Dian Crayne

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(August 29, 1942 - October 4, 2017)

Dian Girard Pelz Crayne, an LA area fan, writer and artist who also published as J. D. Crayne, was a member of LASFS, SAPS, and Future Unbounded. For a time she was known in fandom as Sadista from a cartoon image of herself she used in fanzines.

She published The Game of Fandom in 1964. She later published Murder at the Worldcon. In 1965, while celebrating Halloween at a LASFS party, Dian (then Dian Pelz), was hit by debris after someone fired shots near the building. She was one of the many fans who were involved in Postal Diplomacy in the 1960s and 70s.

Under her maiden name, Dian Girard, she had a number of short stories published in Galaxy, Amazing and anthologies, beginning with “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” in 1974.

She was married to fellow fan Bruce Pelz (1964–70). Their divorce was amicable — they even threw a divorce party which inspired Larry Niven's "What Can You Say about Chocolate-Covered Manhole Covers?" In 1972, she married fan Chuck Crayne (1938–2009).

She was found dead on October 4, 2017, by police making a welfare check at the request of friends after she failed to show up for their book club meeting, but her exact date of death is uncertain.

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