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Founded during Midwestcon on Easter weekend of 1959 to organize the science fiction fans of the golden era and bring back fans who had dropped out of fandom, First Fandom was originally limited to fans active prior to 1938. The first President was Robert A. Madle.

There are several categories for membership in First Fandom. A dinosaur is one who was active in science fiction or fannish activities on or before the First World Science Fiction Convention held over the July 4, 1939, weekend in New York City. Other memberships categories are available.  Anyone who has engaged in correspondence, collecting, conventions, fanzine publishing or reading, writing or participated in a science fiction club for at least 30 years may be eligible for Associate Membership.

First Fandom presents two annual or nearly annual awards: since 1976 the Hall of Fame Award and since 1998, the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award. Most years they are presented at the beginning the Hugo Award ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention.

First Fandom Awards Presented at Worldcon 75 - August 11, 2017

First Fandom’s 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are life-long pair Les and Es Cole. Writer Jim Harmon is First Fandom’s Posthumous Hall of Fame inductee for 2017. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for Excellence in Collecting has been presented to author Jon D. Swartz for his library of magazines and books.

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon 75 took place in Helsinki, Finland.


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Julian May (1931 – 2017)
   Julian Clare May Dikty (July 10, 1931 - October 17, 2017) was an American science fiction (SF), fantasy, science, and children’s author who used pseudonyms as well as her own name in her writing. She is probably best known among SF fans for two series: Saga of Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu.
Judy May - photo by Ben Jason   May grew up in a Chicago suburb, the oldest of four children. Her parents were Matthew M. May and Julia Feilen May; as a child she was known as Judy May. She became involved in SF fandom in her teens, publishing a fanzine, Interim Newsletter.
   She sold her first professional fiction, the short story “Dune Roller” in 1950 to Astounding Science Fiction; it appeared in 1951, under the name J. C. May, accompanied by four of her interior illustrations. She met her future husband, T. E. (Ted) Dikty (1920 - 1991), later that year. May – at the age of 21 -- chaired the 10th Worldcon in Chicago in 1952, becoming the first woman to chair a worldcon. She married Dikty in January, 1953. After selling one more short story, “Star of Wonder,” in 1953, she then dropped out of SF for several years.
May and Dikty had three children, the last of whom was born in 1958. Starting in 1954, May wrote thousands of science ency-clopedia articles for Consolidated Book Publishers; after finishing that project, she wrote similar articles for two other encyclopedia publishers. In 1957 she and her husband founded a production and editorial service for small publishers, Publication Associates; the most notable projects May wrote and edited during this period were two episodes of the Buck Rogers comic strip and a new Catholic catechism for Franciscan Herald Press.
   Between 1956 and 1981 she wrote more than 250 books for children and young adults, under her own name and a variety of pseudonyms; the subjects included science, history, and short biographies of modern-day celebrities.
   Her story “Dune Roller” was filmed in 1972 as The Cremators, starring Maria De Aragon, in which May was credited as Judy Dikty.
   After moving to Oregon in the early 1970s, May began to get reacquainted with the world of fandom; in 1976, she attended WesterCon 29 in Los Angeles, her first SF convention in many years. She made an elaborate diamond-encrusted “space suit” for the convention's masquerade ball, which started her thinking about what sort of character would wear such a suit. She soon began accumulating a folder of ideas for what would become her Galactic Milieu series, and in 1978 she began writing what would become her Saga of Pliocene Exile series. The first book in that series, The Many-Colored Land, was published in 1981. In 1987, she continued the series with Intervention, followed in 1992 by books in the Galactic Milieu series.
   May joined forces with two other SF giants when she, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Andre Norton collaborated on Black Trilium (1990), the first in the popular Trilium series of novels. She also wrote A Gazeteer of the Hyborian World of Conan, under the pseudonym of Lee N. Falconer. She used several other pseudonyms over the years: Bob Cunningham, John Feilen, Matthew G. Grant, Jean Wright Thorne, Ian Thorne, and George Zanderbergen.
   A long-time associate member of First Fandom (as Julian M. Dikty), she was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame at the 73rd Worldcon, held in Spokane, Washington, in 2015.
   The Work of Julian May: An Annotated Bibliography & Guide, compiled by her husband and Robert Reginald, was published in 1985 by The Borgo Press.
   There will never be another Julian May, and she will be missed.
(Prepared by Jon D. Swartz, Special Features Editor)

Milt Stevens (b.1942) 
   "Past Worldcon chair and fanzine fan Milton F. Stevens died October 2 of a heart attack, after entering the hospital with pneumonia and other medical problems.
Milt Stevens - photo courtesy of Mike Glyer   Milt attended his first Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society meeting in 1960 at the age of 17. He discovered the club through fan-news columns in the prozines. During the Vietnam War he served in the Navy. By 1970 Milt was President of LASFS. 
   Milt won the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to the club in 1971. He was on the LASFS, Inc. Board of Directors for a couple of decades, and was Chair for around five years. 
   For many years he was a member of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA). 
   He was Chair of LA 2000, the original Loscon (1975), and later the 1980 Westercon. And he co-chaired L.A.con II (1984) with Craig Miller, which still holds the attendance record. 
   Milt was made GoH of Loscon 9 (1982) and Westercon 61 (2008). He remained active in LASFS all his life."

(Abridged from an appreciation by Mike Glyer, originally published in File 770, October 2, 2017.)

William L. Hamling (b.1921)
   First Fandom original member William Lawrence “Bill” Hamling passed away on June 29, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. He was a fan, writer, editor, and publisher during the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
William L. Hamling 1953 - Photo by Charles Harris, from Robert A. Madle Collection   Hamling started to read science fiction (SF) in 1935. Soon he was editing and writing SF stories for his high school magazine. He graduated from high school in 1939, and the next year published five issues of his fanzine Stardust. He was also submitting thousands of words of fiction to SF magazines. Later, he was managing editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures (1948 - 1950), and in 1951 he became editor / publisher of Imagination. A companion magazine, Imaginative Tales (later titled Space Travel), was then added; and he published both until late-1958. After Hamling canceled his SF magazines, he began Rogue; and in 1959, he launched Nightstand Books. From 1961 on, his primary editor was Earl Kemp.
   Hamling really began his significant SF activities as an author. He published a number of stories, the first of which, “War with Jupiter” (with Mark Reinsberg), appeared in Amazing in 1939. His Shadow of the Sphinx is a horror novel about an ancient sorceress. After work as an editor at Ziff-Davis Publishers, Hamling started his own publishing company in the early 1950s, with the SF / fantasy magazine Imagination.
   Hamling's appeal of his conviction on obscenity charges for selling two Greenleaf Books (Lust Pool and Shame Agent) in 1965 went to the Supreme Court of the United States, where it was overturned in 1967. During the Nixon Administration, Hamling published an illustrated edition of the Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. Hamling and editor Kemp were hit with a one-year prison sentence for distributing the book, but served only the federal minimum of three months and one day. The story of their arrest and prison time was covered Hamling wanted to run Chicon I and worked with Jack Darrow to re-form the Chicago Science Fiction League in 1939; but, ultimately, it was run by the Illini Fantasy Fictioneers, instead. Hamling was one of the Committee of Seven that ran Chicon II.
   William Lawrence Hamling was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2004.
   Sources: Harry Warner Jr.; The Science Fiction Collector 4; The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction & Fantasy, Vol. 3; Internet sites (Wikepedia, Fancyclopedia 3 and ISFDB).

(Prepared by Jon D. Swartz, Special Features Editor)

Perdita Boardman (b.1931)
Perdita Boardman 1950 - courtesy of Ray Faraday Nelson   "Fan Perdita Boardman (b.Perdita Lilly) died on November 26. Lilly was first married to author Ray Nelson and in the 1960s married New York fan John Boardman. She hosted Lunarian meetings, ran the con suite for Lunacon, and with John hosted First Saturday meetings. She also made the banner for the NY in ’67 Worldcon bid."

(Written by Steven H. Silver - originally published in SF Site News November 29, 2017)
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