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The pseudonym (an anagram of her first name) under which Rachel Ruth Cosgrove Payes (1922-1998), originally a research biologist, published her sf; though her first novel, a contribution to the Oz world, Hidden Valley of Oz (1951), appeared as by Rachel R Cosgrove (see Sequels by Other Hands), and her last, The Wicked Witch of Oz (1993) as by Rachel Cosgrove Payes; as well, in her later years she wrote short fiction as Rachel C Payes. Her sf, from Bridge to Yesterday (1963) onwards, constituted a series of efficient but undemanding adventure tales, mostly Space Operas, for the library market. [JC]

Rachel Ruth Cosgrove Payes

born Westernport, Maryland: 11 December 1922

died Brick, New Jersey: 10 October 1998




  • Hidden Valley of Oz (Chicago, Illinois: Reilly and Lee, 1951) as by Rachel R Cosgrove [Oz: hb/Dirk]
  • The Wicked Witch of Oz (Kinderhook, Illinois: The International Wizard of Oz Club, 1993) as by Rachel Cosgrove Payes [Oz: hb/Eric Shanower]

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