THE NEW GODS LEAD. Wright, Fowler.

THE NEW GODS LEAD. London: Jarrolds Publishers, [1932]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-288, original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first binding. "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 preoccupations regarding the march of progress are here subjected to bitterly sarcastic extrapolation." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 191-2. An expanded edition (adding two stories) was published by Arkham House in 1949 as THE THRONE OF SATURN. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-142; (1995) 2-152; and (2004) II-1291. 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. Gold lettering on spine panel a bit dull, a very good copy. (#136507).

Price: $150.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"First Published - April 1932" on copyright page.