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'''Femizine''' is a science fiction fanzine from the UK.  
'''Femizine''' is a science fiction fanzine from the UK.  
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''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.
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''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. As a sergeant in the British Army stationed in North Africa, Sanderson was far enough away from UK fans to invent a meeting with a female sergeant also serving in Africa who‘d expressed an interest in fandom. “She“ was soon writing to various fans back in England and, at a time when there were few female fans, was 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.
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Issue #2 was published in Summer 1954 and co-edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as "Jan Carr, and Ethel Lindsay.
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Issue #2 was published in Summer 1954 and co-edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as "Joan Carr", and Ethel Lindsay.
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''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 Burns, Daphne Buckmaster and “Carr.”  The letter column includes contributions from Helen Winick, Archie Mercer, Eric Needham, Ethel Lindsay, [[Walt Willis]], Fred Smith, Stuart Mackenzie, Dave Vendelmans, Dean Grennell, Chuch Harris, Frances Evans, Dave Cohen and Ken Bulmer. There was also a letter from Sally Ann Bloch, supposedly the 11-year old daughter of SF writer and longtime fan Robert Bloch.
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''Femizine'' # 5, released February 1955, was edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as"Joan Carr". Contributors include editor “Carr,” [[Daphne Buckmaster]] ([[Esprit]], [[Random]]), Pamela Bulmer, Grace Burns, Joan Burns, Frances Evans, Ethel Lindsay ([[Scottishe]]),  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.
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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]] and “Carr.”  The letter column includes contributions from Tony Glynn, Jim Harmon, Mal Ashworth, Gerald A. Steward, Dean Grennell, Brian Varley, Alfred Hind, Harry Turner, Eric Bentcliffe, Archie Mercer, Mike Wallace, Helen Winick, George Charters, Ron Bennett, Fred Smith, Dave Vendelmans and Eva Firestone.
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Issue #6, from April 1955, was edited by H.P. Sanderson as "Carr". Contributors to this issue include Pamela Bulmer, Frances Evans, Ethel Lindsay, Madeleine Willis, 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.
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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.
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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 ([[Brennschluss]]), Ethel Lindsay, “Franceska,” Dorothy Ratigan, Ann Steul, and Helen Highwater.  The letter column includes contributions from Mal Ashworth, Ron Bennett, Robert Bloch, Daphne Buckmaster, Pat Darrell, Dick Ellington ([[Metrofan]], [[The Bosses' Songbook]]), Dean Grennell, “Franceska”, Joy Goodwin ([[Science Fantasy News]]), Irene Gore, Eric Jones, Archie Mercer, Fred Smith, William F. Temple, Harry Turner, Brian Varley, Mike Wallace, and Helen Winick.  
Issue #8 of March 1956 was the first issue to be edited solely by Pamela Bulmer, while H.P. Sanderson faded into the background.  
Issue #8 of March 1956 was the first issue to be edited solely by Pamela Bulmer, while H.P. Sanderson faded into the background.  
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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."   
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."   
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Issue 11, published May 1959, was edited by [[Ethel Lindsay]]. Contributors included Daphne Buckmaster, Pamela Bulmer, Miriam Carr, Joy Clarke, Betty Kujawa, and [[Jean Young]].
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Issue 11, published May 1959, was edited by [[Ethel Lindsay]]. Contributors included Daphne Buckmaster, Pamela Bulmer, [[Miriam Dyches/Carr/Knight/Lloyd|Miriam Carr]] ([[Goojie Publications]]), Joy Clarke, Betty Kujawa, and [[Jean Young]] ([[Garage Floor]]).
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."
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."

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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 non-existing fan “Joan W. Carr” who, in reality, was a hoax created by male fan H.P. “Sandy” Sanderson. As a sergeant in the British Army stationed in North Africa, Sanderson was far enough away from UK fans to invent a meeting with a female sergeant also serving in Africa who‘d expressed an interest in fandom. “She“ was soon writing to various fans back in England and, at a time when there were few female fans, was 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 "Joan Carr", and Ethel Lindsay.

Femizine # 5, released February 1955, was edited by H.P. Sandy Sanderson as"Joan Carr". Contributors include editor “Carr,” Daphne Buckmaster (Esprit, Random), Pamela Bulmer, Grace Burns, Joan Burns, Frances Evans, Ethel Lindsay (Scottishe), 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 Pamela Bulmer, Frances Evans, Ethel Lindsay, Madeleine Willis, 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 (Brennschluss), Ethel Lindsay, “Franceska,” Dorothy Ratigan, Ann Steul, and Helen Highwater. The letter column includes contributions from Mal Ashworth, Ron Bennett, Robert Bloch, Daphne Buckmaster, Pat Darrell, Dick Ellington (Metrofan, The Bosses' Songbook), Dean Grennell, “Franceska”, Joy Goodwin (Science Fantasy News), Irene Gore, Eric Jones, Archie Mercer, Fred Smith, William F. Temple, Harry Turner, Brian Varley, Mike Wallace, and Helen Winick.

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."

Issue 11, published May 1959, was edited by Ethel Lindsay. Contributors included Daphne Buckmaster, Pamela Bulmer, Miriam Carr (Goojie Publications), Joy Clarke, Betty Kujawa, and Jean Young (Garage Floor).

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."

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