Friday, March 19, 2010

Haffner Press to reprint more Mars stories by Leigh Brackett

Wonderful news! Later this year, Haffner Press of Royal Oak, Michigan, will publish a new collection of old science fiction and fantasy stories by the undisputed Queen of Space Opera, Leigh Brackett (1915-1978). Titled Shannach – The Last: Farewell to Mars, the collection will reprint sixteen Brackett stories from classic pulp magazines such as Planet Stories, Startling Stories, and Thrilling Wonder Stories, including several tales set on Mars:

The Last Days of Shandakor (Startling Stories, April 1952)

Mars Minus Bisha (Planet Stories, January 1954)

The Road to Sinharat (Amazing Stories, May 1963)

Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1964)

The collection will also include vintage illustrations by artists Ed Emshwiller and Frank Kelly Freas from the original pulp magazines.

Shannach – The Last: Farewell to Mars will be the third collection published by Haffner Press that reprints some of Leigh Brackett’s classic tales of Martian SF&F. The earlier volumes are Martian Quest: The Early Brackett (2002) and Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances (2008).

Pre-order Shannach – The Last: Farewell to Mars now!

[via Ian Randal Strock of SFScope]

1 comment:

Doc Mars said...

Very good news!
According to Bertil Falk, about "Lorelei of the red mist"
"..when Howard Hawks summoned her to his office (for working on "The Big Sleep"), she had prepared half of the 20,000-worder “Lorelei of the Red Mist” for Planet Stories. She had written the line “Then it was gone, and the immediate menace of the foreground took all of Starke’s attention.” At the same time that she wanted to accept Hawk’s offer, the assigned story had to be finished. She had to make some kind of decision.The dilemma was solved. Ray Bradbury was five years younger than Leigh Brackett. She was a kind of mentor and a sounding board for this aspiring writer. She turned to Bradbury and asked him to complete the story. He accepted the challenge.
Where Brackett had stopped writing the story, Bradbury jumped into medias res and continued with the following sentence, “He saw the flock, herded by more of the golden hounds.” Then he completed the story in ten days and “Lorelei of the Red Mist” was published that same year."
Two great martians writers together!