7.8.09

NEW WORLDS MAGAZINE IN THE 1960s

In the mid-60s & under the editorial control of Michael Moorcock, science fiction magazine New Worlds made significant in-roads into the avant garde, pursuing a more progressive line of "speculative fiction" rather than the usual, hackneyed bug-eyed monster, raygun-wielding hunk & buxom stardmaiden archetypes. Mirroring the preoccupations of the turned-on counterculture, Moorcock attempted to fuse wildly controversial "new wave" fiction with topical concepts of psychology, sexual liberation, the mass media, pop art, underground cinema, psychedelia & experimental drug use. Despite the regular patronage of authors such as J.G. Ballard, Brian Aldiss, Thomas Disch, M.John Harrison, John Sladek, Norman Spinrad & Moorcock himself, the magazine only survived as long as it did by virtue of a generous Arts Council grant, eventually collapsing in 1970 (just as the hippy dream began to seriously sour). Original copies of New Worlds are virtually impossible to find these days (& prohibitively expensive when they do turn up), though much of the material it published has fortunately been anthologised elsewhere. That doesn't stop me slobbering over this selection of amazing covers from it's acidhead-friendly "second phase" however...
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2 comments:

  1. Rod Murdison19.2.15

    I have some of these magazines from when I subscribed to New World, yours is one of the few references I've been to the magazine which I intend to sell on e-bay once I've done a bit more research. Thanks for this overview of that period in my life. Rod r.murdison@btinternet.com

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  2. Make sure you get a fair price for your old NWs Rod, copies go for silly money nowadays, I paid around £10 apiece for mine approx. 5 years ago & they were an absolute bargain.

    Also, check out the Charles Platt interview elsewhere on the blog, it's very enlightening. :)

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