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The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels


by Chris Wilkins
A visual journey spanning the years of the fabulous Sinclair ZX Spectrum! Read more

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The Story of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in Pixels


Thanks to to the supporters of this campaign, a book on 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in
Pixels' will be created over the next 6 months or so
We have stated January 2015 as a delivery date for the book.
If you missed the campaign, you can still pre-order the book and be part of those who
receive the initial run, here :
http://www.fusionretrobooks.com
You can also order a copy of 'The History of Ocean' as well as posters and other Revival
memorabilia in the shop.
Thanks again for all the support you have given us,
Chris
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The Stretch Goals

Introduction
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K was my introduction to computing - at the tender age of 13,
Santa Claus brought me Sir Clive's latest machine for Christmas and I can honestly say it
was love at first sight.
When pocket money allowed, I adjourned my Speccy with gifts - mostly with the latest games
and sometimes even new hardware to extend the machines capabilities.
I read Newsfield's Crash magazine, a magazine that I craved each month to find out what
was going on in the world of Spectrum gaming and to see what awesome cover the
infamous Oli Frey had conjured up that month.
Those years with the Spectrum as my friend are ones I look back on with enormous
fondness and and to me was my golden era of computing.

The Ocean and U.S. Gold books


During November 2012 I started my first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce a
book on 'The History of Ocean Software'. The Kickstarter was successful resulting in Roger
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Kean and I embark on a 12-month journey to uncover and document the full history of this
seminal British gaming publishing and games development software house.

The History of Ocean

I have recently run a campaign to raise funds to create a book again with Roger Kean on the
company U.S. Gold - this book is now underway.

The Story of U.S. Gold

The ZX Spectrum Book


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The book, 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels', will be 200+ pages in length and
finished to the very same high standard adopted for 'The History of Ocean Software' and
'The Story of U.S. Gold' publications (the same printing company is going to be used).
The 'Sinclair' logo on the front cover will be embossed making the book a desirable
addition to any gaming fan or book collector.

The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels

The book will be predominantly a visual journey charting the best games on the ZX Spectrum
from1982 onwards until the early 90's.

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Bruce Lee

Each spread will contain a large iconic image of the game and be accompanied by artwork
from the inlay, the game's advertisement where available and further game screens showing
the loading screen, menu etc.

Tornado Low Level

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We will also be talking to and interviewing 10-15 programmers, artists and musicians to get
their view on the Spectrum and how it helped launch their careers into gaming.

Interview with Mark Jones

And to cap it all off, we will be capturing new imagery of the Spectrum and of as much of the
Spectrum's peripherals as we can and putting it into the book.

ZX Spectrum
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(The images above are indicative of how the book may look but may change)
With the close relationship I have with Roger Kean and Oliver Frey, the book will also contain
some great imagery from Crash magazine and Roger will be writing a forward for the book.

Crash Double Page Spread

The Rewards
We have some great rewards, and more will be added throughout the campaign.
Oliver Frey has kindly allowed us to re-produce some infamous ZX Spectrum Crash A2
and A3 prints that will be signed by himself, Roger Kean and myself. You can choose
from those shown below:

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Signed copies of Crash by Roger Kean and Oliver Frey


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Signed gaming postcards by those who worked on the game e.g. Wizball signed by
Mark Jones and Dizzy signed by Philip & Andrew Oliver

Signed postcard - Mark Jones

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Signed postcard - Philip and Andrew Oliver

Signed postcard - Jim Bagley


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Signed postcard - Steve Turner

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Signed postcard - Simon Butler

Signed Ant Attack Poster


Sandy White is signing a limited number of A3 posters of the iconic Ant Attack artwork.

Signed poster - Sandy White

Signed A3, Framed Knightlore Map


This map can be found in Crash and was created by Oliver Frey and Gordon Druce. This A3
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map has been scanned and lovingly stitched together by Mark Jones (Of Ocean Software
fame) and is provided framed and signed by Oliver Frey - a great addition to any games
room.
The perk comes with the book, PDF, Crash badges and your name in the book as a
benefactor.
Rewards

Story

Updates

Comments

Crash Bag
A truly collectable item for any Spectrum loving fan, signed by Roger and Oli:

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Postage
Postage within the UK will be free To Europe it will be an additional 6 and beyond our
European boundaries an extra 10.
Each book will be securely packaged in an 'Amazon' type mail box and sent to you first
class!

Timing
The book will be sent out at the end of January 2015 and updates will be given throughout
the development of the book through Kickstarter updates.

Risks and challenges


The aim is to release the book at the end of January 2015 - with the experience of producing
'The History of Ocean Software' book and the input and expertise of Roger Kean the task of
producing this book to time, quality and budget should not be an issue.
The task of creating 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels' will be costly and time
consuming - the cost primarily represents the printing of such a high quality book. We aim to
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produce 1,000 books in total - I need therefore to ensure we raise sufficient funds to produce
these books and that they can be be sent out to those who bid in the UK for free.
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Funding period
Jun 24 2014 - Jul 24 2014 (30 days)

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