Joyce Worley Katz

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Joyce Worley Katz is a fanzine editor from the U.S.A.

Joyce's involvement with fanzines began with ODD. It was started by Raymond "Duggie" Fisher in 1949 and released till 1962. After marrying Duggie Fisher, Joyce convinced him to revive ODD in 1966 and it ran again till 1969. At least 20 issues of the fanzine were produced. ODD was nominated for a Hugo award in 1968.

In sf critic Rob Latham's article "Fanzine Research", in the April 2008 issue of el,, he wrote of Odd, Susan Wood's Aspidistra, and Starling, by Hank Luttrell and Lesleigh Luttrell, that they were, "vehicles of antiestablishment attitudes virtually indistinguishable at times from the contemporary underground press.” He cites these fanzines as examples of sf fans seeking " bring sf into dialogue with a larger universe of discourse and action—rather than, as elitist snobs sometimes suggest, looking to “escape” from the real world into aimless fantasy."

In 1969. Joyce got together with Pam Janisch and Sue Robinson and did the fanzine What About Us Grils?, which lasted for three issues until Joyce moved to Brooklyn, New York and began her next zine Potlatch.

Potlatch was one of the Brooklyn Insurgent fanzines of the 1970s, along with Focal Point, Rats! and Joyce and Arnie Katz's newszine FIAWOL, which they published at the same time. According to Arnie Katz in Vegas Fandom Weekly #59, it was during the run of Potlatch that fan Ted Pauls alleged that Joyce Katz was destroying science fiction, and dubbed her "The High Priestess of Brooklyn Fandom". In their counter attack in the pages of Potlatch Terry Carr and Arnie Katz embraced the idea of Joyce as "High Priestess", which seemed to cool down a potential fan feud.

Hard Science Tales was published in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. in the 2000s. It is an apazine distributed through SNAPS and is also available at Issue 1 was published December 24, with issue 2 following in January 25, issue 4 in April 25, and issue 10, the last issue to date, was released February 2006. Included are Joyce's memoirs, a fan history of the days of ODD fanzine, the fans in St. Louis, Missouri and OSFA (Ozark Science Fiction Association).

Hard Science Tales was included in the zine library at the exhibition A Non Utopian Kind of Girl, at The Nursury, in London, UK in 2013.



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