THEN, my wide-ranging history of the first fifty years of Science Fiction Fandom in the UK, was published as a fanzine part-work from 1988-1993. Doing extensive research in public records and old fanzines, as well as writing to and conducting interviews with many old time fans, I uncovered surprising links to contemporary peace groups, the counter-culture, and even to the Beatles. The first major work to cover this subject in the UK, it became the standard reference.
The expanded and upgraded edition (not updated - the history of UK fandom from 1980 onward is a story for someone else to tell) saw its first book publication in 2016 (see link at bottom of this page). The Internet gave me access to research resources I did not have when I originally wrote THEN, resources I took full advantage of when working on the current book edition. It also gave me the opportunity to make stuff available to others that I couldn't before, hence THEN: The Archive.
The purpose of the Archive is to act as a repository for some of the material I referenced when researching and writing THEN that people should find interesting for its own sake, some complete old fanzines, and ancillary material such as, for example, the lettercolumns that appeared in the original fanzine part-work version of THEN. And, of course, there will be stuff I just think is cool. Everything is grouped by the five decades covered by THEN, and these will be added to periodically.
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