(1942- ) UK short-story writer, editor and musician, strongly associated with New Worlds during its New-Wave period both as contributor – he published all his sf stories there, beginning with "Storm Water Tunnel" in 1964 – and in various editorial capacities. His most memorable work, most of it experimental in form and characterized by a strongly angular narrative style, was assembled as The Eye of the Lens (coll 1972). Jones's wide taste as an editor was demonstrated in The New SF: An Original Anthology of Modern Speculative Fiction (anth 1969); he also collaborated with Michael Moorcock in assembling The Nature of the Catastrophe (anth 1971; exp vt The New Nature of the Catastrophe 1993), which contained a number of Jerry Cornelius stories from New Worlds written by Moorcock and others. The first published version of Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone (1959) had been heavily edited because of Peake's degenerative illness, and Jones was responsible for the reconstruction work resulting in the posthumous 1970 publication of the definitive version of the book. [JC]
see also: Arts; End of Time; Music.
Langdon R Jones
born Dover, Kent: 1942
works as editor
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