Femizine

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FemizineIssue 7 1955Cover art by Daphne Buckmaster
Femizine
Issue 7 1955
Cover art by Daphne Buckmaster

Femizine is a science fiction fanzine from the UK.

Femizine was begun in the 1950s. It was supposedly edited by “Joan W. Carr”, who turned out to be a hoax created by a male UK fan, H.P. “Sandy” Sanderson. A sergeant in the British Army stationed in North Africa, Sanderson reported meeting a WRAC (British WAC) who‘d expressed an interest in fandom. This was at a time when there were not a lot of females in fandom. “She“ was soon writing to various fans back in England, and was eventually asked (and agreed) to edit Femizine, which became a very popular focal point for female unity in the UK. When the hoax was finally revealed early in 1956, it shocked many fans. However, the fanzine was taken over by Ethel Lindsay who continued to publish issues.

Issue 7 was edited by "Joan Carr" with co-editor Pamela Bulmer. It featured a front cover by Daphne Buckmaster, and contributions from Pamela Bulmer, Irene Gore, Ethel Lindsay, “Franceska,” Dorothy Ratigan, Ann Steul , Helen “Highwater” and editor “Carr” (four times). The letter column includes contributions from Mal Ashworth, Pat Darrell, Daphne Buckmaster, Mike Wallace, Fred Smith, Helen Winick, Robert Bloch, Archie Mercer, “Franceska,” Ron Bennett, Brian Varley, William F. Temple, Joy Goodwin, Irene Gore, Dean Grennell, Eric Jones, Harry Turner and Dick Ellington.

Issue 11, published May 1959, was edited by Ethel Lindsay, after previous editor "Joan Carr" was revealed as a hoax. Contributors included Daphne Buckmaster, Pamela Bulmer, Miriam Carr, Joy Clarke, Betty Kujawa, and Jean Young.

The letter column includes contributions from Mal Ashworth, Pat Darrell, Daphne Buckmaster, Mike Wallace, Fred Smith, Helen Winick, Robert Bloch, Archie Mercer, “Franceska,” Ron Bennett, Brian Varley, William F. Temple, Joy Goodwin, Irene Gore, Dean Grennell, Eric Jones, Harry Turner and Dick Ellington.

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