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In the 1940s, Eydthe Eyde was well known in science fiction circles as "Tigrina". She was a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and a contributor to science fiction fanzines.  
 
In the 1940s, Eydthe Eyde was well known in science fiction circles as "Tigrina". She was a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and a contributor to science fiction fanzines.  
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In 1947, Eydthe Eyde published the first issue of [[Vice Versa]], which is credited as being the first publication to appear devoted to lesbians. She typed each issue while at work as a secretary at RKO studios using a carbon paper to make 4 copies, and then repeating the process to create 10 copies of each issue. Although not usually referred to as a "zine", Eyde was involved in the science fiction community of the day, so there is reason to believe she was following in this tradition. The cover consisted of only the title, typed directly in the center of an otherwise blank sheet of paper.She mailed the first issue to friends. When she learned it was illegal in the U.S.A. to mail any material about gays or lesbians, she delivered the zine by hand to readers.
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''Vice Versa'' consisted of book and movie reviews, science fiction stories by Eyde, and contributions by Forrest J. Ackermann, editor of [[Voice of the Imagi-Nation]].
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There were no names included in the publication at the time. Later, Eyde began writing for the lesbian periodical [[The Ladder]] and used the name Lisa Ben, an anagram of "lesbian", and this name was retroactively ascribed to ''Vice Versa''. Much later, in the early 2000s, Eyde was accorded many honors as one of the pioneers of gay and lesbian journalism, and it was at this time that her real name, knowledge of her editorship and Ackerman's involvement with the zine was finally made public by her. 
  
 
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*[[The Acolyte]]
 
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Revision as of 20:50, 11 June 2011

Eydthe Eyde, also known as Tigrina, and as Lisa Ben is a fanzine publisher and writer.

In the 1940s, Eydthe Eyde was well known in science fiction circles as "Tigrina". She was a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and a contributor to science fiction fanzines.

In 1947, Eydthe Eyde published the first issue of Vice Versa, which is credited as being the first publication to appear devoted to lesbians. She typed each issue while at work as a secretary at RKO studios using a carbon paper to make 4 copies, and then repeating the process to create 10 copies of each issue. Although not usually referred to as a "zine", Eyde was involved in the science fiction community of the day, so there is reason to believe she was following in this tradition. The cover consisted of only the title, typed directly in the center of an otherwise blank sheet of paper.She mailed the first issue to friends. When she learned it was illegal in the U.S.A. to mail any material about gays or lesbians, she delivered the zine by hand to readers.

Vice Versa consisted of book and movie reviews, science fiction stories by Eyde, and contributions by Forrest J. Ackermann, editor of Voice of the Imagi-Nation.

There were no names included in the publication at the time. Later, Eyde began writing for the lesbian periodical The Ladder and used the name Lisa Ben, an anagram of "lesbian", and this name was retroactively ascribed to Vice Versa. Much later, in the early 2000s, Eyde was accorded many honors as one of the pioneers of gay and lesbian journalism, and it was at this time that her real name, knowledge of her editorship and Ackerman's involvement with the zine was finally made public by her.

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