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Technological know-how fiction was once born in Britain--and within the nineteen-seventies British SF deals some of the best and so much inventive in sleek writing.

Now Mike Ashley has compiled, in volumes, a tremendous selection of vintage tales featuring the historical past of British technological know-how fiction from H.G. Wells to Michael Moorcock.

Volume takes up the place quantity One left off, with the beginnings of the 'new wave', and indicates how, within the 'sixties, experimental and standard SF existed aspect through side--in what used to be a brand new Golden Age for British SF. Writers comprise Bob Shaw, John Wyndham, Arthur C. Clarke, Kingsley Amis, Brian Aldiss, Fred Hoyle, J. G. Ballard, Michael Moorcock and Keith Roberts.

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