The following sites are among the commonly referenced by members of the comp.sys.sinclair
newsgroup. It it not a comprehensive list of Sinclair-related sites (see the links page for more)
If there is a site you feel should be included here, please contact us
and we'll try to include it with the next update.
Almost all known Spectrum software is available online from several large archive sites. There are still
thousands of 'lost' or incomplete titles, however - please check the STP Spectrum Tape Preservation),
SDP (Spectrum Disk Preservation),
Spectrum Instructions Project and
MIA (Missing in Action) pages to see if you can help recover these.
Many more software sites are listed on the links page.
- World of Spectrum
Maintained by Martijn van der Heide, the World of Spectrum was established in 1995 quickly became the premier site for the general Sinclair
community. WoS contains more Spectrum software than any other site, and has a strict policy of distributing only those titles that are legally
distributable. An enormous amount of technical information, documentation, inlay scans, game maps, and virtually every emulator ever
released can be found at WoS. Recently, several Web Forums have been added and are very active. WoS is affiliated with many other 'key'
sites, and is host to many current software preservation and Spectrum development projects. See the
FTP Sites page for a list of current WoS mirrors.
- The .TZX Vault
Maintained by Steve Brown. Aims to preserve as much original Spectrum (and Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 & VIC-20) software
as possible as original tape or disk images (see .tzx and
.dsk for specifications) These files can be used to re-create the original software on tape or
disk for use on real machines, or one of the many emulators that support these formats.
An FTP mirror of the .TZX Vault is maintained by Daren Pearcy.
With similar goals as the TZX Vault (see below), the Spanish Spectrum Archive aims to make every Spectrum program
released in Spain available online as a perfect tape/disk image. Titles are listed with any instructions and inlay cards available, and can be
viewed by year of release, publisher, genre or title. Available in English
and Spanish Languages.
The following sites are dedicated to providing an online archive
of the most popular Sinclair-related magazines from the 1980s and early 1990s. With the exception of
ZXF, modern Sinclair magazines are listed on the
- Crash: The Online Edition
Maintained by Matthew Wilson, this site is an online archive of CRASH,
the popular ZX Spectrum magaine published between 1984 and 1992. A large number of issues are indexed, and many articles, reviews and
editorials are available. A full set of all Crash issues can be ordered on 5 CDs at very reasonable cost from
Mort, or viewed online at the World of Spectrum
- Your Sinclair Rock 'n' Roll Years
A very large site with a complete index of articles, many reviews, photos and scans of all the covers for Your Sinclair Magazine. A Flash and
Java capable browser is recommended for this site. Maintained by Nick Humphries.
- Sinclair User
An unofficial archive of Sinclair User magazine, which covered all Sinclair systems from the ZX80 to the QL throughout its 133 issue lifetime.
Includes cover scans and a complete index of articles. Maintained by Dave Foreman.
- Your Spectrum Unofficial Archive
An online archive of Your Spectrum magazine, which became Your Sinclair in later issues. This site is very complete - every issue is indexed
and has a full contents listing. Many articles are reproduced, as are the 'QL User' supplements. Maintained by Jim Grimwood. See the
Sinclair history & General interest section of this FAQ for details of other sites he maintains.
A modern Sinclair magazine, published in .pdf format by Colin Woodcock.
Very well written, and contains sections covering emulation, remakes, upgrades, etc. Also includes a letters page, interviews, current news sections, etc.
versions suitable for printing (A5 size) and viewing online are available. Previous issues (the current issue is #4) are also available to download.
An alternative link
is available which can be bookmarked in order to avoid the popup windows that open using the above shortcut. A range of
ZXF merchandise is also available.
These sites either cover a wide range of interests, or focus on a particular theme. All
are very well maintained, with well researched and comprehensive information available. There are many links from these sites to others
that may be of interest to you.
Speecy.org is a very large, well-presented, "portal" site, with several different discussion areas, covering; Emulators, Hardware,
Software, etc. Spanish Language.
- Planet Sinclair III
Maintained by Chris Owen, Planet Sinclair III is one of the largest Sinclair-related sites in the World. Virtually every Sinclair product ever
produced is documented in great detail, many with photographs. A very complete history of Sinclair Research is given, with several chapters
from 'The Sinclair Story' by Rodney Dale and 'Sinclair and the Sunrise Technology' by Ian Adamson and Richard Kennedy are reproduced,
as well as popular Magazine and Newspaper articles. A large section of the site is devoted to non-Sinclair products, including the official
Timex models, and many unofficial 'clones'.
RaWW.org is a large site with many different sections. Primarily oriented towards the current demo scene, with an emphasis on
keeping users informed on the development status of many ongoing projects (both hardware and software). A very comprehensive
links section is included, as is a list of demo parties and current emulator version numbers. The site has been recently redesigned,
and is very actively maintained.
- The Tipshop
A tips and 'cheats' database with over 7000 entries for almost 2500 games, maintained by Nick Humphries and Gerard Sweeney.
The Tipshop also contains maps for several titles, and links to the original reviews for many games.
- The ZX Spectrum Golden Years
This very large site, maintained by Russell Tayler, provides a fascinating
documentary history of the rise-and-fall of Sinclar Research during their 'Golden Years' - 1981 to 1986. The most popular games, magazines
and 'headline' events from these years are documented and illustrated. An extensive list of game reviews and summaries for this period is
also provided, with screenshots of the most popular titles. All of this is accompanied by a very informative 'condensed history' of Sir Clive
Sinclair, his products and accomplishments from the Sinclair Radionics days of the early 1960s.
- Spectrum Hardware Page
Maintained by Paul Jenkinson, this site is the definitive reference for all known peripherals, expansions and add-on devices released for the ZX Spectrum.
Almost 500 items are listed with complete details and links to original reviews, magazine features or additional information where this is available online.
In addition, a large number of articles have been reproduced for some of the items featured - in many cases these are not documented anywhere else.
An entire section of the site is devoted to 'The PiMan', the main character from many games produced by Automata during the early years of the ZX Spectrum.
Automata often released bonus music tracks with their titles, many of which can be downloaded from the site, as can original advertisements and cartoon scans.