Joe (JoeD) Siclari started is fandom in 1965 by collecting everything he could find related to SF&F, books, magazines, fanzines, strange paraphernalia. By 1966, he was a fanzine fan. He has been active in running conventions, clubs, collecting and in preserving science fiction and fan History. He was from Staten Island, and lived in Manhattan (in the Cinemansion with Jerry Kaufman) and then moved to Florida in the late 70s. Around 2000 he moved back to New York.
He was Chairman of the 50th Worldcon, MagiCon, in Orlando, Florida in 1992 and has worked on over 25 Worldcons including seven at a senior position of Assistant Division Head or above. In total, he has worked on over 300 science fiction conventions. He was a member of the Flushing in '80, Atlanta in '86, Orlando in '92, Boston for Orlando in 2001, Boston in 2004, and Reno in 2011 Worldcon bid committees. He also started the Australia in 2010 Worldcon bid to aggravate Stephen Boucher.
Joe originated the idea and co-founded SMOFcon with Theresa "TR" Renner and Ben Yalow, and chaired or co-chaired SMOFcon 1, SMOFcon 7, and SMOFcon 18. He co-founded and named FanHistoriCon with Peggy Rae Pavlat Sapienza and Bruce Pelz and organized FanHistoriCon 1, FanHistoriCon 4, FanHistoriCon 6, FanHistoriCon 9 and FanHistoriCon 10). He chaired nine Tropicons and four Travelling Fetes.
With his wife, fan Edie Stern, Joe originated the Travelling Fete, a series of relaxacons that moved to locations near or requested by each year's GoH. The GoH was responsible for the (one) program and for selecting an excursion to the guest's favorite local site. The Travelling Fete was sponsored by SFSFS.
Joe published Lee Hoffman's The Complete Quandry, Walt Willis's The Enchantment and Harry Warner's A Wealth of Fable, a history of 1950s fandom, and edited an illustrated edition of Warner's 1940s history All Our Yesterdays available from NESFA Press.
Joe wrote "Science Fiction Fandom - A History of An Unusual Hobby" for The Science Fiction Reference Book (1981), edited by Marshall B. Tymn. He also compiled the annotated bibliography chapter for Science Fiction Fandom (1994), edited by Joe Sanders.
He was a founder and frequent officer of SFSFS, founder and Sole Titular Dictator of the Coral Springs Science Fiction League, Social Drinking Society, and Traveling Fanvariety Show In Exile, and a member of FISTFA, the Lunarians, NESFA, the Tallahassee Mad Gang (founder), the N3F (Board member), and the Fanoclasts.
Joe and Edie are also collectors of S-F illustration art. Over the years, they have worked on over a dozen Science Fiction Art Exhibitions at various conventions, including Worldcons, World Fantasy Conventions, and, most frequently, at Boskones.
- The Complete Quandry (by Lee Hoffman)
- The Enchantment (by Walt Willis's)
- FanHistorica [1976-96]
- SFSFS Shuttle (some issues)
- Shadow of a Fan  (for FAPA)
- Tightbeam [1972-73] (some issues)
- unterHelios [early 70s]
- A Wealth of Fable (by Harry Warner)
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1981 -- ASFiCon 2
- 1984 -- Gnome Award, Omnicon, Miami, Florida
- 1990 -- Oasis 3
- 1996 -- Minicon 31,
- 1996 -- DeepSouthCon 34 (Beachcon)
- 1997 -- Fellow of NESFA
- 1999 -- Loscon XXVI
- 2000 -- Lifetime Member Award, South Florida Science Fiction Society
- 2005 -- DUFF
- 2007 -- Best Related Book Hugo (nomination)
- 2008 -- Lunacon 51
- 2016 -- Big Heart Award
- 2019 --FAAn Award for Best Online Archive or Resource for Fanac.org
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