Esprit

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Esprit was a science fiction zine by Daphne Buckmaster.

Esprit was first published in London, England in 1954 and later in Kirkdudbright, Scotland in the early 1960s. It was originally intended for circulation in the Offtrails Magazine Publishers Association (OMPA) but with the 13th issue in 1960 she decided to make it generally available. Daphne Buckmaster stated her intentions were: "...an attempt at the sort of fanzine which I have long waited to see but have never come across - a magazine in which observations, experiences and ideas can be exchanged."

Five of the post OMPA issues were released as Volume 2, the last in 1961. 17 issues were published in all.

Vol. 1 No. 1 contained articles on selling and status seeking by Ron and Daphne Buckmaster, and an item on infinite horizons by Sid Birchby.

Contents of Vol. 2 No. 2, October 1960, include an article on the future of science fiction by John Rackham, as well as articles on history, Fandom and DF, Psychosomatics and the senses.

Vol 2, #3, included Les Gerber, Nan Gerding (The Chigger Patch of Fandom), Ray Nelson, Jim Norrie, John Rackham and Harry Turner (Now & Then, Zenith).

Vol. 2, # 4 included John Rackham writing on drugs, Art Rapp (Spacewarp) on Indian relics, Julian Parr on status seeking, Nan Gerding taking a stand against IBM testing, plus contributions by Ray Nelson, Max Cranium, and Don Smith.

Vol 2, # 5 included contributions from Sid Birchby, John Champion, John Rackham, Philip Simpson, and art by Max Cranium.

Letters came from D.R. Smith, among others.

Esprit was voted one of the top ten fanzines in the UK in the Skyrack Fan Poll for the years 1960 and 1961.

Daphne Buckmaster also published the zines Hobo, Rackhamart, and Random.

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