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A Vince Clarke Treasury
A. Vincent Clarke

ISBN 978-1-916508-18-7 (trade paperback)
ISBN 978-1-913451-31-8 (ebook)

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Ansible Editions, February 2024

Cover photo: Vince Clarke at a 1950s London White Horse meeting. Photographer unknown.

This substantial trade paperback of A Vince Clarke Treasury is published in February 2024, expanded from the 2015 ebook with two added articles and many corrections. 9" x 6" with glossy cover; 312 pages; roughly 156,000 words. All proceeds from book sales go to the TransAtlantic Fan Fund.

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A huge collection of fanzine writing by old-time UK fan Vince Clarke from 1948 to 1998, edited by David Langford.

From the Publisher’s Note

It seems only appropriate that the free ebooks page at the TransAtlantic Fan Fund website ( should include a collection of Vince Clarke’s fanzine writing. He was the first winner of TAFF, though in the event unable to make the trip to a US Worldcon which was the aim of the fund, and he promoted TAFF enthusiastically in both halves of his interrupted fannish career.

This collection is similarly divided into two parts, covering the early years from 1948 to 1960 and then (after his long absence) a second voyage through fandom from 1982 to 1998. Hims Ancient and Modern, as Chuck Harris once put it. Part One is notable for its speedy progression from “serious and constructive” coverage of the 1948 British SF convention to the manic humour and mythologizing of fandom that soon follows. As well as a rich seam of material for fan historians, there’s plenty of outright fun here.