Publisher, author and scholar Michael Burgess, who used the professional name Robert Reginald, died November 20.
He founded the Borgo Press in the 1970s, initially publishing 35 chapbooks about sf authors in The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today — the first of them Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in his Own Land (1976) by George Edgar Slusser (now curator of the Eaton Collection). The imprint also issued 10 full-length novels by Piers Anthony, D G Compton, and others.
Reginald also was an important sf bibliographer credited for “persistent exactness and enormous energy” by John Clute and Peter Nicholls in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia. He won the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award in 1993.
His major non-fiction works include Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II (1979), Cumulative Paperback Index, 1939-1959: A Comprehensive Bibliographic Guide to 14,000 Mass-Market Paperback Books of 33 Publishers under 69 Imprints (1973) and A Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (1984).
[Via Locus Online, SF Site News and the SF Encyclopedia.]
Sad indeed; a great guy and major figure in our field.