Femizine is a science fiction fanzine from the UK.
Femizine was begun in the 1950s. It was supposedly edited by non-existing fan “Joan W. Carr” who, in reality, was a hoax created by male 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 focal point for 'femme fannes' in the UK. When the hoax was finally revealed early in 1956, it shocked many fans. However, the fanzine was taken over first by Pamela Bulmer and then later by Ethel Lindsay, who continued to publish issues.
Issue #2 was published in Summer 1954 and co-edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as "Jan Carr, and Ethel Lindsay.
Femizine # 5, released February 1955, was edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as"Joan Carr". Contributors include editor “Carr,” Joan Burns, Ethel Lindsay (Scottishe), Frances Evans, Grace Burns, Daphne Buckmaster (Esprit, Random), Pamela Bulmer and “Franceska.” Front cover art is by Joan Burns, interior art by Grace Burns, Daphne Buckmaster and “Carr.” The letter column includes contributions from Ken Bulmer (Science Fantasy News), Dave Cohen, Frances Evans, Dean Grennell (Grue), Chuch Harris, Ethel Lindsay, Stuart Mackenzie, Archie Mercer (Vector), Eric Needham (Now & Then), Fred Smith, Dave Vendelmans (Alpha), Walt Willis (Hyphen),and Helen Winick. There was also a letter from Sally Ann Bloch, supposedly the 11-year old daughter of SF writer and longtime fan Robert Bloch.
Issue #6, from April 1955, was edited by H.P. Sanderson as "Carr". Contributors to this issue include Frances Evans, Ethel Lindsay, Madeleine Willis, Pamela Bulmer and “Franceska.” Front cover art is by “Carr,” interior art by Daphne Buckmaster, Frances Evans, Harry Turner (Now & Then) and “Carr.” The letter column includes contributions from Tony Glynn, Jim Harmon, Mal Ashworth (Rot), Ron Bennett (Ploy), Eric Bentcliffe, George Charters, Eva Firestone, Dean Grennell, Alfred Hind, Archie Mercer, Fred Smith, Gerald A. Steward (Canadian Fandom, Harry Turner, Brian Varley, Dave Vendelmans, Mike Wallace, and Helen Winick.
Issue #7, 1955, was edited by H.P. Sanderson as "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, and Helen Highwater. 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. 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 #8 of March 1956 was the first issue to be edited solely by Pamela Bulmer, while H.P. Sanderson faded into the background.
InTHEN Volume 2, Chapter 3, Rob Hansen writes about issue #9; "...in May the ninth issue of FEMIZINE duly appeared with 'HOAX' emblazoned across its cover over a drawing of a deceased Joan Carr. Inside, Sanderson, Evans, Lindsay, and Bulmer laid out the whole hoax for a shocked British fandom. People had been so completely taken in that they were stunned by the revelation and immediate reactions to it were muted."
Rob Hansen continues, "In September 1958, Ethel Lindsay re-launched FEMIZINE under the name DISTAFF. The fanzine was welcomed by Britain's female fans but the name-change wasn't, so with its next issue, the eleventh, it reverted to its old name."
In concluding the story of Femizine, Rob Hansen writes, "Lindsay published FEMIZINE, which continued to be a showcase for the talents of female fans, until its fifteenth and final issue in September 1960."