Fan Guests Edie Stern and Joe Siclari

Edie Stern or Joe Siclari
Fan Guests of Honor
Edie Stern and Joe Siclari

A fan for nearly 50 years, Edie Stern has been webmaster for the Fan History Project at FANAC.org since 2016 and runs the Fan History YouTube Channel. She is fannishly omnivorous – she’s chaired conventions and the South Florida Science Fiction Society. She’s a club fan, and was a stalwart of South Florida fandom for over 20 years. Edie’s been a filker, edited fanzines, and collects SF&F illustration art. With her husband, Joe Siclari, she has assembled a dozen historical art exhibits for World Fantasy Conventions and Boskones. Edie’s worked on over 75 conventions, from local to Worldcons, and ran the program for MagiCon (1992 Worldcon). She can honestly claim to be part of Second Fandom, having started reading science fiction in 1959 and was adopted by Lee Hoffman (Chicon 4 GoH) as her twin sister. In 2016, Edie was a co-recipient of the Big Heart Award. 

The rest of the time, Edie is a technologist. She received the 2012 Kate Gleason Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is an inventor on 205 issued US patents. After retiring as a Distinguished Engineer from IBM, Edie is now vice-president at Amicus Brain, an AI technology startup.

Edie at Fancyclopedia

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction almost a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom. He has published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several S-F clubs and conventions (Tropicon, SMOFcon, FanHistoricon and the Travelling Fete). Joe chaired  MagiCon, the 50th Worldcon in 1992, and has worked on hundreds of other conventions. In 2005, Joe was elected as the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) delegate, and in 2016, he and his wife, Edie Stern, were recipients of the fannish Big Heart Award.

Joe’s long-time SF interest is fanhistory. Since 1994 he has chaired the FANAC Fan History Project which has put over 175,000 pages of fan material online at The Fan History Project and also sponsors Fancyclopedia 3 and the Fan History YouTube channel. He has written about fandom for science fiction reference books. He co-edited the Hugo nominated Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches with Mike Resnick and published Harry Warner’s A Wealth of Fable.

Joe has an enormous collection of fan publications and a museum of fannish memorabilia; parts have been exhibited at many Worldcons and other conventions since 1989. Joe and Edie also collect SF art and have done over 15 historical art exhibits at Boskone, World Fantasy Con and other conventions.

Joe at Fancylopedia