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Lifeline is Now Online

March 22nd, 2010

Lifeline was a newsletter for “enthusiasts of Conway’s Game of Life” that was published by Robert Wainwright in the early 1970’s. It and a handful of Scientific American articles were some of the only places ever to describe and coordinate the multitude of discoveries in the game during its early years. It ran for 11 issues from March 1971 through September 1973 and it was the first place in which the following discoveries/inventions (among others) were described:

Unfortunately, Lifeline has been extremely difficult to find because only about 500 copies of the newsletter were distributed and they were distributed some 40 years ago. Thanks to someone who found a set of the newsletters in the bottom of a box somewhere however, I have been able to scan them and get all eleven issues online at the LifeWiki:

Lifeline Number 7

Number 1Number 2Number 3Number 4Number 5Number 6

Number 7Number 8Number 9Number 10Number 11

All eleven issues have page scans provided as images, the first five issues have been transcribed to text, and the first four issues have had their images updated/pretty-ified a bit. Also, you can download a PDF of the first issue below. So go read and learn about the early days of Life! And if you’re feeling generous, help transcribe some of the later issues to text.

Download: Lifeline Number 1 [pdf — 5.52MB]

  1. April 27th, 2010 at 18:17 | #1

    Fantastic find, Nathan. Let me go through the pdf and I’ll try to lend a hand at transcribing for the wiki. By the way, I’m fadereu in the Golly soup search. Are you on Twitter by any chance?

  2. April 28th, 2010 at 23:11 | #2

    Hi fadereu,

    Thanks — any and all help is appreciated (and thanks for contributing to the Soup Search too!). I’m not on Twitter, however.

  3. R1ckr()11
    May 16th, 2012 at 07:07 | #3

    Wow what an incredible find! I was just doing a google image search of some of the Game and here I am! Doing a speech on the future of technology and relating CGL to the enterprise of human beings & society. We can learn everything about it and make it reproducible without taking away the mystery and endless possibilities.

  4. April 7th, 2013 at 16:31 | #4

    Thanks, I ordered the paper copies around 20 years ago and have since lost them in a long ago move. Good work! Now if I could only find an archive for the newsletter that came with my membership to the ICWS (International Core Wars Society)


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