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Lovin, Roger

Entry updated 7 August 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1941-1991) US journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Apostle" (in Flame Tree Planet: An Anthology of Religious Science-Fantasy, anth 1973, edited by Roger Elwood; much exp as Apostle 1978), which is Christian sf, describing the conversion of an entire Alien planet by a Christ-figure (see Religion). He also wrote as by Rodgers Clemens, using that name for The Presence (1977), in which an enigmatic Monster is discovered living in a remote lake.

This author claimed in a newspaper interview to have been born Roger Watlington, which seems unlikely; he and his family were listed in the 1950 US census as Lovin. It has been suggested that his death was faked, which also seems unlikely. [JC]

Roger Robert Lovin

born Knoxville, Tennessee: 11 May 1941

died New Orleans, Louisiana: 1 November 1991

works (selected)

  • The Presence (Fawcett Gold Medal, 1977) as by Rodgers Clemens [pb/Don Ivan Punchatz]
  • Apostle (Virginia Beach, Virginia: The Donning Company/Starblaze, 1978) [first version appeared in Flame Tree Planet: An Anthology of Religious Science-Fantasy (anth 1973) edited by Roger Elwood: illus/pb/Kelly Freas]



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