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London: Jarrolds Publishers, [1932]. "All Fowler Wright's longer scientific romances from THE AMPHIBIANS (1925) to DREAM; OR THE SIMIAN MAID (1931) deal with worlds remote from our own where, one way or another, the laws of nature (as he saw them) hold more obvious domination. His shorter stories of the same period, by contrast, follow the opposite tack -- they deal with worlds where culture has overwhelmed nature and obliterated its rule. Ten short stories are gathered together in the collection THE NEW GODS LEAD (1932), the first seven of which are grouped together as glimpses of the future where the 'new gods' of twentieth-century man will take him. The best of these stories constitute what is perhaps the most vitriolic vision of the future ever produced; they have an imaginative savagery of tone and content that is quite unparalleled. All of Fowler Wright's anxieties and pre-occupations regarding the march of progress are here subjected to bitterly sarcastic extrapolation." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 191-92. An expanded edition (adding two stories) was published by Arkham House in 1949 as THE THRONE OF SATURN. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-288, original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first binding. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-142 and (1995) 2-152. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2445. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 62. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 151. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 236. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 197. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 15664. A bright, nearly fine copy in very good 7/6 first state pictorial dust jacket (two-color illustration by Rees on front panel) with shelf wear at edges and some dust soiling to spine and rear panels. One of Fowler Wright's scarcest books, seldom found in decent condition, and virtually never encountered in its stunning jacket. (#119094)
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