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Don’t Try This At Home
Selected Convention Reports

David Langford

Don’t Try This At Home: Selected Convention Reports was published as an Ansible Editions ebook in July 2015 (available for money with a share of proceeds going to TAFF), and moved to the TAFF free ebooks list on 30 November 2018. Approximately 78,000 words.

This ebook collects most of David Langford’s reports on British and occasionally North American SF conventions, from Mancon 5 (the infamous 1976 Eastercon in Manchester) to Loncon 3 (the 2014 World SF Convention in London Docklands). Warning: contains fannish esoterica! Especially in the earliest reports.

There are thirty-two articles in all – chiefly from fanzines but a few professionally published by unwary editors – which between them cover 35 conventions plus a few bonus events such as a very strange book launch party held underground in the Chislehurst Caves. By way of bookends to the collection the management has also included a brief introduction and an index of coverage by convention name, plus a deeply thrilling list of where everything was originally published.

“The ideal Christmas present for the fan who has everything,” writes Eustace Snarge.