On Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett has been a giant in the field since the 1930s: she is rightly called the Queen of Space Opera. Has anyone but me read her planetary romances and short stories? Like Jack Williamson, her legacy is great, and yet she is almost forgotten by today’s readership.

She was also the wife of ‘World Wrecker’ Hamilton, the sf writer with the best nickname ever! How I envy him that name!

Wikipedia has a list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Brackett#Short_science_fiction

She also wrote THE BIG SLEEP. That and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Pretty good resume. When modern feminists pop off about how science fiction used to keep women out of the field, ask them if they know who Leigh Brackett is, or how many science fiction magazine covers she appeared on.

On magazine covers, I have seen her name a few times, next to
Anderson, James Gunn, A.E. Van Vogt and Ray Bradbury:


Hm. And look at how many times she made the cover. If, as modern feminists complain, there were some conspiracy among we science fiction writers to prevent women from writing and publishing, it must have been a singularly inept conspiracy.




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