Checkpoint 64

CHECKPOINT 64

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BOWERS WINS TAFF, TACKETT WINS TAFF.

For the first time in the long history of TAFF both candidates have received the same number of votes. The final count was as follows:

    BRITAIN: BOWERS 20, TACKETT 15

    AMERICA: BOWERS 52, TACKETT 57

The current administrators, Pete Weston and Len Moffatt have solved the problem by announcing both Bill and Roy will be coming over for the Mancon at Easter.

GANNET NEWS

The regular Tuesday night meetings have moved again. The Gannet group now congregates from about 7.30pm onwards at the Printers Pie in Newcastle. The first meeting at the new venue was held on the Tuesday before Christmas and attracted 13 people.

CONVENTION NEWS

The next progress report for Mancon will be out in the near future according to Pete Presford. The report was collected from the printers before Christmas and delayed to avoid the postal mess over the holiday period. Hotel booking forms will also be issued fairly shortly.

Instead of paying hotel bills at the end of the convention the Mancon committee have arranged for all bills to be settled on arrival at the convention. In addition Pete tells me that fans attending their first convention will have coloured name badges for easy identification.

Apart from the usual pros attending, American author Joe Green will also be making an appearance. Other rumours speak of Kelly Freas and Philip Jose Farmer as future possible attendees.

Fantasycon II to be held in Birmingham February 27-29, is the second annual convention of the British Fantasy Society. Registration is 50p to Sandra Sutton, 194 Station Rd., Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7TE.

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Scancon 76, June 4-7 at the Stockholm Inst. of Tech. Students Union. Supporting membership £1 attending £4 to, Lars-Olav Strandberg, PO Box 3273, S-103 65 Stockholm, Sweden. GoH is Jack Vance.

Midamericon, Sept. 2-6. The 1976 Worldcon to be held at the Hotel Muehlbach, Kansas City. I appear to be British agent for the con although I haven't received any recent literature about the con. Current membership is £3 supporting and £10 attending. All cheques payable to me please.

FANZINE NEWS.

Zimri is not dead according to informed sources. The long delay between issues is due to a bereavement in Lisa's family. The next issue is currently in the process of being completed and shouldn't be too long in appearing.

NEW AWARD.

The SF Foundation is sponsoring a new award for excellence in SF criticism. The first award is to be presented at this year's Mancon. Judges will be: Peter Nicholls, Philip Strick, Ian Watson, Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert Louit. The award can be presented to any article published in the SF field be it in magazine, book or fanzine. Any article you feel that deserves recognition should be drawn to the attention of Peter Nicholls at the Foundation.

PEOPLE.

Don Allen sends to all people his apologise for not replying to letters recently, illness in the family has necessitated a cutback in fanac.

Sam Long and Mary Reed are engaged to be married.

FANZINES RECEIVED

Forthcoming SF Books 29, Joanne Burger, 55 Blue Bonnet Ct., Lake Jackson, TX., 77566, USA. Sub $1.50/year. A useful publication listing SF books to be published.

Triode 22, Eric Bentcliffe, 17 Riverside Cres., Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7NR. Usual or £1/$2.50 for three issues. Fannish writing reminiscent of the late fifties.

Science Fiction Review 15, Dick Geis, PO Box 11408, Portland, OR.97211, USA. Sub. £1.98/1 year, £3.43/2 years. The very best in SF criticism and 'in' fighting.

Our Fair City 3, Martin Easterbrook, Physics Dept., Royal Holloway College, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey. Usual. Mostly book reviews.

Mota 13, Terry Hughes, 866 N. Frederick St., Arlington, Virginia 22205, USA. Usual. Terry has taken over as the anglophile of American fandom. Articles from James White in this issue and Bob Shaw in the last together with illos from Harry Bell and Atom make this the fanzine to get if you're into faanish fandom. Can't be recommended too highly.

Erg 53, Terry Jeeves, 230 Bannerdale Rd., Sheffield, S11 9FE. Usual or 3/50p. 7/£1. SF and notes on acheiving colour in duplicated work.

After the Flood 11, David Griffin, 83 Maple Rd., Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8RF. Usual or 25p per copy. A strange little fanzine this, having many connections with Swedish fandom, something no other British fanzine seems to have. Contents are varied although SF seems to predominate.

The Zine That Has No Name 1, Paul Skelton, 25 Bowland Close, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 5NW. Usual. A new fanzine from the Skelton stable containing fanzine reviews and chatterings.

Instant Message 185, NESFA, PO Box G, MIT Branch Post Office, Cambridge, Mass. 02139, USA. No price listed. This is the official newsletter of the New England Science Fiction Association and as such contains mostly news of the clubs activities, it is however useful for other outside news.

Ardees 2, Andrew and Ruth Dunlop, 24 John Grundy House, Howard Place, Hyde, Cheshire. SK14 2TB. Usual. General contents of the type that hasn't been seen in British fandom for some time. By this I mean SF, fannish and the occasional poetry. My own opinion of this type of content I'm afraid is not too high. My personal belief is that a fanzine should concentrate on one style of written material to the exclusion of all else.

NESFIG Newsletter 7, Harry Bell, 9 Lincoln St., Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4EE. Newsletter of the North East Science Fiction Group and as such contains items and information only of interest to club members. From reading the zine I get the impression that all is not well with the group these days which is a shame. The idea of bringing together local fans for a social evening of SF discussions and chat on a regular basis is something I would have thought all SF fans outside of fandom would be pleased to support. It just proves the point that those in fandom aren't the normal human beings they think they are. The next meeting of the group is on Wednesday 28th January at the Printers Pie from 7.30 pm. Guest speaker this time is Pete Weston.

Vector 71, Chris Fowler, 72 Kenilworth Ave., Southcote, Reading, RG3 3DN. 5/$5 or $1.50 per copy airmail. Not available for subscription in the UK. Still not reaching the standards set by the previous editor Malcolm Edwards, Vector nevertheless still manages to be one of the better magazines devoted to the critical discussion of SF in this country.

Logo 1 76, Kevin Easthope, 6 Ipsley Grove, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 7SY. One of the new generation of fannish fanzines. This issue includes Dan Morgan's Guest of Honour speech from last years Novacon together with the usual letters and fanzine reviews. Not a bad fanzine as it stands.

Dynatron 64, Roy Tackett, 915 Green Valley Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA. 35¢ per copy or 3/$1 or trade. It continually amazes me how anyone can produce a fanzine consistantly over such a long period of time without the standard of the first issue being noticeably different from that of the present. Not a bad fanzine.

Radix 2, Ron Rogers, PO Box 774, Christiansburg, VA. 24703, USA. 'Available for almost anything.' Oh dear, two of the most dire aspects imaginable to a fanzine are in here, namely fan fiction and comics. Apart from these few items I found the whole magazine fairly innocuous. Nothing of any real merit to worth much comment.

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BRITAIN IS FINE IN 79 BRITAIN IS FINE IN 79 BRITAIN IS FINE IN 79

ODDS AND SODS

Australian fan Alan Sandercock an active fan in a couple of overseas apas is now living in London for the time being. Alan can be contacted at: C/O London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1.
A young American fan who appears interested in many aspects of SF would like to receive fanzines: Donald Robertson, 38 Great Percy St., London WC1.
Elke & Alan Stewart have been in the country for some time now but I've only recently discovered their new address which is: 7 Surrey Lane, London SW11 3PA.
John Brosnan has returned from fighting the IRA in Ireland and can now be found in almost any pub in the capital. John is currently suffering from the loss of Harry Harrison's typewriter. Brian Parker was a recent visitor to Ealing and showed your editor how to behave in a Japanese restaurant.
Next issue of Checkpoint will be out before the end of the month and will contain the first of the promised fan profiles as well as a new heading by Harry Bell.

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