Janus (science fiction magazine)

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Janus (science fiction magazine) 1977 issue 9.jpg
1977 cover
Editor Janice Bogstad
Jeanne Gomoll
Categories Feminist science fiction
First issue December 1975 (1975-12)
Final issue
— Number
Winter 1980
Country USA
Based in Madison, Wisconsin
ISSN 0197-775X

Janus was a feminist science fiction fanzine edited by Janice Bogstad and Jeanne Gomoll in Madison, Wisconsin, and closely associated with that city's science fiction convention, WisCon (Several early WisCon program books doubled as special issues of Janus.)[1] It was repeatedly nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine (1978, 1979 and 1980);[2] this led to accusations that if Janus had not been feminist, it wouldn't have been nominated.[3][4] Eighteen issues were published under this name from 1975–1980; it was succeeded by Aurora SF (Aurora Speculative Feminism).[5][6]


During its run, Janus included articles, reviews, artwork and/or letters of comment from a variety of notables, including: Amanda Bankier, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Walter Breen, Linda Bushyager, Avedon Carol, Suzy McKee Charnas, C. J. Cherryh, Buck Coulson, Samuel R. Delany, Gene DeWeese, Harlan Ellison, Alexis Gilliland, Mike Glicksohn, Joan Hanke-Woods, Teddy Harvia (both as Harvia and under his real name of David Thayer), Ursula K. Leguin, Elizabeth Lynn, Loren MacGregor, Katherine Maclean, Vonda McIntyre, Alexei Panshin, Andy Porter, William Rotsler, Joanna Russ, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Charles R. Saunders, Stu Shiffman, Gene Simmons, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Joan Vinge, Harry Warner, Jr., F. Paul Wilson, Donald A. Wollheim, and Susan Wood.


  1. ^ "What is WisCon?:History of Wiscon"
  2. ^ Hugo Nominee List
  3. ^ Merrick, Helen. "From female man to feminist fan: uncovering herstory in the annals of SF fandom," in Women of Other Worlds: Excursions Through Science Fiction and Feminism Helen Merrick and Tess Williams, eds. Univ. of Western Australia Press, 1999, p. 129-ff.
  4. ^ Gomoll, Jeanne. "An Open Letter to Joanna Russ," Six Shooter (Jeanne Gomoll, Linda Pickersgill and Pam Wells, eds. [1987]; reprinted in Fanthology '87
  5. ^ Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Utopia:Journals, Newsletters, & 'Zines
  6. ^ Temple University Libraries Fanzine Collection: J

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