- REGINALD, Robert
- The pseudonym under which US bibliographer, librarian and publisher Michael Roy Burgess (1948-) is best known, and under which (or as R. Reginald) he has published his most important work in the sf field; it is also under this name that he publishes and edits the BORGO PRESS in California, a SMALL PRESS that publishes many monographs on andbibliographical studies of sf, fantasy and horror. As M.R. Burgess or Michael Burgess he has also published fairly widely, his most important sfwork under the latter form of his name being Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (1992); less frequently used pseudonymsinclude Boden Clarke, C. Everett Cooper and Lucas Webb. RR has written on himself in The Work of R. Reginald: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide (1985 chap as by Michael Burgess and Jeffrey M. ELLIOT; exp vt The Work ofRobert Reginald: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide 1992 as by Burgess alone).The various incarnations of RR's most important publication have intermittently occupied his career through 1992. His first book, Stella Nova: The Contemporary Science Fiction Authors (1970 anon; rev vtContemporary Science Fiction Authors, First Edition 1974 as RR), eventually became the second volume of his magnum opus, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II (1979) in 2 vols as RR, and listing over 15,000 titlesup to the end of 1974. The long-awaited supplement to this essential reference tool has been broken back down into separate enterprises, with Science Fiction \& Fantasy Literature : A Bibliography, 1975-1991 (1992),with Darryl F. MALLETT and Mary Wickizer Burgess, being restricted to an updating of the checklist alone, to which it adds a further 22,000 titles; a biographical volume, building on the original Stella Nova, is also projected (Hyperlink to: BIBLIOGRAPHIES for further comments).Other bibliographical publications of interest include: Cumulative Paperback Index, 1939-1959: A Comprehensive Bibliographic Guide to 14,000Mass-Market Paperback Books of 33 Publishers under 69 Imprints (1973) as RR with M.R. Burgess; Science Fiction \& Fantasy Awards (1981 chap as RR; much exp vt Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards: A Comprehensive Guide to the Awards and their Winners 1991 by Daryl F. Mallett with RR); AGuide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (1984 chap; exp 1988) as by Michael Burgess; The Work of Jeffrey M. Elliot: An Annotated Bibliography \& Guide (1984 chap) as by Boden Clarke; The Work of Julian May: An Annotated Bibliography \& Guide (1985 chap) as by RR with Thaddeus DIKTY; The Work of GeorgeZebrowski: An Annotated Bibliography \& Guide (1986 chap; exp 1990) as by RR with Jeffrey M. Elliot; Mystery and Detective Fiction in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (1987) as by Michael Burgess; Western Fiction in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (1988 chap) as by Michael Burgess, with Beverly A. Ryan; and The Work of William F. Nolan: An Annotated Bibliography \& Guide (1988 chap) as by Boden Clarke, with Nolan writing as James Hopkins. The individual author bibliographies, part of an ongoing Borgo Press series by several hands, are devotedly thorough and accurate.Before founding Borgo in 1975, RR founded the short-lived Unicorn \& Son, Publishers (which produced Stella Nova), and was anassociate editor of FORGOTTEN FANTASY (1970-71) and advisory editor of the ARNO PRESS sf reprint series and Arno's subsequent reprints ofsupernatural, fantasy and LOST WORLD books. Borgo itself began publishing titles in 1976, and by 1992 had released well over 100 titles under its own imprint as well as distributing over 1000 other titles. Though RR became full Librarian at Cal State in 1984, he maintained complete control over the firm, initiating and silently collaborating on many of its bibliographical projects and publishing through it much of his non-bibliographical work, as well as his two novels. The Attempted Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A Political Fantasy (1976 chap as byLucas Webb; rev vt If J.F.K. Had Lived: A Political Scenario 1982 chap as by RR with Jeffrey M. Elliot) is an ALTERNATE-WORLD tale in which monarchies have been retained worldwide and Kennedy is not killed. Up Your Asteroid!: A Science Fiction Farce (1977 chap), as by C. Everett Cooper,is a desultory spoof.RR also ed several anthologies for Arno Press, all with Douglas MENVILLE: Ancestral Voices: An Anthology of Early Science Fiction (anth 1975; cut 1992), Ancient Hauntings (anth 1976),Phantasmagoria (anth 1976), R.I.P.: Five Stories of the Supernatural (anth 1976), The Spectre Bridegroom, and Other Horrors (anth 1976), Dreamers of Dreams: An Anthology of Fantasy (anth 1978), King Solomon's Children: Some Parodies of H. Rider Haggard (anth 1978), They: Three Parodies of H. Rider Haggard's She (anth 1978) and Worlds of Never: Three Fantastic Novels (anth 1978). Also with Menville, RR wrote two film books: Things to Come: An Illustrated History of the Science Fiction Film (1977) and, with Mary Wickizer Burgess also collaborating, Futurevisions: The New Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film (1985). RR remains of central importance to sf as a bibliographer of persistent exactness and enormous energy. He won the PILGRIM AWARD in 1993.PN/JC
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