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Issue 18
September 1983

Nigel Clark
Consultant editor
Mike Johnston
Production editor
Harold Mayes MBE
Staff writer
John Gilbert
Program reviewer
Rebecca Ferguson
Brian King
Editorial director
John Sterlicchi
Advertisement manager
John Ross
Sales executive
Annette Burrows
Editorial assistant
Margaret Hawkins
Production assistant
Dezi Epaminondou
Managing director
Terry Cartwright
Richard Hease

Sinclair User is published monthly by ECC Publications Ltd.

  • SINCLAIRVOYANCE We assess the implications of the Microdrive and other developments in the market in the last month.

  • SINCLAIR USER CLUB Your club is continuing to grow with an increasing number of good offers.

  • NEWS The Microdrive arrives; a special offer on the price of the ZX-81; growth in retail outlets; and much more.

  • LETTERS Our postbag has been bulging in recent months and we give an extra page to your views.

  • HARDWARE WORLD Another three pages on the latest add-ons to keep you up-to-date on how you can expand your machine.

  • SOFTWARE SCENE Losing weight, landing on the Moon, and an original Pac-man-type game are among the delights this month.

  • CAMBRIDGE AWARD Your last chance to win a fortune in our search for the top programmer of 1983.

  • 3D GAMES Many programs try to add an extra dimension. John Gilbert sees how successful they have been.

  • SECOND-HAND MARKET More people are seeking to buy inexpensive, used machines. Stephen Adams gives advice on the care you should exercise.

  • PROGRAM PRINTOUT Card games and paying your mortgage are two of the items in our top listings.

  • USER OF THE MONTH Claudia Cooke meets a top athlete who uses his ZX-81 to help him towards an Olympic gold medal.

  • PROGRAMMING Chris Whittington gives some tips on the writing of chess programs.

  • FORTH In the first of a new series, John Gilbert shows how Forth can help in programming.

  • INSIDE SINCLAIR We speak to Bill Matthews, the finance director who has known Sir Clive since schooldays.

  • STARTING FROM SCRATCH Our regular feature to help new users obtain the most from their machines.

  • SINCLAIR SIMON Our hero is worried about his new Microdrive.

  • BOOKS Parents can now obtain advice on how to understand children's fascination with computers. John Gilbert reports.

  • HELPLINE Andrew Hewson writes about the problems of safeguarding your programs.

  • MIND GAMES Quentin Heath goes in search of the graphic adventures.

  • SOFTWARE DIRECTORY This month we begin a new service to readers, a complete list of commercial software for Sinclair machines. The first part is published this month and the rest will follow. It will form a regular feature in the months which follow.


A special voucher which can be exchanged at Rumbelows is one of the many offers in the October issue of Sinclair User, plus the second half of the Software Directory.

If you would like to contribute to any of the Sinclair User group of publications please send programs, articles or ideas for hardware projects to:
Sinclair User and Programs
ECC Publications,

Programs should be on cassette and articles should be typed. We cannot undertake to return them unless a stamped-addressed envelope is included.
We pay £10 for each program published and £50 per 1,000 words for each article used.

© Copyright 1983
Sinclair User
ISSN No. 0262-5458

Printed and typeset by
Cradley Print PLC.
Distributed by
Spotlight Magazine Distribution Ltd.

Cover photograph
Press Agency York

Issue 17 - Mind Games Main Contents Sinclairvoyance