T. E. Dikty

(June 16, 1920 - October 11, 1991)

Thaddeus Maxim Eugene "TeD" Dikty was an early fan from Indiana who became general manager of a specialist bookselling business, and later was one of the founders of Shasta Publications. He was married to fellow fan and author Julian May.

He grew up in a household which read sf and started reading it himself at age 9. He found fandom in October 1938 when he met Bob Formanek and started Fantasy Digest with him. In the late 30s he also published Grab Bag, and the Who's Who in Fandom 1940. He was also a member of the SFL, IFF, and New Fandom.

He was on the committee of Chicon II, secretary-treasurer of Moonstruck Press, headed the Indiana Fantasy Association and published the IFA Review as well as Fantasy Digest, and Epilogue. He was a member of First Fandom.

Dikty edited several SF anthologies during the 1940s-1960s, including the annual Best Science Fiction Stories series 1949-1954 (with E. F. Bleiler), and Dikty continued the series alone from 1955 through 1957.

Other SF anthologies were Every Boy's Book of Outer Space Stories (1960) and Great Science Fiction About Mars (1966). In 1974 he started FAX Collector’s Editions, a publishing enterprise aimed at reprinting, often in facsimile, from old magazines.

He was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2013.

For more on his career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/dikty_t_e

For an early short biography, see Who's Who in Fandom 1940 p5.