Date: 2018-06-03 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] neowolf2
Alison Tellure may be a pseudonym for Alison Tompkins, although searching on that name reveals little.

What does the Biolog in the May 1984 Analog say about her?

Date: 2018-06-06 10:29 am (UTC)
dormouse1953: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
Didn't spot this question earlier. My complete collection of Analog going back to 1970 is in the bookcases next to this computer.

Says she was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, majored in history (doesn't say where) thumbed around the West Coast for a number of years doing a number of jobs including artist's model and taxi dancer (I had to look that up). Seems to have been working as a secretary at the time of the article. The accompanying photograph shows a dark-haired woman with a toothy grin.

Date: 2018-06-06 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Did it say when she was born?

Date: 2018-06-07 10:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
'Fraid not.

It says she spent two years thumbing around the West Coast. Presumably that was after college. The wandering ended when her first story was accepted, for the Jan. 1977 Analog. I'm not sure what age one tends to finish college in the US, but I presume someone can work out a minimum age for her.

Date: 2018-06-08 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
If she graduated in 1975, that would make her about 65 today.

There's an Alison J. Tomkins who lives in Kansas City who is 65. Perhaps that is her.

Date: 2018-06-03 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
Do you recall the name of the sequel to "Lord of All?"

Date: 2018-06-03 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mikeda
As I note in the comments to the linked review, there are actually three sequels: Skysinger; Green-Eyed Lady, Laughing Lady; and Low Midnight.

Date: 2018-06-03 09:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jamoche
First Google hit I got for Aulisio was GRRMartin looking for her in 2012, and that got this Black Gate blog post with new (2011) art!

Date: 2018-06-03 10:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] coth
I have passed your comment about Tellure over to the SF Encyclopedia team.

Thanks for review. Interested.

Date: 2018-06-04 10:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
Although I recall that the SFE has a criterion that an author has to have published something of book length before they include them.

Date: 2018-06-04 12:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] coth
Quite possibly, but the possibilities inherent in a pseudonym are always intriguing.

Date: 2018-06-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heron61
Wow, I'd completely forgotten Alison Tellure, but instantly remembered most of her stories upon reading her name. I also wish she'd written more. Delving deep into google (aka looking on page 3) got me Mindamerica Fan Photo Archive, where you have alleged photo links to Alison Tellure (the link includes no such photo) and later on the page "Alison Tompkins see Alison Tellure", which suggests a pseudonym, but sadly Alison Tompkins is far too common a name to find anything useful.

Date: 2018-06-03 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] neowolf2
There are two women in the photos on that page; I'm wondering if one of them is/was Alison Tellure/Tompkins (those both being pseudonyms in this scenario).

Old fans from that area likely know. Tellure was a guest at ConQuesT 15 in Kansas City in 1984, but I cannot find the conbook for that online anywhere.
Edited Date: 2018-06-03 11:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2018-06-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Allison Tellure came up in the comments in one of your Tor columns a few weeks ago (

Date: 2018-06-04 03:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkerdave
I remember that cover!

Date: 2018-06-05 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] neowolf2
There is a Walker Allison Tompkins who mostly wrote westerns and died in 1988. Perhaps Alison Tellure was his pseudonym?

I'll note that Tellure is an extremely uncommon surname in the US, occurring few than 100 times in the 2010 census.

Date: 2018-06-05 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chrysostom
Tellure is Latin ablative for Earth, I think?

Date: 2018-06-05 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] neowolf2
Yes, although I don't know how to fit that in with the rest of this story.

I am still wondering what the 1984 Biolog says.


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