: ‘White Mouse’ by Thornton Ayre (a.k.a. Fearn).

New Worlds Vol. 1 No. 2
London:  Pendulum Publications pulp, 1946 (October);
edited by John Carnell;
original price:  2/-;
64 pages;
cover artist: Victor Caesari;

interior: Bob Wilkin.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘The Living Lies’ by John Benyon (a.k.a. John Wyndham);
p. 21: ‘Space Ship 13’ by Patrick S. Selby;
p. 25: Editorial by John Carnell (as “The Editor”);
p. 26: ‘Vicious Circle’ by Polton Cross (a.k.a. John Russell Fearn);
p. 32: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 1);
p. 33: ‘Ahead Of Reality’ (non-fiction) by L.J. Johnson;
p. 34: ‘Lunar Concession’ by Thornton Ayre (a.k.a. Fearn);
p. 47: ‘Pacificon’ (non-fiction) by Forrest J. Ackerman;
p. 48: ‘Foreign Body’ by John Brody;
p. 53: ‘The Micro Man’ by Alden Lorraine (a.k.a. Ackerman);
p. 56: ‘Green Spheres by W.P. Cockcroft.

New Worlds Vol. 1 No. 3
London:  Pendulum Publications pulp, 1947 (October);
edited by John Carnell;
original price:  1/6;
64 pages;
cover artist: “Slack”
.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Dragon’s Teeth’ (illustrated by “Slack”) by John K. Aiken “Aitken” on cover);
p. 28: Editorial by John Carnell (as “The Editor”);
p. 29: ‘The Terrible Morning’ (illustrated by “Slack”?) by Nick Boddie Williams (as Nick Boddy Williams on contents page);
p. 36: ‘From Beyond The Dawn’ (illustrated by “Dennis”) by F.G. Rayer;
p. 42: ‘Fantasia Dementia’ (illustrated by “Dennis”) by Maurice G. Hugi;
p. 53: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 2);
p. 54: ‘Inheritance’ (illustrated by “Dennis”) by Charles Willis (a.k.a. Arthur C. Clarke);
p. 57: Competition;
p. 58: ‘The Inexorable Laws’ (illustrated by “Dennis”?) by John Brody;
p. 64: Book Review (uncredited).

Nos 4–12

New Worlds Vol. 2 No. 4
London:  Nova Publications digest, 1949 (March);
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
88 pages;
cover artist: “Dennis”.

Contents:-
p. 1: ‘Confidence…’ (editorial) by John Carnell;
p. 3: ‘World In Shadow’ (illustrated by “Dennis”) by John Brody;
p. 27: ‘The Cireesians’ (illustrated by “White”) by Norman Lazenby;
p. 40: ‘The Shape Of Ships To Come’ (non-fiction) by Arthur C. Clarke, B.Sc.;
p. 43: ‘Edge Of Night’ (illustrated by “Dennis”) by John K. Aiken;
p. 59: ‘The Rebels’ (illustrated by “White”) by E.R. James;
p. 73: ‘Position Line’ (illustrated by “White”) by A. Bertram Chandler.

New Worlds Vol. 2 No. 5
London:  Nova Publications digest, 1949 (August);
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Cassandra’ (illustrated by [Harry] Turner) by John K. Aiken;
p. 47: ‘Progress…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 48: ‘The Forgotten Enemy’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Arthur C. Clarke;
p. 53: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 4);
p. 54: ‘Unknown Quantity’ (illustrated by Clothier) by Peter Phillips;
p. 66: ‘Too Efficient’ (illustrated by Clothier) by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 74: ‘Necessity’ by F.G. Rayer;
p. 82: ‘Time To Rest’ (illustrated by Clothier) by John Benyon (a.k.a. John Wyndham);
p. 93: ‘Pool Of Infinity’ by W. Moore;
p. 96: Book Review (uncredited).

New Worlds Vol. 2 No. 6
London:  Nova Publications digest, Spring 1950;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Phoenix Nest’ (illustrated by [Harry] Turner) by John K. Aiken;
p. 37: ‘No Comparison…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 38: ‘Adoption’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Don. J. Doughty;
p. 50: New Worlds On The Screen’ (non-fiction, as ‘Film Review’ on contents page) by “W.F.T.”;
p. 51: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 5);
p. 52: ‘Castaway’ (illustrated by Clothier) by George Whitley (a.k.a. A. Bertram Chandler);
p. 62: ‘Adaptability’ (illustrated by Clothier) by F.G. Rayer;
p. 77: ‘Jet Landing’ by Francis Ashton;
p. 80: ‘Coefficient X’ (illustrated by Clothier) by A. Bertram Chandler.

New Worlds Vol. 3 No. 7
London:  Nova Publications digest, Summer 1950;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Good Companions….’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 4: ‘The Dawn Breaks Red’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by John Brody;
p. 38: ‘Martian’s Fancy’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by William F. Temple;
p. 54: ‘Plagiarist’ (illustrated by Clothier) by Peter Phillips;
p. 78: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 6);
p. 79: ‘Book Review’ (uncredited, presumably Carnell);
p. 80: ‘Quest’ (illustrated by Hunter) by F.G. Rayer.

New Worlds Vol. 3 No. 8
London:  Nova Publications digest, Winter 1950;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Guardian Angel’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Arthur C. Clarke;
p. 30: ‘Deus Ex Machina’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter [mis-cited(?) elsewhere as perhaps by Mel(?) Hunter]) by F.G. Rayer;
p. 41: ‘Conventionally Speaking…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 42: ‘Robots Don’t Bleed’ (illustrated by Clothier) by J.W. Groves;
p. 50: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 7);
p. 51: ‘Book Review’ by “J.C.” (presumably Carnell);
p. 52: ‘Bighead’ (illustrated by Clothier) by William de Koven;
p. 74: ‘The Spirit Of Earth’ (illustrated by Hunter) by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 82: ‘Chemical Plant’ (illustrated by Hunter) by Ian Williamson.

New Worlds Vol. 3 No. 9
London:  Nova Publications digest, Spring 1951;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  1/6;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘And All Disastrous Things’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by A. Bertram Chandler;
p. 35: ‘Manhunt’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by Cedric Walker;
p. 44: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 8);
p. 45: ‘Life Cycle’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by Peter Hawkins;
p. 64: ‘No Place Like Earth’ (illustrated by Clothier) by John Benyon (a.k.a. John Wyndham);
p. 84: ‘Balance’ (illustrated by Hunter) by John Christopher.

New Worlds Vol. 4 No. 10
London:  Nova Publications digest, Summer 1951;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Hydra’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Arthur J. Burks;
p. 45: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (no story ratings);
p. 46: ‘Machine Made’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by J.T. M’Intosh;
p. 55: ‘Current Trends…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 56: ‘Spacesuits Will Be Worn’ (non-fiction) by Arthur C. Clarke, B.Sc.;
p. 59: ‘Book Reviews’ by “J.C.” (presumably Carnell);
p. 60: ‘Prison Trap’ (illustrated by Quinn) by F.G. Rayer;
p. 72: ‘Ape’ (illustrated by Clothier) by Gregory Francis (a.k.a. J.T. McIntosh & Frank H. Parnell);
p. 80: ‘No Short Cuts’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 95: ‘Postmortem’ (letters & responses).

New Worlds Vol. 4 No. 11
London:  Nova Publications digest, Autumn 1951;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Reina Bull.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Cosmic Mirror’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Lee Rondelle;
p. 28: ‘No Priority’ (illustrated by [Reina] Bull) by H.H. Boyesen;
p. 39: ‘Space Opera…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 40: ‘The Scapegoats’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by Cedric Walker;
p. 44: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 9);
p. 52: ‘Greek Gift’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 63: ‘1951 International Convention’ (non-fiction) by Carnell;
p. 67: ‘The Tree’ (illustrated by Quinn) by John Christopher;
p. 80: ‘Welcome, Stranger!’ (illustrated by Hunter) by Alan Barclay;
p. 94: ‘Book Reviews’ by “L.F.” (presumably Leslie Flood) & “J.C.” (presumably Carnell).

New Worlds Vol. 4 No. 12
London:  Nova Publications digest, Winter 1951;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Time Was’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by F.G. Rayer;
p. 32: ‘Question Mark’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by Gregory Francis (a.k.a. J.T. McIntosh & Frank H. Parnell);
p. 39: ‘Percentages…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 40: ‘Liaison Service’ (illustrated by Hunter) by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 48: ‘When Aliens Meet’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by J.T. M’Intosh;
p. 63: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 10);
p. 64: ‘Digital Computer’ (non-fiction) by Arthur F. Roberts;
p. 68: ‘No Heritage’ (illustrated by Quinn) by George Longdon (a.k.a. Rayer);
p. 81: ‘Entrance Exam’ (illustrated by Hunter) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 93: ‘Book Reviews’ by Carnell, Frank Arnold, Eric F. Williams & G. Ken Chapman.

Nos 13–21

New Worlds Vol. 5 No. 13
London:  Nova Publications digest, January 1952;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Gerard Quinn.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Pest’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by A. Bertram Chandler;
p. 41: ‘ReprintsAgain!’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 42: ‘Alien Analysis’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by Dan Morgan;
p. 51: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 11);
p. 52: ‘Without Bugles’ (illustrated by Quinn) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 66: ‘A Matter Of Salvage’ (illustrated by Hunter) by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 74: ElectronicsTo Come’ (non-fiction) by Frank G. Kerr;
p. 79: ‘Operation Exodus’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Lan Wright;
p. 95: ‘Film Review’ by “J.C.” (presumably Carnell).

New Worlds Vol. 5 No. 14
London:  Nova Publications digest, March 1952;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Bob Clothier.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘The Flame Gods’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 32: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 12);
p. 33: ‘International Award 1952’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 34: ‘Enchanted Village’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by A.E. van Vogt;
p. 46: ‘Third Party’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 61: The Circle Of The White Horse’ (non-fiction) by Francis Arnold;
p. 66: ‘The World That Changed’ (illustrated by Hunter) by J.T. M’Intosh;
p. 73: ‘Asteroid City’ (illustrated by Quinn) by E.R. James;
p. 96: ‘Book Reviews’ by “J.C.” (presumably Carnell).

New Worlds Vol. 5 No. 15
London:  Nova Publications digest, May 1952;
edited by John Carnell;
price:  2/-;
96 pages;
cover artist: Gerard Quinn.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Performance Test’ (illustrated by [Gerard] Quinn) by John K. Aiken;
p. 27: ‘The Reason Why…’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by John Carnell;
p. 28: ‘Precedent’ (illustrated by [Bob] Clothier) by Charles Gray (a.k.a. E.C. Tubb);
p. 40: A Merit For Fantasy’ (non-fiction) by Leslie Flood;
p. 44: ‘Breaking Point (illustrated by Quinn) by John Christopher;
p. 57: ‘Hideaway’ (illustrated by [Alan?] Hunter) by Peter Hawkins;
p. 78: ‘The Literary Line-Up’ (story ratings for issue No. 13);
p. 79: ‘Home Is The Hero’ (illustrated by Hunter) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 95: ‘Postmortem’ (letters, incl. by John Brunner).

(To be continued…)