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E. J. Carnell

(1912—1972) science fiction writer, journal editor, and literary agent


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(1912–72) Born in London; editor and literary agent highly influential in British science fiction. His early years were involved in science fiction fandom, and he became editor of a fanzine, Novae Terrae, which he renamed New Worlds. In 1946 it became a professional magazine, the most important British science fiction magazine of the next two decades. Carnell encouraged numerous writers, including Brian Aldiss, J. G. Ballard, and Michael Moorcock, who would become prominent in science fiction's New Wave. He left New Worlds and its stablemate Science Fantasy in 1964 to concentrate on the New Writings in sf anthologies.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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