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Scott, Allan

Entry updated 14 August 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1952-2023) UK author of half-Danish ancestry, who after both editing and writing for the Oxford University SF Group's Amateur Magazine SFinx in the early 1970s – his first appearance in that venue being "The Forbidden Land" (October 1970 SFinx #3) – began professionally publishing work of genre interest with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters (anth 1982) edited anonymously by Richard Evans. His first book publication was The Hammer and the Cross (1980 chap) with Michael Scott Rohan, a nonfiction study of the coming of Christianity to the Vikings. Norse myth, in which Scott is deeply versed, is central to the novel The Ice King (1986; vt Burial Rites 1987), again with Michael Scott Rohan, writing together as Michael Scot. A further collaboration with Rohan, the fantasy romp A Spell of Empire: The Horns of Tartarus (1992), was published under their real names. Solo, Scott wrote another fantasy somewhat in the Nordic vein of The Ice King, complex and dark and involving Timeslips and a guardian Monster: The Dragon in the Stone (1991). [JC/DRL]

Allan James Julius Scott

born London: 4 December 1952

died Hitcham, Suffolk: 17 July 2023




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