‘New Worlds’ (magazine: the Moorcock era)

New Worlds Nos 142–149
New Worlds Nos 150–157
New Worlds Nos 158–165
New Worlds Nos 166–172
New Worlds Nos 173–185
New Worlds Nos 186–193
New Worlds Nos 194–201

New Worlds Nos 202–211
New Worlds Nos 212–216
New Worlds Nos 217–223

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 to the magazine (141 issues, 1946–’64) (q.v.) edited by John Carnell. Michael Moorcock then took over editorship, and single-handedly transformed it, and the genre itself, into a controversial medium for challenging and experimental speculative fiction by writers such as Brian Aldiss, J.G. Ballard, Michael Butterworth, Samuel R. Delany, Thomas M. Disch, Harlan Ellison, John Sladek, Norman Spinrad, D.M. Thomas and others. The magazine was crucial in the development of the so-called SF New Wave, whilst championing authors as disparate as William S. Burroughs and Mervyn Peake.

Nos 142–149

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 142
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, May/June 1964,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: James Cawthorn.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘A New Literature For The Space Age’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘Equinox’ (“Part One Of Two Parts”) by J.G. Ballard;
p. 48: ‘“Never Let Go Of My Hand!”’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 66: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue Nos 137 & 138);
p. 67: ‘The Last Lonely Man’ by John Brunner;
p. 84: ‘The Star Virus’ by Barrington J. Bayley;
p. 121: ‘Myth Maker Of The 20th Century’ (non-fiction, as ‘William Burroughs 20th Century Myth Maker’ on cover) by Ballard;
p. 128: Letters (by R.M. Bennet, R. Lumley).

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 143
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, July/August 1964,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: James Cawthorn.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘The Fall Of Frenchy Steiner’ by Hilary Bailey;
p. 37: ‘Storm-water Tunnel’ (as ‘Stormwater Tunnel’ on contents page) by Langdon Jones;
p. 42: ‘Goodbye, Miranda’ by Michael Moorcock;
p. 45: ‘Single Combat’ by Joseph Green;
p. 66: ‘The Evidence’ by Lee Harding;
p. 74: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by Cawthorn, John Brunner, Charles Platt, Edward Mackin);
p. 79: ‘British Science Fiction Convention 1964’ (as ‘BSFA Convention 1964: Editorial’ on contents page) by Moorcock;
p. 81: ‘Books’ (reviews) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 85: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 139);
p. 86: ‘Equinox’ (“Conclusion”) by J.G. Ballard.

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 144
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, September/October 1964,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: (Michel) Jakubowicz.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘What’s The Argument?’ (editorial, illustrated by [Alistair] Graham) by Michael Moorcock (as “The Editor”);
p. 4 (as 5 on contents page [4 is a full-page illustration]): ‘The Shores Of Death’ (“First Of Two Parts”, illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Moorcock;
p. 50: ‘Private Shape’ by Sydney J. Bounds;
p. 55: ‘Integrity’ by P.F. Woods (a.k.a. Barrington J. Bayley);
p. 69: ‘I Remember, Anita…’ (illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by Langdon Jones;
p. 81: ‘Andromeda’ by Clifford C. Reed;
p. 107: ‘New Experience’ (illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 119: ‘Books’ (reviews): ‘No Short-Cuts’ by Moorcock and ‘Good Start’/‘Short Reviews’ by James Colvin/J.C. (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 123: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by Joseph Green);
p. 127: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue Nos 140–143).

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 145
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, November/December 1964,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: Robert Tilley.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘We Live In Hope’ (editorial, illustrated by Alistair Graham) by Michael Moorcock (as “The Editor”);
p. 4 (as 5 on contents page [4 is a full-page illustration]): ‘The Shores Of Death’ (“Conclusion”, illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Moorcock;
p. 52: ‘Mix-up’ by George Collyn;
p. 64: ‘Gamma Positive’ by Ernest Hill;
p. 78: ‘Some Will Be Saved’ (illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by Colin R. Fry;
p. 86: ‘The Patch’ by Peter Woods (a.k.a. Barrington J. Bayley);
p. 111: Greybeard by Brian Aldiss’ ([p]review, uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 112: ‘Emissary’ (illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by John Hamilton;
p. 119: ‘Books’ (reviews, illustrated by Graham): ‘A Dish Of Dobsons’ and ‘Paperbacks Recieved’ by James Colvin/J.C. (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 123: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by Arthur Sellings);
p. 126: ‘Amateur Magazines’ (reviews, uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 127: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 144).

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 146
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, January 1965,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: Robert J. Tilley.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Encouraging Signs’ (editorial, illustrated by Alistair Graham) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘The Power Of Y’ (“First Of Two Parts”, illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by Arthur Sellings;
p. 48: ‘The Sailor In The Western Stars’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Bob Parkinson;
p. 61: ‘Tunnel Of Love’ (illustrated by Cawthorn) by Joseph Green;
p. 81: ‘There’s A Starman In Ward 7’ (illustrated by Cawthorn) by David Rome;
p. 89: ‘Election Campaign’ by Thom Keyes;
p. 103:  ‘Space Drive’ (non-fiction) Gordon Walters (a.k.a. George Locke);
p. 110: ‘Fancy And Imagination’ (reviews) by Moorcock and ‘Books For The Kids?’ by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock) and ‘Two Good Ones’ by Langdon Jones;
p. 123: ‘Letters To The Editor’;
p. 127: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 145);
p. 128: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 147
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, February 1965,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: (Michel) Jakubowicz.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘A Rare Event’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page; uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 4: ‘The Power Of Y’ ([2; conclusion], illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by Arthur Sellings;
p. 47: ‘More Than A Man’ by John Baxter;
p. 63: ‘When The Skies Fall’ by John Hamilton;
p. 67: ‘The Singular Quest Of Martin Borg’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by George Collyn;
p. 89: ‘The Mountain’ by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 101: Biological Electricity (part) (non-fiction, uncredited);
p. 103: ‘Box’ (illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by Richard Wilson;
p. 111: Biological Electricity (conclusion);
p. 112: ‘Can Spacemen Live With Their Illusions?’ (non-fiction, uncredited);
p. 115: ‘Books’ (reviews): ‘The Cosmic Satirist’ and ‘Silver Collections’ by Colvin/J.C. (a.k.a. Moorcock), ‘Did Elric Die In Vain?’ by Alan Forrest and ‘Hardly SF’ by Hilary Bailey;
p. 124: ‘Letters To The Editor’;
p. 128: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 148
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, March 1965,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown (Robert J. Tilley?).

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Symbols For The Sixties’ (part) (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page; uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 4: ‘All The King’s Men’ (illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by B.J. Bayley;
p. 25: Symbols For The Sixties (conclusion);
p. 26: ‘Sunjammer’ by Arthur C. Clarke;
p. 47: ‘First Dawn’ by Donald Malcolm;
p. 50: ‘New SF Film’ (as ‘Film Review’ on contents page) by Alan Dodd;
p. 52: ‘Dune Limbo’ (illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by J.G. Ballard;
p. 69: ‘Escape From Evening’ by Moorcock;
p. 99: ‘The Uncivil War’ by Robert J. Tilley;
p. 118: ‘“That Is Not Oil, Madam. That Is Jellied Consomme”’ (as ‘Book Review’ on contents page) by Langdon Jones;
p. 121: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 146);
p. 122: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by Edward Mackin);
p. 127: ‘Amateur Magazines’ (reviews, uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 128: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 149
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, April 1965,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: Robert J. Tilley (mis-cited
[?] elsewhere as perhaps by Joe Tillotson [a.k.a. Robert Fuqua]).

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Broadening The Scope’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page; uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 4: ‘The Life Buyer’ (“1st Of 3 Parts”, illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 44: ‘The Changing Shape Of Charlie Snuff’ by R.W. Mackelworth;
p. 53: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (continued [see below]);
p. 54: ‘In One Sad Day’ by George Collyn;
p. 58: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (conclusion [see above & below]);
p. 59:  ‘Death Of An Earthman’ (non-fiction) Gordon Walters (a.k.a. George Locke);
p. 79: ‘Third Party’ by Dan Morgan;
p. 90: ‘What Next?’ (illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore?) by Edward Mackin;
p. 115: ‘The Flowers Of The Valley’ by Keith Roberts;
p. 120: ‘Reactionary’ by P.F. Woods (a.k.a. Barrington J. Bayley);
p. 124: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 147);
p. 125: ‘Microcosms And Macrocosms’ (as ‘Book Reviews’ on contents page) by Langdon Jones;
p. 127: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (part [see above]);
p. 128: Advertisements.

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Nos 150–157

New Worlds SF Vol. 48 No. 150
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, May 1965,
“Compact” on spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: Robert J. Tilley
.

Contents:-
inside (front) cover: ‘Photographs Of The British Contributors’;
p. 2: ‘Long Shadows’ (guest editorial) by John Carnell;
p. 4: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 148);
p. 5: ‘Time Trap’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Charles L. Harness;
p. 39: ‘The Small Betraying Detail’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 48: ‘Recommended Paperbacks’ (reviews) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Michael Moorcock);
p. 49: ‘Nobody Axed You’ by John Brunner;
p. 82: ‘Prisoner Of The Coral Deep’ by J.G. Ballard;
p. 88: The Contributors (part) (non-fiction; uncredited, presumably Moorcock);
p. 89: ‘Alfred’s Ark’ by Jack Vance;
p. 95: The Contributors (conclusion);
p. 96: ‘The Life Buyer’ (“Part Two”) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 128: Classified Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 151
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, June 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Process Of Elimination’ (part) (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘The Ship Of Disaster’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by B.J. Bayley;
p. 22: ‘Apartness’ by Vernor Vinge;
p. 42: ‘Convolutions’ (illustrated by [Harry] Douthwaite) by George Collyn;
p. 46: ‘Process Of Elimination’ (conclusion);
p. 47: ‘Last Man Home’ by R.W. Mackelworth;
p. 64: ‘The Life Buyer’ (“Conclusion”, illustrated by [Arthur] Thomson, a.k.a. ATom) by E.C. Tubb;
p. 111: ‘Where’s It All Going?’ (reviews) by Langdon Jones;
p. 114: ‘Diary Of A Schizoid Hypochondriac’ (reviews) by Charles Platt;
p. 115: ‘Quick Reviews’ (reviews) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 120: ‘Letters To The Editor’;
p. 124: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 149);
p. 125: Gas Lenses Developed For Communications By Laser (non-fiction, uncredited);
p. 127: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 152
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, July 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown (Robert J. Tilley?).

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Does Space Still Come Naturally?’ (part) (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘Lone Zone’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Charles Platt;
p. 48: ‘The Leveller’ (illustrated by [Maeve] Gilmore) by Langdon Jones;
p. 60: ‘The Silent Ship’ by E.C. Williams;
p. 73: ‘A Funny Thing Happened…’ by Dikk Richardson;
p. 74: ‘A Light In The Sky’ (illustrated by Cawthorn) by Richard A. Gordon (as Richard Gordon only, on contents page, a.k.a. Stuart Gordon);
p. 89: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 150);
p. 90: ‘Supercity’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 100: ‘The Night Of The Gyul’ by Colin R. Fry;
p. 109: ‘Roger Coman And Edgar Allen [sic] Poe’ by Al Good;
p. 112: ‘Tomorrow In Retrospect’ (reviews) by George Collyn;
p. 115: ‘Is Blish Over-rated?’ (reviews, as ‘Shorter Reviews’ on contents page) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 120: ‘Holes In The Sky’ (reviews, as ‘Shorter Reviews’ on contents page) by Langdon Jones;
p. 123: ‘Does Space Still Come Naturally?’ (conclusion);
p. 124: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by Archie Mercer);
p. 127: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 153
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, August 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘An Effective Use Of Space’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘Bill, The Galactic Hero’ (“First Of Three Parts”, illustrated & written) by Harry Harrison;
p. 61: ‘The Source’ by Brian Aldiss;
p. 75: ‘And Worlds Renewed’ by George Collyn;
p. 87: ‘The Pulse Of Time’ by W.T. Webb;
p. 95: ‘By The Same Door’ by Mack Reynolds;
p. 98: ‘Preliminary Data’ by Moorcock;
p. 114: ‘Songflower’ (part) by Kenneth Hoare;
p. 121: ‘Dr Peristyle’ (answers to readers’ questions; uncredited) by Aldiss;
p. 123: ‘Songflower’ (conclusion) and ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 151);
p. 124: ‘Books’ (reviews): ‘The Good Craftsman At Work’ by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock), ‘Searching For Truth’ by Ron Bennett and untitled (as ‘The Screaming Face, etc.’ on contents page) by Hilary Bailey;
p. 127: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 154
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, September 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘A Welcome Choice’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 3:  ‘Brian W. AldissThe Image Maker (non-fiction) Edmund Crispin;
p. 5: ‘Girl With Robot And Flowers’ by Brian W. Aldiss;
p. 12: ‘Old Time’s Sake’ by Aldiss;
p. 28: ‘Traveller’s Rest’ (illustrated by [Harry] Douthwaite) by David Masson;
p. 45: ‘A Dip In The Swimming-Pool Reactor’ (“The second episode in the career of Bill, the Galactic Hero”) by Harry Harrison;
p. 100: ‘The Pleasure Garden Of Felipe Sagittarius’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 114: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 152);
p. 115: ‘At The End Of Days’ by Robert Silverberg;
p. 118:  ‘Brian Aldiss’ (non-fiction) Peter White;
p. 123: ‘Books’ (reviews): ‘An Outstanding Space Story’ and ‘Cutting Past The Defences’ by Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 126: ‘Letters To The Editor’ (incl. by John Brunner, Edward Mackin);
p. 128: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 155
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, October 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Making The Transition’ (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 3: ‘Story Ratings’ (for issue No. 153);
p. 4: ‘E=mc² OR BUST’ (“The third and last adventure of Bill, the Galactic Hero”) by Harry Harrison;
p. 36: ‘The Golden Barge’ by William Barclay (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 52: ‘Heat Of The Moment’ by R.M. Bennett;
p. 62: ‘Emancipation’ by Daphne Castell;
p. 77: ‘Jake In The Forest’ by David Harvey;
p. 95: ‘… And Isles Where Good Men Lie’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by Bob Shaw;
p. 124: ‘Book Review: Self-Conscious Sex’ (as ‘Book Review’ only on contents page) by Charles Platt;
p. 125: ‘Dr Peristyle’ (answers to readers’ questions [incl. by Robert Lumley]; uncredited) by Brian Aldiss;
p. 128: Small Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 156
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, November 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘The Santa Claus Of The Atomic Age’ (part) (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘The Wrecks Of Time’ ([1], illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 57: ‘The Santa Claus Of The Atomic Age’ (conclusion);
p. 58: ‘The Music Makers’ by Langdon Jones;
p. 67: ‘Until We Meet’ by Colin Hume;
p. 71: ‘Time’s Fool’ by Richard Gordon (a.k.a. Stuart Gordon);
p. 83: ‘Night Dweller’ by Terry Pratchett;
p. 89: ‘50% Me, At Least’ by Graham Harris;
p. 98: ‘Cultural Invasion’ by Charles Platt;
p. 118: ‘Paperbacks Reviewed’ (reviews) by Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 125: ‘“Sorry About The Sound Effects, Daddy.”’ (not on contents page) (reviews) by Hilary Bailey;
p. 127: ‘Film Review’ (not on contents page) by Alan Dodd;
p. 128: Advertisements.

New Worlds SF Vol. 49 No. 157
London:  Roberts & Vintner mass-sized paperback, December 1965,
“Compact” on cover & spine;
edited by Michael Moorcock;
price:  2/6;
128 pages;
cover artist: unknown.

Contents:-
p. 2: ‘Conventions And Conventions’ (part) (as ‘Editorial’ on contents page) by Michael Moorcock;
p. 4: ‘The Wrecks Of Time’ (“2nd Of Three Parts”) by James Colvin (a.k.a. Moorcock);
p. 35: ‘Transient’ by Langdon Jones;
p. 41: ‘J Is For Jeanne’ by E.C. Tubb;
p. 49: ‘Further Information’ (illustrated by [Harry] Douthwaite) by Moorcock;
p. 68: ‘Dance Of The Cats’ by Joseph Green;
p. 94: ‘To Possess In Reality’ (illustrated by [James] Cawthorn) by David Newton;
p. 106: ‘A Mind Of My Own’ by Robert Cheetham;
p. 110: ‘Ernie’ by Colin R. Fry;
p. 119: ‘Books’ (reviews): ‘Looking Back’ by Jones, and ‘No Characters’ by R.M. Bennett;
p. 123: ‘Conventions And Conventions’ (conclusion);
p. 125: ‘Dr Peristyle’s Column’ (as ‘Dr Peristyle’ only, on contents page) (answers to readers’ questions; uncredited) by Brian Aldiss;
p. 126: ‘Letters To The Editor’;
p. 128: Advertisements.

(To be continued…)