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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 Karen Axness, Doug Barbour, Marleen Barr, John Bartelt (Rune), Janet Bellwether, James Blair, Pete Brown, Lee Carson, Suzy McKee Charnas, Cy Chauvin, Perri Corrick, Dorothy Dean, Jonathan Farris, Sherri L. File, Robert Frazier, Laurence Gold, Jeanne Gomoll, Sara Greenwald, Jane Hawkins, Arthur D. Hlavaty, Bill Hoffman, Philip Kaveny, Hank Luttrell, Lesleigh Luttrell, Carl Marrs, Diane M. Martin, Dave Medaris, Lynne Morse, Thomas Murn, Debbie Notkin, Karen Peterson, Douglas H. Price, Gregory G.H. Rihn, Tom Rogan, Richard S. Russell, Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Windhaven), Jon Singer, Pat Sommers, Angus M. taylor, Peter Werner, Richard West, Rick White, Clifford R. Wind, and Susan Wood (Aspidistra, Amor).

Poetry was contributed by Ruth Berman (SH - sf Fanthology), Janice Bogstad, James A. Cox, Leslie Dock, Terry Garey, Jeanne Gomoll, Terri Gregory, Denys Howard, Philip Kaveny, Neil Kvern, Rebecca Lesses, Thomas Murn, Cathy Patterson, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Mary Jane Trani, Cat Vogel, Stanley Weinbaum, 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, Ole Kvern, Georgie Schnobrich, Arlin Teeselink, Eric Wallner, and Jennifer Wilson.

Illustrations were contributed by Amanda Bankier, John Bartelt, Kurt Baty, Carl Eugene Bennett, Richard Bruning, Grant Canfield, Kelly Clifton, Perry Corrick, Ctein, Robert Flinchbaugh, Virginia Galko, Alexis Gilliland, Jeanne Gomoll, Julie Gomoll, Lynn Haanen, Joan Hanke-Woods, Teddy harvia, C. Lee Healy, Steven Vincent Johnson, Robert Kellough, Ole Kvern, Mary Louther, Hank Luttrell, Barry Kent MacKay, Tim Marion, Diane Martin, James McLeod, Dave Medaris, Lynn Morse, Doriane Nieburgs, Chris Pasanen, Joe Pearson, Gene Perkins, Vicky Pierce, Victoria Poyser, Sarah Prince, Gregory G.H. Rihn, Tom Robe, Bill Rotsler, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Stu Shiffman, Don Simmons, Georgie Schnobrich, Dan Steffan (Boonfark), Theresa Troise-Heidel, David Vereschagin, Eric Wallner, 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), Adrienne Fein, William Gibson (Genre Platt), Mike Glicksohn (Energumen), Jeff Hecht, [[Ethel Lindsay] (Scottishe), Gordon Linzner, Loren MacGregor, Vonda N. McIntyre, Gene Simmons (Faun), R. Laurraine Tutuhasi (Feline Mewsongs), Victoria Vayne (Simulacrum), 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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