Hill, Reginald

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(1936-2012) UK author and academic whose early sf was written as by Dick Morland. Both the Morland tales – Heart Clock (1973; vt Matlock's System 1996 as Reginald Hill) and Albion! Albion! (1974; vt Singleton's Law 1997 as Reginald Hill) – use Dystopian techniques to describe visions of repellent future UKs. In the first, citizens are fitted with termination devices for the government to use according to actuarial needs; in the second, England has been literally taken over by soccer rowdies and is divided into competing clubs with the citizenry as violent supporters. Both books are heavy-handed but enjoyably sharp-tongued Satires. The author, who wrote detective fiction under his own name and as Patrick Ruell and Charles Underhill, has published two books of sf interest as Hill, both in his long Dalziel and Pascoe detective series: One Small Step: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novella (1990), a detection set on the Moon in a then-future 2010 CE, where an astronaut's extremely public murder threatens the stability of near space; and The Wood Beyond (1996), in which memories of World War One assault the protagonist through the presence of his grandfather, who died in the trenches. [JC]

Reginald Charles Hill

born West Hartlepool, County Durham: 3 April 1936

died Ravenglass, Cumbria: 12 January 2012

works

as by Dick Morland

  • Heart Clock (London: Faber and Faber, 1973) as by Dick Morland [hb/John Sewell]
    • Matlock's System (Sutton, Surrey: Severn House, 1996) as Reginald Hill [vt of the above: hb/uncredited]
  • Albion! Albion! (London: Faber and Faber, 1974) as by Dick Morland [hb/Dennis Leigh]
    • Singleton's Law (Sutton, Surrey: Severn House, 1997) as Reginald Hill [vt of the above: hb/Popperfoto]

under his own name

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