Checkpoint

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UK Fanzine (1971-1979) whose founding and principal editor was Peter Roberts (1950-    ). This Newszine for the UK sf fan community was launched as a replacement for the 1959-1971 Skyrack. A short-lived "first series" of Checkpoint had appeared in 1968-1969, comprising eight foolscap (13 x 8 in) issues devoted to fanzine reviews. The main newsletter sequence began with the trial issue #00 dated 6 April 1971 and continued to #100, September 1979, which includes an idiosyncratic subject index of the entire 1971-1979 run. Checkpoint was characterized by the relaxed, understated, sometimes whimsical humour with which Roberts presented news, gossip, Convention reports, and book and fanzine reviews. The format was UK quarto (10 x 8 in), stencil-duplicated, typically 4-8pp, occasionally as large as 14pp. Darroll Pardoe (1943-    ) took over the editorship from #47, April 1974, changing the format to a single sheet of offset-printed quarto folded to give 4pp. Ian Maule (1952-    ) became editor with #63, December 1975, restoring the full-size quarto duplicated format which Roberts also retained when he resumed control at #74, September 1976. In 1979 Roberts decided that although a successor newsletter was required, the title should now cease: outstanding Checkpoint subscriptions were passed to David Langford, who continued the UK newszine tradition with Ansible.

Thanks to a 2005-2007 collaborative fan initiative, all issues of Checkpoint have been archived online [see under links below] and later assembled as The Complete Checkpoint (2018 ebook). [DRL]

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