Michael Moorcock has written a

Michael Moorcock has written a stunning Christmas Editorial celebrating science-fiction's subversiveness. Of course, he fails to cite any science fiction writer whose career began after 1980 (ahem), but he is a grand old fart, anyway.

A couple of years or so after Aldiss had made his remark about subversion, Ballard was asked to appear in court to defend his story Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan. He was asked to say that it was not obscene. He refused. "How could I say it isn't obscene? It was meant to be obscene." His US agent of the day had somehow failed to send The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race to Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, which is how we came to publish it in NEW WORLDS, then displayed on most newsstands across the UK before it was reprinted in Evergreen Review. I don't remember a single complaint from readers, though it suited the government's enemies of the day to raise questions about its Arts Council grant in the House of Commons.

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