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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.
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.
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