Start Breaking Up

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Start Breaking Up is a science fiction fanzine by Chris Atkinson and Linda Krawecke (formerly Karrh-Pickersgill) published in the UK.

The title of this fanzine is a reference to Stop Breaking Down, and initially, Start Breaking Up was conceived of when Linda Krawcke and Chris Atkinson grew tired of waiting for their articles, written for the original run of Stop Breaking Down, to appear in print. The first issue of Start Breaking Up appeared in October, 1981.

However, Start Breaking Up continued to be released and was soon publishing new, original material. 10 issues of the title came out.

Contributions included "A Day Of Lies" by Chris Evans, and "Best Popcorn in Town", on growing up at drive-ins in Louisiana, U.S.A., by Linda Krawecke.

Start Breaking Up won the Ansible Reader's Poll Award for Best Single Issue of a Fanzine in 1981. The same year Chris Atkinson won the Ansible Reader's Poll Award for Best Fanwriter, as well as the Nova Award for Best Fanwriter for 1981 and 1982.

Linda Krawecke and Chris Atkinson also started up the APA The Women's Periodical around this same time. In 1987, Linda Krawecke co-published the one shot, Six Shooter, with Jeanne Gomoll and Pam Wells. In 1989, Chris Atkinson co-edited The Speculator with Chris O'Shea.