Joyce Katz

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Arnie Katz, Moshe Feder and Joyce Katz, from left, at Corflu Nova (1984). Courtesy of Rich Lynch.

(January 9, 1939 – July 30, 2016)

Joyce Worley Katz (née Joyce Marie Worley, then Fisher) discovered fandom in the mid-1950s. She co-chaired St. Louiscon, the 1968 Worldcon, and was co-editor of Odd and edited the N3F clubzine Postwarp. Odd was nominated for the 1968 Best Fanzine Hugo.

She was a founder of the Ozark Science Fiction Association and served on the committee for Ozarkons 1–5. She was a member of The Saturday People.

In 1969, Joyce, with Pam Janisch and Sue Robinson, pubbed the fanzine What About Us Grils? This fanzine lasted for three issues, at which time Joyce moved to Brooklyn and began her next zine, Potlatch. During her time in Brooklyn, fan Ted Pauls dubbed her "The High Priestess of Brooklyn Fandom." She was a member of the Fanoclasts and the Brooklyn Insurgents.

Joyce Katz (1995) By and courtesy of Grant Canfield.

She chaired Corflu 29 and was on the committee for Corflu 25 and Silvercons 1–4. She was a member and officer of the Southern Nevada Area Fantasy Fiction Union (SNAFFU), hosted The Monthly Social in the 1990s and belonged to the Vegrants. She was a member of the Fanwriting Circle, APA APA, APA-V and SNAPA (of which she was OE.)

Joyce's memoirs were published in her fanzine Hard Science Tales in the 2000s and her fanwriting was collected in The Sweetheart of Fanac Falls.

She was born in Poplar Bluff, MO (also the birthplace of Claude Degler). She married fellow fan Raymond "Duggy" Fisher in 1956; after their divorce in 1970, she married actifan Arnie Katz in ’71. She and Katz later moved to Las Vegas where they created and sustained a local fandom.

With Katz and Bill Kunkel, Joyce founded the first magazine devoted to video games, Electronic Games, in 1981. She held senior editorial roles at other gaming publications throughout the 1990s, working under her maiden name.

She suffered a stroke in May 2016 and died of subsequent complications.

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