Julian May

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(July 10, 1931 – October 17, 2017)

Julian "Judy" May (Dikty) was an American science fiction fan and writer. She grew up in Chicago and became a fan in her late teens, publishing the fanzine Interim Newsletter. She helped create the SF International organization in the late ’40s and early ’50s.

In 1950, she sold "Dune Roller" to Campbell.

She chaired the Tenth World Science Fiction Convention (Chicon II) (Tasfic) in Chicago in 1952, the first woman to chair a Worldcon.

She met her future husband, Ted Dikty, at a convention in Ohio in 1950 and married him in 1953. Shortly after that, she dropped out of sf.

Between 1954 and the early ’70s, she wrote and edited hundreds of children's and YA books as well as books on science, history, biography and religion. In 1976, she attended Westercon 29 in Los Angeles, her first science-fiction convention in many years, which led her back into SF writing, resulting in the very successful Galactic Milieu series. (One of the novels of which received a nomination for the 1982 Best Novel Hugo.) She also wrote A Gazeteer of the Hyborian World of Conan under the pseudonym Lee N. Falconer.

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She was a member of the First Fandom club (as Julian M. Dikty); a memorial article by Jon D. Swartz appeared in Scientifiction (New Series #54, 4th Quarter 2017).

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