SMOFCon to Santa Rosa

SMOFCon 36 was awarded to Santa Rosa, California in an uncontested election at this year’s SMOFCon in Boston. Bruce Farr will chair the convention from November 30-December 2, 2018 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA. Patty Wells will be in charge of program for the convention.
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TAFF Race Underway

Johan Anglemark of Sweden, Fia Karlsson of Sweden, and Helena McCallum of the UK have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to San Jose for Worldcon 76 in 2018. The voting deadline is April 3.
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DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at or Paul Weimer at
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Obituary: Perdita Boardman

Fan Perdita Boardman (b.Perdita Lilly, 1931) 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.

Obituary: Randy Byers

Seattle fan Randy Byers (b.1960) died on November 20. Byers co-edited the fanzine Chunga with Andy Hooper and Carl Juarez and won the 2007 Best Fanzine Hugo for Science Fiction Five-Yearly with co-editors Lee Hoffman and Geri Sullivan. ChungaAlternative Pants. Byers was the 2003 TAFF delegate to Seacon 03 in Britain.

Obituary: Ben Solon

Chicago Fan Ben Solon (b.1946) died on October 26. In addition to attending Chicago area conventions, Solon published the fanzine Nyarlathotep. Solon helped stock the consuite for Ditto 14 in Bloomington, IL in 2001.

Obituary: Julian May

Author Julian May (b.1931) died on October 17. May entered fandom in her late teens and published the fanzine Interim Newsletter. Her first professional sale, “Dune Roller,” appeared in Astounding in 1951, including original illustrations by May. In 1952, she chaired the TASFIC in Chicago, becoming the first woman to chair a Worldcon. She married author Ted Dikty in 1953 and sold the story “Star of Wonder” before dropping out of science fiction and fandom for several years. With the exceptions of two episodes of the “Buck Rogers” comic strip, she focused on writing for encyclopedias and non-fiction books under a variety of pseudonyms. In 1972, “Dune Roller” was filmed as The Cremators. She returned to science fiction in 1976 when she attended Westercon 29. The costume she wore at the convention made her start thinking about the character’s background and grew into the six book Galactic Milieu series. She also wrote the four book Saga of the Pliocene Exile and collaborated on the Trillium series with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. Health issues prevented May from participating in a panel with the living chairs of the other Chicago Worldcons in 2012, and in 2015 she was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Dian Crayne

LA fan Dian Crayne (b.Dian Girard, 1942) died on October 4. Crayne was a member of LASFS and the group Future Unbounded, which was formed to run F-UNCon in 1968 and the 1969 Westercon. In 1964, she published The Game of Fandom, a boardgame about fandom at the time which included references to several active fans. In the 1960s, she was married to Bruce Pelz and their divorce party inspired Larry Niven’s story “What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers.” She subsequently was married to Chuck Crayne until his death in 2009.

Obituary: Jenni Tyynelä

Finnish academic Jenni Tyynelä died on October 4 following a battle with cancer. Tyynelä was a scholar at the University of Tampere in Finland and was working on her PhD. She was active in Finnish SF study circles and was an attendee at conventions and academic conferences, including ICFA in Orlando, FL.

Obituary: Milt Stevens

Los Angeles fan Milt Stevens (b.1942) died on October 2. Stevens was active in LASFS, serving in most of the clubs offices at various times. He was worked at numerous conventions and chaired LA 2000 (the first LosCon), Westercon 33, and LA Con II, the largest Worldcon based on on-site numbers. Stevenss published several fanzines over the years, including APAzines All Digression Weekly, Crypt of Ennui, Opus, and others. He received the Evans-Freehafer Award in 1971 and was Guest of Honor at Loscon 9 in 1982 and Westercon 61 in 2008.