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A QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF JOHN CONWAY'S GAME OF LIFE

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Lifeline was a newsletter for "enthusiasts of John Horton Conway's game of Life", first edited and published by Robert Wainwright. It was published quarterly, the first issue being in March 1971, and ran for twelve issues. The original newsletter was typewritten and the sheets were stapled together. The newsletter itself followed an enthusiastic response to Martin Gardner's column in Scientific American (October 1970).

Summary of the issues

Volume 1 MARCH 1971

8 pages

  • N-ominoes (Polyomino)
  • A classification system for Life 'Objects'
  • Colliding spaceships
  • Subclasses of Class II - Oscillators
  • Known Class V (Unstable, predictable) object Life histories


Volume 2 JUNE 1971

18 pages

  • Fates of the last four unknown heptominoes
  • An expanded classification system for finite Life objects
  • Examples for each objects class
  • Coming events
  • A comprehensive file of information generated by life experimenters
  • Boltwood's Life program in FORTRAN


Volume 3 SEPTEMBER 1971

32 pages

Wicks and agars

  • A classification system for 'wicks' (one-dimensionally infinite objects)
  • Illusion of motion' (IoM)
  • A summary of fuses
  • A classification system for 'agars' (two-dimensionally infinite objects)
  • The smallest area that should contain a Garden of Eden (GoE) pattern
  • Coming events


Volume 4 DECEMBER 1971

12 pages

  • Publisher R. T. Wainwright willing to be an antecessor
  • The incredible 'Switch engine'
  • Diagonal puffer train
  • Methuselah census
  • 'Natural pentadec'(athlon)
  • Toroidal surface and variations to Conway's basic rules
  • Coming events
  • Lifefile - Thompson's codex system for known Life objects


Volume 5 SEPTEMBER 1972

7 pages

  • New discoveries sent in by 'Buckinghams Combine'
  • Summary of Conway' Life rules
  • HOW TO PLAY LIFE
  • Class E, Evolutionaries, Exercises, Et cetera . . .
  • Class I, Still Lifes and Stable Forms . . .
  • Class II, Oscillators . . .
  • Reader Article . . .
  • Excursions Into Other Universes . . .
  • Answers to Reader Exercises
  • COMING EVENTS
  • RANDOM BITS
  • LIFELINE EDITORIAL BOARD
  • LIFE SAVER survey


Scans of all Lifeline newsletters

The Lifeline project includes page images of the remaining Lifeline newsletters that have not yet been transcribed into text format.

External links

  • Lifeline at the Life Lexicon
  • Lifeline at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life