‘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 217–222

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 issues No. 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.

(To be continued…)