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Laying Siege to Tomorrow: Poetry in UK SFanzines from the 1930s to 50s
by Steve Sneyd

Subject: Science Fiction / Poetry / Reviews & Criticism
Publisher: Hilltop Press (UK)

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first edition chapbook, A5, 20pp, ISBN 0905262166, 1998 UK: £2.50
Europe: £5.21
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Elsewhere: £6.21
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Laying Siege to Tomorrow: Poetry in UK SFanzines from the 1930s to 50s cover

War loomed inescapably in the late '30s, dominated life in the first half of the '40s, and left a long aftermath of austerity as its legacy to the late '40s, while Cold War shadowed the '50s even as material conditions improved. Yet all the time science fiction enthusiasts looked over the shoulder of the present, to a future when rockets would take men to the Moon rather than helping to blitz London.

Keeping their fanzines alive even at the most difficult times, they enriched the pages with poems that explored a testing, often terrifying Present, the astounding possibilities of the Future, and the misty magics of the Otherworldly. From early work by later famous writers like Arthur C. Clarke and C.S. Youd (John Christopher) to those unknown outside a tiny fannish circle, their verse offers an unforgettable picture of a remarkable era in genre poetry's history.