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Book Title: Galactic Warlord|
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The size of the: 335 KB
ISBN 13: 9780330261869
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Reader ratings: 5.6
The author of the book: Douglas Arthur Hill
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Date of issue: October 10th 1980
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I came across a book titled Dag van die Sterrewind which I recalled from my childhood days. What I didn't know way back then is that it is just a translated version of Day of the Starwind and that it is, in fact, book three in a series of four. I'm not sure why the other three instalments weren't translated into Afrikaans. Seems kind of silly.
[Edit: after advertising my ignorance so freely I should just set the record straight. The other books were, in fact, translated as well.]
Anyway, since I had good memories of the book I decided to go back on my tracks and start with book one (Galactic Warlord), albeit almost a quarter of a century down the line. Now, these books were obviously written for a reasonably young audience, nevertheless I can't remember when last I had so much unadulterated fun reading anything (I subtracted one star because the characterisation was somewhat lacking, which isn't too much of a surprise considering the target audience). I HIGHLY recommend this to all you adult readers out there who have forgotten why you started reading science fiction in the first place. This will take your memory places...
It's really great and it reads extremely fast. Cracking Space Opera / SF adventure reminiscent of the best of the golden age. Unfortunately, it is also out of print and extremely difficult to get hold of. You're going to have to trawl the second hand book stores. There's also an omnibus edition that collects the whole series: The Last Legionary Quartet: "Galactic Warlord", "Deathwing Over Veynaa", "Day of the Starwind", "Planet of the Warlord".
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Read information about the authorDouglas Arthur Hill (6 April 1935 – 21 June 2007) was a Canadian science fiction author, editor and reviewer. He was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of a railroad engineer, and was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. An avid science fiction reader from an early age, he studied English at the University of Saskatchewan (where he earned an Honours B.A. in 1957) and at the University of Toronto. He married fellow writer and U. of S. alumna Gail Robinson in 1958; they moved to Britain in 1959, where he worked as a freelance writer and editor for Aldus Books. In 1967–1968 he served as Assistant Editor of the controversial New Worlds science fiction magazine under Michael Moorcock.
A lifetime leftist, he served from 1971 to 1984 as the Literary Editor of the socialist weekly Tribune (a position once held by George Orwell), where he regularly reviewed science fiction despite the continued refusal of the literary world to take it seriously. Before starting to write fiction in 1978, he wrote many books on history, science and folklore. Using the pseudonym Martin Hillman, he also worked as an editor of several anthologies, among them Window on the Future (1966), The Shape of Sex to Come (1978), Out of Time (1984), and Hidden Turnings (1988). He is probably best known for The Last Legionary 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 younger readers.
Hill and his wife had one child, a son. They were divorced in 1978. He lived in Wood Green, London, and died in London after being struck by a bus at a zebra crossing. His death occurred one day after he completed his last trilogy, Demon Stalkers.
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