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Hill, Douglas

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1935-2007) Canadian-born author and editor, in the UK from 1959; in 2007 he was run over by a bus. Most of his early books were nonfiction, The Supernatural (1965) with Pat Williams, and Magic and Superstition (1968) being of interest to a genre audience. His involvement in sf and fantasy began through his editing of anthologies like Window on the Future: Science Fiction Stories (anth 1966), Way of the Werewolf: An Anthology of Horror Stories (anth 1966) and The Shape of Sex to Come (anth 1978), concerning Sex in sf; he served as Associate Editor of New Worlds in 1967-1968.

Hill began his main career as an author of Children's SF and Young Adult tales with Coyote the Trickster (1975) with Gail Robinson. Several series ensued: the Last Legionary sequence of Space OperasGalactic Warlord (1979), Deathwing over Veynaa (1980), Day of the Starwind (1980), Planet of the Warlord (1982) and Young Legionary: The Earlier Adventures of Keill Randor (1982), all but the last (a prequel) being assembled as The Last Legionary Quartet (omni 1985) – which builds effectively on an interplanetary revenge quest; the Huntsman sequence – comprising The Huntsman (1982), Warriors of the Wasteland (1983) and Alien Citadel (1984) – set on an Earth enslaved by Alien invaders; the ColSec sequence – Exiles of ColSec (1984), The Caves of Klydor (1984) and ColSec Rebellion (1985) – whose young protagonists strive for freedom after being shipwrecked on an unknown planet and the Cade sequence, Cade: 1: Galaxy's Edge (1996) and Cade: The Moons of Lannamur (1996). His only adult sf series, comprising The Fraxilly Fracas (1989) and The Colloghi Conspiracy (1990), is also Space Opera – as is the Apotheosis Trilogy, comprising The Lightless Dome (1993) and The Leafless Forest (1994) (the third volume, The Limitless Bridge, was announced but never appeared) – and share with his juveniles an engaging briskness, though psychological depths tended to remain unplumbed. [JC]

Douglas Arthur Hill

born Brandon, Manitoba, Canada: 6 April 1935

died Palmers Green, London: 21 June 2007



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