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Rogers, Alva

Entry updated 6 January 2022. Tagged: Artist, Author, Fan.

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(1923-1982) US author and artist, nicknamed "Red" for the colour of his hair and politics. Long involved in sf Fandom, he drew the covers for a number of 1940s Fanzines as well as some for the (UK) American Fiction series. In the 1960s he published the fanzine Bixel (4 issues September 1962-October 1968) and the one-off Bixeltype (December 1963), the latter comprising an essay ("FTL and ASI") written in rebuttal to Francis T Laney's polemic Ah! Sweet Idiocy! The Fan Memoirs of Francis T. Laney (1948; exp 2019 ebook) and included in its 2019 reissue.

Rogers's A Requiem for Astounding (1964), though nostalgic and largely uncritical, provides a valuable history, rich in story synopses, of Astounding Science-Fiction before the name-change to Analog, which it convincingly deplores. [MJE/JC/DRL]

Alva C Rogers

born Silver City, New Mexico: 17 January 1923

died Oakland, California: 9 July 1982

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