Janus

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Janus Issue 9 1977Cover art by Robert Kellough
Janus
Issue 9 1977
Cover art by Robert Kellough

Janus was a science fiction fanzine published in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. in the 1970s.

Janus was edited by Janice Bogstad for the first four issues, who was then joined by Jeanne Gomoll as co-editor. Their fanzine was one of the first feminist sf publications. The name of the fanzine was later changed to Aurora; 26 issues were released in total, 18 under the original name of Janus. It was closely associated with the Wisconsin Science Fiction Convention, or WisCon, as the group behind the zine had started the convention, and some issues of Janus also served as program books for WisCon.

The editors met at The Madison SF Group, a science fiction group founded by Hank Luttrell (Starling), Lesleigh Luttrell (Starling, Quark), Jan Bogstad, Phil Kaveny, and Tom Murn in 1974.

Contributors of writing included Marleen Barr, John Bartelt (Rune), Pete Brown, Suzy McKee Charnas, Perri Corrick, Jonathan Farris, Jeanne Gomoll, Philip Kaveny, Hank Luttrell, Lesleigh Luttrell, Diane M. Martin, Dave Medaris, Lynne Morse, Thomas Murn, Karen Peterson, Douglas H. Price, Gregory G.H. Rihn, Tom Rogan, Richard S. Russell, Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Windhaven), Pat Sommers, Peter Werner, Richard West, Rick White, and Susan Wood (Aspidistra, Amor).

Poetry was contributed by Ruth Berman, Janice Bogstad, James A. Cox, Jeanne Gomoll, Mary Jane Trani, Cat Vogel, and Jennifer Wilson.

Contributors of cover artwork included Sam S. Adkins, John P. Alexander, Brad Foster, Steven Fox, Jeanne Gomoll, Joan Hanke-Woods, Jini Kai, Robert Kellough, Georgie Schnobrich, Arlin Teeselink, Eric Wallner, and Jennifer Wilson.

Illustrations were contributed by Amanda Bankier, John Bartelt, Kelly Clifton, Perry Corrick, Robert Flinchbaugh, Jeanne Gomoll, Lynn Haanen, Robert Kellough, Mary Louther, Hank Luttrell, Dave Medaris, Doriane Nieburgs, Gregory G.H. Rihn, Tom Robe, Dan Steffan (Boonfark), Rick White, and Jennifer Wilson.

Interviews with Suzy McKee Charnas and Amanda Bankier, editor of The Witch and the Chameleon, were featured.

Letters came from Linda Bushyager (Granfalloon), Avedon Carol, Buck Coulson (Yandro), Don D'Ammassa (Mythologies), Mike Glicksohn (Energumen), Ethel Lindsay (Scottishe), Vonda N. McIntyre, Gene Simmons (Faun), and Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), among others.

Janus was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine from 1978 through to 1980. Jeanne Gomoll was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist for 1978 and 1980.

Jeanne Gomoll continued publishing zines in the 1980s with her title Whimsey, and co-published the one shot fanzine Six Shooter, with Linda Krawecke and Pam Wells in 1987.

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