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Girard, Dian

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1942-2017) US author and artist long active in Los Angeles Fandom, publishing the spoofish Board Game The Game of Fandom in June 1964 as by Dian Pelz – her then married name, also used for some artwork appearing in the late 1960s. She began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" in 2020 Vision (anth 1974) edited by Jerry Pournelle. Further short stories as Girard followed. The Serious Assembler: A Pournelle Users Guide (1985), with her second husband Charles A Crayne (1938-2009), deals with IBM PC computer programming and as indicated in the title has links to Jerry Pournelle's nonfiction in this area. Girard also published several mystery novels as by J D Crayne, including the Recursive SF roman á clef, Murder at the Worldcon (2005) – set at an early-1960s Worldcon and challenging the reader to identify various thinly disguised sf personalities. She retained the J D Crayne byline for her humorous Captain Spycer Space Opera trilogy, comprising Tetragravitron (2005 ebook), Hypneratomachia (2009 ebook) and Animatronica (2009 ebook), tongue-in-cheek adventures making exuberant play with a great many Genre SF tropes. [DRL]

Dian Girard Pelz Crayne

born 29 August 1942

died ?October 2017 [found on 4 October]



Captain Spycer

  • Tetragravitron (San Francisco, California: Renaissance E Books/Pageturner, 2005) [ebook: Captain Spycer: na/]
  • Hypneratomachia (San Francisco, California: Renaissance E Books/Pageturner, 2009) [ebook: Captain Spycer: na/]
  • Animatronica (San Francisco, California: Renaissance E Books/Pageturner, 2009) [ebook: Captain Spycer: na/]

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