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New Worlds: An Anthology

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From its beginnings as a fanzine before World War II, New Worlds struck out on a different path. In the postwar years, under the editorial direction of Michael Moorcock, the magazine published more award-winning stories than any other science fiction publication; it achieved a unique cross-fertilization between sci-fi and mainstream literature and became the vanguard of th ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 27th 2004 by Running Press (first published 1983)
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Adam
Contains Sladek's black comic masterpiece "Masterson and the Clerks" and M.John Harrison's "Running Down". Nothing else shines as bright as these, but then little does. Moorcock's is good as usual. Ballard just left us, along with Bailey passing last year, Moorcock is the last of the three New Worlds wunderkinds left.
Ronald
Feb 19, 2012 Ronald rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I got this book in order to learn about the New Wave movement in science fiction, which ended when I was a child (I was born in 1971).

This book is a collection of stories and essays from New Worlds magazine when it was under the editorship of Michael Moorcock. The magazine was one of the main centers of the New Wave movement in science fiction. The New Wave movement, which lasted--roughly--from 1965 to 1975, was controversial.
For example, New Worlds published as a serial Norman Spinrad's _Bug Ja
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Ross Lockhart
Oct 18, 2008 Ross Lockhart rated it really liked it
A mixed bag, too often marred by the hallmarks of psychedelic-era literary cleverness (think Burroughs meets Ballard). High points are M. John Harrison's “Running Down,” a story that puts a remarkable human face on entropy, and Daphine Castell’s ‘In the Realms of Tolkien,” a heartfelt essay on The Lord of the Rings that is written with unexpected tenderness and aplomb. My copy includes an odd typographical hiccough: Plural possessives are often marked by an end quote instead of an apostrophe, of ...more
Allan Dyen-Shapiro
Mar 25, 2012 Allan Dyen-Shapiro rated it really liked it
This is an anthology of one of the two strongholds of the late 60s/early 70s New Wave in science fiction. Some of it is brilliant. Masterson and the Clerks (although hard to call science fiction) uses minute description of details of office life to create a humorous and very real picture. There are several other very cool pieces. Others were less interesting. Major contribution to literature, but also some dead ends.
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Aug 10, 2014 RC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The articles are more interesting than the stories.
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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