Forgotten Author of the Week - Douglas Hill

I would like to tip my hat to the late sci-fi writer Douglas Hill, whose books I well enjoyed during my teens. Douglas Hill was a science fiction author, editor, and reviewer. He was born in Brandon, Manitoba and was an avid science fiction reader from an early age. He earned a degree in English and married a fellow writer, Gail Robinson. They moved to Britain in 1959, where he worked as a freelance writer and as an editor for Aldus Books. Before starting to write fiction in 1978, he wrote many books on history, science, and folklore, and served as an editor for several anthologies under the pseudonym Martin Hillman, among them Window on the Future (1966), The Shape of Sex to Come (1978), Out of Time (1984), and Hidden Turnings(1988). He is best known for his Galactic Warlord quartet of novels, supposedly produced as the result of a challenge by a publisher to Hill's complaints about the lack of good science fiction for young readers. Sadly, after writer over sixty books, Hill was struck by a bus at a zebra crossing in 2007. He died one day after completing his last trilogy, the Demon Stalkers. Among his other books are also The Exploits of Hercules (1980), World of Stiks (1994), Star Dragon (2002).