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New Writings in SF was a series of thirty British science fiction anthologies published from 1964 to 1977 under the successive editorships of John Carnell from 1964 to 1972 (the last volume with the aid of Daniel Lloyd) and Kenneth Bulmer from 1973 to 1977. There were in addition four special volumes compiling material from the regular volumes. The series showcased the work of mostly British and Commonwealth science fiction authors, and "provided a forum for a generation of newer authors."[1]

It is the earliest of four notable science fiction anthology series of the 1960s and 1970s.[2] The popularity of New Writings crossed the Atlantic, and several US anthology publications emerged, including Orbit, Nova, and Universe. However, unable to sustain the pace that anthologies demanded, the genre ended up a fad, lacking the circulation of magazines.[3]

The series was issued quarterly for the first nine volumes but could not sustain this pace thereafter.[4] Successive issues were released at somewhat irregular intervals, with as few as one and as many as five volumes appearing in a given year. Initial publication was usually in hardcover by Dennis Dobson to 1972, and by Sidgwick & Jackson from 1972 onward. Volumes were reissued in paperback after an interval by Corgi, though on one occasion the pattern was reversed, with the Corgi edition appearing first. Another London-based publisher involved with the series was Transworld Publishers.

The American publisher for volumes 1-9 was Bantam Books, which reissued volumes 1-6 in paperback, usually a few years after publication in England. The contents of Bantam's volumes 7-9 diverged from their British counterparts, consisting of repackaged selections from volumes 7-15 of the original series. Bantam did not continue its series beyond its volume 9, and there was no American publication for the remaining volumes of the original series.

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Purpose

The stated aim of the series was to be "a new departure in the science fiction field," to consist of new stories written especially for the series by international authors, both established and new. "The editor will also be encouraging new methods and techniques of story-telling."[5]

Contents

Each volume featured a number of novelettes and short stories, mostly new works by British and Commonwealth science fiction authors, with occasional pieces by American authors, together with a foreword by the editor. The first twenty volumes included forewords by Carnell, the twenty-first by Diane Loyd, and the twenty-second through the thirtieth by Kenneth Bulmer. The Carnell-edited volumes averaged seven pieces per volume; the Bulmer-edited volumes averaged eleven.

Dozens of prolific authors contributed stories, some in series, such as James White's Sector General.[6] Authors whose stories were featured more than once included Colin Kapp (12), Brian W. Aldiss (10), Douglas R. Mason (10; six as by John Rankine), Keith Roberts (10; two as by David Stringer), John Rackham (9), Michael G. Coney (8), Joseph Green (8; one in collaboration with James Webbert), Vincent King (7), E. C. Tubb (7; one as by Charles Grey), John Baxter (6), Sydney J. Bounds (6), James White (6), R. W. Mackelworth (5), Donald Malcolm (5), Christopher Priest (5), Lee Harding (4), H. A. Hargreaves (4), M. John Harrison (4), Grahame Leman (4), Dan Morgan (4), Arthur Sellings (4), William Spencer (4), Dennis Etchison (3), David S. Garnett (3), Ernest Hill (3), Charles Partington (3), Martin I. Ricketts (3), Ritchie Smith (3; two in collaboration with Thomas Penman), Michael Stall (3), Cherry Wilder (3), Eddy C. Bertin (2), Paul Corey (2), Robert P. Holdstock (2), Laurence James (2), John Kippax (2), David A. Kyle (2), G. L. Lack (2), Peter Linnett (2), Thomas Penman (2, in collaboration with Ritchie Smith), Robert Presslie (2), David Rome (2), Ian Watson (2),and Keith Wells (2).

Authors whose stories were featured once included Isaac Asimov, Barrington J. Bayley, Damien Broderick, Kenneth Bulmer, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Charnock, Arthur C. Clarke, David Coles, L. Davison, Bryn Fortey, Steve Hall, Harry Harrison, James Inglis, Marie Jakober, Wolfgang Jeschke, Vera Johnson, John Keith, Leroy Kettle, John Kingston, David Langford, Edward Mackin, Chris Morgan, Gerald W. Page, Frederik Pohl, Angela Rogers, Domingo Santos, James H. Schmitz, William Tenn, Bob Van Laerhoven, Manuel van Loggem, David H. Walters, W. T. Webb, James Webbert (in collaboration with Joseph Green), Robert Wells, Eric C. Williams, Jack Wodhams, and Donald A. Wollheim.

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Notes

  1. ^ Aldiss, Brian W. "Carnell, Edward John (1912–1972)," in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. ^ James, Edward; Farah Mendlesohn (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Digitized ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 104. ISBN 0521016576. http://books.google.com/books?id=55wUHXiay-gC&pg=PA104&dq=%22new+writings+in+S.F.%22&lr=&ei=Gr6lSfnjOI_GlQTl-JWKDg&client=firefox-a.  
  3. ^ Seed, David (2005). A Companion to Science Fiction (Digitized ed.). Blackwell Publishing. pp. 69, 316. ISBN 1405112182. http://books.google.com/books?id=HO_z5WFKwpoC&pg=PA69&lpg=PA69&dq=moorcock+%22new+writings+in%22&source=bl&ots=44jHP347FY&sig=izWoLcZQFA_3cXg2XGec0cjselM&hl=en&ei=j7ClScWmJozanQfMmqmZBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result#PPA69,M1.  
  4. ^ Ashley, Michael (2005). Transformations: The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine 1950 to 1970 (Digitized ed.). Liverpool University Press. pp. 235. ISBN 0853237794. http://books.google.com/books?id=Awj6AF-BZTcC&pg=PA235&lpg=PA235&dq=%22new+writings+in+s.f.%22+university&source=bl&ots=i6vksKoiml&sig=DB9GbprNu5fgentaB_wlCiEDYX8&hl=en&ei=NqmlSa6OG4S2nQeLy7WpBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result.  
  5. ^ Carnell, John, ed. New Writings in SF 1. London, Corgi, 1964, back cover.
  6. ^ White, James (2002). Alien Emergencies: A Sector General Omnibus. David Langford (Digitized ed.). Macmillan. pp. 7. ISBN 0312877706. http://books.google.com/books?id=Go_0OHwWIUcC&pg=PA7&dq=%22new+writings+in+SF%22+white&ei=7rOlSdvqCYbWlQTp-42KDg&client=firefox-a#PPA7,M1.  

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