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Author Information: Michael Scott Rohan

 
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Mike Scott Rohan was born in Edinburgh in 1951, next door to Robert Louis Stevenson's house (he was out). His father, from an old French family, was born on Mauritius, educated in France, studied at Edinburgh University, and joined the British Army in World War II; his mother came from an old Border farming and cattle-stealing family.

From an early age he read voraciously, everything from Dan Dare to the Larousse Mythology, Conan Doyle, C S Lewis (Out of the Silent Planet, not Narnia), Tolkien and his older sister's copy of Lady Chatterley. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where after entering in English he made the great mistake of studying law, but was sensible enough to join the SF group. There he met its president Allan Scott, who (along with terminal boredom) started him writing for the group's semi-pro magazine SFinx alongside such luminaries as Rob Holdstock, Ian Watson, Dave Langford and Andrew Stephenson. He also seized on an innocent young American called Deborah, a Philadelphia-born Stanford postgrad, who wandered into the group, and they began finding excuses not to get married.

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