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New Worlds Profiles
1952 to 1963

ISBN 978-1-916508-21-7

David Langford, compiler of this book, explains in his introduction: “For a little over a decade while John Carnell was editor of New Worlds Science Fiction, there was a tradition of running author and artist profiles on the magazine’s inside front cover. These appeared from the eighteenth issue in November 1952 to the 134th in September 1963 [...and] often contain opinions and scraps of personal information not elsewhere available. Which seemed a good reason for compiling this collection.”

There are 120 profile features in all, some covering more than one person. Authors represented, often in their own words and many with multiple appearances, include Brian Aldiss, J.G. Ballard, Alfred Bester, John Brunner, Kenneth Bulmer, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Harry Harrison, Philip E. High, Damon Knight, C.M. Kornbluth, Robert Silverberg, Theodore Sturgeon, E.C. Tubb, James White and John Wyndham. Other profiles are of artists (Alan Hunter, Brian Lewis, Gerard Quinn, Sydney Jordan), editors (John Carnell himself, Groff Conklin, H.L. Gold) and even one television anthology host: Boris Karloff for Out of This World. Also included are contemporary photographs of all the profile subjects, as published in New Worlds itself. Many thanks to Michael Moorcock for giving his blessing to this collection.

First published as an Ansible Editions ebook for the TAFF site on 1 May 2024. Cover photos of Aldiss, Ballard, Brunner, Clarke, Silverberg and White from their profiles. 33,000 words.

There is also a printed paperback edition: click here for more.

Hugos 1957
John Carnell (left) accepts a Hugo from John Wyndham at the 1957 London Worldcon, whose secretary Roberta (Bobbie) Wild was “disappeared” in New Worlds. Photo by Peter West.