Short Story Reviews: Four Stories from New Worlds Science Fiction (April 1964), ed. John Carnell

March 23, 2019 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

For fans of science fiction. I think it is interesting to read older science fiction
and see how it compares to today’s science.
I think Arthur C. Clark is the winner of predicting the direction
science would take.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

To mix things up a bit I decided to review four stories in John Carnell’s last issue of New Worlds ScienceFiction (April 1964) before he handed over the reins of the dying publication to Michael Moorcock, who would elevate it to New Wave greatness. Other than the James White serial Open Prison, which I plan on reading in book form when I procure a copy, three of the four authors reviewed below owed much of their careers to John Carnell, and would see few stories in print after his departure (see the individual story reviews for details). Only Barrington J. Bayley, writing as P. F. Woods, would see continued publication (and growing popularity) in New Worlds under Moorcock.

Of the stories I recommend reading William Spencer’s rumination on overpopulation and urban life,  “Megapolitan Underground.” The others are worthwhile only for die-hard fans of Carnell’s New Worlds and other editorial…

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