The effect of the SF New Wave

I was reading Adam Roberts’ critical text on SF, Science Fiction, when I came across this quote from Kingsley Amis, one of the old school authors and editors, commenting on the British New Wave from the 60s:

The new mode abandoned the hallmarks of traditional science fiction; its emphasis on content rather than style and treatment, its avoidance of untethered fantasy and its commitment instead to logic, motive and common sense…[instead] in came shock tactics, tricks with typography, one-line chapters, strained metaphors, obscurities, obscenities, drugs, Oriental religions and left-wing politics.
(Amis 1981: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, p22)

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