Brackett, Leigh:

The Haffner Press Editions:

Martian Quest: The Early Brackett is a collection of the twenty earliest stories by the undisputed “Queen of Space-Opera.”

Special Contents:
Limited to 100 copies, this special edition of Martian Quest: The Early Brackett is signed by the author of the introduction, Science Fiction Grand Master Michael Moorcock, on a Hannes Bok-illustrated limitation sheet and housed in a matching Black Arrestox cloth-covered slipcase.

On a Venus that never was, on a Mars that can never be (but should have been), Leigh Brackett’s early stories laid the foundation for her later classic adventures, The Sword of Rhiannon, The Nemesis from Terra, and the “Eric John Stark” series.

Other stories in this collection draw inspiration from such diverse sources as the lost-race novels of H. Rider Haggard, the lush fantasies of A. Merritt, and the planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs. With an appreciation for Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, Brackett’s prose is a unique display of vigorous swashbuckling adventure tempered with a harsh, hard-boiled economy.

Martian Quest: The Early Brackett also features a revealing introduction by acclaimed author Michael Moorcock, recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Picking up where 'Martian Quest’ left off, this volume collects 12 more tales of strange adventures on other worlds from the undisputed “Queen of Space Opera.” Drawn from Planet Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories pulp magazines, this tome revels in the 1946 titular collaboration with Ray Bradbury–who also contributes an original poem about Leigh Brackett as well as an essay about meeting & working with Brackett. Harry Turtledove, the modern master of “alternate history,” provides the introduction and the book is adorned with Frank Kelly Freas’ vintage illustrations from the 1953 reprint of “Lorelei of the Red Mist.” 

Continuing on from 'Lorelei of the Red Mist', this volume collects the final 17 stories of strange adventures on other worlds from the undisputed “Queen of Space Opera.”  Drawn from the last years of pulp magazines such as Planet Stories, Startling Stories, and digests magazines like Venture Science Fiction, Shannach – The Last: Farewell to Mars sees Brackett at the peak of her talents.  Oddly, it is at this point where she abandons the “planetary romance” sub-genre and embarks on a small string of stories tinged with social relevance. This departure didn’t stop editors asking for some of “that old Brackett magic” and she offered up two latter day tales (“The Road to Sinharat” and “Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon”) before returning to chronicle further adventures of Eric John Stark in her final “Skaith” novels. Closing out the collection is a trio of tales written on commission from the “king of anthologies,” Roger Elwood.

Grand Master Anne McCaffrey is wrote the introduction.

The book proudly displays Frank Kelly Freas’ vintage cover art with endpapers by Ed Emshwiller from the original  pulp magazines.


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