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FANHISTORY

I've been involved in SF fandom in the UK in varying degrees since the 1970s. After becoming immersed in that sub-culture I also developed an interest in its history. Since no-one had actually written a history of UK fandom I decided to do so myself and between 1989 and 1993, with the indispensible help of my partner-in-research the much-missed Vince Clarke, I did just that. In the course of the project, he and I also extended the Peter Roberts British Fanzine Bibliography. There are links below to both of these as they presently stand. I'm currently in the process of revising the history, while refining the bibliography is of course an ongoing process.

FANART

It's not something I do much anymore, but during the 1970s and 1980s I provided artwork for innumerable fanzines. While I still have original art, quite a lot was either given away or auctioned off in aid of various fan funds, so some of these have had to be scanned from copies of variable print quality. Under 'Portfolio' is artwork from my files that few have seen before since it was mostly done for my own pleasure rather than for publication. Enough of these pieces were of superheroes for me to have separated them off into their own file.

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FANWRITING

I've no intention of putting everything I ever wrote for a fanzine online, but there are some pieces I still enjoy and which I think are deserving of a wider audience.

CONVENTION REPORTS
* with photos
OTHER WRITING
TAFF
In 1984, I made my first ever trip to the USA under the auspices of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund. During the three weeks I was there I visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C., meeting SF fans in all of them. As is traditional for TAFF winners, I then wrote a report on my adventures, one I hope you will find amusing and entertaining.
FAAN FICTION
In today's common usage, fan fiction is usually amateur fiction using the characters and settings from a film, TV series, or book. Faan fiction as the term is understood in the oldtime SF fan community is often allegorical or satirical fiction that uses fans and fandom as its subject matter.