Her first name was the answer to the following clue:
37 Down: “Bone Dance” sci-fi author Bull (four letters)
Science fictional references crop up in the puzzles with some regularlity and I became intrigued to know who writes them and does he or she have a connection with fandom?
Fred Piscop constructed the November 17 puzzle. By all accounts he’s a star in the world of puzzle-writing, though without any direct connection to fandom that I’ve been able to research so far:
Fred Piscop is from Bellmore, New York. A graduate of Cornell, he took up puzzling full-time in 1995 after being laid off as a computer tech support specialist for a defense contractor. When he’s not puzzling, he plays keyboards in a rock band, samples microbrews, and collects spelling errors in comic strips.
[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]