Roberta Rogow

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Roberta Rogow (born 1942)[1] is an American writer of speculative fiction and fan fiction, and a filk singer-songwriter.


Rogow is a professional children's librarian by profession. She started her writing career as the editor of Grip, a media-based fanzine in the 1970s and 1980s.

She has written several mystery novels based on a (imaginary) collaboration between Arthur Conan Doyle and Lewis Carroll. She has also penned a number of short stories, including contributions to the shared world science fiction series Merovingen Nights.


Main article: Filk

As a filksinger, she has appeared at science fiction conventions, mostly in the Northeast United States, including Albacon. She has also appeared internationally, at Torcon 3.[2]

Rogow has characterized her filk tapes as "electronic fanzines" that reach about 2,000 people.[3]

Roberta was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame on April 20, 2013.[4]

Roberta has recorded 8 filk tapes and 5 CDs, some of which were self-published. Her current music publisher is Floating Filk Studios.[5]

She has also published 18 songbooks called "Rec-Room Rhymes".


Rogow lived in Fairlawn, New Jersey from 1972 to 2002. Since 2002, she has lived in Irvington, New Jersey.


  • Heroes & Villians (& Some In Between....) (Filk CD). 2012. 
  • Dark Deeds & Desperate Men (and Women) (Filk CD). 2011. 
  • The Root of the Matter. 2010. 
  • One Filk Two Filk Old Filk New Filk (Filk CD). 2009. 
  • The Guilty Client. 2009. 
  • Alive and Filking (Filk CD). 2007. 
  • The Problem of the Surly Servant. 2001. 
  • The Problem of the Evil Editor. 2000. 
  • The Problem of the Spiteful Spiritualist. 1999. 
  • The Problem of the Missing Hoyden. 1999. 
  • The Problem of the Missing Miss. 1998. 
  • Futurespeak: A Fan's Guide to the Language of Science Fiction. Universal Sales & Marketing. 1991. ISBN 1-55778-347-0. 


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  2. ^ Torcon 3 official program. Accessed October 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Lisa A. Lewis, The Adoring audience: fan culture and popular media, p. 230 (Routledge, 1992) ISBN 0-415-07820-2, ISBN 978-0-415-07820-7, see also pp. 221-222, 233, found at Google books. Accessed October 27, 2009.
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