(???? – October 22, 2013)
Franklyn M. Dietz, Jr., was a fan who was one of the founding members (and, later, President) of the Lunarians in 1956. He hosted their meetings with his then-wife Belle Dietz for many years at their apartment at 1750 Walton Ave. in the Bronx.
Over the years, he published the fanzines Luna, Luna Monthly, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. His fanzines were always listed as coming from Luna Publications (which also provided the name for the Lunarians.) He published the daily newsletter for the Cinvention. He published Ground Zero.
His publishing house, Luna Publications, which began in the 1950s, gave its name to the Lunarians. Under this name he published published his zines as well as books such as Paul Walker's Speaking of Science Fiction.
He served on the concom for Lunacon from 1957 through 1971, chairing the first 15 Lunacons. He chaired Silvercon. In 2007, he was the Fan GoH at Lunacon 50. He was also a member of the Knights of St. Fantony, having been inducted in 1957 at Loncon. He helped found the International Science Fiction Correspondence Club in 1949. He was a Knight of St. Fantony.
He was known for making recordings at conventions, both on wire and on reel-to-reel, which he did under the name “Station Luna.” He also filmed at cons. He was one of the founders of the Guild of Science Fiction Recordists. Unfortunately, his recordings and films were lost.
He was a leading member of the Fantasy Artisans.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
1957 — Knight of St. Fantony
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