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Then book cover: white stenciled capitals on blue, design used by Ansible Editions later especially for Rob Hansen titles

A small press run by Dave Langford, initially with various partners. It began as Ansible E-ditions with Chris Priest in 2003, publishing sf by David Masson and John Sladek as ebooks and later as POD editions co-published with Wildside Press. With Greg Pickersgill, Langford published three printed volumes collecting (for the first time, in 2012–13) the critical columns of Algis Budrys from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1975–1993. He continued, solo, to produce Ansible Editions reissues of his own writing, both backlist titles and new collections, mostly in ebook form.

In 2016 AE published the first book edition – much expanded from its fanzine incarnation – of Rob Hansen's Then, and the first ebook of Yvonne Rousseau's 1980 The Murders at Hanging Rock (also with added material). Further paperbacks include previously uncollected or unpublished work by Brian Aldiss, Algis Budrys again, John Sladek again, Peter Nicholls (with proceeds to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction) and Ted White (with proceeds to TAFF).

Since 2015, AE has reissued numerous fan classics – including The Enchanted Duplicator (May 2015), past TAFF reports and such collections of notable fanwriting as Charles Burbee's The Incompleat Burbee (February 2022), Terry Carr's Fandom Harvest (May 2019) and Harry Warner, Jr.'s All Our Yesterdays: The Fanzine Columns – as free ebooks downloadable from the TAFF website. Ebooks newly created or significantly expanded for this download page are listed in the table below. Further fannish titles are in preparation; these are usually announced in Ansible when they appear.

A new experiment in 2022 was the re-release of selected ebooks from the list below as trade paperbacks via with all proceeds going to TAFF. Available as of February 2024 are the following 15: Terry Carr's Fandom Harvest II; Graham Charnock's Running Amok in the Fun Factory; Vin¢ Clarke's A Vince Clarke Treasury; Rob Hansen's 1957: The First UK Worldcon, 1965: The Second UK Worldcon, Beyond Fandom, Bixelstrasse, British SF Conventions Volume 1: 1937–1951, Faan Fiction 1930–2020, Generation Femizine and Homefront; Leroy Kettle's True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle, Charles Platt's The Complete Patchin Review, Bruce Sterling's The Complete Cheap Truth and William F. Temple's Temple at the Bar. (The list of "TAFF Benefit Paperbacks" also includes 2 volumes of Ted White editorials mentioned above, whose ebooks are not free but sold for TAFF as well, and Kevin Smith's paper-only trip report Nothing.)

New TAFF / fanhistory ebooks[edit]

Note once again that this table includes only those that were newly created or significantly expanded, so not for example those classics mentioned above (with publication dates). Ebooks prepared for TAFF by AE include over 50 other titles, "simply" converted into ebook formats from older editions through or eFanzines scans, or rescanning by Langford, like Fanorama by Walt Willis.

Author Title Date Notes / editor
Dave Langford Don't Try This At Home July 2015 convention reports 1976–2014; also issued as trade paperback in 2021
Vin¢ Clarke A Vince Clarke Treasury Oct 2015 Edited by Dave Langford
Various TAFF Trip Report Anthology July 2017 Unfinished TAFF reports; ed. Dave Langford
Various Running Amok in the Fun Factory Nov 2017 UK con reports selected by Graham Charnock
William F. Temple Temple at the Bar Nov 2017 Edited by Rob Hansen
Frank Edward Arnold The Frank Arnold Papers Dec 2017 Edited by Rob Hansen
Ron Bennett The Complete Skyrack Dec 2017 ed. Dave Langford; 1960s UK newszine
Leroy Kettle True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle January 2018 Edited by Rob Hansen
Peter Roberts et al The Complete Checkpoint Nov 2018 ed. Dave Langford; 1970s UK newszine
R. Lionel Fanthorpe Down the Badger Hole March 2018 Original version edited by Debbie Cross; expanded by Dave Langford
Francis T. Laney Ah! Sweet Idiocy! April 2019 ed. Dave Langford; with additional material by Alva Rogers and Harry Warner, Jr.
Terry Carr Fandom Harvest II June 2019 Edited by Dave Langford
Bruce Sterling The Complete Cheap Truth June 2019 Edited by Dave Langford
Charles Platt The Complete Patchin Review July 2019 Edited by Dave Langford
Various Then Again: A UK Fanhistory Reader 1930–1979 August 2019 ed. Rob Hansen with joint credit to Vin¢ Clarke for past research
Various (anonymous) The Astral Leauge Dossier Sep 2019 ed. Dave Langford; includes Jackie!
Various Challenging Moskowitz: 1930s Fandom Revisited November 2019 Fans' responses to The Immortal Storm; ed. Rob Hansen
Bob Shaw The Serious Scientific Talks November 2019 15 Serious Scientific Talks incl. 5 previously uncollected, fifth added Aug 2020. No editor given but Publisher's Note by Langford
Harry Warner, Jr. All Our Yesterdays: The Fanzine Columns December 2019 Ed. Chuck Connor (1991/6); with missing text restored and an additional column. Further expanded July 2020 and March 2023
Various Homefront: Fandom in the UK 1939–1945 February 2020 Edited by Rob Hansen
Algis Budrys A Budrys Miscellany: Occasional Writing 1960–2000 May 2020 Edited by David Langford
Bob Shaw The Full Glass Bushel: All the Hyphen Columns, and More June 2020 Edited by Rob Jackson and David Langford
Bob Shaw Slow Pint Glass: Volume Three of The Complete Bob Shaw August 2020 Edited by Rob Jackson and David Langford
Ella Parker The Harpy Stateside December 2020 ed. Rob Hansen; including and continuing the trip report Parker's Peregrinations
Chuck Harris Creative Random Harris March 2021 Edited by Rob Hansen and David Langford
Various Faan Fiction 1930-2020: an exploration June 2021 Edited and with critical commentary by Rob Hansen
D.R. Smith The Road to Fame June 2021 1940s fan fiction; author's profile by Rob Hansen
Rob Hansen American Trips July 2021 Reports on Rob's post-TAFF US conventions
Walt Willis Willis Discovers America and other fan fiction July 2021 Collecting Walt's shorter fan fiction
Various Bixelstrasse: The SF Fan Community of 1940s Los Angeles November 2021 Edited by Rob Hansen
"Harry Hurst­monceaux and Cyril Faversham" The Harrison Saga: The Extraordinary Exploits of Sir William Makepeace Harrison March 2022 Edited by Rob Hansen; see Harrison – 1957–75 humorous UK fanzine stories
Charles Burbee The Incompleat Burbee Volume 2 April 2022 Edited by Terry Carr; further Burbee pieces added by David Langford
Rob Hansen (& others) 1957: The First UK Worldcon June 2022 On Loncon 1, ed. and commentary Rob Hansen
Ella Parker The Compact Ella Parker Aug 2022 Ella's other fanwriting, edited by Rob Hansen
Walt Willis and Madeleine Willis TAWF Times Two December 2022 Their 1962 Tenth Anniversary Willis Fund trip reports, Twice Upon a Time and (never before collected) The DisTAWF Side
Ethel Lindsay The Lindsay Report Dec 2022 1962 TAFF trip report
Walt Willis The Harp in England March 2023 reports on British conventions (mostly 1950s)
Walt Willis The Harp Stateside March 2023 Expands the 1957 edition with further material inc. a speech transcript
Walt Willis The Harp That Once or Twice March 2023 All the Harp columns except The Harp Stateside instalments; incl. 2 published after Warhoon 28
Rob Hansen (& others) British SF Conventions Volume 1: 1937-1951 June 2023 On early UK conventions, edited and with commentary by Rob Hansen
Rob Hansen (& others) 1965: The Second UK Worldcon Aug 2023 On Loncon II, ed. & commentary Rob Hansen
Rob Hansen (& others) Generation Femizine September 2023 Women of UK fandom in the 1950s Femizine era, ed. and commentary Rob Hansen
Walt Willis The Harp Remembered November 2023 Compiled and edited by Dave Langford: early writing, autobiography, miscellaneous articles, uncollected columns
Rob Hansen (& others) Beyond Fandom: Fans, Culture & Politics in the 20th Century November 2023 Selected fans' (31 chapters, some on several) impact on the mundane world, ed. & commentary Rob Hansen.

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