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New Worlds Science Fiction No 70

Updated 17 April 2022

New Worlds science fiction boasts a broad United Kingdoim view of speculative stories in the 1950s. This magazine is more focused towards science fiction novels with just a sprinkle of science fact. Imagine living in a space station in the distant 1984, using snow skis to travel acros the moon, or manipulating people through Microsonics.

Magazine Edition - April 1958

New Worlds Science Fiction No. 70, April 1958 magazine cover

Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. All the Night, John Wyndham
  3. The House of Lights, Donald Malcolm
  4. The Macauley Circuit, Robert Silverberg
  5. Track 12, J.G. Ballard
  6. Wasp, Eric Frank Russell
  7. Low Gravity, D.J. Francis

Science Review - Low Gravity

It is common knowledge that the Moon's gravity is only one-sixth of our own. But what the general science establishment didn't knwo before landing on the moon was what it was like to actually land and walk on the moon. Did a millenium of duct particles sit on the surface waiting to bloom?

The article Low Gravity looks to dispell the science fiction writer's myths using Newton's Second law and other mathematical definitions of monther nature. The writer intends to define what are some of the pitfalls that writers generally fall into when developing stories on the moon. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, this article becomes a humerous parody of reality.

And when the never-to-be-forgotten moment at last arrives, the pilot of the ship coming into land had better be trained at landing on ice.

Can you imagine hopping out of spaceship, slapping on your skis and skiing down the gentle slopes of the moon? Vehicles suffer from recued grip and skate around like on ice. And when the never-to-be-forgotten moment at last arrives, the pilot of the ship coming into land had better be trained at landing on ice. Lifting up a 300 pound weapons cache would have you fly three feet up into the air. Forget walking; Moon walkers will require stilks to cut through the dust. This would not help people who could colonize the Moon though, as they would experience the permanent feeling of standing on a falling platform. "This sense of perpetual fall would be a possible source of danger, as well as discomfort."

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