New Book of the Week: The Issue at Hand

3 October 2014

For several years, hiding under a cloak of anonymity, the most penetrating critic of the field of magazine science fiction was known as ‘William Atheling, Jr’. it soon became a challenge to guess his real identity. And that was no easy game, for Atheling’s dissection did not spare even his alter ego, the noted science fiction writer James Blish.

Here, then, is a collection of William Atheling’s critiques of SF magazines covering the period 1952 – 1963. no subject is too sacred or taboo for Atheling’s shredding typewriter: from sex to God, from religion to satirical poetry. No author, however fragile, is spared the bloody mark of his relentless lash; from Anderson to Heinlein to Wyndham, and all stops in between.

A vastly entertaining collection in its own right, The Issue at Hand is also a first-class primer for new writer and seasoned professional alike.

Also available from SF Gateway: More Issues at Hand.

About Darren Nash

I’m Digital Publisher at Gollancz, responsible for the SF Gateway and SF Masterworks. Digitally, I can be found here, on Twitter at @SFGateway (officially) and @thenashmeister (unofficially). In meat space, I operate from a secret base inside a dormant volcano, on a remote pacific island that – mysteriously – doesn’t appear on any official maps. Possibly.

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