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                1 September 2021 What, Ansible 410 already? Where does the time go? When will the RIP list get shorter and Thog less resolutely tasteless? Answers may be submitted on a postcard, but not to me.

                24 August 2021 An unexpected bookplate discovery on the front endpaper of a volume in my collection (The Story of Manon Lescaut, 1731; translated by Helen Waddell for the New York Heritage Press, 1935):

                Boris Karloff bookplate

                30 July 2021 The traditional avoidance of weekends means an early "August" issue: Ansible 409 is out today!

                1 July 2021 It's time for Ansible 408.

                25 June 2021 At last I've disposed of that long run of complimentary copies of SFX magazine, after going through the whole lot and (for the sake of future bibliographers) noting all the title changes they made to my long-running column there. More than I remembered. In the collections – The SEX Column and Other Misprints, Starcombing and All Good Things: The Last SFX Visions – I naturally used my original titles, thus causing fearful confusion at the Internet SF Database.... • Do I regret not having that regular soapbox for (almost) anything I cared to write? Not really, although I could have had some fun with the true and terrible history of the online SF Encyclopedia following the Gollancz announcement that they will be pulling the plug on this noble enterprise in October 2021. Instead – in between the agonies of constructing a replacement website where the SFE show will go on – I've written about all this for the next issue of William Breiding's fanzine Portable Storage.

                1 June 2021 Here is Ansible 407, which also announces today's launch of another ebook in the free TAFF site library, compiled and with commentary by Rob Hansen (click on cover image for the download page):

                Faan Fiction 1930-2020

                30 April 2021 Continuing the great tradition of not publishing this thing on a Saturday or Sunday, Ansible 406 is the first Friday issue in quite some time.

                21 April 2021 Hazel and I had our second AstraZeneca vaccinations today at the Mills Archive Trust, a familiar place within easy walking distance which Hazel the watermill fan had visited many times before. Now waiting to learn which super powers will develop.

                1 April 2021 Not only Ansible 405 (guaranteed to contain no April Foolery) but a new ebook for free download at the TAFF site: Creative Random Harris, a huge collection of fanwriting by Chuck (alias Chuch) Harris, one of the founders of TAFF.

                Creative Random Harris

                1 March 2021 What else but Ansible 404? Because I had so much fun with Beachcombing below, I've also published a trade paperback of my very fannish ebook from 2015, .

                Don't Try This at Home

                10 February 2021 Phone call at 5:15pm calling me and Hazel to the local surgery for COVID-19 vaccinations (our first) at 6pm. AstraZeneca. Back home again by twenty past.

                1 February 2021 It's time for Ansible 403.

                22 January 2021 Chris Priest has released an ebook of The Magic, his long essay on the complex relationship between the film The Prestige and the original novel. This ebook was prepared by (faint noises of trumpet-blowing) Ansible Editions.

                4 January 2021 Here's Ansible 402, including announcements of yet more free ebook downloads at the TAFF site.

                21 December 2020 The winter solstice is also the official release date for another Langford lockdown project, a new paperback collection of my own writing for fanzines and other offbeat venues, titled Beachcombing and Other Oddments. Now available for mere huge sums of money!


                1 December 2020 Besides the usual festive event cancellations and merry obituaries, Ansible 401 promises yet further free fannish ebooks at the TAFF site, which if all goes well will be released just before Christmas. [Later: no, this isn't going to work out. One of these is still bogged down in proofreading while the other awaits a promised afterword from an old-time fan. I now hope to announce the availability of both ebooks in the next Ansible, expected on 4 January 2021.]

                5 November 2020 Unobtrusively announced in the depths of Ansible 400 below, Ansible Editions has released the first ebook edition of David Langford's and John Grant's definitively tasteless horror spoof Guts. The blurb quotes by noted horror authors on the linked page are all genuine, the first three written specially for Guts and the last appropriated without permission.


                2 November 2020 I wish I had the time and energy to put on some kind of special show for Ansible 400, but I'm afraid it's just the usual mixture with the usual too many obituaries.

                27 October 2020 Wendy Aldiss has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for her planned photobook My Father's Things. Much Brian Aldiss memorabilia on view even if you don't want to contribute.

                9 October 2020 Gosh: someone remembers and has written about one of my very early stories for the Armada Ghost Books. I've never quite mustered the courage to go back to those anthologies in search of material for another collection. Chris Priest eventually brought together his uncollected early work as Ersatz Wines (2008), but what makes that book is the long autobiographical introduction plus the detailed "Then" and "Now" notes on each story's genesis and, with hindsight, flaws and virtues. The latter, for me, would of course require the horror of actually reading them again. "Then: I think I needed the money. Now: Oh God!" At present I'm working on yet another nonfiction collection, mostly of fanzine material somewhat in the vein of the long-ago The Silence of the Langford (1996), but without that book's bonus short stories.

                1 October 2020 I am trying hard not to contemplate the looming Big Round Number as we reach Ansible 399.

                1 September 2020 We enter the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and Ansible 398; as a bonus, the project to release all Bob Shaw's short fanzine writing in three ebooks is now complete with Slow Pint Glass:

                Slow Pint Glass

                29 August 2020 Now it can be revealed: the latest from Ansible Editions is The Jonbar Point: Essays from SF Horizons, bringing together two long critical studies by Brian Aldiss that never appeared in any of his own collections.

                The Jonbar Point

                16 August 2020 A new issue of Cloud Chamber doesn't come along every week or even every blue moon, but somehow during the dog-days of lockdown I got into the mood again: here is Cloud Chamber 164. The archive of back numbers is here.

                1 August 2020 Some Worldcon news in Ansible 397, and yet another John Sladek title (never before published) added to the Ansible Editions list: Puff Love.

                Puff Love

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