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For this issue, we decided to give the old quarterly another little makeover, as well as adding a few new bits and bobs – a news section, a review section, and a new comic strip.
The goal of all the changes is to make it a bit easier to start reading. The font is a little bigger than it was, each page is a bit less text-heavy, and there are shorter items for the times when you just aren't in the mood for reading the latest instalment of Howard's extravagant adventures.
None of the changes are huge, and deliberately so, but the sum total of them should be palpable.
Our raison d’etre has not changed one bit, though – every issue will provide a great read from start to finish.
As for the contents – this issue brings Howard Phillips' momentous first novel to a conclusion – but feel free to jump in at this point, even if you haven't read a single word of what went before. Very deliberately, it is designed in the manner of an old-fashioned comic strip or film serial, to be picked up and enjoyed at any point.
There is also a rather silly play, originally intended for inclusion in issue five of New Words. That issue never saw the light of day, but now, at last, the play has, and applications from amateur dramatics societies are both welcome and guaranteed to be granted. SWT
A New Look
Controversy as “Quarterly Published Six Times a Year” ~ Last Days on Earth? ~ Artsfest 2006 ~ Alec Abernathy’s Meat Search
THE SATURATION POINT SAGA: HIS NERVES EXTRUDED
Our Plans Are Up in the Air ~ The Pit of a Pendulum ~ Captives of the Mongoose-Men ~ Deep Red Sea ~ The Denizen ~ The Blank Tower ~ Love’s Last Laugh ~ The Extruded One ~ The Weaponeers ~ The Zuvanos Gambit ~ Back to Sadness, Back to Music
ROBOTS, IN A SPACESHIP
KLOTHE AND MELENKIUS TAKE CENTRE STAGE: A ONE-ACT PLAY
Scene One ~ Scene Two ~ Scene Three ~ Scene Four
THE QUARTERLY REVIEW
World on a Plate ~ Black Holes and Revelations ~ Jennie Rindon’s Cosmic Machine