Despatch was a media science fiction fanzine published by Ruth Berman.
Despatch was the official organ of the Mark Lenard International Fan Club, a club that was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Published from October 1968 until the early 1980s, 44 issues were released. During the run of the fanzine, the title alternated between Despatch and "The Despatch". It was one of the earliest fanzines devoted to the television series Star Trek to feature fan-fiction. Also included were letters of comment, articles, art work, essays, songs, photos of Mark Lenard, poetry, crossword puzzles, cartoons, con reports, and reviews.
Contributors of art work included Alicia Austin (Kevas and Trillium), Terry Austin, George Barr, Gail Barton (Eridani Triad), Tim Courtney, Jane Dalley, Marg Harris, Marilyn Hawkes, C. Lee Healy, Greg Jein, Tim Kirk, Chris Lofthus, J. Murdock Mathew, Joyce Muskat, Mary Ellen Rabogliatti, Dawna Snyder, Cara Sherman Tereno (Romulan Wine), Anthony Tollin, and Ellen Winder, among others.
Contributors of cartoons included Paula Nass, among others.
Contributors of articles included Ruth Berman, Lee Burwasser, Paula Crist, Dorothy Jones Heydt, Carol Lee, Shirley Maiewski, Ev Turner, and Maureen Wilson, among others.
Poetry was contributed by Jane Aumerle, Ruth Berman, Jane Dalley, Nan Miller, and Mary Ellen Rabogliatti, among others.
Fiction was contributed by Doris Beetem (Eridani Triad), Ruth Berman, Judith Brownlee, Rusty Hancock, Pat Kienly, Jean Lorrah, Nancy Ann Miller, Susan Price, Norma M. Smith, Eileen Roy, among others.