A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

Will meet again” – Your Spectrum, September 1985 (scan of first page)

18 months later, they paid me £25 for my contribution to this article. (I’d written a complete article, and included a map; I think the only thing that remained was the general flow of my text – all the words had changed… I think I’ve still got my original somewhere, in dot-matrix format.)

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3 responses to “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

  1. Anonymous

    How?

    How did you actually send your text in? Did you have to print it out and have them retype it? (That would bring me a small amount of joy for the mnay hours I spent typing stuff in from the magazines).

    And I nominate the Spectrum ROM disassembly as the best computer book ever.

    • Re: How?

      I gave them a nice little printout from my dot matrix printer. But this was 1985: I suspect the magazine was still laid out with pasteboards and glue.

      (ISTR I bought the game, spent the next week hacking it, mapping it and writing the article, and took map and article to a ZX Microfair where Your Sinclair had a stand. They took the article, expressing some surprise at how fast I’d written it, but didn’t want the map.)

      I agree with you about the ROM disassembly. It’s available online now somewhere. I still have my copy in a box.

      • st1

        DMCA

        Sadly, I fear that the Speccy ROM disassembly book would be illegal were it published in the US these days. How times change.

        I agree that it was awesome though.

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