NEW WORLDS, (ed. John Carnell)
Title New Worlds no 4 (vol 2 no 4).
Binding Digest magazine.
Book Condition NF/Fine (unread) copy, a little rubbing to rear (white) cover.
Edition First edition.
Publisher Nova Publications: London. 1949.
Seller ID 42993
Issue no 4 (April, 1949), and the first to appear from Nova Publications after three earlier large-size issues 1946-1947 from Pendulum Publcations. Subtitled: A Fiction Magazine Of The Future.
''long the leading UK sf magazine (and an original-anthology series for two sections of its chequered career), publishing 222 issues during a span of 51 years from July, 1946 - August, 1997), but including a 12-year hiatus. New Worlds, though it had volume numbers up to no 177, has always been numbered consecutively (in its magazine incarnations); the first five were undated. New Worlds was a development from a pre-World War Two Fanzine [1936-1939] called first Novae Terrae and then New Worlds, the last four issues of which were edited by science-fiction fan John Carnell. The writer W J Passingham talked the firm The World Says into publishing New Worlds professionally in 1939, just weeks before the Second World War began; but with the subsequent financial collapse of the company, plans were dropped. As a consequence it was not until after the War that New Worlds appeared, this time thanks to Stephen Frances, who introduced Carnell to Pendulum Publications. Three small-pulp-size issues were published irregularly by Pendulum during 1946 and 1947 under Carnell's editorship. Of these issues, the first was issued twice with different covers; no 1 with the original cover had not sold well, but it did better the second time round (the second version used the same cover as no 2). Pendulum Publications then went bust, and a group of UK sf fans and professionals (including Carnell himself, Frank Edward Arnold, Walter Gillings, Eric C Williams and John Wyndham), who used to meet at the White Horse pub in London, formed their own company, Nova Publications, in order to revive this somewhat tentative magazine in 1949 in large-digest format'' (Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Third Edition).